Rock on, mama: These are the 6 best baby swings

There is nothing in this world quite like the feeling of a newborn baby snuggled up against your chest...and there's also nothing in this world quite like the feeling of a long, hot shower, either. (Sans newborn baby, of course 😉)

Enter the baby swing: the modern mama's sleek, portable solution to arms that need a break from holding and legs that need a break from swaying.

Baby swings are a mama's best friend, especially during those long, hard fourth trimester days when it seems like your baby may need to be rocked to sleep until he goes off to college and you can't seem to find 10 minutes in your day to shower and brush your teeth. But with so many options, it's tough to figure out which is the best baby swing is right for you.


You deserve a break, mama—so we've done the work for you. From simple to sophisticated, here are 6 picks for the best baby swings out there.

1. Graco Simple Sway

If you're looking for a basic, compact swing that's small in size but big in features, the Simple Sway is for you. The small frame means it can fit in just about any space and is easily portable from room to room. And, despite the size, it's still got a ton of features—six swing speeds, two vibration settings, 10 songs + five nature sounds, a built-in mobile, and a 5-point harness. It runs on batteries but also plugs into a wall outlet, which we love.

Graco Simple Sway
$78.85, Target


2. 4moms mamaRoo 4

The future of the baby swing is here, and it's the mamaRoo. There are so many cool things about this swing, it's hard to choose just a few. Our favorite is the way it moves: just like you. Instead of the traditional rocking motion, the mamaRoo mimics the movements of actual parents.

It has five unique settings, including motions like "car ride," "wave," and "tree swing." (It also features five different speeds and four soothing sounds.) The seat reclines, so you can find just the right angle for your fussy little one. It's even Bluetooth enabled; you can control the motion and the sound from your phone. Technology FTW, mamas!

4moms mamaRoo 4
$219.99, 4moms


3. Graco Glider LX

This swing's frame takes up 40% less space than many other popular swings—but it is in no way short on features! The Glider combines the compact design of a smaller swing with the extensive features of some of the larger ones, earning it a top spot on our favorites list. It features six gliding speeds, two vibration settings, three recline positions, and an adjustable toy bar, among many other innovative features. This is function + design at its best!

Graco Glider LX
$94.99, Target


4. Ingenuity Convert Me Swing-2-Seat

We love a good multi-tasker when we see one! This seat easily converts from a bouncy seat with soothing vibrations to a swing with five speeds, eight songs, and three nature sounds, making it the perfect pick for a mama who loves to have options. It also takes the prize for storage + transport—it folds completely flat, making it super easy to store under a bed or take to grandma's house. And did we mention how quiet it is? It's swings silently, so you'll never have to hear an annoying motor noise.

Ingenuity Convert Me Swing-2-Seat
$85.49, Target


5. Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Smart Connect Cradle 'n Swing

If you're looking for the ultimate in baby swings, then look no further. We can't name a feature that this swing doesn't have! Two swinging motions (side-to-side or head-to-toe); two rocking motions; two-position recline; 16 songs + sounds; an overhead mobile with lights; cozy fabric; a folding frame; Bluetooth connectivity...the list goes on. (And on, and on, and on.) It's baby swing innovation at its finest, mamas.

Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Smart Connect Cradle 'n Swing
$135.12, Amazon


6. Graco DuetSoothe Swing and Rocker

If options are what you're after, then the DuetSoothe is the best baby swing for you. Featuring an extra-roomy seat and three seating options, you can position your little one so she sways side-to-side or swings front-to-back. (It may sound like a small thing, but you'd be surprised how particular some babies can be—and we're all for anything that can calm a fussy little one!) The swing has a custom recline feature, a built-in handle for easy transport, and six swinging settings + vibrations, songs, and nature sounds. And like some of our other picks, this swing also operates either on batteries or via a power cord.

Graco DuetSoothe Swing and Rocker
$138.69, Walmart


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    These challenges from Nike PLAYlist are exactly what my child needs to stay active

    Plus a fall family bucket list to keep everyone moving all season long.

    While it's hard to name anything that the pandemic hasn't affected, one thing that is constantly on my mind is how to keep my family active despite spending more time indoors. Normally, this time of year would be spent at dance and gymnastics lessons, meeting up with friends for games and field trips, and long afternoon playdates where we can all let off a little steam. Instead, we find ourselves inside more often than ever before—and facing down a long winter of a lot more of the same.

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    The best part? The episodes are all under 5 minutes, so they're easy to sprinkle throughout the day whenever we need to work out some wiggles (without adding a lot of screen time to our schedule).

    Whether you're looking for simple alternatives to P.E. and sports or simply need fun ways to help your child burn off energy after a day of socially distanced school, Nike's PLAYlist is a fun, kid-friendly way to get everyone moving.

    Need more movement inspiration for fall? Here are 5 ways my family is getting up and getting active this season:

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    Truly, it doesn't really feel like fall until we've picked our first apple. (Or had our first bite of apple cider donut!) Need to burn off that extra cinnamon-sugar energy? Declare a quick relay race up the orchard aisle—winner gets first to pick of apples at home.

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    To wear: From impromptu games of tag to running through our favorite trails, these kids' Nike Air Zoom Speed running shoes are made to cover ground all season long.

    5. Create an indoor obstacle course.

    Pretending the floor is lava was just the beginning. See how elaborate your personal course can get, from jumping on the couch to rolling under the coffee table to hopping down the hallway on one foot.

    To wear: These ready-for-any-activity Dri-FIT Tempo Shorts are perfect for crawling, hopping and racing—and cuddling up when it's time to rest.

    This article was sponsored by Nike. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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