When purchasing the best baby swing there are specific tasks that you want it to perform for you. You might be purchasing one to keep you baby entertained, to calm and soothe your baby to sleep and maybe to carry your baby in when going outdoors, or even all the mentioned task. It does not matter what the purpose of the Baby swing would be, it has to be a great swing! A swing that possesses all quality features expected of a swing, one that is durable, beautiful and suits the purpose.
If you are looking to buy a baby swing, this buying guide is for you. We will compare three (3) different baby swings that have shown tremendous preference from customers who have bought, used and finally reviewed them and that have been constructed with the highest level of care and sophistication
1. ENTERTAINMENT FEATURES
A Swing cannot be a baby swing without entertainment features. You need a baby swing that is flexible in entertainment features to suit your baby’s moods. The top three baby swings have been commended for the advanced entertainment features they have.
The Graco glider is preferred when the purpose is to rock the baby and bring him to sleep while the Snugabunny cradle is best when the baby has a happy mood and wishes to play around. The Mamaroo is also great for entertainment, if you are price sensitive but need a swing for entertainment the Snugabunny is preferable.
2. COMFORT AND SECURITY
Perhaps, the second thing you would like to consider would be the comfort and security of the baby. A good swing should have a comfortable seat fit for babies and constructed with the highest level of care to ensure safety and to eliminate health hazards.
Comfort and Security
The Snugabunny Cradle has a deep cosy seat made of very soft material to ensure that your baby is held in the right position for his or her tender age. It also has a firm base and you are assured that it does not move even when the baby play plays on it.
4Moms Mamaroo's seat is large and spacious and made of soft, spongy material just the way babies like it. This seat reclines to multiple positions to allow your little one rest or play. An interesting and unique feature about this little swing is that, it is Bluetooth enabled. You are therefore able to control the motion and recline on the swing.
Its seat is spacious and soft to accommodate the baby. It also comes with a plush head support that ensures your baby is well placed and reduces back and neck injuries. The swing has a 5 point harness that makes it generally firm and stable, guaranteeing safety. Moreover the seat has straps with two shoulder straps that can be adjusted increasing your baby’s safety.
The 4Moms mamaroo is great for security due to its design of a large and comfy seat. However the Graco glider has added advantage of the shoulder straps.
3. THE SWING TECHNOLOGY
Having a swing with a poor swing technology beats the purpose for which the swing is made, you need one that has a quality and reliable swing technology, with a quiet motor and brings the baby to calmness.
The Swing Technology
Like Fisher-Price Snugabunny Cradle 'N Swing with Smart Swing's name suggests, it has a ‘smart swing technology’. The swing has a wide range of speeds and you can control them to suit your baby’s current mood. The swing senses the baby’s weight and therefore does not become defective as the baby grows. It also starts without a push.
4Moms Mamaroo swing technology has 5 different and unique motions examples of such being a car ride and tree swing. The motor is completely silent as it swings which is good as it does not distract or wake up the baby.
The Graco glider is said to have a peaceful and gentle motion just like a mother’s. It has six gliding speeds and two vibration settings that you can control and relax as your baby gets entertained.
The 4Moms Mamaroo’s wins in this category since it has a very quiet motor. The Graco Glider LX is fairly quiet while the Snugabunny can be quit loud especially when defaulted or wrongly assembled. If you are looking to choose swing motor quality over the price, the 4Moms Mamaroo is ideal.
4. SEAT POSITIONS
The seat position is the other next feature you will need to look out for in shopping for a baby swing. A baby swing is a multipurpose gear, that is, you can use it as a glider to soothe the bay to sleep or a play toy to keep the baby entertained. For every purpose, a different seat position is desired to ensure comfort and safety of the baby.
The Fisher-price Snugabunny has several seat positions; recline or upright; left-facing, center or right-facing, which in turn determines the swinging motion, which could be side-to-side cradle or head-to-toe swing. You can control the seat position to suit the baby’s mood whether it’s playing or soothing to sleep.
The Graco Glider swing has a large and deep seat with a plush body support and designed to feature three adjustable reclining positions. The seat has shoulder straps increasing the safety of your baby in whatever reclined position the seat is in.
The Snugabunny wins in this category. It has more options for the seat positions and flexibility of the highest level. The Mamaroo is comfortable but allows less seat movements compared to the Snugabunny. However, the Graco Glider is seen to be the safest since it has shoulder straps that keep the baby glued to the seat hence the baby cannot fall off regardless of how vigorous the movements might be.
5. PORTABILITY AND STORAGE
It is important to have your baby swing well stored to avoid ruining it by knocking it over or squeezing it through walls. Portability is also essential.
Portability and Storage
The fisher price swing is very little making it easy to store; it occupies very little space in your house. Its parts are also easy to detach and easy to reassemble allowing portability.
The 4 Moms Mamaroo is seen to have a tiny floor space, which means it takes up less space while in motion and in storage. Though it appears quite large to carry around, it is quite easy to assemble and disassemble to allow portability.
The Graco glider is small and compact designed to have an ingenious frame design and uses 40% less space as compared to other baby swings. With such a feature it will fit easily in nearly every room reducing your storage worries.
The Moms Mamaroo wins in this category if your focus is on size and storage. It has a small base compared to the Snugabunny and Graco Glider that have a fairly wide base and would need a greater storage space.
6. WEIGHT LIMIT
When looking for a baby gear you need to consider the term of service in relation to the baby’s weight; we all know how fast babies grow! Choose a baby swing that will serve you a longer time.
The Fisher-Price is said to have a weight limit of 25lbs. Customers who have bought and reviewed it have said you can use it from the time the baby is born till he/she attempts to climb out of it.
The maximum weight recommended for this little swing is 25 pounds. It would give you service for the first 5-8 months of your baby’s life.
The Graco Glider has a minimum weight recommendation of 5.5 pounds and a maximum weight recommendation of 30 pounds.
The Graco Glider wins, it is stronger and serves you till the baby is 30 pounds while the Snugabunny and the 4Moms Mamaroo serve till the baby is 25 pounds.
7. NOISE LEVEL
Choose a baby tool that is calm and fairly quiet as babies don’t like distractive sounds especially when sleepy. You need one that has fine tunes and more preferably one that turns off on its own after a few minutes.
The motor is said to be loud if the device is not well assembled. When correctly assembled and firmly positioned it is quiet and soothing. The melodies are fairly loud and suit for babies.
The motor is fairly quiet and all you can hear are the unique sounds playing from the swing.
This beautiful swing and glider is said to be peaceful and quiet with a quiet motor allowing your baby to be soothed into sleeping.
The 4Moms Mamaroo has the quietest motor, the Graco glider has soothing tunes and calming vibrations while the Snugabunny is not preferred for soothing the baby into sleep as the melodies are fairly loud and the motor too.
8. OVERAL IMPRESSION
All baby gears are preferred if they are attractive and look just like babies! Baby swings add aesthetic value to whichever room they are placed in and even as you walk around with them.
The Fisher-Price Snugabunny is one of a kind. It has different shades of white with cream yellow details making it look quiet and lovely. The toy bar has a wide range of colours all which are calm and attractive for a baby. Its design is beautiful, with toys all over and bunny ears head support.
This little product has a large black seat and the stand and overhead are white in colour. The design is spectacular with an overhead toy mobile with reversible toys. You could buy it together with the summer infant coloured changing pad that gives it a whole new look and fit for outdoors and summer.
This swing is quite cool with an ingenious frame design; the main colours of the Graco Glider are grey and cream with yellow accents. The body and head supports are a cream colour and can be removed. The removable toy bar has two places with Velcro where the included teddy bears can attach and hang.
The 4Moms Mamaroo seems to win in most categories but it is also the most expensive of all. If you are not price sensitive and determined to have the best features, go with the 4Moms Mamaroo. If you are price sensitive and need the features, the Graco Glider is probably the one for you.