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What to Look For in a Baby Swing

Babies-R-Us-baby-swing-buying-guide-450x400When your new baby starts to fuss and rocking them in your arms isn’t doing the trick, a baby swing is a great alternative. Here are a few features to look for when you’re out shopping or reading through baby swing reviews.

Size

Swings can vary in size. This is why you should decide where in your home you’ll be placing it before you purchase. Larger swings are meant to be more stationary because they require a lot more space. Portable swings generally take up less space and are easy to move around.

Speed and directional settings

At the beginning it’s all about trial and error to find out what your little one prefers and what’s most comfortable (don’t worry – they’ll have no problem telling you what they like and don’t like). Many of today’s swings have multiple speed settings as well as the ability to mix it up by rocking from side-to-side as well as from front to back. Sometimes, a change of direction is all it takes to calm them down. If you do buy a swing with front to back and side-to-side capabilities, remember to give it enough room. Keep it away from walls, cabinets and table corners.

Mobiles

Most swings come with mobiles, which are excellent for keeping your baby stimulated (and awake) while they rock back and forth. Don’t hang anything from the mobile that didn’t come with it.

Reclining seats

In the first few months, your baby lacks the head control and neck strength to safely maintain an upright position. Reclining seats are designed to cradle newborns, and then straighten over time as your little one grows to the point where no recline is needed.

Music

Soft tunes mixed with light rocking can definitely have a soothing effect on your baby. But before you purchase a swing that plays music, it’s probably best to listen to the swing’s offerings. You’ll be hearing it a lot so you should make sure you like the lullaby.

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