There’s nothing quite like the soothing comfort of swaying in Mom or Dad’s arms. But, let’s be honest, sometimes parents need use of those hands, too. That’s when a calming swing comes into play for the sleepy first months of baby’s life.
Here’s what to look for to find the swing of your (and baby’s) dreams:
1. Is it compact and easy to store? When you need a baby swing, you need a baby swing. But, when you don’t, you don’t—and it sure is nice to have the ability to fold it up and store it.
2. Is it portable? Portable swings are handy not only when you’re moving from room to room, but also whenever you’re making a visit to a house that isn’t equipped with other baby gear. That way, baby can be safe and content and you can actually have a conversation.
3. Are there music and sound options? After the natural white noise effects of the womb, infants tend to like some gentle melodies or tunes. Look for a swing that offers a number of different songs or types of white noise.
4. How does it help soothe baby? The main objective of a swing is to help soothe baby—so look for one that is really equipped to do that with a variety of swinging, rocking and vibrating effects.
5. Can it be used for playtime? The swing is sure to quickly become one of your baby’s very favorite places. So it sure is nice to have one that can pull double-duty by being an entertaining playtime hangout, too. Look for one with interactive elements, visually engaging toys and a seat that can be adjusted to a more inclined position.