Updated on by Lyric Fergusson
When you’ve got a newborn in the house, it may feel impossible to get a moment to yourself. Babies love being held and would choose to be in your arms 24/7 if they could. Obviously, parents will need some time to take care of themselves, whether that’s a shower, household chores, or a quick nap.
There’s nothing better than a swing to help rock your child to sleep or keep them occupied while you take a few moments to yourself. With so many different styles and systems available, it can be hard to decide which one to get. That’s why I’ve compiled this list of the top 7 swings, with plenty of diversity, to help you find the one that’s right for your family.
Best Baby Swings
(Most comfortable — $$)
Why it’s great: This swing cradles your baby so they feel cozy and comfortable. It comes with a plush, dog themed seat insert that gives newborns extra head and body support. As your baby gets older, you can remove the padding to give them extra space. This seat has two reclining positions and a cute little mobile with animals to keep your child’s attention. The seat can rock side to side or you can turn the seat to rock forwards and back. With 6 speeds and 16 different music or nature sounds, you can customize this swing to whatever works best for your baby.
Keep in mind: This one takes up quite a bit of floor space, so make sure you have room before you purchase it.
Good for: Babies that like to be cozy, comfortable, and rocked in different ways.
(Most adjustable — $$$)
Why it’s great: This swing rocks back and forth and can be controlled with Bluetooth! It also auto senses when your baby wakes up and cries and will turn on automatically at the lowest speed. It also has so many different settings that you can adjust it to whatever your baby needs. It has lots of music options (plus Bluetooth), different speeds, timers, reclining positions, and seat heights. The great thing about this swing is that, as your baby gets older, it converts into a high chair. It comes with a dishwasher safe tray and you can adjust the height properly.
Keep in mind: This one can be plugged in or run off batteries, but you’ll have to purchase 4 AA batteries separately.
Good for: Parents that want a swing that they can use for other purposes as their baby gets older.
(Most unique — $$$)
Why it’s great: The unique design of this swing makes it stand out from the rest. It has 5 different motions that all simulate how you’d rock or bounce your baby if you were holding them. It can sway side to side and bounce up and down. The seat also reclines to different positions, so your baby can sit up or lay back. The plush fabric is soft against your child’s skin and helps them feel cozy and comfortable. It also comes with a mobile to keep your baby’s attention. It has built in music and sounds, but it can also connect to Bluetooth for more options. You can even control the speed and motions with a connected Bluetooth device.
Keep in mind: This swing can only be used up to 25lbs or when your child is old enough to sit up on their own.
Good for: Parents that want a swing that provides their baby with a more natural experience.
(Most versatile — $$$)
Why it’s great: This swing is exceptional because it can be used in four different ways. The first is as a gliding swing, with several different speeds available. The gentle motion feels just like being rocked in a glider by mom or dad. It can also be removed from the bottom and the seat can be used as a bouncer with different levels of vibration. Plus, comes with a bassinet that your baby can sleep in. The bassinet also attaches to the base, so your child can get the gliding effect while they’re sleeping. For added convenience, you can use this swing with a power cord or with batteries.
Keep in mind: For a newborn, the slowest speed is best. As your baby gets older and bigger, the faster settings can be used.
Good for: Parents that want a swing that comes with a great set of other abilities.
(Best portable swing — $)
Why it’s great: This little swing is the perfect choice for families on the go. If you travel a lot or like to spend a lot of time at grandma’s (or anyone else’s) house, this swing is for you. It’s super lightweight and folds up flat for easy portability, so you can take it with you wherever you go. It comes in two adorable patterns and is soft and plush. It has 8 different songs, plus nature sounds, and different speed settings. It’s also very quiet when it’s running, unlike most other swings that tend to make a lot of noise.
Keep in mind: You need to give the swing a slight push once you turn it on to get it going. Then adjust the speed settings.
Good for: Families that spend a lot of time out and about and want a swing they can easily take with them.
(Most lightweight — $$)
Why it’s great: This swing is one of the smaller options and is lightweight and easy to carry from one room to another. It also folds down almost completely flat for easy storage when not in use. It sways side to side and has 5 different speed options. Plus, it comes with a remote control for easy and convenient use or you can operate it from the digital touch screen. This swing is Bluetooth compatible, so you can play whatever song is the most soothing or entertaining for your child. It also comes with extra padding for newborn head and body support that’s extra soft and plush, keeping your baby safe and comfortable.
Keep in mind: This one doesn’t have a battery option – it needs to be plugged in to use.
Good for: Parents that want a swing that’s easy to move around the house.
(Best outdoor swing — $)
Why it’s great: This swing is designed more for play than gentle rocking, but the foam shell and supportive seat design may still put your baby to sleep! The ergonomic style cradles your baby perfectly and the 3 point harness will keep them safe, even if they try to sit up. The straps are super soft and not scratchy against your child’s skin, like most other seat belts. The straps are also adjustable and the seat is big and sturdy enough to support up to 50 lbs, so your baby will be able to use it as they grow into their toddler years. It comes with all the hanging hardware necessary to set it up and is safe to use both indoors and outdoors. It also comes in multiple color options, so you can choose the one that you like the best.
Keep in mind: This swing is recommended for babies 9 months and up; however, it may work for younger children with close parent supervision.
Good for: Parents looking for an outdoor swing for their child.
FAQs about Baby Swings
1. Are baby swings safe?
This is a difficult question to answer. In short, yes. But there are some things you need to understand. First, you need to make sure your swing meets current safety standards. If it’s a brand new swing, that should be a given, but if you’re buying used or getting a hand me down, you’ll need to check that out. You also need to make sure that the swing won’t tip over easily and that you’ve put it together correctly. Make sure that your child doesn’t exceed the weight limit. Any and all instructions should be followed to make sure that your baby is safe. Never leave your child alone in the swing for extended periods of time. If you follow all these rules, your swing should be safe for your baby.
2. What are the benefits of using a swing?
There are many benefits to using a swing. The main one is that they free up your arms for a little bit of time, allowing you to take care of yourself or the household. They provide a safe place for your baby to rest or play while you’re busy. Plus, the soothing rocking motion can calm fussy babies, sometimes better than anything else.
3. How long can my baby be in a swing?
There’s no set rule on how long your baby can be in a swing. But, it’s important that your child isn’t in the same position for an extended period of time. This can result in the back of their head flattening. Around 30 minutes should be the max amount at one time. Babies also need tummy time and room to move, kick, and look around. These things all help them develop their gross motor skills.
4. Can my baby sleep in a swing?
While it’s perfectly fine if your little one takes a short rest in a swing, it’s not recommended that they spend the night or even a long nap sleeping in one. This is because the AAP considers a swing a ‘sitting device’ which is at a higher risk of suffocation or SIDS. Babies should sleep on a hard, flat surface on their backs to prevent these risks. Even when your swing is fully reclined, there’s usually some incline, which can cause their head to fall forward and cause positional suffocation. If your child falls asleep in the swing, it’s best to move them to their crib or bassinet.
5. What features should I look for in a swing?
The type of swing you buy will be based on your own needs and personal preferences. There are so many different types available that it should be easy to find one that meets those needs. Some features to consider are the size, portability, and different functions the swing offers. Some rock back and forth, while others are side to side. Some can do both or have bouncing motions. The sound isn’t usually a key factor, as white noise seems to calm babies better than any music. The last thing to consider is whether it’s battery operated or has a power adapter.
Buying a baby swing can be a lifesaver for new parents that need a break. Having a child is exhausting and having a safe place to put your newborn for a short while will really help. Don’t get too frustrated with all the different styles and types of swings available. Consider what you actually need out of the swing.
At the end of the day, any swing that gets your child’s attention will work, so focus on functionality over all the bells and whistles and you should easily be able to find a swing that’s right for your family.