12 Best Baby Swings in 2017
The constant swaying motion of a swing is relaxing for everyone, especially babies.
It can turn a fussy, grumpy baby into a calm, tranquil little angle in a matter of minutes, but with a wide range of products to choose from, finding the best baby swing on the market isn’t easy.
To simplify the process, we have created a list of the top swings that have proven to be successful for thousands of parents and families just like yours.
Join our experts as they reveal the secrets to choosing the right swing for your budget and your family’s needs in this detailed guide.
Table of Contents
- Top 12 Baby Swings Comparison Table
- Two Types of Swings – Indoor or Outdoor
- Indoor Swings – What to Look For
- What About a Bouncer?
- Top 5 Best Baby Swing Reviews
Top 12 Baby Swings Comparison Table
|Design||Name||Max. Weight||Plays Music?||Rating (1-5)|
|1. Step2 Infant to Toddler Swing Seat||50 pounds||No||4.8|
|2. Little Tikes 2-in-1 Snug ‘n Secure Swing||50 pounds||No||4.7|
|3. Little Tikes Cozy Coupe First Swing||50 pounds||No||4.7|
|4. Graco Glider LX Gliding Swing||30 pounds||Yes||4.2|
|5. Fisher-Price My Little Snugapuppy Cradle ‘n Swing||25 pounds||Yes||4.1|
|6. Graco Glider Lite Baby Swing||20 pounds||Yes||4.1|
|7. Fisher-Price Deluxe Take Along Swing and Seat||20 pounds||Yes||4.1|
|8. 4Moms Mama Roo 4 Infant Seat||25 pounds||Yes*||4.1|
|9. Graco Simple Sway Baby Swing||30 pounds||Yes||3.9|
|10. Ingenuity ConvertMe Ridgedale Swing-2-Seat||9 kg**||Yes||3.9|
|11. Comfort & Harmony Cozy Kingdom Portable Swing||19 pounds||Yes||3.9|
|12. Fisher-Price Deluxe Cradle ‘n Swing||25 pounds||Yes||3.9|
*This device is Bluetooth enabled so you can control the music from your smart device.
**This product is recommended according to the manufacturer’s original weight measurement in kilograms, which ends up being just slightly under 20 pounds.
Two Types of Swings – Indoor or Outdoor
Most of you searching for the best baby swing probably want one that you can use indoors. These models usually play music, offer you different types of rocking motions to help soothe baby or have a mobile hanging from the top to keep baby entertained.
Don’t exclude the outdoor swing, however, especially once your baby gets a little bigger. If you have a solid structure to suspend the swing from outside, then you can introduce “big kid” style swinging to them once they’re ready.
When you’re looking at outdoor swings, it’s important to pay attention to the strap system (does it have a harness and T-bar or just a seatbelt?) and the rope. Weather-resistant rope is ideal since the swing will most likely be exposed to the elements all year long.
Indoor Swings – What to Look For
When you’re looking at an indoor swing, there are a few things you should pay attention to as you compare models.
- Number of Speeds – Most units offer you 6 gliding speeds, which is plenty. A few models may have less than that (the Ingenuity ConvertMe Ridgedale Swing-2-Seat, for example, only has 5), but that’s not really a con; it just means you aren’t able to customize the speed as well as the other units.
- Does it vibrate? – In addition to swinging and rocking baby, some swings will also vibrate to help soothe and calm.
- Recline Positions – In addition to swinging and vibrating, some seats will also recline. Is this an important feature to you? We felt that the different swinging and music options were more important, but if you’re looking for something with all of the bells and whistles, you might appreciate having this option.
- Volume Control – Pretty much all swings that you use indoors have music on them, and if this is the case, it’s nice to know how many different levels of volume control they give you to help customize your baby’s listening experience.
Check to see how many different melodies it plays, too. We like swings that have at least 10 options just so you – the adult – won’t get sick of hearing the same ones over and over again.
- Batteries – Don’t forget to check and see what type of replacement batteries it requires (if any) and how many you will need.
- What Type of Harness Does It Have? – Safety is a priority for every parent or caretaker when it comes to choosing baby products. Ideally, the swing should have a 5-point harness, which consists of five straps that will help keep your baby upright and safe in the seat.
- Is It Easy to Transport? – If you plan to take the swing with you when you travel, find out what the folded dimensions are so you can make sure it will easily fit in your car or trunk with everything else.
- How Easy Is It to Wash? – These swings get dirty, so check to see how easy it is to remove the seat pad for washing and make sure you follow the manufacturer’s directions for washing it.
What About a Bouncer?
Since we wanted to focus on the best baby swings, we didn’t include any bouncers on our list; however, they are an option.
Swings are better for fixed locations while bouncers are easier to transport since they’re lighter and less bulky.
Both are designed to soothe and calm your baby when you’re busy tending to other things, but in our review section, we’ll be focusing on some of the top indoor and outdoor swings.
Top 5 Best Baby Swing Reviews
Recommended Age: 9 months – 36 months
The Step2 Infant to Toddler Swing comes with everything you need to hook it up and start swinging.
You should be able to get a few years out of this swing since it is designed to accommodate babies from about 9 months to 36 months or up to 50 pounds (maximum).
Assembly is a breeze; you’ll just need to make sure that you keep the swing a minimum of 6.5 feet away from any structures or obstacles. You can attach it to your existing swing set (see instructions to make sure) or on a tree.
The rope they include is weather-resistant, and all parts are easy to clean. We also thought that the harness was quite sturdy and it wasn’t uncomfortable for baby.
Overall, we were very pleased with this outdoor swing and highly recommend it to families who spend a lot of time outdoors in their yards.
Little Tikes’ 2-in-2 Snug ‘n Secure Swing is more popular than the Step2 swing most likely because it costs less. After trying both of them, however, we still felt that the Step2 had a better design and was higher in quality.
As our number two pick, this swing doesn’t have any major differences, except we did feel that the straps were a bit farther apart in this swing than the previous one. Because of this, the straps end up falling on the sides of the shoulders rather than over the collarbone of smaller babies. If you have an 8-month-old or a 9-month-old, we suggest you wait a few months before putting them in it.
It’s weatherproof, easy to assemble and just as durable as the Step2, so if you happen to be shopping on a budget or have an older baby that weighs less than 50 pounds, this would be a great match!
An alternative to both of the previous outdoor swings is the Cozy Coupe from Little Tikes.
It is undoubtedly adorable, and kids enjoy the race car style design with a horn that they can beep on the steering wheel.
One of the main differences between this seat and the others is that it does not have harness straps on the top. Instead, there is a seat belt buckle that you hook across your little one’s lap. Little Tikes doesn’t specify the age limit of this swing, only the weight limit (which is 50 pounds), but we’re assuming that babies around the 12-month mark should be able to handle it without a problem. You’ll be there as they swing, so you can always take them out if you don’t feel they’re quite ready!
Out of all the outdoor swings we tried, this wasn’t our top pick simply because it can’t accommodate smaller babies very well and they didn’t list an age minimum.
In terms of quality and structure, however, we weren’t disappointed. Kids love swinging in this! It’s great for grandma and grandpa’s house, too.
- 6 gliding speeds
- 10 melodies
- 2 vibration speeds
- Can be used with a plug or with batteries
The Graco Glider LX was our favorite indoor swing and one that we highly recommend to anyone who wants a safe and relaxing place to place their baby when other tasks require their attention.
As a glider, it doesn’t have the same up and down motion that a regular swing does but rather glides back and forth on a horizontal axis. It mimics the same movement of the glider chairs that so many parents use in nurseries, which is calming and soothing.
We found it to be quite compact compared with some of the other brands on our list, and if you want something that is easy to fold and take on the road, you won’t have any problems with this one.
- 6 gliding speeds
- 2 swinging motions
- 16 melodies
- 3 seat positions
This seat is incredibly easy to customize since you can choose the swinging motion (side to side or head to toe), the speed, the position, and one of the 16 soothing melodies that are built into the system.
The SmartSwing Technology allows the seat to sense the weight of the baby as he or she grows so that it won’t slow down as the weight increases; this is a problem with some other swings, which is why we wanted to mention it!
Babies appreciate the little mobile on the top with cute friends and a mirrored globe so they can study themselves.
A few things that you probably won’t appreciate are A). the size and B). the motor can be a bit noisy.
It is still a noteworthy swing, but not our absolute favorite due to these two issues.