You may think you don’t want some awkward plastic baby contraption messing up the vibe of your living room, but if you’d like to have the option of peeing without holding a newborn or maybe (just maybe) taking the World’s Shortest Shower, you’ll find a way to deal with an ugly swing for a few months. Even if the soothing motion doesn’t lull your newborn into a deep sleep, it’s sometimes enough to calm — or at least entertain — a fussy baby. For a while anyway.
KEY FEATURES: At its most basic, a baby swing has some sort of mechanized function to keep a back-and-forth motion going until you turn it off. But swings are anything but basic these days. Many have variable speeds, different kinds of vibration, and multiple options for sounds or music. What it really comes down to is what your baby likes best — and what you can handle looking at for a few months.
This swing is definitely the best bang for your buck. It has five speeds, vibrations, calming sounds, dangling birdie attachments for entertainment, and a newborn insert. The design is subtle enough, and if you’re short on space, this compact swing doubles as a seat — just click the seat into lock mode and voila! (You can still use the noises and vibration while it’s locked). It’s easy to fold and transport, and all of the fabric parts are machine washable.
Cons: It requires four C batteries and changing them is kind of a pain.
This swing has it all! No, really it does: Two recline positions, a wall plug, 16 sounds and songs — and it can swing from front-to-back or side-to-side. The seat pad, infant insert, and head support are all machine washable.
Cons: It’s pretty big — like your living room will feel like a room with a baby swing in it — but if space isn’t an issue, go for it.
Design-savvy moms love this motorized infant seat that’s sleek, modern, and fairly unobtrusive as far as baby gear is concerned. It has five different movements, adjustable speed and volume, built-in white noise, and you can Bluetooth it to your phone to control everything from the comfort of the couch. Bonus: It plugs into the wall so you don’t have to replace the batteries all the darn time.
Cons: It’s pricey, and it’s really missing that simple back-and-forth movement that babies seem to love so much. Definitely try this one before you buy!