How to Choose the Perfect Baby Swing
You may head into an infant store front having some reputable nursery product brands as favorites. But you could walk away with their model only to find they’re subpar.
They may not just suit your baby’s nursery. It’s therefore important that you make your choice of baby swing on how they meet your baby’s play time needs. As well as other features you deem important for your baby’s comfort on the swing.
Whatever the brand, size or type, as a general rule of thumb, here are some common features a typical cozy baby swing set should come with.
Adjustable Swinging Motion
The very reason you are buying a baby swing is to impress and entertain your baby with a super comfy nursery furniture that rocks it in a range of motion that gives it the feeling it is in the warm swinging cradle of your arms.
A baby swing is no different from a crib if it cannot amuse and make your baby ‘forget’ it has a crying instinct. You also want to take into consideration that the craving for variety is a natural inclination; so your baby even as tender as it is, desires the swing to be able to move at various speeds; this makes it necessary for your choice of baby swinger to come with adjustments.
Premium baby swing sets come with a three speed setting that allows the baby swing move fast, slow or at a rate in-between the two extremes. Also baby swings move at different motions; while some move from side to side, many others have a back and forth motion.
You must know what motion gets your baby excited; with this you know what motion to look out for on a baby swing set before purchasing it. If you can get a baby swing that switches in-between both motions, it is better for your baby.
You may also look out for secondary adjustment features like a timer that gives a duration to the swinging motion; if you notice that your baby often sleeps off in your swinging arm; this may be a nice feature for you to look out for on your choice baby swing set. Since you have a rough idea of how long you swing your baby in your arms before it usually fall asleep, you can program same time on the swinger so that the motion stops about the time the baby doses off.
If the seat of a baby swing set doesn’t provide succor, your baby would rather be irritated by the swinging motion and you know what follows, the very screams and cries that get you sick.
So you must just look out for comfy features like good cushioning, padding and the material used for the seat cover; another factor you may not give attention to but remains so important for the baby to continuously enjoy the seat is ease of maintenance. When the baby spills food content on the seat, how easy is it for you to wash off? Does it take time to dry off? Does it stink? Is the seat material breathable?
You want to know if the seat of the baby swinger can withstand abuse and the baby’s mess. Beyond this, you can also look out for seat detachability and seat recline position adjustments. Your baby would need these features as it grows. While newborns would only be able to lay in a perfectly flattened recline position, older babies may be more comfortable with having the seat provide them a back rest for them to sit up.
You don’t want to imagine a baby swinger toppling over with your baby in it. Don’t just wish it would never happen, ensure it doesn’t by testing the strength of a baby swinger’s frame before purchasing it. some dummy test of frame strength you can do include mounting pressure on it with your hands to see how much weight the base can bear; you can also push it over intentionally to see how much of external impact it can bear before toppling over.
A baby swinger with a sturdy frame should provide balance and bear the weight of the baby without making rickety sounds. The sturdiest frames are made of strong metals. If you are going for a portable baby swinger, you want to check to ensure that the frame folds up easily.
In addition to the basic features, any other feature that thrills your baby would make an excellent add-on. Rhythmic lighting, music, toys and colorful dolls are some of the features that can keep your baby busy exploring while the baby swing rocks.