Baby Swing Comparison Tips – How to Compare Baby Swings
If it is possible, it’s best to test the baby swing of a friend or relative to see how your baby likes it. If that is not possible, take the baby along to a store to try the swings out. Take along some batteries in case floor models are not outfitted with them. The baby’s reactions will help you determine which if any swings work best for your child.
Full Size Swings or Travel Models
If you would like to be able to move your swing to different rooms in the house as well as on the road or if your living space is tight, you may want to consider a travel type swing for your baby. Travel swings require little space and are usually quite sturdy with strong carrying handles.
There are some drawbacks to this style of swing. They require a bit more crouching and bending to place and remove the baby and it does not work well to try maneuvering while seated. This can be especially difficult for mothers recovering from delivery procedures.
Full Size Movement Options
Travel and standard full size models only move forward and back due to the construction. Cradle swings which are made with the frame holding the cradle seat suspended, have the ability to go sideways as well. It only requires turning the seat around.
Cradle swings also have the ability to allow the baby to completely lie down while the cradle swings. Travel and regular full size swings only allow the baby to recline. However, the usefulness of the cradle swing is short-lived because it cannot be switched to a fully upright position. Once the baby begins to kneel or push up independently, the cradle style swing is no longer safe and should be retired.
Fixed restraint systems are required on full size swings to ensure the baby won’t slip out. The five-point safety harness may consist of a crotch belt, which is a three-point harness, used with a waist restraining belt. Another configuration of five-point security is the waist belt combined with the passive crotch harness. These often have a type of tray additionally to ensure security.
Another five-point safety harness features an over-the-shoulder design. This is considered the ideal harness type because it limits the baby from being able to climb out the swing seat which quickly leads to plummeting to the floor.
Most of the travel swings do not feature the middle tray and post. Generally, they have a three-point safety harness which is considered inferior to the five-point.
Types of seating in baby swings vary. Some seats are padded and deep, almost womb-like. Other models feature a more Spartan style of a relatively wide chair combined with a head support that is adjustable. These larger chairs are not appropriate for children under 4 months because they can result in airway blockages due to positional asphyxia or the fabric itself.
For children still in the stage of infancy, it is best to have swing seats that recline or have angled backs because the babies this young can’t hold their heads up. Infant headrests are additionally helpful in properly positioning babies’ heads.
In order for the swing to be useful past three months, it should have a removable infant headrest as well as several levels of back positioning. Toy bars are a good feature for older babies when they are ready to be sitting up and reaching for things. Front trays on swings should be constructed to flip up, pivot sideways or be detached. This will ensure ease of removing the tray when necessary.
Be sure to operate your swing within the given time limit which the store has set for returns. This is usually from 1 month to 45 days after purchase. You need to not only assure proper fit and comfort, but the durability of the motor. If the motor ceases to work within that time frame, that too is a reason for returning it.
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