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Published on: 01 Jan 2019 by laurawang
So there we go! Your little one has just came to this world, bringing you joy and happiness. All your family members are just delighted and your life is oh so sweet now. That’s the kind of vision you could see in a tv advertisement. Reality is quite far from this picture and every mom knows it perfectly. There are of course times of joy, but there’s the other side of the coin too. Some still find it surprising (while I find it hilarious) that mom actually needs a break from time to time. Imagine that, mom could need her second hand from time to time!
Let’s put jokes aside – your baby is irritable on your hands and you just ran out of ideas on how to calm him down. I really wanted to carry my little one all the time, but being a full-time mom is so much more than just changing diapers. There’s a pile of dishes in the sink, the floor desperately needs cleaning or you just want to get a coffee or take a shower. Or maybe you’re so tired you also need a nap as much as your baby. Solution?
What you need is one of the most essential baby accessories, especially during the first few months – a good baby swing. Picking just the right one is not an easy task, I’ve been there myself. The market is literally flooded with so many models, so I’ll try to guide you and show what you should check before deciding to buy a particular baby swing that will soothe your baby (and you at the same time).
I always repeat, safety first. The swing should have a harness, preferrably a five-point one, or at least a three-point. This will highly reduce the possibility of any accidents, you surely don’t want your kid to fall out of the swing. At the same time, make sure that the harness is made with a nice material – its job is to keep your beloved one in place, but at the same time it should be comfortable or the whole napping idea becomes worthless.
Another aspect related to safety is the actual height of the swing. Various models come in different heights. I may be a bit exaggerating, but somehow I just feel more safe with a swing that is not too far from the ground. Of course the higher ones are not something you should be scared of, it’s just my personal opinion.
Frame is also one of the most important things to check in my opinion. Some swings have plastic frames, some have metal ones. Personally I rather pick the metal ones as they feel more sturdy and reliable to me. Whatever you choose, there’s one thing metal and plastic ones should have in common: a wide base. It’s really important, as you don’t want the swing to tip with your baby in it.
Swinging speed is also important. Babies have different needs, so the more swinging speeds the particular model has, the better. It will take some time to see what setting does the job best in your case, but it’s always to be prepared and have as much choices as possible.
It’s quite probable both you and your baby will fall in love with the accessory, but it’s the little one that will be sitting in the swing. As much as you want to provide your kind with a safe swing, you want a comfy swing too. Make sure that the materials used for the seat are nice in touch and prefferably thick to provide a comfy nap for the little one instead of a screaming gig starting as soon as you put it into the swing.
Adjustable seat position is also related to comfort. A reclining seat should be great for the first few months, but things may change in time and your baby changes its preferences of position. It’s the same thing as with the swinging speeds – the more options you have, the better.
Caution, caution, we have a diaper blowout! Scenario number two: a spit-up incident! Rest assured this will surely happen more than once and it’s nothing strange, but the swing will end up filthy and messed. Make sure that the swing you choose will be easy to clean. The cover needs to be easy to take off, so you could put it in a washing machine.
These are just some of the most important things you should check before buying a swing and I really hope I helped you a bit and narrowed down the number of models you will consider. If you don’t want to spend much time on researching, you can refer to my review of the best baby swing for 2019 where I present some of the best models out there.