Best Baby Swings 2020
|Model and Link to Amazon||Our Rating|
|#1. Fisher Price Sweet Snugapuppy|
|#2. Graco Sense2Soothe Swing|
|#3. Graco Glider LX Baby Swing|
|#4. Graco Duetsoothe Swing|
|#5. Graco Simple Sway|
As we expected, some of the swings were so comfortable and soothing that the babies nodded off within a few minutes. Other infant swings were a bit noisier and clunkier and were not as soothing or comfortable. Some had great battery life while others didn't last so long and put a dent in the wallet. If you're going to spend $100-200 on a baby swing, then you want to make sure you're making a good decision. Or just use some gift cards from your baby shower to make it feel like less! After our in-depth reviews, we put together the below buying guide and hope it helps you make your decision! If you're looking for a baby bouncer instead of swing, check out our reviews of the best baby bouncers, where we review the Nuna Leaf and several other options.
- Top 5 Baby Swings Comparison Table
- 1. Best Baby Swing Overall: Fisher-Price
- 2. Graco Sense2Soothe Baby Swing
- 3. Graco Glider LX Baby Swing
- 4. Graco Duetsoothe Baby Swing
- 5. Graco Simple Sway Swing
- 6. Ingenuity Cozy Kingdom
- 7. Fisher-Price Deluxe Take-Along
- 8. Graco Duet Glide LX Swing
- 9. Graco EveryWay Soother
- 10. 4Moms MamaRoo Classic Swing
- Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the Best Baby Swings of 2020!
After all is said and done, we kept going back to the top-rated Fisher Price Sweet Snugapuppy Dreams Cradle 'n Swing. Not the sleek & fancy 4Moms swing, or a trendy cocoon swing - those were nice but just can't match the feature list or reliability. The Cradle 'n Swing units are available in a bunch of different themes, some are super adorable and some more adventurous, such as the Sweet Snugapuppy, Sweet Snugabunny, Rainforest Friends, and Sweet Snugabear. Many of the first-time moms in our group didn't realize how much these have advanced from 7-8 years ago. This one swings either side to side (6 different settings) or front to back. The legs fold up for portability and storage, and it now includes a plug-in adapter to save yourself a lot of D batteries (it can also run on 4 D batteries if you choose, but we prefer it as a swing AC-powered). There are songs and nature sounds, a rotating and reclining seat, and it senses the baby's weight to adjust motor torque and compensate for the weight of a growing baby and keep swinging speeds consistent. Moms thought the seat was very plush and comfortable, and the fabric cover was easy to clean (it's machine washable, by the way). They liked that it had a good weight limit of 25 pounds, and some of the themes were ridiculously cute. Out of the box, assembly took about 25 minutes: it wasn't particularly complicated, but there were a lot of connections to be made (and in the right direction!). Another great touch that the older versions didn't have is the 5-point harness, which really helps keep your baby safe and secure and prevent them from sitting up, leaning way forward, or otherwise freaking out their parents! Cons? Not too many. The motor did make a subtle clicking noise sometimes, and when not plugged in it burns through batteries pretty quickly. Overall, this is an excellent option. Note that we also tested the Fisher Price Papasan Cradle Swing; it's a bit cheaper but in our opinion, the Cradle 'n Swing is the better deluxe cradle option. Interested? You can check out the Sweet Snugapuppy Dreams Cradle 'n Swing here.
The 4Moms Mamaroo changed the baby swing and rocker/bouncer market forever, causing many of the bigger manufacturers such as Graco and Fisher Price to figure out new ways to compete in the "multiple ways to soothe" market. Enter the Graco Sense2Soothe! We got our hands on the Sense2Soothe for testing in mid-2020, and had a lot of fun with it. Out of the box it felt sturdy and well constructed, and it was super easy to assemble. It doesn't use any batteries, which is a nice touch, so you'll need to have it positioned close to an outlet. Once you get it set up and plugged in, the controls are pretty intuitive to use. There are four swing settings (motions), that basically all involve a basic side-to-side motion coupled with different intensities and timings of vertical movement. The seat can be rotated by 90-degrees, allowing you to choose between side-to-side motion versus front-to-back motion, making it a total of eight different motions to choose from. Note that you can actually rotate the seat to any 90-degree increment, which is nice to help orient your baby towards wherever they action is (or away from it!). There are also three different speeds to choose from, making for 24 different combinations of motion and speed. Not bad, especially when you combine it with the three recline settings! The buttons were all big and clearly labeled, though they are very low down so you need to get on your knees to access them (unlike a traditional baby swing that has the controls up top). In addition to motion and speed, there are two vibration intensities and a bunch of different sounds and melodies (with adjustable volume). Even at the highest volume it wasn't very loud, so most of the sounds are pretty soothing and not alarming. Speaking of alarming, the coolest feature is the cry detection, which detects your baby's crying and automatically starts the system. Once triggered by crying, the system goes through a sequence of eight different motion and sound combinations until it detects the crying has stopped (at which point it just stays in the final setting). That's the default, and will work when you press the star button. But another really cool feature is that you can customize what you want the swing to do when it detects a cry: you turn on your preferred settings and press down the heart button until it flashes. Then, the next time you turn on the swing and press the heart button, it activates the custom soothing setting automatically when your baby cries. We really liked that feature - every baby is a little different and this lets you customize to your baby's needs. Does the cry detection false alarm? Sometimes, but pretty rarely. One of our kids yelled across the house and it activated, and it also activated when we turned on one of our vacuum cleaners (but not our other one). It didn't activate for other loud noises like doors, pots and pans, or low music. In addition to its use as a versatile swing, you can completely detach the seat from the base and use it as a portable rocker. It doesn't have any motion or other features in this mode, but it does rock nicely in response to your baby's movement (kicking, wiggling). In terms of weight and height limits, Graco says that this system should no longer be used once your baby starts attempting to crawl out, reaches 25 pounds, or reaches 30" tall (whichever comes first). Overall, we're super impressed with the features and versatility of this system. Cons? A couple worth mentioning. It's pretty expensive, the buttons are a little noisy (clicky), and there's no carry handle for quickly moving it around. Interested? You can check out the Graco Sense2Soothe here!
The classic baby swing, like the Snugapuppy, has been around for nearly two decades! There are a few chief complaints from parents about the classic design: it's awkward getting baby in and out of the seat, the batteries are expensive, the motor gets loud over time, it takes up a huge footprint in you home, and the movement can be a little intense for babies. Enter the Glider LX! Instead of having the large motor and control arm up top, Graco relocated it to the side, making it much less awkward getting baby in and out of the seat. The Glider LX also includes a power adapter so you have the option to plug it in or run on battery. Finally, the swing takes up 40% less space than a traditional swing, and the gliding motion is super smooth and calming. Additional features include the removable mobile with hanging toys, the infant seat insert, a five-point harness, 2-stage vibration, 6 gliding speeds, 10 melodies, 6 nature sounds, and a great weight range from 5.5 pounds up to 30 pounds. Out of the box, assembly took about 15 minutes; it uses a series of snap-in attachments rather than screws, which makes assembly a bit easier than with some other options. Before you attach the vibration control to the seat, be sure to put one D battery into the back of the box; note that the vibration will not work without that battery installed, as it doesn't receive power from the wall adapter. In our testing, we thought the gliding motion was smooth and a lot like the familiar feeling of a great nursery glider. The motor was quiet, the songs sounded fine, and it had a great white noise feature as well. The seat has 3 recline settings, which is awesome, and the seat cover can be removed and machine washed. It didn't feel like the highest quality or sturdiest swing that we tested, but it's also only about $100. Cons? Not super sturdy construction, but we didn't run into any major issues with stability or quality. When running on batteries and not plugged in, it burns through batteries very quickly (5-7 days of normal use); also, the wall plug cord isn't super long so you might consider an extension cord if you're not placing it near a wall or outlet. Overall, we really loved testing the Graco Glider LX, and think the features and comfort are awesome, especially for the price. Save for some minor drawbacks, it's definitely one of the best baby swings available! Interested? You can check out the Graco Glider LX here!
Here's another great option with some added versatility relative to the Cradle 'n Swing: the swing seat can be removed and placed on the ground as a rocker. It has a clever handle on the top to help you carry the rocker around. It also has a soothing vibration feature with 2 speeds, which works whether it's in swing or rocker mode. Like the Cradle 'n Swing, the seat can be rotated so the baby can swing side to side or front to back, and it can use 5 D batteries or plug into the wall. It also has music and the great 5-point harness, along with a high 30-pound weight limit. Out of the box, it took us about 25 minutes to put together, which was a bit easier than the Cradle 'n Swing. So with all these great features and the potential for it to be a really soothing system for your baby, you're probably wondering why it isn't higher on our list! Well, when not plugged into the wall this thing burns through batteries like crazy, and the motor was a bit louder than the Cradle 'n Swing. And the Graco DuetSoothe Swing and Rocker's mobile doesn't rotate around like the Cradle 'n Swing. The one thing our test moms found the most annoying was that unlike the Cradle 'n Swing there wasn't a single power button to shut off the whole system. If you have the swing, music, and vibration on, you will need to shut off all 3 separately. That being said, if you value the versatility of the removable rocker, you will definitely be happy with this baby swing. Note that we also tested the Graco DuetConnect LX Swing Plus Bouncer, which we also recommend (rather than the rocker, it has a detachable bouncer). Highly recommended! Interested? You can check out the Graco Duetsoothe here!
This is a super simple, relatively compact, highly reliable and versatile Graco Simple Sway swing that comes in at a great price point under $100. What makes it relatively simple is that it has a small frame design, helping it take up much less space than typical baby swings, making it great for smaller rooms or apartments. The mobile is also quite cute and simple, but doesn't spin around overhead; it is there for your baby to look at and reach up to. But that's where the simplicity ends because this inexpensive swing actually has quite a few features. It can play 10 different music tunes, or 5 different nature sounds. It has 2 vibration settings (we'd call them low and medium), and 6 swing speed settings. It swings side to side just like Cradle 'n Swing, along with a 5-point harness, and supports babies from 5 to 30 pounds. It can use four D batteries, or simply plug into the wall with the included power adapter. The seat cover removes easily and is machine washable, which is a nice touch. What it doesn't have are recline settings (the seat has a fixed recline position), the ability to switch to front-back swinging, or easily folded legs for storage. We also thought the seat was a bit lacking in terms of support and cushioning, especially for smaller babies. This would be remedied by having some additional recline positions, or by giving better head and neck support. And the motor could be a bit loud at times, especially on higher speed settings. So overall, the Cradle 'n Swing and Duetsoothe are better overall than the Graco Simple Sway swing, but this is an excellent option if you're looking to save a bit of cash and get a great overall baby swing that's a little more basic than other options. Interested? You can check out the Graco Simple Sway here!
This is a great super portable baby swing for space-constrained situations, smaller homes, and portability. You can place it on the floor in a tight spot, and you can fold it up and bring it along with you as a travel swing. And it fits easily into a medium or large suitcase, and into even the smallest trunks. But don't let the small size fool you, this baby swing is capable of most things that the larger ones are. It has multiple (six) swing speed settings (and it swings front-to-back which is nice), and in our testing, we thought that the settings were pretty quiet, even at the medium to high speeds. The only noise was when you adjust the swing speed the knob itself is quite loud, and there is a minor popping/cracking sound until it attains the new speed setting; it wasn't really loud enough to wake a sleeping baby, but definitely could if the baby is a light sleeper. The baby swing does have some music options, including nature sounds and lullabies, which were fine, so it can swing infants but also keep them interested in the music while the swing is turned off. The swing also has a timer so the batteries won't get burned out unintentionally. Speaking of batteries, it takes 4 "C" type batters, and in our usage, they lasted about a month with daily use. There is no cord for plugging it in, so swapping out batteries every month or so can get expensive. Keep that in mind when you're considering the relatively low (about $55) price point, as one of the more expensive options above might end up being cheaper in the long run because they include a wall plug. Our testing babies found it very comfortable, and the fabric was easy to wipe clean and was also machine washable (cold water). Though Ingenuity says it can be used with babies up to 19 pounds, we found it straining quite a bit with a 14-pound baby, so that seemed like a more reasonable limit. Other downfalls? Well, it's so portable that it's also very low to the ground, and parents might get frustrated having to kneel down so low to get the baby in and out. But that's the cost of high portability. The only other cons with this infant swing were that there is no vibration setting, and only two adjustable recline settings that position the baby pretty far back, which is ideal for comfort (napping shouldn't really happen in an inclined sleeper like this) but not great for a sit-up position where baby can watch what you're up to, or do some playing or feeding. So, if you're looking for a great portable baby swing, this is definitely an awesome option at a great price! If you're willing to spend a bit more, the Ingenuity Inlighten Cradling Swing is also a great option, as is the Ingenuity DreamComfort Inlighten Cradling Swing, so check them out. Interested? You can check out the Ingenuity Cozy Kingdom Swing here.
This is one of the best portable baby swings on our list, coming in right alongside the Ingenuity Cozy Kingdom. The primary difference between the two is price, with the Fisher-Price coming in at basically double the price of the Ingenuity. Is it worth the added cost? First let's go through some basic specifications and features. This baby swing is designed to support infants from birth up until they become active and might be able to climb out of the swing (or 40 pounds, whichever comes first). For soothing features, it can swing at six different speeds, vibrate (on/off, no intensity settings), and play 12 different music and sounds. Relative to the Cozy Kingdom, the Take-Along has a much higher weight limit (19 versus 40 pounds), and one additional soothing feature: vibration. The Cozy Kingdom has one thing going for it relative to this, and that's the two recline positions. While they aren't great recline positions overall, they do give a bit more options than the Take-Along. That big bulky arch up on top includes the button panel for controlling all the features (on the right side), and the battery door on the left side, which houses the 4 C size batteries. Out of the box, the assembly was pretty involved, and you'll need to bring along a crosshead (Phillips head) screwdriver for the task. We tested the swing with two infants, one 2 months old and one big 6 month-old (23 pounds!). To be honest, getting the bigger baby in and out of the swing was a bit of a pain, mostly because the big arch up top can't be removed or pushed to the side, so you need to work around it a bit more than with other swings. The heavier your baby gets, the more awkward this situation gets. One thing that helped was to use the lower strap that converts the swing to a chair, because it's simply a tether that stops the seat from swinging back when you're trying to put your baby in (or take them out). But it wasn't perfect and we were still a bit annoyed by the process. That big arch up top does have a couple advantages, however: for one, you can grab it in the middle to easily carry it around and relocate it in another room. And second, it's nice having the buttons and batteries relatively accessible. Finally, we also think it makes the entire swing sturdier than most other portable baby swings, which we appreciated. For the younger baby, we thought the seat was a bit too inclined for a baby without head and neck control, which caused her to flop her head down a bit more than we think is safe or comfortable. Adjustable recline would help with that situation, but that's lacking with this swing. A couple things we really liked about this swing: first, it's very small and portable, making it a great option for apartments and other scenarios where space and portability are a must-have. Second, the buttons were quiet and intuitive, and the swinging motion was smooth and nearly silent. Finally, we liked how the features can all be used independently, and they automatically shut off to help conserve battery life. The swing shuts off after about 4 hours of swinging, and the vibration and music shut off after about 20 minutes. Speaking of batteries, that brings up one of the biggest cons of this seat - it requires 4 C batteries, they aren't included, and there is no power cord option. That's very similar to the Cozy Kingdom, above, but we were expecting at least the power cord with a swing that costs about $120. Overall, we were impressed with the space-saving design of this baby swing, its sturdiness, soothing features, and quiet operation. The seat was pretty comfortable too, especially with the newborn insert. But relative to the Cozy Kingdom, we think the price is a bit high when you compare the two models feature-for-feature. Interested? You can check out the Fisher-Price Deluxe Take-Along Swing here.
Some baby swings rock, some glide, and some swing. This one does a little bit of everything - it can glide front-to-back or side-to-side, swing in a twisting style motion, and also combine those two motions into a complex gliding and twisting motion. We want to be clear that this is more of a baby glider than a baby swing: in both motions, there is no change in height in the range of motion so it's not technically swinging. That said, in our testing the gliding was smooth and soothing, and we liked that you can adjust between two speeds to suit your baby's age and comfort level. We also liked that it plugged into an outlet with the included power adapter, and only used one D battery for the vibrations. The seat itself is comfortable and bit plusher than the Fisher-Price, and the 3 recline settings are quite good, though it's important to note that it doesn't recline completely flat (more like about 15 degrees incline). The 2 vibration modes are nice and a lot of babies find it soothing, and the sounds and lullabies were completely fine though a bit repetitive and not very good sound quality at all. Another feature we liked is that the entire cover, including the harness, is removable and machine washable. It's rare to have the harness pop off easily for cleaning, and this is especially nice if you're dealing with the consequences of a diaper blow-out! Like the Graco Duetsoothe, the bassinet part can be removed and placed on a flat surface and serve as a rocker, which is a nice added capability. The entire swing feels sturdy and stable, and out of the box it only took about 10 minutes to assemble (and no tools were required). Most critically, both of our test babies fell asleep pretty quickly in this Duet Glide, and when they weren't napping they were entertained by the mobile, or in an upright position where they could be entertained by whatever we were up to. Note that according to the AAP you should always move a baby to a flat sleeping surface if they fall asleep in a swing. The weight range for this model is from 5.5 to 25 pounds, or up to 30 inches tall. Overall, we liked this Graco model but feel like it's not technically a baby swing. It doesn't really fit into any other category easily, so we'll keep it on this list. The price is right, coming in at about $110, and it has some good versatility and features, and we liked the bassinet style. Other cons? Well, it only uses a 3-point rather than 5-point harness, and the mobile isn't powered. Interested? You can check out the Graco Duet Glide LX here!
This is Graco's answer to the highly popular 4Moms mamaRoo, which we review below. Graco actually did a pretty nice job with this soother swing, and it can be found for about $40 less than the Mamaroo. In both cases, the idea is to have a super versatile swing and soother system that has multiple ways to swing, including in an arch pattern, swinging pattern, bouncing, figure 8, circle, zig-zag, sway, and wave. Basically, the multi-direction seat provides every possible way of swinging this thing around so that, theoretically, it can please even the pickiest baby and help them not get sick of a consistent motion every time they use it. The swinging motions are pretty impressive, and they are adjustable speed between 6 different speed settings. In our testing, we kept it on a low to medium speed at all times. The highest speeds seemed a little jarring and weren't very relaxing to our test babies. But I guess if you want to give baby a wild ride, that's definitely an option! Relative to the Mamaroo, this isn't only less expensive but it's also a bit smaller and takes up less space in your room. That also makes it much easier to move around between rooms or reposition within a room, coming in at just about 20 pounds. The swing is designed for babies from as small as 5.5 pounds and up to 25 pounds; we have to point out, however, that we put a 20-pound baby in the seat and it sounded like it was struggling to keep things moving. It worked, but the motor sounded a little strained. Also, the seat itself removes and doubles as a rocker that you can move around with you and place on the floor wherever you go. Of course, it's much simpler than the soother and doesn't include any motion other than when your baby kicks and it rocks back and forth automatically. But it was really a nice touch to have a bouncer seat included so that you can at least save a little bit of money by eliminating that purchase. In addition to the different swing movements, the soother also plays some music selections (we liked the classical), and does have a tinny-sounding heartbeat sound that you can play. Out of the box, assembly took about 20 minutes and wasn't overly complicated, though some of the snaps were tough to button around the seat. It does include the AC adapter wall plug to power the soother, though the seat vibrations took a separate D battery (just like they do with the popular Graco Glider LX and the Graco DreamGlider swing and bassinet combo). That's a little annoying, but we do understand that it's nice to have the vibrations when the bouncer is removed from the rest of the soother. Once we assembled it, it was really easy to get it up and running. The controls are pretty intuitive once you realize what the icons mean, we liked the different recline settings and the infant insert and mobile, and overall everything worked pretty well. No surprises. Cons? Well, we don't like that it's a separate D battery to run the vibrations rather than just using the wall plug's power to recharge a little rechargeable battery in the bouncer, but we get it. Second, while the fabrics are soft and fely high quality, the rest of the soother feels a bit like flimsy plastic and metal; not that it's going to fall apart or anything, but when compared to the Mamaroo it does look and feel a little cheap. Third, we had to dig through the manual a bit to realize that the rocker part is only rated for babies up to 18 pounds or 27 inches tall, whereas the full soother is rated up to 25 pounds or 30 inches tall. So you'll need to stop using the rocker way sooner than you'll stop using the soother. But we still think it's a better deal than the MamaRoo for most parents. Interested? You can check out this Graco EveryWay Soother Swing here.
It may be the coolest looking on our list, and maybe even the most capable and top-rated baby "swing", but it's also the most expensive by at least $100. 4Moms came out with the mamaRoo and simpler rockaRoo (front to back gliding only, but also only $160) a few years ago to provide a swing or glide soother that mimics mom's natural soothing motions. Just like you bounce up and down and sway side to side when you're holding your baby, so does the mamaRoo. We played around quite a bit with the 5 different motions (car ride, kangaroo, tree swing, rock a bye, and wave) and were really impressed with the fluidity of movement, the modern design, and how quiet the system was overall (the animation on the right is the "car ride" feature). The animation shows the most basic "black" color option, but it is also available in Designer, Grey, Multicolor, and Silver (which we show below). Our reviewers thought this portable swing was the easiest to get kids in and out of because of its angle and the sleekness of the arm hanging over-head. The seat has adjustable recline, the seat cover is removable (and there is an infant insert available as well) and machine washable. It also plugs in so you don't need to worry about wasting a bunch of expensive batteries (that will definitely save some $$). Several moms also commented that it has a much smaller footprint than regular swings, and they liked that you are much less likely to trip over the legs that stick out on the sides (like they did with the Fisher Price and Graco swings). They also liked some of the unique features: you can hook up your phone or music device to it and play your own music, you can remotely control the swing through an app on your phone (e.g., if you're cooking or cleaning, or god forbid taking a nap, you can control it without going over to it). A baby swing with smart phone connectivity, but no real hoverboards yet. So this is the only baby swing on our list that can be connected to your phone, for what it's worth. Note that we couldn't get it to work with the newer Android lollipop system, but we assume 4Moms will be updating that soon. Other cons? Well, its weight limit is 25 pounds, which is a little on the lower side given how much you're paying for this swing (for instance, most Graco swings go up to 30 pounds). And it also only has a 3- point rather than 5-point harness like some of our other options. Overall, this is an excellent, sleek, and good-looking swing/glider that your baby is likely to fall in love with. If the price were lower, we would have it at a higher position on our list, but until that time we prefer the Graco Duet Soothe, Graco Simple Sway, or Fisher Price Cradle n Swing.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Best Baby Swing? For this year, the best overall baby swing is the FisherPrice Sweet Snugapuppy Dreams Cradle & Swing, offering dual-mode swinging (front-back or side-side), portability, comfort, adjustable incline, songs and nature sounds, machine-washable cover, and an included power adapter. In our testing, it was the best combination of features, comfort, reliability, and price!
What is the Top Rated Baby Swing? The top-rated baby swing this year, according to reviews on Amazon, Target, and Wal-Mart, is the Fisher-Price Sweet Snugapuppy Dreams Cradle & Swing. Not only did this win our hearts and minds during our hands-on testing, it also receives the highest overall ratings across the primary e-commerce sites.
Are Baby Swings Good for Babies? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and recent scientific data suggest that: 1) infants under 4 months of age should only use the most reclined swing position, 2) parents should check swing safety to prevent tipping and folding, 3) shoulder straps should be used if the incline comes up more than 50 degrees, 4) toys on mobiles should be out of reach, 5) always check weight limits before placing a baby in a swing, 6) the seat should stay relatively flat during swinging to prevent tipping, and 7) if your baby falls asleep in the swing, you should move him or her to a firm sleeping surface (bassinet, crib). These precautions will increase the safety of baby swings and reduce the risks of suffocation, airway closure, tipping, and poor hip and back development due to an inappropriate ergonomic position.
How Long Can You Use a Baby Swing? Just like a car seat, baby swings have weight and height limits, and recline positions should be set according to guidance found in the owner's manual. Most baby swings have a weight limit around 25 to 30 pounds, with a height limit around 25-28" tall. Many swings also have a developmental limit - for instance, Fisher-Price swings suggest parents stop using the swing when their baby can crawl out of it. The only way to know exactly what weight, height, and developmental limits your baby swing has is to read the owner's manual. The Graco and Fisher-Price websites have downloadable manuals in PDF format, so definitely take advantage of those.