Fisher-Price My Little Snugabunny Cradle 'n Swing
Fisher-Price My Little Snugabunny Cradle 'n Swing

Best baby swing

The Fisher-Price Snugabunny Cradle 'n Swing offers plenty of support for small babies, and parents love its three-direction, adjustable seat so their baby can always face the action. The swing moves from side to side or front to back, while the soothing sounds, hanging mobile and mirrored dome help to soothe a fussy infant.
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Est. $165 Estimated Price
Fisher Price Fold 'N Stow Swing
Fisher Price Fold 'N Stow Swing

Best portable baby swing

The Fisher-Price Fold 'N Stow Swing may be small, but reviewers say it's mighty. Six speed settings, two recline positions and 10 music options -- eight songs and two nature sounds -- soothe baby, while a hanging mobile entertains. Easy to assemble and folding flat for storage, this swing is ideal for travel or small-space living.
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Est. $100 Estimated Price
BabyBjorn Bouncer Balance Soft
BabyBjorn Bouncer Balance Soft

Best baby bouncer

Batteries power most bouncers, but your baby's own motion is the "motor" for the BabyBjorn Bouncer Balance Soft. Parents like the simple, sleek design, and the attractive, durable fabric options. The Bouncer Balance Soft has three different positions, each with its own weight limit, extending the bouncer's useful life into toddlerhood. It also folds flat for travel.
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A baby swing can soothe, calm and cuddle a fussy baby

When it's 2 a.m. and your newborn won't stop crying, a baby swing can be a lifesaver. What used to be viewed as a luxury has become a baby-registry staple for many new parents, and for good reason. While the swings of yesteryear were often loud contraptions parents had to wind up, today's swings are quiet, plush rides that can be operated with the push of a button.

Many infants like swings, but some don't. The only way to find out is to put your child in a swing and see whether they take to it. Parents find that the multiple music options, bright and shiny toys, and range of speeds can sometimes prove to be over stimulating, as opposed to calming. Plus, all those extras seem to cause motors to burn out faster.

Full-size swings offer the best value. The right baby swing can safely soothe your child when nothing else seems to work. Many models feature interactive toys and music to engage baby in play during waking moments. Designed for indoor use, most standard full-size models are suitable for use from birth until baby reaches 25 pounds, and have on average three seat positions. These larger swings offer a more powerful swinging motion -- cradle swings move both front to back and side to side -- which effectively helps lull baby to sleep. Most useful during baby's first few months, full-size models typically run on either battery or AC power. Expect to spend anywhere from $100 to $250 on a full-size model.

Portable or travel swings comfort baby here, there and everywhere. Portable swings, or travel swings, may not be as flashy as full-size models, but they're a popular choice for parents looking for a swing that doesn't take up a lot of space in their home or that can easily be moved from room to room. They may not come with as many extras, but they're ideal for those who are on the go. You'll dole out far less money for this swing type, which average from $80 to $100.

Baby bouncers are kicking. The baby bouncer, although not technically a swing, fits into this category because its main goal is to keep baby amused, secure and comfortable when not in your arms. There are two types of bouncer seats: battery-operated and baby-powered. Most have some form of entertainment -- whether music or toys -- and vibration. The semi-upright position of a bouncer lets baby see what's happening in the world around him or her, plus parents say that the seat works wonders for babies with respiratory issues and reflux.

Safety is a key consideration. Baby swings are one of the top-10 recalled baby products due to tipping or tripping hazards, lacerations from trays, poor harness or buckle designs, and other safety issues. Because of this, you should never buy a used baby swing, particularly one of the older, wind-up models. If you do, though, always check the Consumer Product Safety Commission website to check for recalls. The best baby swings have an adjustable, five-point harness, a stable base, fully covered motor components, and any dangling toys that are appropriate for your child's age range.

ConsumerSearch editors evaluated dozens of expert and owner reviews for every type of baby swing currently available for purchase. From there, we narrowed it down to the models with the top reviews for features, performance and ease of use. Price was a consideration as well. These considerations result in our picks for the top full-sized baby swings, portable baby swings and baby bouncers at every budget level.

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Best Baby Swings
Which baby swing is best? Editors say Fisher-Price and Graco make the best baby swings, with all the bells and whistles your baby loves.

Portable Baby Swings
Which portable baby swing is best? Editors say Fisher-Price has two stand-out models, but Bright Starts is a close runner up.

Best Baby Bouncers
Which baby bouncer is best? Editors discuss the pros and cons of the BabyBjorn Bouncer Balance Soft, and the Fisher-Price Rainforest Bouncer.

Buying Guide
What should you look for in a baby swing? These are the features editors say you should look for when you go shopping for a top baby swing.

Our Sources
Links to the expert and user reviews we used to select the top baby swings, along with our assessment of each reviewer's expertise, credibility and helpfulness.

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