It's a cinch to travel with the Bright Starts Comfort & Harmony Portable Swing, reviewers say. The swing folds nearly flat, and once assembled, it doesn't take up much floor space. However, some parents report safety concerns with one of the swing's two seat positions, while others say the whisper quiet swing slows drastically once their babies are a little heavier.
Unsafe upright position? The Bright Starts Comfort & Harmony Portable Swing features a five-point harness and a removable plush infant head support pillow. The seat has two positions, one nearly fully reclined and the other more upright. Many parents criticize the upright position, saying the angle is too severe for their babies, while a few report that their babies slipped out of the harness in this position. Most say the swing is very easy to set up. It is recommended for use from birth until 25 pounds.
Small and portable. Reviewers agree the Bright Starts Comfort & Harmony Portable Swing earns kudos for its small footprint and easy portability. The swing folds nearly flat for travel or storage, yet earns mixed reviews for comfort. Owners say the toy bar, which features two plush hanging toys, is easy to remove, but not all infants seem to like it. There are six swing speeds and six songs, with a two-level volume control. Some say it is difficult to get their baby in and out of the swing's seat, since it's so low to the ground and won't lock into place.
A few issues. The Bright Starts Comfort & Harmony Portable Swing, which comes with a one-year limited warranty, features padding that is easy to remove and wash, reviewers say. The swing doesn't convert to a bouncer or any other seat, and some owners say the swing slows down drastically once their babies approach 15 pounds, well below the maximum upper weight limit of 25 pounds. Reviewers say the swing seems wobbly and unstable when baby is inside.
1. Baby Bargains
"Baby Bargains," a comprehensive book by Denise and Alan Fields, reviews baby gear and common baby brands. The authors recommend a handful of swings based on expert testing and parents' reviews, as well as information from manufacturers and retailers. Their website offers up-to-date information, additional reviews, recall information and forums for parents to discuss baby products.
Review: Around the House: Monitors, Diaper Pails, Safety & More, Denise and Alan Fields, 10th Edition, 2013
The Bright Starts Comfort & Harmony Portable Swing earns an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars in about 270 reviews on Amazon.com. Reviewers say the swing is easy to assemble, quiet and portable. However, many say the upright position is unsafe, with some noting that baby can slide out of the straps.
Review: Comfort & Harmony Portable Swing, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of May 2014
More than 110 owners give the Bright Starts Comfort & Harmony Portable Swing an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5 on Buzzillions.com. The swing earns praise for being lightweight, easy to set up and soothing. However, there are quality complaints over inconsistent swinging, particularly with heavier babies.
Review: Bright Starts Comfort & Harmony Portable Swing, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of May 2014