It's a cinch to travel with the Bright Starts Comfort & Harmony Portable Swing, reviewers say. The swing folds nearly flat, making it easy to tote. However, some parents report safety concerns with one of the swing's two seat positions, while others say the swing slows drastically once their babies are a little heavier.
Upright position may pose safety risk. The Bright Starts Comfort & Harmony Portable Swing features a five-point harness and a small pillow for greater infant head support. The seat has two positions, one nearly fully reclined and the other more upright. Many reviewers criticize the upright position in particular, saying the angle is too severe for their babies. A few owners even report that their babies were able to slip out of the harness in this position, while others say they have seen the swing slip from one position to the other on its own. Most say the swing is very easy to set up. It is recommended for use from birth until 25 pounds.
Easy to take on the road. Reviewers say a big draw of the Bright Starts Comfort & Harmony Portable Swing is its small footprint and easy portability. The swing folds nearly flat for travel or storage. It earns mixed reviews for comfort, however. Some parents say the fabric seems plenty plush, while others complain it isn't soft and the harness straps are stiff. Owners say the toy bar, which features two plush hanging toys, is easy to remove, but it must be placed at an awkward angle when the swing is in use. What's more, not all infants seem to like it, some parents say. There are six swing speeds and six songs. Volume control has two levels, and some parents wish there were more -- in fact, one calls the volume levels "loud and louder." 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 to note. It is easy to remove and wash the padding on the Bright Starts Comfort & Harmony Portable Swing, reviewers say. The swing does not covert to a bouncer or any other seat, and some owners say the swing slows down drastically once their babies approach 15 pounds. Others say they received swings that only worked when they were empty. Some parents say the manufacturer was quick to send new parts, but others report receiving stained or broken replacements. The swing comes with a one-year limited warranty.
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Review Credibility: Excellent "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.
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Review Credibility: Very Good The Bright Starts Comfort & Harmony Portable Swing earns an overall rating of 3.9 out of 5 stars in more than 200 reviews on Amazon.com. Reviewers say the swing is easy to assemble, quiet and portable. They also like the neutral colors and timer. However, many say the upright position is too upright, with some even saying the baby can slide out because the harness straps can slip off. Others say the fabric isn't very soft and the straps are stiff. Some owners received faulty swings that would only work when they were empty.
Review: Comfort & Harmony Portable Swing, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2013
Review Credibility: Very Good More than 100 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 for babies. Reviewers also say it seems fairly comfortable. However, there are quality complaints over inconsistent swinging, particularly with heavier babies, and busted motors. Others say it is hard to put the baby in the swing, particularly because it does not lock into place. Some say the music and toys are not stimulating.
Review: Bright Starts Comfort & Harmony Portable Swing, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of March 2013