A solid choice for a less expensive full-size swing, the Fisher-Price Musical Projection Swing has carved out a unique niche in the market. It offers a movie-like projection show to entertain babies, and parents say the music is much better than on comparable swings. The swing folds fairly compactly for storage, reviewers say. It only runs on batteries. Also, the seat only swings in one direction, and some parents say it goes too fast.
No additional support for smaller babies. The Fisher-Price Musical Projection Swing has a five-point harness. It does not have any additional cushions to provide head support for smaller babies. The seat has two recline positions. Reviewers say it is easy to set up and feels stable, though one mom says she found it hard to align the screws and frame. The swing is recommended for use from birth until a baby can attempt to climb out on his or her own, but the maximum weight capacity is 25 pounds.
Mesmerizing projection show. The music on most swings doesn't win many fans, but reviewers say the Fisher-Price Musical Projection Swing offers high-quality tunes and that the volume is adjustable. Its big-ticket attraction -- a series of projected movie-like images -- entertains babies, say parents, but some infants may find them too stimulating to sleep. There are four swing speeds, but a handful of owners report that even the slowest speed can seem too fast. The Fisher-Price Musical Projection Swing also only swings front to back, unlike pricier cradle swings. The projector moves to make it easier to get babies in and out of the swing. Though this is a full-size swing, parents say it has a slightly smaller footprint, and they appreciate that it easily folds for storage.
Only takes batteries. The seat pad on the Fisher-Price Musical Projection Swing is removable and machine washable. The swing does not convert to a bouncer or any other type of seat. Reviewers wish there was an option to plug in the swing, which only takes batteries. Quality complaints about the swing are minimal. It comes with a limited one-year warranty.
Review Credibility: Very Good The Fisher-Price Musical Projection Swing earns 4.6 out of 5 stars in nearly 40 reviews on Amazon.com. Reviewers say the swing is easy to assemble. They say the colors and designs are cute and gender-neutral, and think the projection is a neat touch. The songs also win praise. However, reviewers wish the swing would plug in to save on batteries, and several reviewers say the lowest speed seems too fast. A few complain that the projector images can be too stimulating.
Review: Fisher-Price Musical Projection Swing, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2013
2. Pregnancy & Newborn
Review Credibility: Very Good This reviewer likes the Fisher-Price Musical Projection Swing's design, saying it's whimsical without being overly cutesy or pastel. She says she was able to put it together fairly easily, but did have some problems aligning the screws and frame. The harness is a bit fussy because you have to "thread the lap belt straps through the shoulder belt loops before buckling." She praises the entertainment value of the projection and music, and says the lowest sound level is just fine for her baby.
Review: Fisher-Price Musical Projection Swing, Editors of Pregnancy & Newborn magazine, Not dated