May 2014
by ConsumerSearch
Fisher-Price Starlight Papasan Cradle Swing

  • Multiple swing positions
  • Electric or battery power
  • Entertaining features
  • Motor may be unreliable
  • Lacks five-point harness
  • May be too slow for some babies

Bottom line

The Fisher-Price Starlight Papasan Cradle Swing soothes baby with a two-position reclining seat and six swing speeds. The variety of songs and fascinating light show win particular praise, as does the plush star mobile. However, the swing is plagued by reports of faulty motors and some reviewers feel the three-point harness is unsafe.


Is a three-point harness secure enough? Recommended for use from birth until baby reaches 25 pounds, the Fisher-Price Starlight Papasan Cradle Swing features a three-point harness and tray, although many reviewers wish for a five-point harness to secure baby better. Easy to assemble, a few users say the legs wobble, making the frame seem unstable. The swing offers comfortable, nest-like cushioning for infant head support, as well as two seat-recline positions, but the attached canopy worries some parents when their baby begins to grasp and pull on the fabric.


Mesmerizing light show. The Fisher-Price Starlight Papasan Cradle Swing is one of the more versatile models available, with six speeds and the ability to swing side to side or front to back. The mobile features visually appealing plush hanging stars and a teddy bear, but it is the light show, which casts stars onto the swing's canopy that parents feel entertains baby more. The swing plays 16 soothing songs, offers a morning and evening music mode, and features adjustable volume control. Some owners complain that the swing, which runs on four D batteries or electric power, is simply too slow, while others say that it is not very portable.


Potential motor issues. Fisher-Price says the Starlight Papasan Cradle Swing's padding is machine washable, but a few reviewers note that the head cushion is not removable and can get dirty. As with most baby swings, parents say their babies outgrew the swing before reaching the upper weight limit of 25 pounds. Additionally, many feel that their baby lost interest once he or she began sitting up, as the swing doesn't offer an upright seat position. Owners consistently report that the motor stopped working shortly after purchase, and while Fisher-Price sent a replacement for the motor, in some cases owners had to wait for the arrival of a back-ordered part.

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Our Sources

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 Fisher-Price Starlight Papasan Cradle Swing earns 4 out of 5 stars in more than 900 reviews on Reviewers like the comfy material, easy assembly, AC power option and soothing features. Some reviewers report issues with faulty motors or find there is little difference between swing speeds. Others dislike the lack of a five-point harness.

Review: Fisher-Price Cradle 'n Swing, Contributors to, As of May 2014


The Fisher-Price Papasan Cradle Swing earns 4.1 out of 5 stars in more than 4,800 reviews on Reviewers agree the swing is comfy and fun for their babies, easy to set up and soothing. However, many find it too bulky, hard to store and noisy. Others say the motor quit after limited use.

Review: Fisher-Price Papasan Cradle Swing (Starlight), Contributors to, As of May 2014


In this roundup of a few of the best baby swings, the Fisher-Price Papasan Cradle Swing is named the best choice for parents on a budget. The review highlights the swing's easy assembly, neutral color scheme, lights, different swinging directions and incline for reflux babies. They say it's not the best choice for older babies, though.

Review: Baby Swing Reviews, Editors of, Not Dated


Editors feature quotes from parents they've surveyed who like the Fisher-Price Papasan Cradle Swing for its superior soothing capabilities. The short review neither notes any cons nor compares the swing to others.

Review: Top Swings, Bouncers and Exersaucers, Editors of, April 29, 2011

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