Many happy parents agree that the Graco SweetPeace Infant Soothing Swing does it all. In addition to offering four seat positions and three recline options, the removable seat vibrates and doubles as a floor rocker. The plush, neutral-colored fabric earns praise, as does the easy assembly -- no tools required! However, like other swings, the SweetPeace is plagued with quality issues, with many owners reporting that the motor quit after limited use.
Secure and stable. The Graco SweetPeace Infant Soothing Swing, featuring a five-point harness and extra infant head support, includes a child lock to keep curious toddlers from speeding up or stopping their younger sibling's ride. There are three recline positions on this stable swing, but some parents say the lowest position still feels too upright for sleep. Graco does not specify an upper age limit, but says the swing can be used from about 5.5 to 25 pounds.
Swings and vibrates. Reviewers like the versatility of the Graco SweetPeace Infant Soothing Swing, which offers four seat positions, six speeds, and an auto-off timer. There are 15 different sound effects and sounds -- though some owners say the music isn't as soothing as it could be -- and an MP3 player plug-in. The swing features a mirror, teething ring and hanging bear toy, though some say their babies did not find them particularly interesting. Parents like the removable seat with two vibration modes that doubles as a rocker, but love the ability to put their Graco car seat in the swing frame, potentially lengthening a nap that started in the car. It's smaller than many traditional swings; however, it's heavy and not easy to move from room to room.
Unreliable motor performance. The Graco SweetPeace Infant Soothing Swing has removable, machine-washable fabric that reviewers say seems plush and cozy. The swing can run on either batteries or electrical power. Many reviewers report problems with their swing's motor quitting, sometimes after limited use. This is a common issue with all baby swings, and it's not unique to Graco products. Owners say Graco was good about sending a new motor, but it sometimes took six weeks to arrive. The swing comes with a one-year limited warranty.
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 Graco SweetPeace earns 3.7 out of 5 stars in more than 700 reviews on Buzzillions.com. Reviewers say the swing is easy to set up, comfortable for their baby, stable and versatile. However, some also find it heavy, and many say it makes too much noise. Others report problems with the motor quitting and say the seat does not recline enough.
Review: Graco SweetPeace Soothing Swing - Cuddly Bear, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of May 2013
3. Sheila's Meow: Reviews from an Every Day Couple
In a thorough review, this blogger praises the SweetPeace's easy setup, versatility, car-seat compatibility and range of music and sounds. She says she still uses the SweetPeace as a sound machine even though her son is too big for the swing. However, she did initially find the motor too loud and had it replaced. She also says the swing takes up a lot of space and that the toy bar didn't interest her son.
Review: Review: Graco SweetPeace, Danielle, Feb. 19, 2012
The Graco SweetPeace earns 4.1 out of 5 stars in about 80 reviews on GracoBaby.com. Reviewers say it's easy to assemble, stable and versatile. Best loved features include multiple sounds, four seat positions, removable seat that vibrates and dual power options. However, some find it heavy and many report motor problems.
Review: Sweetpeace Infant Soothing Swing, Contributors to GracoBaby.com, As of May 2014
Editors say parents they've surveyed like the Graco SweetPeace swing for its versatility. One quoted parent praises the fact that she could simply put her baby into the swing in her car seat without waking her. The short review does not note any cons or compare the swing to others.
Review: Top Swings, Bouncers and Exersaucers, Editors of PopSugar.com, April 29, 2011