The Graco SweetPeace Infant Soothing Swing tries to do it all, and many parents say it succeeds. The seat swings in multiple directions and can be converted into a vibrating floor seat. The plush, neutral fabric also earns praise. However, like other swings, the SweetPeace is plagued with quality issues, with many owners reporting that the motor quit after limited use.
Feels stable. The Graco SweetPeace Infant Soothing Swing has a five-point harness and extra infant head support. It also includes a child lock to keep curious toddlers from speeding up or stopping their younger sibling's ride. Reviewers say the swing feels stable and is easy to set up. There are three recline positions, but some parents say the lowest still feels too upright for sleep. Graco does not specify an upper age limit, but says the swing can be used from about 5 to 25 pounds.
Swings and vibrates. Reviewers like the versatility of the Graco SweetPeace Infant Soothing Swing, which offers four seat positions and six speeds. It also has two vibration modes. There is a range of sound effects and sounds -- though some owners say the music isn't as soothing as it could be -- and a hookup for an mp3 player. There is a volume control, and the swing features a mirror, teether and hanging bear toy, though some say their babies did not find them particularly interesting. Parents like the ability to put their Graco car seat in the swing frame, potentially lengthening a nap that started in the car. Input on the fabric indicates that it seems plush and cozy. Some say the swing takes up a lot of floor space, but others note that it's actually smaller than many traditional swings. However, parents say it is heavy and not easy to move from room to room.
Spotty motor performance. The Graco SweetPeace Infant Soothing Swing has removable, washable fabric. Parents can remove the seat and use it as a floor rocker, and the vibration feature works with the seat on the floor. The swing can run on either batteries or electrical power. Many reviewers report problems with their swing's motor quitting, sometimes after limited use. 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
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.
Review: Around the House: Monitors , Diaper Pails, Safety, Denise and Alan Fields, Ninth Edition, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good The Graco SweetPeace earns 4 out of 5 stars in nearly 200 reviews on Amazon.com. Reviewers like being able to plug in the swing, play their own mp3s, face the seat in different directions and use several different swinging modes. Reviewers also praise the vibration and car-seat compatibility. However, many say the motor stopped working, and some report a grinding noise. Others say their baby liked a traditional swing more, and they didn't find the music soothing.
Review: Graco SweetPeace Infant Soothing Center, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2013
Review Credibility: Very Good 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 March 2013
4. Sheila's Meow: Reviews from an Every Day Couple
Review Credibility: Good 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
Review Credibility: Good 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, Circle of Moms Editors, April 29, 2011