Baby Swings : Ratings of Sources

Updated April 30, 2014
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Baby Swings: Ratings of Sources

1. Baby Bargains Around the House: Monitors, Diaper Pails, Safety & More, Baby Bargains, 10th Edition, 2013
Credibility:
Denise and Alan Fields 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.
2. BabyCenter.com The Best Baby Swings and Bouncers, BabyCenter.com
Credibility:
The editors of BabyCenter.com pick eight top bouncers and swings based on parents' reviews and their own experiences. The short reviews are informative, noting both pros and cons, though they don't compare products.
3. SheKnows.com SheKnows Parenting Awards 2012, SheKnows.com
Credibility:
SheKnows.com editors pick four top swings and bouncers after testing a broad range of products. Parents vote for their favorites among them. The reviews are short, don't note any cons and don't compare the swings and bouncers.
4. HomegrownBabies.com Baby Swing Reviews, HomegrownBabies.com
Credibility:
Homegrown Babies is a North Carolina-based doula service. Editors pick the best overall swing, best swing for older babies and best budget cradle swing. Each review is very thorough, listing important details and noting pros and cons for each pick. The methodology behind the picks is unclear, however.
5. MomFinds.com Best Baby Bouncers, MomFinds.com
Credibility:
Editors of MomFinds.com name the best bouncers in several categories and offer a buyer's guide in this review. While short, the reviews are informative and note both pros and cons for each model. It's not clear what criteria they used to make their picks.
6. Amazon.com Baby Swings, Amazon.com, As of May 2014
Credibility:
Amazon.com is one of the best resources for real-world reviews of swings and bouncers. Reviews are often quite detailed and evenhanded. Prospective buyers should read carefully, since reviewers sometimes wrongly fault a product for bad experiences with a seller or shipping. Readers should also beware of very old reviews, which might discuss an older version of a product that has been updated.
7. Buzzillions.com Baby Swing & Cradle Reviews, Buzzillions.com, As of May 2014
Credibility:
Buzzillions.com is another helpful owner-review product site. It sometimes has more reviews for each particular product than Amazon.com, but reviews are not quite as detailed. One helpful feature tallies each listed pro and con, so prospective buyers don't have to comb through every review quite as thoroughly.
8. Babies 'R' Us Baby Swings, Babies 'R' Us, As of May 2014
Credibility:
Babies "R" Us features owner reviews on a wide variety of the most popular baby-gear products, including some exclusive to the store. This site does not garner as many reviews as Amazon.com, but owner reviews tend to be thorough and cover pros and cons of each product.
9. Walmart.com Baby: Swings, Walmart.com, As of May 2014
Credibility:
Walmart.com is a helpful source for owner reviews of popular baby-gear products, particularly budget choices that may not have many reviews on sites such as Amazon.com. Owners rate swings on a five-star scale for value, durability, features, setup and whether they met expectations.
10. Target.com Swings, Target.com, As of May 2014
Credibility:
Target.com is a helpful source for owner reviews of popular baby-gear products, including some higher-end brands and brands exclusively sold at Target. Owners rate swings on a five-star scale for entertainment, quality and value.
11. BuyBuyBaby.com Swings, BuyBuyBaby.com, As of May 2014
Credibility:
BuyBuyBaby.com, another major baby-product retailer, features mid-range and higher-end baby products. It also offers owner reviews of baby gear on its website, but reviews tend to be brief, and there are fewer reviews than at larger retail and online baby-product sites.
12. About.com Baby Swings, Exersaucers and Bouncy Seats, About.com
Credibility:
Heather Corley is About.com's baby products expert. Her reviews are detailed, listing pros and cons, and include a bottom line -- whether a parent should buy a product -- as well as a rating on a five-star scale.
13. FisherPrice.com Swings, FisherPrice.com, As of May 2014
Credibility:
FisherPrice.com is an e-commerce site that sells Fisher-Price baby gear and products. While owners leave reviews, this site does not garner as many reviews as Amazon.com. However, owner reviews tend to be thorough and cover pros and cons of each product.
14. GracoBaby.com Swings and Soothers, GracoBaby.com, As of May 2014
Credibility:
GracoBaby.com is the website for Graco products. While we don't normally trust reviews from a manufacturer's website, in this case even negative reviews are featured. The reviews are helpful not only to see the real-word application of the product, but also long-term durability and Graco customer service responses to problems.
15. TheBump.com 10 Best Baby Swings, TheBump.com
Credibility:
Sarah Yang discusses 10 swings in this roundup of the best swings to give mom a break. The reviews are very short and don't note any cons or compare products, but Yang is a prolific blogger for The Bump and does a lot of product roundups. We're not sure how she made her picks, but they are some of the top swings we see in other roundups.
16. iVillage.com The 10 Best Bouncy Seats for Your Baby (So You Can Have Lunch!), iVillage.com, Jan. 29, 2013
Credibility:
Bonnie Vengrow's roundup features 10 high-end bouncers. The short reviews don't note any cons or compare products, and the methodology behind the picks is unclear. The focus seems to be on modern and cute bouncers, but Vengrow notes that they can help quiet a crying baby and are a new mom must-have.
17. BabyGizmo.com Bouncers & Infant Seats, BabyGizmo.com
Credibility:
BabyGizmo.com editors offer a general overview of what to look for in a bouncer, including important features. They also list five Editor's Choice picks, but do not review the bouncers or compare them to other models.
18. PopSugar.com Top Swings, Bouncers and Exersaucers, PopSugar.com, April 29, 2011
Credibility:
Moms name their must-have baby items in an informal survey. The article quotes parents on why the products were their top picks, but does not offer thorough reviews or compare and contrast the products.
19. BuyModernBaby.com "Bouncer Most Likely to Chill Your Baby" 2012 Cribsie Awards Finalists, BuyModernBaby.com, March 7, 2012
Credibility:
BuyModernBaby.com's Cribsie Awards are based on a range of products nominated by parents and selected by editors. Parents then vote for their favorites to pick the final winners. However, as BuyModernBaby.com is a high-end retailer, the products are all on the expensive side. The short reviews do not note any cons