This is a sponsored post. But all opinions about this product and what to look for when buying a baby swing are all mine. When you have a baby, there is always that one piece of gear that you swore you could not live without. For me, it was our baby swing. For all three of my babies, it was the swing. This was especially true for Henry. For a baby often inconsolable, the swing made him peaceful.
Our swing was a shower gift. All the girls in my office pitched in and bought it for me. When I unwrapped that bog box, I was speechless. A feat for me! The swing was glorious. It was from Graco. It was a brand I was familiar with. It was the brand we trusted for many baby items for the kids. It was a brand we knew made baby gear to last. Baby gear you could pass down. Are you in the market for a swing? Here is the checklist we go by every time!
- Soothing Power: For most parents, they buy a baby swing to soothe their baby. Look for a swing with a variety of features. These should include different speeds and direction and a comfortable seat. Bonus features include music and/or nature sounds and a reclining seat. All these features together will soothe the most cranky baby!
- Power Source: There are different types of power sources for baby swings. Some are battery powered while others plug into an electrical outlet. I am not sure if they make swings with a hand crank anymore. We had one with our first baby. You sure built up your biceps with those!
- Removable Rocker: Many swing today are made with a removable rocker. This way you can have your baby next to you while you rock them.
- Accessories: Look for a swing that comes with a mobile or soft toys for baby to play with. That is always a bonus.
- Price: The cost of the swing matters, but it is last on my list. I expect to pay a bit more for a swing that does everything I want for my baby and more. If I am giving a swing as a gift, I want it to be something the parents will be as happy to open as I was with my first swing!
We have a new baby coming into the family soon. I am about to burst with love for a baby I have not even met yet! Baby Declan is scheduled to arrive in November. We cannot wait! I wanted to get his parents a fabulous baby swing. My first order of business was to head to the Graco website to see what they had. If I trusted the brand with my kids, I trust it with Declan.
When I found the Graco EveryWay Soother™ with Removable Rocker, I was in love! First of all, it is gorgeous! They have the “Josephone” for your little lady and the “Tristan” for your little man. It is exclusively available at Babies R Us and retails for $200. At the first glance you can see how comfortable your little one would be in the EveryWay Soother™.
- This swing has got it ALL! This is what it has:
- Keep baby smiling with 8 ways to swing
- Multi-direction seat offers more ways to soothe
- Seat doubles as a removable rocker for use throughout the home
- 6 Swing speeds allow Mom to adjust speed to baby’s preference
- Vibration with two speed settings soothe baby
- 3 position recline for optimal comfort
- 10 melodies and 5 nature sounds to calm and soothe
- Mobile with two soft toys keeps baby entertained
- Plush soft goods with removable infant head support for added comfort
- AC Adapter means no need for batteries
Putting the swing together will take about an hour. At least it did for us. The only complaint we could come up with is the electrical cord is a little short. our model, baby Claire is a super fussy baby. Once we found the right movement, she was immediately calm. We also loved the heart beat on the sound settings. The clips and the actual rocker feel quite secure. When I asked the new mom what she thought, she said, “I love this thing!” Mike drop!
Here are some great sleep expert tips:
Graco partnered with Kim West, LCSW-C, better known as The Sleep Lady, to offer the following tips to soothe newborns -6 month-olds:
· Understand Crankiness: Babies cry when they’re uncomfortable, bored, overstimulated and sleepy. There are a few things you can do to try and figure out why your baby is crying. Beyond the obvious diaper and mealtime reasons, try a change of scenery. You can also try dimming the lights, turning on white noise, placing your baby in a swing or offering them a pacifier.
· Use Motion to Calm A Newborn: Motion is a favorite of babies for soothing because it likely reminds them of the sensations and security of the womb. Movement will often do what no other kind of soothing will do. Because each baby is unique, you might want to try a swing that has a variety of motion options, like the Graco EveryWay Soother with Removable Rocker. This swing has 16 soothing motions (the most of any swing in the market!) and 15 different songs and sounds, including white noise, to help calm and soothe any baby. Six swing speeds, a 3 position recline and 2 soothing vibration speeds will help parents adjust to any baby’s soothing preferences. Additionally, the swing’s seat doubles as a removable rocker to keep baby by your side throughout the home. This swing is now exclusively available at Babies “R” Us.
· Recognize Baby’s Sleep Patterns: When your baby is about three or four months old, you may start to see a glimmer of a schedule forming where sleeping and waking are concerned. This is because your baby’s internal clock — the circadian rhythm — is starting to develop. Look for this pattern, along with your baby’s sleep cues, and create a soothing naptime and bedtime routine, which can include white noise, feeding and rocking. Nap timing and length are often the last components of a baby’s schedule to develop, so you might need to use more effort and additional soothing techniques in the afternoon when getting a little one to sleep can be particularly challenging.
· Make a Gradual Transition: Keep using the soothing techniques that have been working for your baby in their first few months. If you have used a pacifier, swaddling, or any combination of these, don’t go cold turkey on your baby. Your baby will adjust well if you take it one small step at a time!
I am so excited to tell you the folks at Graco were generous enough to offer one of my USA readers a Tristan EveryWay Soother™, ARV $200. Good luck!
When your kids were babies, or you have given a baby gift, what was your favorite piece of baby gear?