Updated: BC’s Baby Swing Buying Guide [Plus Buy-It-Now Prices]

Updated: BC's Baby Swing Buying Guide [Plus Buy-It-Now Prices]Swings can be tricky. There are dozens of models on the market with varying features. At the same time, some babies love swings while others can’t stand them.

If your baby likes his, they can buy you some much needed rest or shower time as he snoozes away. If he doesn’t you’ve just shelled out $50 to $200 bucks for a large and useless piece of plastic that you’ll be stepping around every day.

With some smart shopping and a little luck, you’ll find a winner and get a good deal on it. This should get you started:

How to Choose

Desirable features include a 5 point safety harness, excellent stability, a variety of speeds and sounds, and a flip or fold out tray (for easy access). To figure out what else you need in a swing, ask yourself these questions:

  • How will we use it?
  • How much room do we have for storage and use?
  • Do I need to be able to plut it in?
  • What other features are must-haves?
  • What’s my budget?
To get a feel for different models, read reviews and watch review videos on You Tube. Go to the store and check out the display models. Ultimately, of course, your baby will decide whether the gear you got is any good. That’s why it makes sense to try to borrow a swing from a friend so you can see how she takes to it.

If that’s not an option, try to find a gently used one at your local kiddie consignment shop, on Craigslist, or at a yard sale or consignment sale. A quick check of my local Craigslist board today reveals full-sized swings from $35.

Another thing many expectant parents don’t realize is that babies will only use a swing until they’re about 25 lbs (sometime around a year old for many babies). and will probably enjoy using it for only a few weeks– another great reason to do some serious bargain hunting. Just remember to check for recalls before you buy.

Here’s an updated rundown of the most popular and highly rated baby swings out there. I’ve linked to the items at Amazon so that you can learn more and read reviews.

Note: “Buy It Now” (BIN) prices are what I consider “very good” prices on the item. They’re the best sale prices you can expect to find fairly regularly, based on records of previous sales. Don’t confuse these with the “lowest price ever” price. You may be able to  beat this price if you happen onto a unusually great sale.

 Full-Sized Swings

Fisher-Price, Graco and Bright Starts are the big players in the swing market, and Fisher-Price swings are by far the top sellers.

The Fisher-Price Cradle N Swing is the top seller, hands down. This full-sized swing can swing sideways or back and forth, includes a motorized mobile and offers the option of plugging into the wall. Can fold for storage. Buy-it-now prices range from $95 to $125, depending on the model:

Updated: BC's Baby Swing Buying Guide [Plus Buy-It-Now Prices]

 Spacesaving and Portable

Updated: BC's Baby Swing Buying Guide [Plus Buy-It-Now Prices]

If you’re short on space and/or cash, or you need to be able to take the swing to grandma’s, consider a portable swing.

Innovative Swings

Updated: BC's Baby Swing Buying Guide [Plus Buy-It-Now Prices]

  • Graco DuetSoothe Swing + Rocker, Winslet: Removable infant swing seat doubles as a rocker. Can swing side-to-side or front-to-back.. BIN = $145. Currently $144.99 at Amazon.
  • Graco Sweet Snuggle Infant Soothing Swing, Jacqueline. Smooth swinging motion mimics.  rocking of a caregiver’s arms. Four seat positions for side-to-side or front-to-back swivel. Uses AC adapter or 4 D batteries. Features 10 songs, 5 nature sounds, and overhead toy bar. 6 swing speeds. BIN = $115
  • 4Moms Mamaroo Classic. Similar in motion to the Sweet Snuggle, the Mamaroo bounces up and down and sways from side to side. mp3 jack. Plug in only. BIN = $200
  • Graco Glider LX Gliding Swing, Peyton: “Soothes with the same gentle motion you use when cuddling and comforting baby in your nursery glider.” Six gliding speeds and two vibration settings. Uses 40% less space than other leading swings. This Can be plugged in used with batteries. BIN = $99

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BC’s Baby Bouncer and Rocker Buying Guide [Plus Buy-It-Now Prices]

Though I’d stop short of calling them a necessity, baby bouncers and rockers can be a handy place for baby to hang out with the rest of the family or catch a few ZZZs. Prices range dramatically, starting at under $25 for a basic model and topping out over $200 for a sleek european model. As with swings, Fisher-Price models are the top sellers.

With the exception of a couple of models listed here that convert to toddler rockers, babies will only use bouncers and rockers until they’re about 25 lbs. (sometime around a year old for many babies). and will probably enjoy using it for far less time than that– another great reason to do some serious bargain hunting.

Wait for a great sale (30% off or more) or try to find a gently used one at your local kiddie consignment shop, on Craigslist, or at a yard sale or consignment sale. A quick check of my local Craigslist board today reveals several gently used bouncers from $10. Just remember to check for recalls before you buy.

When choosing a model, look for non-skid feet, good bouncing/rocking/gliding action, and a three point harness. Popular extras include vibration, music, lights and toy bars.

Top Bouncers and Rockers

Here’s a rundown of the most popular and highly rated baby bouncers and rockers out there. I’ve linked to the items at Amazon so that you can learn more and read reviews.

Note: “Buy It Now” (BIN) prices are what I consider “very good” prices on the item. They’re the best sale prices you can expect to find fairly regularly, based on records of previous sales. Don’t confuse these with the “lowest price ever” price. You may be able to  beat this price if you happen onto a unusually great sale.

Fisher-Price Infant To Toddler Rocker. Grows with your child. Infant seat converts to toddler rocker for use up to 40 lbs. List price: $49.99. BIN = $35 to $40, depending on model.

Newborn Rock n’ Play Sleeper. List price: BIN = $40. This item has been recalled and is currently unavailable. I expect it to be available for sale again soon.

Fisher-Price Bouncer (My Little Snugabunny Bouncer, Rainforest, Luv U Zoo, etc.). Basic bouncer with vibration. List price: $39.99. to $44.99. BIN = $34 to $36, depending on model.

Tiny Love 3 in 1 Rocker Napper. Three reclining positions. Converts from baby seat to napper. Later converts to rocker for use up to 40 lbs. List price: $99.99. BIN = $73

Fisher-Price Soothing Motions Bouncer. Motorized bouncer glides front to back or side to side. Two gliding speeds. Seat rotates 360 degrees. List price: $99.99. BIN – $75

Baby Bjorn Babysitter Balance: Three seat positions for play, rest and sleep. Stylish, but pricey. List price $189.95. BIN: $127

Tiny Love Gymini Bouncer: Features adjustable arches, lights and vibrations. Two reclining positions. List price: $54.99 BIN = $42.50

Bright Starts Bouncer (budget buy). Vibrates. 3-point harness. List price: $24.99. BIN – $22.49

4Moms Mamaroo Classic. Similar in motion to the Sweetpeace, the Mamaroo bounces up and down and sways from side to side. mp3 jack. Plug in only. BIN = $197

Related: BC’s Baby Swing Buying Guide [Plus Buy-It-Now Prices]

BC’s Baby Bouncer and Rocker Buying Guide [Plus Buy-It-Now Prices]

Though I’d stop short of calling them a necessity, baby bouncers and rockers can be a handy place for baby to hang out with the rest of the family or catch a few ZZZs. Prices range dramatically, starting at under $25 for a basic model and topping out over $200 for a sleek european model. As with swings, Fisher-Price models are the top sellers.

With the exception of a couple of models listed here that convert to toddler rockers, babies will only use bouncers and rockers until they’re about 25 lbs. (sometime around a year old for many babies). and will probably enjoy using it for far less time than that– another great reason to do some serious bargain hunting.

Wait for a great sale (30% off or more) or try to find a gently used one at your local kiddie consignment shop, on Craigslist, or at a yard sale or consignment sale. A quick check of my local Craigslist board today reveals several gently used bouncers from $10. Just remember to check for recalls before you buy.

When choosing a model, look for non-skid feet, good bouncing/rocking/gliding action, and a three point harness. Popular extras include vibration, music, lights and toy bars.

Top Bouncers and Rockers

Here’s a rundown of the most popular and highly rated baby bouncers and rockers out there. I’ve linked to the items at Amazon so that you can learn more and read reviews.

Note: “Buy It Now” (BIN) prices are what I consider “very good” prices on the item. They’re the best sale prices you can expect to find fairly regularly, based on records of previous sales. Don’t confuse these with the “lowest price ever” price. You may be able to  beat this price if you happen onto a unusually great sale.

Fisher-Price Infant To Toddler Rocker. Grows with your child. Infant seat converts to toddler rocker for use up to 40 lbs. List price: $49.99. BIN = $35 to $40, depending on model.

Newborn Rock n’ Play Sleeper. List price: BIN = $40. This item has been recalled and is currently unavailable. I expect it to be available for sale again soon.

Fisher-Price Bouncer (My Little Snugabunny Bouncer, Rainforest, Luv U Zoo, etc.). Basic bouncer with vibration. List price: $39.99. to $44.99. BIN = $34 to $36, depending on model.

Tiny Love 3 in 1 Rocker Napper. Three reclining positions. Converts from baby seat to napper. Later converts to rocker for use up to 40 lbs. List price: $99.99. BIN = $73

Fisher-Price Soothing Motions Bouncer. Motorized bouncer glides front to back or side to side. Two gliding speeds. Seat rotates 360 degrees. List price: $99.99. BIN – $75

Baby Bjorn Babysitter Balance: Three seat positions for play, rest and sleep. Stylish, but pricey. List price $189.95. BIN: $127

Tiny Love Gymini Bouncer: Features adjustable arches, lights and vibrations. Two reclining positions. List price: $54.99 BIN = $42.50

Bright Starts Bouncer (budget buy). Vibrates. 3-point harness. List price: $24.99. BIN – $22.49

4Moms Mamaroo Classic. Similar in motion to the Sweetpeace, the Mamaroo bounces up and down and sways from side to side. mp3 jack. Plug in only. BIN = $197

Related: BC’s Baby Swing Buying Guide [Plus Buy-It-Now Prices]

BC’s Baby Swing Buying Guide [Plus Buy-It-Now Prices]

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Swings can be tricky. There are dozens of models on the market with varying features. At the same time, some babies love swings while others can’t stand them.

If your baby likes his, they can buy you some much needed rest or shower time as he snoozes away. If he doesn’t you’ve just shelled out $50 to $200 bucks for a large and useless piece of plastic that you’ll be stepping around every day.

With some smart shopping and a little luck, you’ll find a winner and get a good deal on it. This should get you started:

How to Choose

Desirable features include a 5 point safety harness, excellent stability, a variety of speeds and sounds, and a flip or fold out tray (for easy access). To figure out what else you need in a swing, ask yourself these questions:

  • How will we use it?
  • How much room do we have for storage and use?
  • Do I need to be able to plut it in?
  • What other features are must-haves?
  • What’s my budget?
To get a feel for different models, read reviews and watch review videos on You Tube. Go to the store and check out the display models. Ultimately, of course, your baby will decide whether the gear you got is any good. That’s why it makes sense to try to borrow a swing from a friend so you can see how she takes to it.

If that’s not an option, try to find a gently used one at your local kiddie consignment shop, on Craigslist, or at a yard sale or consignment sale. A quick check of my local Craigslist board today reveals full-sized swings from $35.

Another thing many expectant parents don’t realize is that babies will only use a swing until they’re about 25 lbs (sometime around a year old for many babies). and will probably enjoy using it for only a few weeks– another great reason to do some serious bargain hunting. Just remember to check for recalls before you buy.

Here’s a rundown of the most popular and highly rated baby swings out there. I’ve linked to the items at Amazon so that you can learn more and read reviews.

Note: “Buy It Now” (BIN) prices are what I consider “very good” prices on the item. They’re the best sale prices you can expect to find fairly regularly, based on records of previous sales. Don’t confuse these with the “lowest price ever” price. You may be able to  beat this price if you happen onto a unusually great sale.

 Full-Sized Swings

Fisher-Price, Graco and Bright Starts are the big players in the swing market, and Fisher-Price swings are by far the top sellers.

The Fisher-Price Cradle N Swing is the top seller, hands down. It was even a runner up on BC’s Best Baby Products of 2012 list. This full-sized swing can swing sideways or back and forth, includes a motorized mobile and offers the option of plugging into the wall. Can fold for storage. Buy-it-now prices range from $100 to $129, depending on the model:

 Spacesaving and Portable

If you’re short on space and/or cash, or you need to be able to take the swing to grandma’s, consider a portable swing.

Innovative Swings

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Coming soon: BC’s Baby Bouncer and Rocker Shopping Guide