Every new parent knows that five minutes of free time is equivalent to a mini vacation. To add precious free time to your schedule, consider buying a baby swing; as the baby swing does its job, you can either relax or catch up on your long to do list. If you are looking for the safest baby swings, there are several things to look for to ensure that your new purchase is safe and reliable.
Look for a baby swing with sturdy, wide standing legs that sits low to the ground. This will ensure that the baby swing doesn’t tip over while your precious cargo is lounging inside. The Fisher-Price Ocean Wonders Cradle-n-Swing is one of the safest baby swings because of its sturdy metal legs that are set wide.
“We have Fisher Price Ocean Wonders Aquarium Cradle swing for 4 months now and I just cannot say enough great things about it! Easy assembly, sturdy, safe, fun, entertaining, useful, I can go on and on.“ –aashajee, Reviewer since 2010
Another great feature that the Fisher Price Ocean Wonders Cradle’n Swing has is the option to swing either side to side or front to back.
Another thing to look out for in a baby swing is the weight capacity. Always follow the manufacturer’s age and weight specifications because they vary by model. Although most baby swings are designed to be used from birth to 24-30 lbs, most manufacturers recommend that you stop using a baby swing when the child is old enough to roll over and push up on their hands and knees, or climb out.
You can make the most out of your purchase if you go for a model that is convertible, like the Fisher-Price Smart Stages 3-in-1 Swing, which can hold up to 40 lbs and can be used as a toddler rocker.
“Why buy 2 separate products when this one has the swing and rocking chair together!?” –BrightEyes1280, Reviewer since 2008
The safest baby swings will have some kind of harness. Having a secure harness ensures that your baby will not be able to climb out of their seat and fall. The Graco Sweetpeace Newborn Soothing Center is great because it has a five-point harness, which is highly recommended.
Don’t forget to check and see if the baby swing is JPMA (Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association) certified. The JPMA sets standards, tests, and certifies baby products to ensure that they are safe and of good quality. You can check their website at www.jpma.org to see which companies and products are JPMA certified.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on The Goods and written by Viewpoints reviewer michelemk.