Swings vs. Bouncers

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Swings vs. Bouncers

Opinions? Is one better to have than the other?

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we have a small living space so I found a bouncy chair to be a better option than a swing. But I know now that they have compact swings, that might have been a good option. But DS loved his bouncy chair. It had a vibrate option which was great for naps!

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I have one of the portable swings and I love it! It takes up very little space, as much as a bouncy chair I suppose, and I can take it from room to room. My boys have loved it.

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I have a swing and a bouncy seat, they're both good in their own way. I don't think one is so much better than the other. I think if you can only get one you'll just get used to whichever one you get, kwim?

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"momW" wrote:

I have a swing and a bouncy seat, they're both good in their own way. I don't think one is so much better than the other. I think if you can only get one you'll just get used to whichever one you get, kwim?

I've had a couple of people tell me to get both; but, we're still in a condo for another year and the space we have doesn't really permit me to have both! I found one that's a swing and bouncer combo. I might go with that one...

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I've had a couple of people tell me to get both; but, we're still in a condo for another year and the space we have doesn't really permit me to have both! I found one that's a swing and bouncer combo. I might go with that one...

Oh yeah, that would be a great option.

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That's very cool! Those are really pretty genius!!

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it really depends on the child. DS1 hated and I mean HATED the swing. we borrowed it from SIL and he cried every time. DS2 loved the swing. I used the bouncy chair for both though, I would def go with the infant to toddler rocker, it was a life saver and DS1 used it up until he was 2 yrs old.

I would try to get a swing second hand if you can, that way if they hate it, it's not like you put out a lot of money, or if it's borrowed, you can just give it back and not take up valuable floor space LOL

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I agree with Allie - it really depends on the kid. My twins were funny - one was def. a bouncer baby, and the other was a swing baby. It was a very individual thing when it came to soothing them. So maybe you could start with a bouncer which is smaller, cheaper, and more compact, and then get the swing if it seems necessary?

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DD and DD loved the bouncer, DD#1 loved the swing...DS hated both. lol.

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I'm really thinking I'll go with a 2-in-1 so that both options are available if needed! There is no one near me to borrow second hand items from so that's not even an option, unfortunately!

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Honestly, I used a sling to soothe a baby more than a swing our bouncer. Yes, I got less "time off", but particularly with DS1+DS2, the sling was WAY better to ensure they were getting enough to eat.

DD loved the swing, but was more apt to stand in it and "surf" holding on to the support rail than to sit in it and rock or sleep (yes, starting at less than 1yr)!

Never had a bouncy to compare to.

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"sarahsunshine" wrote:

DD loved the swing, but was more apt to stand in it and "surf" holding on to the support rail than to sit in it and rock or sleep (yes, starting at less than 1yr)!

ROFL What a little turkey!

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DS1 did not like the swing at all but loved the bouncer. Garage sales are a great place to find used ones if you don't want to shell out alot on new ones until you decide. That 2-in-1 is more expensive than a swing and bouncer - a good new swing is $100 or so but bouncers you can find in the $25-30 range..

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I have both. DD1 loved the bouncer but wasn't much of a swing baby (although if I had the swing I do now for her she probably would've liked it). DD2 loved the swing more. She slept in that thing so much during rough nights. So far DS seems to like to swing better than the bouncer because he likes to be rocked. I have one of those cradle swings that can go side to side or back and forth (only because I got it on clearance).

However, I do like having the bouncer because when I'm bathing my daughters and DS is awake, I put him in the bouncer and bring him along while I watch them and get the to bed. That way I don't have to hold him if he's happy just watching and listening.

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"siandra" wrote:

DS1 did not like the swing at all but loved the bouncer. Garage sales are a great place to find used ones if you don't want to shell out alot on new ones until you decide. That 2-in-1 is more expensive than a swing and bouncer - a good new swing is $100 or so but bouncers you can find in the $25-30 range..

If you can find me one that is actually that cheap, I'd be thrilled! haha I have not found a swing for under $140; so, to me, the 2-in-1 for ~$200 is not a bad price at all.

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I have both. DD1 loved the bouncer but wasn't much of a swing baby (although if I had the swing I do now for her she probably would've liked it). DD2 loved the swing more. She slept in that thing so much during rough nights. So far DS seems to like to swing better than the bouncer because he likes to be rocked. I have one of those cradle swings that can go side to side or back and forth (only because I got it on clearance).

However, I do like having the bouncer because when I'm bathing my daughters and DS is awake, I put him in the bouncer and bring him along while I watch them and get the to bed. That way I don't have to hold him if he's happy just watching and listening.

This is the main reason that people have been telling me to go with both!

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Does anyone have any opinions on brands and/or types? For example, I've noticed that some swing back and forth like a typical swing and others sway from side to side.

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A lot of the ones that will swing side to side in a cradle motion turn so that they will also swing back and forth...

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I like both. There are good things about both. We have a regular size swing, travel swing, and bouncer. But we are finally in a home that is big enough to accomodate those things and also store when we are done with them until we need to get them out for the next baby. I think they are both great!

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I think I've decided on the swing and bouncer (and eventually jumper) from this collection: http://www.fisher-price.com/fp.aspx?st=2003&e=thumbnail&pcat=luz_babygear. Does anyone have any experience with these or know anyone that has used them?