Okay, so for those of you with younger kids right now- what swing did you love? Which did you hate?
My issue with swings is my last boy was 9 pounds, 6 ounces, and the motor didn't seem able to handle a bigger baby for long! So I'm keeping that in mind while looking at swings!
I used the fisher price soothing motions glider. It was loud, jerky, and bending over to put a newborn in it was very unpleasant during recovery.
I don't know what to tell you about a swing. When I worked at the daycare it was difficult to keep them as the motor would blow in every one after a few months to a year due to being used so much. They don't seem to make a heavy duty swing, which they should.
I don't really have any specific recommendations because I don't remember what swing I had with Colin. I do know his swing had the option to swing front to back or side to side. He loved swinging side to side and couldn't stand the front to back so I'm planning on looking for one that does that this time around.
Maybe I should just get a cheaper smaller swing- least it wouldn't be as much money thrown away if the motor dies.
As much as I disliked the FP glider, I got it b/c we had one at the daycare. When I left to have dd, it had been there since the beginning of the daycare, for 3 and a half years! The thing was bulletproof and is probably still there. Fisher Price did revamp it a couple years ago, I don't know if it is better or worse.
I know what you mean, I don't think I could in good faith reccomend buying a swing new to anyone. I'd personally go with a used Fisher Price swing. We have the Fisher Price aquarium swing, it was given to us by dh's cousin and it's been through 4-5 babies over the past 7 years (2 of hers, 2 of mine and I think another friend borrowed it between my DD2 and her DS) I like that it can swing side to side as my kids have seemed to prefer that. I'd highly suggest looking on craigslist, cosignment stores/rummage sales, ect....I just really don't think they are worth the money they charge new for the time they are used. My kids hated being in the swing by 4-5 months when they were awake and by 3 months I prefer they don't sleep in the swing as it ruins their sleep schedules (I've been told it's like sleeping in the car, not as restful as sleeping in a crib/bed/something still). My kids did sit around 5 months so that may be part of why they didn't like it while awake by those ages.
DD1- July 2004
DD2- April 2006
DS1- December 2009
DS2- August 2011
We have the FP rainforest swing. Brandon didn't really like the swing but he loved the bouncy seat. The one thing I loved about the swing was that it included an AC adaptor so we could plug it in and not have to keep wasting batteries. If he had been a baby who likes swings, it would have come in handy.
I think they discontinued the Rainforest collection but I really liked it. We have the Rainforest bouncy seat, swing, and highchair and we love them all. I'm sure they'll have a new pattern that you'll love just as much though.
Last edited by nori_garsi; 05-02-2011 at 01:13 AM.
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my oldest loved the swing and the next two weren't big fans. I would suggest borrowing or getting a used one b/c honestly you use the swing for very little time, it seems so important at the time, but they are out of the swing in a matter of months. And, many babies don't like it at all, spend the big bucks on the stuff that matters like car seats and strollers, and save on the stuff that is so fleeting is my advice-for whatever it is worth!
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