Batteries are one of man’s most useful and perennially popular inventions.
They allow you to have electric power wherever you go and they’re particularly useful in emergency situations when you need to power radios, flashlights or other devices.
However, as usual, there’s a catch: they’re expensive – the branded long-lasting ones, at least.
Thus, when it comes to baby swings and rockers, items that will be used around the house almost constantly, batteries that probably last three or four hours are very quickly going to become a big bite out of the budget.
Unless you’re dead-set on having a small and very portable swing, you’re going to be better financially to go with a product that plugs into good old household electric current (or, ideally, with a battery option as well). Note that some swings with vibrating seats require a battery regardless.
The following swings that include AC adaptors are highly recommended:
Fisher Price My Little Snugapuppy Cradle and Swing
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This popular baby swing is one of the relatively few that provides the best of both worlds – it plugs right into the wall and will also work with four “D” cell batteries. Attractive and very solidly built, the Snugapuppy has a host of desirable features, including two swinging motions, a reclining seat, a motorized mobile with toys, six swing speeds and 16 tunes and nature sounds.
The swing keeps its motion consistent as the baby grows and gains weight. It is designed to accommodate babies and infants weighing up to 20 pounds.
4Moms Rockaroo Swing
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One of the more colorful and attractive swings on the market, the popular, AC-powered Rockaroo has a soothing, front-to-back rocking motion designed to simulate being in mommy’s arms.
It is about one-third the size of others and will fit easily into tight spaces. What really makes it unique is a port for a phone or digital music player – instead of relying on preloaded music and sounds, you can play whatever the baby enjoys.
The gliding motion has five speeds.
It’s recommended for occupants weighing up to 25 pounds.
Graco Simple Sway Swing
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Another baby swing that uses both AC power and “D” batteries, the Simple Sway is also a small-frame model that still manages to pack in a whole bunch of features including a two-speed vibrator to complement the six-speed, side-by-side motion.
There are also 10 melodies and five nature sounds and the seat is unusually plush and soft.
Simple but quite sturdy, it is designed to be safely used by little ones weighing up to 30 pounds.
Graco DuetSoothe Swing and Rocker
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Both AC- and battery-powered, this is one of the most versatile products in the crowded baby marketplace, serving as both a swing and rocker in one unit.
It also vibrates. This gives parents (and baby!) plenty of useful options.
There are three seating positions, and the mechanism sways either side to side or back-and-forth. Add the usual menu of melodies and a nifty carry handle and you’ve got a truly value-packed product.
It’s recommended for up to 30 pounds.
Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide Soother
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This AC-powered product is one of the most luxurious on the market, and one of the least portable.
Features include four soothing motions, a trio of gliding speeds, vibrations (batteries needed), 12 melodies, three nature sound effects and a removable toy bar.
The unit can very simply be converted from a glider to a gently vibrating rocker with an adjustable, reclining seat for some sensible and welcome double duty.
The recommended weight limit is 25 pounds.
The Final Choice
Ultimately, the importance of battery operation (and the consequential long-term cost) is up to the parents.
If extreme portability is a high priority, you’ll probably want to use batteries anyway.
However, if the swing will mostly stay in one place the majority of the time, AC power will undoubtedly save money over the long haul.
The products we’ve listed all run on regular electric power and are manufactured by some of the most reputable companies in the baby biz.
When you’re shopping, consider looks, price and features, of course, but you really can’t go wrong with any of these.