Life seems to be getting more hectic than ever and busy parents want to be able to go about their daily activities without constantly having to keep the baby in their arms.
And that’s exactly what this product is designed to do. It will allow mom, dad or the sitter to temporarily park junior and keep him soothed and entertained in comfort and safety.
There are many such products on the infant-care marketplace but this one is from the biggest name brand and is definitely worth a look.
These are the kinds of purchases that parents need to evaluate extremely closely.
What This Product Is and Does
Fisher-Price is undeniably on top of the heap when it comes to baby gizmos and the venerable company’s reputation for safety and reliability has been well-earned.
This entry is basically a set-it-and-forget it baby swing that, with the simple touch of a button, swings sideways (just like a cradle) or from front-to-back.
The seat can be adjusted to a variety of positions and the speed of the swing manually varied in six strengths.
The product features something that the manufacturer calls SmartSwing Technology. This permits a variety of speeds so you can pick the one that calms the baby best. The device also senses the baby’s weight as it grows and keeps the swing speed consistent.
If the swinging movement isn’t enough, you can calm the child with a selection of 16 tunes or a menu of “nature” sounds. (The sounds can be turned off.)
Soft animals (puppies, in this case) seem to “dance” above the baby’s head. There’s even a mirror so the baby can gaze at his or herself.
Researchers long ago concluded that the more moving things a baby can see (and as colorful as possible), the better the child’s senses will mature. Sounds are also stimulating to the child.
Structure and Build
The frame feels quite sturdy.
The swing has folding legs, making it relatively easy to put away or move from room to room.
Some minor assembly is required. An Allen wrench is includes in the box, a Phillips screwdriver is not. We assembled it in just a few minutes with a bare minimum of hassle. In this case, the instruction sheet actually helped rather than confused. This can’t be said of so many products that you have to put together.
The swing was intelligently and durably packed in its box and all parts were present. But just in case, as a test, we called Fisher-Price’s customer service number and reached a knowledgeable human being within five minutes. How refreshing in this day and age!
Technical Specs and Dimensions
The product weighs 25 pounds and measures 14 x 12 x 30 inches.
It will accommodate infants from birth to the point that they start trying to climb out.
The item is manufactured in Mexico.
It includes a handy AC adaptor and can also be operated on four “D” cell batteries.
The seat cover is machine-washable. The rest of the swing can be spot-cleaned as needed.
The 23-page instruction manual – in various languages, of course – is unusually complete and easy to understand.
Like any other electronic device, particularly one to be used by a baby, a little common sense is required. As mentioned above, if the baby is big enough to attempt to climb out, it’s time to hand the swing over to somebody else.
The baby should always be restrained and should never be left completely unattended (of course, this can be tempting during a busy day. Don’t do it).
Since it has an electric motor, the swing should always be placed in an area that features adequate ventilation. It should likewise be kept away from sources of heat, including direct sunlight. Extension cords should NOT be used with this or any other electronic product.
In the same vein, it should be kept away from water sources like tubs and sinks. Do not use on a wet floor.
One thing often overlooked in such products is the condition of the AC adaptor and cord. Make sure they are in pristine condition, totally devoid of fraying or other kinds of damage. The risk of spark, shock or fire in such cases is quite serious.
Usage and Conclusion
We used this at home with our own as well as the infants of several friends and relatives. All of them (well, the adults) commented on how attractive the swing is and that the construction seemed to be of unusually high-quality.
As some reviewers have reported, we thought the motor was a bit noisy at first but either it quieted down or we simply got used to it. Others have reported a “grinding” sound, which we didn’t hear.
Additionally, some complain that it swings too fast even at the gentlest setting but we disagree. This is such a subjective matter. You can’t please everybody.
One criticism we do agree with is that the swing is a battery-eater like so many modern products. The solution is to safely use the adaptor when practical and invest in higher-quality batteries. This inevitably pays off in the long run.
Some of the babies liked the music but others were content just to swing and look around. Blessedly, several almost immediately went to sleep.
The babies can’t write a review but frankly they seemed to enjoy this thing.
There is absolutely no doubt about this product’s usefulness. It’s a bit pricey to be sure but you’re buying a big-name brand and, after all, you’re going to put your BABY in it.
In short, this is a well-designed and beneficial product that seems to do exactly what it is designed to do. If the baby’s content, the odds are that you will be too!