The always-inventive Fisher-Price, a veteran in the manufacturing and marketing of swings, rockers, vibrators and myriad other baby and infant products, has another winner here.
It’s yet another example of an item that does its fair share of double duty.
Less expensive than many products in its category, it offers a tremendous amount of bang for your buck. It delivers the handiness of a swing and infant seat in one product. It quickly and easily converts from swing to vibrating seat.
While comparatively low in price, it’s decidedly robust in features. The swing moves at six different speeds and there are 10 melodies and “nature sounds” for the baby’s enjoyment and entertainment. Thankfully, Fisher-Price has included a volume control for the music and sounds. (We do, however, wish that there was also a timer.)
Elsewhere, the swing also includes a plush and removable newborn insert and a couple of quite cute overhead animal toys.
All of the above are fine selling points but many parents will be most impressed by the compact size and easy portability of this product. It is considerably smaller than many units in its class and it travels very easily, folding up almost completely flat. This means that it can be stored almost anywhere – in the back seat, in a closet, under the bed, behind the couch – you name the location and it will probably fit.
There’s also a sturdy overhead handle for easy carrying.
The Fisher-Price line of baby swings is particularly noteworthy for its so-called “SmartSwing Technology.” This interesting feature is designed to keep the speed of the swing stable as the baby begins to grow and gain weight. Without it, the mechanism would begin to lag and bog down. This adds value to the purchase by extending its lifespan. In addition, the swing doesn’t need the familiar manual “push” to get it going.
In addition, the swing doesn’t need the familiar manual “push” to get it going.
Fisher-Price is to be commended for equipping this product with a five-point adjustable safety harness/restraint system and non-skid feet. Three-point harnesses are found on many swings out there in the marketplace. It is generally believed that the five-point method provides more upper torso support and is preferable.
Facts and figures
The swing is manufactured in China.
Its dimensions are 20 x 20 x 6.5 inches. Its shipping weight is 9 pounds.
It can accommodate babies and infants weighing up to 25 pounds (or until they’ve big and strong enough to attempt to climb out).
The seat pad is machine-washable and safe to put in the dryer.
It carries a limited one-year manufacturer’s warranty.
A Question of Power
The swing does not operate on regular from-the-wall AC power. It requires batteries – four “C” cells. This is typical of many compact, foldable units. It might be a concern for some parents because of the long-term cost of constantly having to buy batteries.
The Last Word
These days, everybody’s looking for a bargain. But, especially when it comes to products for the baby, “inexpensive” so often doesn’t translate into safety and quality. In the case of this swing, it truly does. Everything worked exactly as advertised and promised. And essentially having two useful products for the price of one is definitely a bargain in our book, not to mention having one less “baby thing” to clutter up the abode.
We’ve never tested a swing that folded up to easily.
Our tests showed that despite its diminutive size, the swing was easy to get several babies in and out of. In similar small swings, the babies looked like they could get claustrophobic in them.
As mentioned above, the only real issue here is the batteries-only question. This will no doubt be a deal-breaker for some parents and that’s a shame because the swing has so very much to offer otherwise. We might suggest investing a few dollars in a charger and then using rechargeable batteries to power the swing (the instruction sheet says that this is entirely acceptable). That could make operating costs much less painful in the long run.