This swing is expensive, and it looks it!
It’s very opulent and it’s as sturdy and well-crafted as any swing, glider, or rocker that we’re reviewed.
Looks and features like these unquestionably come at a price and the price tag must always be considered. But beware – you’re very likely going to fall in love with the thing the moment that you see it.
It packs in every conceivable feature ever dreamed up for a baby swing. Most of these features can be found elsewhere for less money. But it’s the appearance that will grab you. There’s a definite “wow” factor here that simply won’t quit.
It’ll be a starry, starry night for your baby if you put him or her in this. The Starlight boasts a unique and lovely canopy that surrounds the tiny occupant. Our test infant appeared to feel safe and quite cozy under the canopy. In fact, it’s more of a little nest for your baby than a mere swing.
But there’s even more: the canopy sways with the gentlest swinging motion, and, with the flip of a switch, a star-filled light show is projected onto it. Even the fussiest babe should calm down and venture off to slumber land.
It has six speeds and a two-position reclining seat with removable headrest for newborns. It will swing back and forth or with a side-to-side motion; the choice is yours. It does require a gentle push to get the mechanism up to the selected speed.
It plays a generous 16 songs and sounds (among the most we’ve ever seen in a swing). Eight are considered appropriate for daytime and the other eight are recommended for those all-important nighttime hours
Another thoughtful feature: when running on battery power, the lights, melodies and sounds will automatically turn off after seven minutes, effectively conserving expensive battery juice.
Mothers will like the fact that the removable seat is safe for the washing machine.
You’ve Got the Power
Too many baby swings operate only on batteries or AC power. Fortunately, this one can be powered both ways, which offers considerable convenience. In battery mode, four “D” cell batteries are required. It’s important to note that when using batteries, the heavier the child, the slower the swinging speed will be.
Batteries are not included so make sure you stock up.
By the Numbers
The product is quite easy to assemble thanks to clear, simple-to-understand instructions. It is made of steel so looks and feels extremely sturdy.
It’s on the heavy side, weighing in at 15 pounds. It is one of the larger swings on the market, measuring 44 x 28 x 41 inches.
It is designed to safely accommodate infants weighing up to 25 pounds. As with any swing, note that when the baby is big enough to try climbing out, the product has reached the end of its useful life.
While there’s nothing inherently unsafe about the three-point safety harness that’s part of this swing, it is generally believed that a five-point design is more desirable because of its additional upper-body support.
The Last Word
As mentioned at the start, the Papasan is in the upper stratosphere of baby swing prices. It could be considered the Rolls-Royce of swings, and it’s more than likely out of reach for parents who are shopping with a strict budget in mind.
Do you really need a swing that’s this big and elaborate, both in features and physical appearance?
Of course you don’t.
But, just like any other luxury-type item, sometimes the luxury itself is its own reward.
This is one of the most beautiful and feature-packed swings we’ve ever seen and it’s not surprising in the slightest that it’s extremely highly rated among actual consumers.
And, of course, the maker of this product, Fisher-Price is among the most reputable and long-lived manufacturers in the baby supply business.
If you can get your hands on it without breaking the bank, then go for it. Your baby will only be of swing age once, after all.
And how much are peace of mind and a full night’s sleep worth, anyway?