When a new baby is on the way, parents must plan for a whole lot of things.
One that shouldn’t be ignored is how to keep that babe occupied. Sure, mother’s arms or lap are the best place for a baby and he is certain to feel the most relaxed and soothed there.
Obviously, this isn’t possible all the time and that’s where baby swings come in.
They have become a familiar staple of the family home and constitute what might be a serious investment, particularly for many young families that are just starting out.
But they are definitely among the most useful of all baby items, second, perhaps, only to the car seat.
Don’t just buy “any old swing” and don’t let price alone dictate which one you’re going to purchase.
Look for the features you want in the size that’s best for your living space. You should be able to find all those things at an affordable price.
What This Product Is and Does
Graco has been making baby products for more than 60 years. In that time, the company has more than earned the trust of parents. The Simple Sway Swing is another worthy entry in Graco’s line of quality products.
The Simple Sway name is an indication that this budget-priced swing doesn’t offer a world of frills and special features and that it was designed with simplicity in mind.
The first thing you’ll notice is that the product’s frame, while durable and rigid, is designed in an attractively compact way. The result? While you can’t fold it up and easily take it with you, you’ll be able to place it just about anywhere you want the baby to be close.
While this swing might be considered small in stature, it is impressively long on features. The swing moves from side to side and the speed can be adjusted to six different levels.
The soft, plush seats vibrates at two speeds (and can be turned on and off, like the swinging motion).
Many parents also desire – and expect – other goodies, and they’re here in spades: a cute three-toy mobile dangles above the baby’s head, and no less than 15 tunes and sound effects can be turned on and selected for the baby’s amusement. These can be a godsend when the tyke just doesn’t seem to want to go to sleep.
Structure and Build
Despite its space-saving size, the swing, with its metal frame, seems sturdy and well-made.
Technical Specs and Dimensions
The swing is made in China and weighs 13.6 pounds. It measures 31 x 38 x 30 inches.
Five “D” cell batteries (four for the swing, one for the vibration) are required. The unit also runs on AC power, an unquestionable money saver. Graco estimates battery life at a decent four hours.
The swing is designed to accommodate babies and infants weighing from 5 ½ to 30 pounds.
It carries a one-year manufacturer’s warranty.
The seat pad is completely safe to wash in the machine. The frame and other parts can be easily wiped clean.
The swing has a 5-point safety harness to keep babies secure. This is a decided plus. While there is nothing inherently unsafe about the 3-point harnesses found in many units, it is generally believed that the 5-point method serves to restrain the upper torso as well as the lower body.
Usage and Conclusion
We unpacked and assembled the swing in just a few minutes. Its appearance won’t win any awards in the fancy department but it’s reasonably attractive.
It was quite easy to get baby in and out. Obviously, that’s an important consideration.
Basically, everything worked exactly as advertised. The swinging motion indeed seems gentle, even at the “highest” speed. And vibration, even on the upper setting, didn’t seem to be too much for our happy test tot.
She adored the stars hanging from the mobile, and it didn’t take long at all to determine which of the melodies and sounds would be her favorites.
It would have been nice if the unit had a reclining feature but our baby seemed comfortable for a long period of time in one position so that’s far from being a deal-breaker.
Unlike some swings, this one’s operation is unusually quiet. The mechanism can barely be heard, so there’s no noise to irritate the baby or keep him or her awake.
Overall, this swing is a winner, and is definitely one that parents should consider.