The Best Baby Swings of 2020

  • Last Update: October 27, 2020
5/5
  • Variable swing directions
  • Comfortable
  • Can also be used as a rocker
5/5
  • Many motion options
  • Lightweight
  • Quiet motor
5/5
  • Compact
  • Full features
  • Less expensive
Your baby will love being entertained, and you’ll love having a moment to yourself.
 
We pulled together 15 of the most popular baby swings of 2020 and did a hands-on test and review. Ten parents and twelve babies (from 1 to 12 months old) put them to the test: all the settings were tested (swinging, vibration, music), noise levels were rated, battery life was measured, and they were used for entertainment, feeding, and short naps. Below are the top 7 baby swings we found

The Best Baby Swings of 2020

Because every baby has a different preference when it comes to swings, the Graco Duetsoothe Swing + Rocker’s variable swing directions are key. You can spin the seat 180 degrees, meaning your baby can swing from side-to-side facing either direction, or from front-to-back. Overall, we think this swing is likely to soothe your baby, no matter their swinging preferences.

The Duetsoothe is a bulky 34 inches wide and 43 inches tall, but its lean look and grey coloring make it visibly less obtrusive than many of the other swings we tested. You can remove the seat and use it as a stand-alone rocker, which gives you a portable place to set your baby anywhere in the house. Note that the rocker itself is not electronic (the full swing can be plugged in or operated using D batteries), so you may have to walk by and kick it occasionally to keep your baby moving.

The Duetsoothe contains many useful and fun features: a mobile with three stuffed bears, 10 subtle classical music songs (and a range of volumes), white noise in the form of five nature soundtracks, and a two-speed, battery-operated vibration setting. This was also one of the quietest swings we tested—unlike many of the other models, the motor didn’t make loud noises and there was no back-and-forth clicking sound. And it slows down when you reach in to touch your baby or remove them from the swing, then speeds up again once you’ve removed your hands.

The DuetSoothe is also made with high-quality materials, which suggests that you could use this swing for quite some time, and also that it’s still a good purchase even if it’s been used by another family. The seat—which was fairly recumbent—has a 5-point safety harness and a padded headrest. It contains an infant insert, and can be used for babies from 5.5 to 30 pounds. (Note that the weight limit on the stand-alone rocker is only 18 pounds.) You can easily remove the seat pad (which is attached via elastic loops and straps) and machine wash it in cold water on a delicate cycle, but the brand recommends air drying the pad after you do so.

A few downsides: The DuetSooth swings at six speeds, but we found that anything over the 4th speed was too fast and risked rolling our baby from side to side, as well as hitting other things in the room because of the swing’s width. It was also fairly difficult to build; after 30 minutes, we abandoned the tough-to-decipher manual and headed to YouTube. And even when it’s detached from the swing, the rocker is bulky and tough to take in the car; if you’re planning to carry a swing with you to multiple locations, you’ll want to pick something else.

The DuetSoothe had nearly 2,000 reviews on Amazon at the time of this writing, with an overall rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars. Most of the reviews are positive, but some users complain about a clicking noise that develops after using the swing for a month or more, which is likely a motor issue. We didn’t have this problem but swings are notorious for developing motor problems, so we recommend reaching out to Graco and asking for replacement parts if that issue happens in your home.

PROS:

  • Variable swing directions
  • Comfortable
  • High quality materials
  • Can also be used as a rocker

CONS:

  • Tough to build
  • Not portable
  • Large size

Key Features:

  • Plug In or Use Batteries
  • Vibration & Music
  • 6 Swing Speeds
  • 2 products in 1: Removable infant swing seat doubles as a rocker
  • Swing recommended for infants 5.5 to 30 lb
  • Rocker recommended for infants 5.5 to 18 lb

Specification:

  • Brand: Graco
  • Weight: 21 lbs
If you have a baby older than 3-months-old and under 25 pounds, the MamaRoo could be a good choice. This swing was the most technology-enabled option we tested. It’s easy to set up, and has 5 settings—including car ride and tree swing—that can each be set at five different speed levels. There’s also a fun mobile with balls that contain bells. Plus, it’s lightweight, making it fairly easy to move around the house; you can sync the swing up to your phone; it feels well-built; and the motor is quiet. But there are some downsides: The MamaRoo’s motions are sometimes erratic, taking the baby up-and-down and side-to-side at various intervals, which caused our baby’s moro reflex (also known as the startle reflex) to kick in. Babies typically grow out of this reflex at between 4 and 6 months, which makes the MamaRoo a good option for older babies. The MamaRoo’s settings are also on the base of the swing, on the floor; if you don’t have the swing synced to your phone, you’ll have to lean over or step on the settings with your toes. And several online reviewers mentioned that they couldn’t get their swing easily repaired. When they called 4mom’s customer service team, the only option was to buy new (expensive) parts.

PROS:

  • Many motion options
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to set up
  • Quiet motor
  • Technology-enabled

CONS:

  • Not great for newborns
  • Oddly-placed settings panel
  • Tough to repair

Key Features:

  • 5 unique motions & speeds
  • Bluetooth Enabled – control motion & sound
  • 4 built in sounds & MP3 plug-in
  • Smooth, woven nylon material
  • Machine washable seat fabric
  • AC Adaptor – no batteries required
  • Adjustable seat recline
  • Weight Range: Birth to 25lbs

Specification:

  • Brand: 4moms
  • Weight: 18.45 pounds
Like our top pick, the Glider LX was tough to assemble; we again ended up abandoning the manual for a YouTube tutorial. The swing only moves from front-to-back, though it was stable and nicely compact which makes it easier to move throughout the house compared to many of the other options we tested; it doesn’t fold, though, so you can’t pack it into the car. There are white noise and music options, and a toy bar, too. Overall, this swing was a just-fine experience, but it’s lack of variable swing directions made it a less-appealing contender.

PROS:

  • Magical for soothing babies
  • Great add-ons
  • Responsive to caregiver’s motion

CONS:

  • Wide frame
  • Variable quality
  • Kid-centric look

Key Features:

  • 6 gliding speeds allow you to find the right pace to suit baby’s mood
  • 10 classic melodies and 5 nature sounds will delight and amuse your little one
  • Timer mode helps extend battery life by keeping glider on only as you need it
  • Toy bar with two soft toys is adjustable for easy access to baby
  • 5-point harness gives you peace of mind while keeping your baby secure

Specification:

  • Brand: Graco
  • Weight: 17.9 pounds

This swing, which comes in several versions including the Snugapuppy and Snugabunny, has a huge, supportive following online—and we can see why: Compared to the other swings we tested, our baby was most comfortable in this side-to-side swing. It magically calmed him down no matter his mood, and he loved staring at the mirror beneath the mobile. The Cradle n’ Swing slows down when you reach in to pick the baby up, and it offers music and a mobile. While loud, we thought this would be our favorite option—until it broke. We tested two versions of this swing: the first had a broken motor within a week; the second arrived broken and wouldn’t swing at all. It’s also obtrusive—both in look and size—making it a tough option for parents who don’t have a lot of space at home.

This issue of poor materials is sadly common online; if you get a swing that works, you’ll likely be happy with it, despite its wide frame and very kid-oriented color scheme. But if you get a swing that’s broken, or if the motor dies quickly, your only option is to try to replace the parts or to macgyver a fix using DIY methods, which are plentiful on YouTube.

PROS:

  • Comforting to baby
  • Mobile includes mirror

CONS:

  • Breaks often
  • Doesn't fit well in small spaces

Key Features:

  • Two swinging motions to help soothe baby
  • Six swing speeds, 16 songs, soothing nature sounds
  • Two-position recline with 3 adjustable seat positions
  • Easy to convert to different swing positions—just press button and turn
  • Machine-washable seat cover with deluxe My Little Snugabunny body insert and bunny ears head support

Specification:

  • Brand: Fisher-Price
  • Weight: 24.9 pounds

The SwingPod Travel Swaddle Swing is a swaddle with handles; you put the baby inside, wrap them up using velcro panels, then grab the handles and swing them like a purse, back and forth, side to side. While there’s a lot of variabilities available in this option, it’s also completely parent-operated. It doesn’t give you a break and our baby felt constricted rather than soothed. It’s also only recommended for babies up to 15 pounds. On the plus side, it’s inexpensive.

PROS:

  • Portable
  • Inexpensive

CONS:

  • Requires parental energy
  • Constricting for baby

Key Features:

  • 100% Polyester
  • Combines swaddling and swinging
  • Soft gray chevron pattern

Specification:

  • Brand: KidCo
  • Weight: 13.6 ounces
The Ingenuity ConvertMe felt cheaper than the other swings we tested. It’s battery-operated, plus the seat wasn’t comfortable for our baby tester. (It was a simple piece of fabric stretched over a frame.) The swing only moves front-to-back, and it’s difficult to reach in if you want to grab your baby or move them to their crib. A few bonuses: This swing converts into a seat for children up to 20 pounds and it’s fairly slim, compared to most other options. But we think the cheaper-feeling materials are a dealbreaker.

PROS:

  • Converts to a chair for older children
  • Slim profile
  • Portable

CONS:

  • Cheaper materials
  • Only moves in one direction
  • Uncomfortable seat

Key Features:

  • 2-in-1 design converts from swing to stationary seat
  • Features 5 swing settings, automatic swinging and vibrating
  • Quiet motor plus 12 melodies and 4 nature sounds for a soothing environment
  • Plush seat pad and removable head rest are easy to clean. Foldable design lays flat for storage or travel

Specification:

  • Brand: Ingenuity
  • Weight: 4.08 pounds
If you can’t get your hands on a 4moms mamaRoo, the company also makes the more affordable rockaRoo. This baby swing has fewer bells and whistles than it’s pricey big sis but is still an excellent choice. We’re naming it the best baby swing for newborns because it reclines to flat, which is important for those early weeks when babies have limited head control.

PROS:

  • Safe place for baby so you can free up your hands
  • Soothing back to front motions
  • Compact – 1/3 the size of your typical baby swing
  • Cover is machine-washable
  • Electric, no batteries needed!

CONS:

  • Not adjustable
  • Not approved for overnight sleeping
  • Can only use until your baby is 6 months old

Key Features:

  • Front to back gliding motion
  • Compact size; 1/3 the size of traditional swings
  • 5 speeds
  • MP3 compatible
  • Toy mobile with reversible, removable toys
  • Easy to remove, machine washable seat

Specification:

  • Brand: 4moms
  • Weight: 16 pounds

What to Consider When Selecting a Baby Swing

Safety

Yes, infant swings are convenient for naps. But the AAP has issued several warnings about leaving your child in a swing, bouncer, or similar device, which has been tied to head-and-neck related emergency room visits. They also recommend limiting time in a swing to 15 minutes twice per day, to prevent babies’ still-soft heads from flattening (which can happen when they sit or lie in the same position for too long).

Based on this, we looked for swings that were stable. We didn’t want a swing that made us worried our baby could fall out, nor did we want a swing that felt liable to break. We also chose swings with safety harnesses and infant inserts for smaller babies.

Durability

We chose swings that were built with high-quality materials. A good infant swing will cost you at least $100, and we want that purchase to last through a few children.

Easy to Wash

We also picked swings that offered easy to wash covers (because we all know blowouts are most likely to occur the moment you put your fussy baby in that soothing swing).

Adjustability & Variability

Good swings move in multiple directions and have adjustable seats. This is important because babies can be picky. You likely won’t know which motions your baby prefers until they start swinging, so more options is always better!

Comfort

Of course, your baby’s comfort in the swing matters most of all,but every baby is different, so this feature is a bit subjective. We preferred swings with softer materials, headrests, and plush seats. Cheaper swings often contain a bit of fabric stretched over a frame, while the pricier models have foam seats that are more comfortable and supportive for a baby’s spine.

Portability

The ability to take the swing from room to room, or even in the car to another location was useful. However, we found that the portable swings we tested were in general less well-made, so we decided we’d prefer a swing that works over one we can carry around with us.

Ease of Use

A good swing should be easy to use and assemble. Ideally, we didn’t want to spend more than 15 minutes building the swing, and we looked for swings that had easy-to-operate settings.

Fun Add-ons

While they’re just the icing on the cake, our favorite swings had fun features like music, mobiles, white noise, mirrors, and toy bars. These elements keep your baby entertained while they swing, which can give you a longer break.

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