Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Fisher Price Baby Swing

If you have fussy or colicky babies, one of the best investments you can make is in a baby swing.

To get a decent swing, you'll probably spend around $100.  The best advice I can give you is to do RESEARCH!  If you're going to be spending a lot of money on something, you're going to want to make sure you spend it wisely.  Look into reviews and read as many as you can.  People are honest for the most part, and will tell you their thoughts on the purchase.  I fled to Amazon to read up on baby swings.  Also, it doesn't hurt to try asking around to friends or other relatives to see if they've tried any swings in particular.  

After days of looking at baby swings, I went with the Fisher Price Rainforest swing.  I wanted a swing that allowed me to plug it into a wall and spared me the trouble of buying and replacing batteries constantly.  It was between the Rainforest one and the Starlight Papasan Cradle Swing (more expensive), both of which were Fisher Price.  
The Starlight swing looks cute, especially with the light up stars in the dark and outside net.  For that reason, I almost bought it!  But then I read from a lot of people that the outside net that covers the swing looks a lot worse when you buy it than in those pictures.  
So try to see it at a store or somewhere first if you plan on purchasing that one!  I guess the pics are deceiving.  After opting for the Rainforest swing, I was happy with the purchase.  

This swing is easy to put together with the help of someone else.  The twins seemed to like it for a little bit, but started to cry after 20 minutes or half an hour.  Since our floor is slightly unlevel, the swing does not always work.  The motor stops and the swing will not go back and forth.  This is somewhat annoying because after 10 minutes of leaving the baby in the swing, he starts crying because it's not moving anymore.  Then we have to give it a push and start it up again, only to have it stop a few minutes later.  Right now we put some small books under one side of the swing to elevate it.  It helps a little.  Either way, it's a life saver and gives us a break... even if it is for just 10 minutes.  

We were tempted to buy one more swing, but as fast as they're growing, they probably won't be able to use it after a few months!

Here are some pros and cons of the Fisher Price Rainforest Swing...
  • optional A/C adapter
  • swing can be rotated 90 degrees and swing the other way
  • quiet motor
  • music is not annoying
  • moving mobile
  • can fit two 12 lb. babies in it and it still swings! (although I have read that a baby larger than 15 lbs. makes the swing not work)
  • mobile motor is loud
  • swing stops moving every now and then (might be the unlevel floor)
  • seat can be reclined, but does not make a big difference really from the upright position
  • the low speed seems to be the same as the high speed

The main reason why I like the swing is because of the wall plug-in option.  Plus, the babies seem to like it so far (well, at least for 20 minutes at a time).  

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