Like most new parents, I added a swing to my baby registry as a first-time mom because I thought it would be the perfect addition to ensure that I could, in spite of becoming a mom, carry on with my “normal” life.
Before even meeting my baby, I got a swing at eight months pregnant.
I didn’t know much about what to look for in a swing, so I went with the one that seemed to have the best reviews, the most bells and whistles, and that I thought could work for a boy or girl child. I went with a Fisher Price My Little Lamb Cradle n Swing.
And my daughter loved it!!!
My daughter hated this swing. And in spite my attempts to make her be the kind of baby that my well-intentioned family and friends said I needed to get back to work, pain-free, after maternity leave, she was different. She wanted to be held, close to mama. So I did what she wanted. I held her and wore her, mostly. And I never used this swing, except for 20-minute intervals here and there when she got older, until my second daughter was born.
In contrast to my first daughter, my second daughter loves this swing.
So through this second time, I can give a list of things I like about this swing:
- It can be set up to swing front-to-back or side-to-side.
- It can be turned to face three different positions.
- It plays eight tunes (music and white noise) that run for about 15 minutes.
- The mobile features a mirror that babies can look up and see themselves and plush animals that can move up and down and round and round. (These animals can also be removed.)
- The swing has six speeds (adjustable through a nob on top of swing) and a removable tray that features both plastic toys and a single plush toy attached to a ribbon.
- In spite of the fact that the fabric on the swing is mostly a ivory/cream color, it does not show spots or spit-up stains as easily.
- The steel frame has legs that fold in for storage and portability.
- Its weight maximum is 25 pounds. (This came in handy in the early weeks of bringing home my second daughter, when my first daughter began regressing and wanting to get into her little sister’s swing.)
The only thing I don’t like about this swing is that it takes 4D batteries, rather than an AC adapter. While I have only had to replace the batteries in our swing twice since our purchase, I think an adapter would be a great way to save money on replacing batteries.
Would I recommend this product to other moms and dads? Well, given that my first daughter was not the kind of baby who liked swings, I would probably recommend that parents wait to make the purchase of this or any other swing after their children are born. Every baby is different. Your baby may not be the kind of baby who likes swings. This doesn’t mean that anything’s wrong with your baby or you. Trust me. This is spoken from a woman who once believed these things.
See what your baby likes most and then base your decision on whether you need a swing on that. If you do have a baby who likes swings, I would highly recommend the My Little Lamb swing. It’s a bit pricey at over a hundred bucks, but it’s a piece of babygear that will likely last you through multiple children and that contains all the bells and whistles to keep your little one entertained.