Any parent will tell you that purchasing one of the best baby swings when a new baby comes along is an absolute must. However well-intentioned we are not to let the baby get used to being rocked in our arms, the truth of the matter is that babies like to be rocked. According to the National Sleep Foundation, rocking, swinging, or any type of soft rhythmic movement works as a natural sleep aid for babies because it reminds them of when they were in the womb (cue the awwws). In addition to keeping the baby happy, a good swing leaves you free to do other things for a few minutes like, say, use the bathroom without a baby on your lap (for once).
Types of baby swings
There are several types of baby swings available, from simple, manual swings that sway as you push them, to high-tech electric baby swings that double as rockers, bouncers, and even carrycots. Some can even be controlled via an app on your phone!
You can choose a high-end multi-purpose model, like the 4moms mamaRoo 4.0, with five different programmable motions and soothing sounds, or opt for a simpler – and cheaper – type like the Cuggl Electronic Swing from Argos. To save you the hassle of having to choose from hundreds of models available on the market, we’ve searched high and low and found the top 10 baby swings with the best reviews to suit all styles, requirements and budgets.
Safety note: Never leave a child unattended in a baby swing or bouncer.
A Mother&Baby award-winning product, the Fisher-Price Rainforest Friends baby swing comes in highly recommended by our mum and dad testers, who reported that this product is “very easy to use as the buttons on the side are clearly labelled with pictures depicting what they do,” the baby “fits snuggly in the seat and seems to feel secure in there,” and “the music or nature sounds seem to calm him and he loves the movement of the swing.” Assembly is a breeze and it also folds up nicely for easy portability and storing away.
This baby swing won Silver in the 2016 M&B Awards for Best Bouncy Chair, Rocker or Seat.
Read more in our full review here.
From one of the most sought-after baby brands comes the Joie Serina 2-in1 swing rocker; a swaying baby swing that also doubles up as a bouncer and can lift off its base to become a portable rocker so you can conveniently take the baby with you if you need to move around the house. There are six swing speeds, 10 nature sounds and lullabies, and even a soft nightlight with adjustable brightness.
As Amazon’s choice for best baby swing with more than 700 reviews, the Graco Baby Delight has many features that make it a contender for the best baby swing on the market. With two swing speeds, three reclining positions, a five-point safety harness, a rotating toy bar with soft hanging toys and a stylish grey and pastel removable cover that is machine-washable, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a similar item at this price point. It also folds up almost completely flat so you can easily tuck it away when it’s not in use.
This baby swing from 4moms is another Amazon’s choice product with many rave reviews from pleased shoppers. One of the features that differentiates it from competitors is its ability to mimic the rocking and bouncing motion that the baby experiences in its parents’ arms. All its wonderful perks, like soothing sounds and various motions, can also be controlled via an app from your phone so you might not even need to put that cup of tea down after all.
Although the Babymoov Swoon baby swing only has two simple motions — side to side and back and forth — many satisfied customers have raved about how cosy and comfortable their babies are in it. There are several different positions and it also comes up quite high so baby can be right near you at sofa level and away from draughts (or curious four-legged friends).
This super economical electronic baby swing from Cuggl has everything you need to keep mother and baby happy. In addition to five side-to-side swinging levels, it has 15 different calming melodies, three soft hanging toys, a five-point safety harness, and a vibration setting to soothe the little bundle to sleep. The neutral grey design matches any home décor and the cover is removable and washable too.
As its name suggest, the Ingenuity ConvertMe swing can go from baby swing to vibrating seat at the push of a button. Soothing nature sounds and melodies, five different swing speeds, a pivoting toy bar with two plush toys, and a soft head rest can ensure your baby stays comfortable, calm, entertained and content while you do a chore or two — or maybe even read a book!
This 5-in-1 product from Kinderkraft is a handy piece of baby equipment if we ever saw one! Practically effortlessly, this thing switches from swing, bouncer, cot, cradle, and chair in just a few seconds to accommodate your baby’s every need. There’s a large sun hood to keep the baby protected on those fun days out and it conveniently folds up to fit in the boot of the car.
For an easy-to-assemble, no frills, affordable baby swing, without too many bells and whistles, the Just 4 Baby deluxe foldable bouncer is just the ticket. Five swing speed settings with a timer, six baby tunes, and a toy bar with three soft toys your little one can reach out and grab are all you need to keep baby happy and occupied for a while. Suitable for around two months onwards, it folds up easily for storing or travelling.
Weighing in at only four pounds, this lightweight baby swing from Bright Starts is easy to move around the house even for brand new post-partum mums. As one of the most highly-rated swings on Amazon, it has everything you need, including a soft head rest for baby’s comfort, two reclining positions, easy speed dial, toy bar, and safety harness. We’re loving this soft grey and pastel elephant and monkey design, but for something a little more vibrant, it’s also available in brightly coloured Monkey, Tiger, and Turtle, or Zebra versions.