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Throwback Thursday: Baby Swings...Yay or Nay?





Welcome to another episode of my Throwback Thursday where I show you a picture of me when I was much younger than I am now. If there are tips to go along with my photo my writer (mommy) will be sure to add them for you.


I was 1 1/2 months old in this photo and mommy said that she had a difficult time getting me to sleep. The only thing that worked was her walking around with me or me just being in a swing or anything that moved. Apparently I loved motion. It's why I'm always on the go now. 

Now mommy is not going to say "don't buy a baby swing" but in all reality it's not a necessity. Yes most babies love them but some hate them as well. Mommy got me a MamaRoo and I hated it! Great concept but just not my thing.

If you can't afford to have a swing the baby isn't going to miss it. After all you can't miss what you've never had right?

But if you can afford one which one do you choose? With so many swings on the market mommy and I would say choose one that works with not only batteries but with an AC outlet as well. There may be a day when you run out of batteries so having another option is great.

Now there are a few that can change rocking positions such as side to side or back to front motion. These are a little bit more pricey but having a second option is really great.

We also recommend getting one where the volume can be lowered. You don't want to have your baby fall asleep and wake up in 10 minutes because it was too loud. Also choose one where you can adjust the speed as well. Some babies like to be rocked very slowly while other adventurous ones like me like to speed it up a bit.

Now if your baby loves motion but would prefer to be with you, may we recommend getting a baby carrier. Not only is baby with you while you work but your hands will be free as well.

So question time? What did you use? Did your little one love his swing or did he prefer to just be with you?


Annmarie John
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  1. I had a portabul one with my older two. Found it used for $5 and got my moneys worth. Gave it away when we decided we where done having kids. Baby number 3 does not have a swing lol.

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    1. That is a great point. If you can find it used mommy recommend getting it that way. We don't stay too long in them after all. ♥ Madison

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  2. I used the Fisher-Price My little lamb cradle swing & Fisher-Price My Little Lamb Deluxe Infant Seat. He enjoyed the swing but not the seat! lol.

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    1. That's too funny. Mommy had the Fisher Price Zen Collection chair and swing and I preferred the swing too. I got to like the chair when I was older though. ♥ Madison

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  3. I've had 3 different swings...but my kids are old enough that it ranged from those huge old crank ones, to a larger battery powered one, to a small one like the one above. Thank God for them. All my boys loved them. It was the only way I could get any sleep at all with my second son.

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    1. Yes swings can be a godsend for a few parents. I'm happy that they all worked out for you. ♥ Madison

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  4. I had one swing. My first baby loved it, the second one hated it. It was a Fisher Price convertible swing. The swing part could be removed and used as it's own seat or converted into a toddler rocking chair.

    Wishing you a lovely day.
    xoxo

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    1. Babies sure can be different can't they? It took me a while to get used to my swing but once I did it was amazing. ♥ Madison

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  5. Neither of my babies really took to a swing believe it or not. My older daughter loved the vibrating chair and my younger really could care less for that, too. But I had Fisher Price both times still and all. Look at how cute Madison was in that picture though!! :)

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    1. Yes some babies just don't like it at all. It took me a while but I liked it eventually. Thank you for the compliment. ♥ Madison

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  6. I don't have a baby yet, but these are good points. It's true that you can't miss what you've never had.

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    1. Well when you do have a baby let me know if a swing worked out for you if you get one. ♥ Madison

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  7. We never even considered it for my daughter. She was just so easy. She slept so well and she never cried. So it seemed like a waste of money and space. Once we were at a friend's house and put her in their swing and she was pretty into it!
    We got one for Des because he wasn't as easy or happy as Scarlet was. It wasn't a miracle at all. It worked occasionally but we had other tricks that worked better.

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    1. What a difference in personality. Des just has a mind of his own just like me. I'm happy that you found other ways that worked out for you. ♥ Madison

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  8. My youngest hated his swing, but my oldest loved his :) It was the only way that he would nap when he was little. It's funny how kids can be so different!

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    1. It really is funny. Mommy said that it worked for my brothers so she thought it would have worked for me. Sometimes it did, sometimes it didn't. ♥ Madison

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  9. The swing was fun for Brady, but in all honesty he didn't spend that much time in it. Even as a little guy, he wanted to be moving around, didn't want to just plunk down and rest. Sigh. He hardly ever napped even as a baby. So he was usually playing with toys or if I needed hands free, he was in a play pen, so he could roll around and play with things. So I think a person could really do without one but they are nice from time to time :)

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    1. Yes they aren't considered a necessity but more of a luxury. I was never in a play pen. I hated being confined. ♥ Madison

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  10. Our first swing was the hardcore one and my kids loved it. Then it broke. boo. We borrowed a travel swing and that got the job done. I say before you buy it borrow one first. some kids don't like it, or only like one direction. Then, see if you can just borrow it, they don't stay in the swing phase for long

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    1. That is a great idea. If you have someone who can loan you one it might be a good idea to borrow theirs and see if your baby would love them. ♥ Madison

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  11. We had an adorable swing, but my little one was terrified of it until he was 4 months old. He would scream every time we put him in it.

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    1. Mommy remember those days. I didn't particularly like mine at first either but got to really love it eventually. ♥ Madison

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  12. My mom used to put me to sleep in a swing too. Never tried one for my own kids though, but it looks like fun!

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    1. It sure is fun to be swung back and forth or side to side but not everyone loves it. ♥ Madison

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  13. Such a sweet pic! All the babies I ever babysat LOVED their swings...and so did I LOL

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    1. Thank you. If babies love their swing it does make it easier for mommies and babysitters doesn't it? ♥ Madison

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  14. Ahhhh I miss when they were that little!!!

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    1. Mommy says that all the time now. ♥ Madison

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  15. We had to buy one when Tristan was about 4 months old. He was seriously struggling to sleep (and stay asleep), so we got him a baby swing - a miracle worker, it did the job brilliantly.
    We kept it for baby #2, but when Scarlett was here, she didn't like the baby swing.
    I still find it odd that my two children are so different, heehee

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    1. Yes they can be different. What works great for one might not work at all for the other. ♥ Madison

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  16. Neither of my sons liked the swing. Most babies prefer to be held anyways so I spend my money on some great wraps and slings. That worked out much much better than a bulky swing.

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    1. Wraps and slings are great alternatives especially if you have a baby who likes being held and hates the swings. ♥ Madison

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  17. We had a swing that had a detachable bouncer seat! It was great, especially when one of the kids fell asleep in it, I could pop them on or off the swing in that seat =) We used it for both kids and it was a lifesaver! At the very end of use, the motor quit working and the company sent us a replacement (I believe it was free too!)

    I held my kids a lot and we did use a carrier but I wasn't able to rock or swing them for long periods of time (I have joint issues). This was great to use when I couldn't rock them any longer or if I had to get dinner ready...

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    1. Isn't it great when the company accepts that there was a defect and send you out parts to help keep your baby happy? A carrier sure is great. Mommy held me in one quite a lot. ♥ Madison

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  18. My son slept in a swing for his first six months - he had reflux and anything else was impossible! Yes overnight, naps, EVERYTHING!

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    1. So sorry about that reflux. My big brother had that as a baby and had to have special formula because of it as well. I'm happy that his swing worked for both of you. ♥ Madison

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  19. Both my boys loved to sleep in the swing when they were babies.

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    1. Swings can be great for taking naps. ♥ Madison

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  20. wow! very nice baby swing. All great suggestions for new moms! And yes- a swing of some sort can be a lifesaver especially when you end up with a little one who gets fussy often. And burp cloths! Buy ALL the burp cloths, lol. ;)

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  21. This is the excellent infant golf swing. Just about all excellent recommendations for brand new mothers! As well as yes- the golf swing associated with some kind could be a lifesaver particularly when you get having a child that will get picky frequently.

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