Baby Swing Buying Guide

Dos and Don'ts


While Buying a Swing

Dos

  • Make sure that your baby falls under the age and weight range specified for the model.
  • Check that the seat is spacious enough for your tot to have sufficient breathing space.
  • Always go for a baby swing that best suits your usage patterns – indoors or outdoors, small size or big, etc.
  • Go for swings with harnesses attached. A five-point harness is best. Swings with no harnesses or straps might turn out to be a risky proposition for your baby.
  • Look for sturdy frames, posts and legs to ensure that the swing remains stable when in operation.
  • Check the seat texture and ensure that it is well-cushioned and easily washable.
  • If you go for a cradle swing, make sure the cradle part gets firmly fixed to the frame.
  • Always choose to buy new, unused swings over second-hand ones.
  • Check for safety certifications on the baby swings from the appropriate authorities, like the JPMA or CPSC.
  • Baby swings with musical accessories are a great option, but make sure that the sound adjustment and settings
    aren't a disturbance to your baby.
  • If you prefer to buy baby swings online, try to check forums and get some good suggestions about the right type of baby
    swing to buy.

Don'ts

  • Do not buy a baby swing with limited recline positions for newborn babies, as it may cause the baby to experience
    breathing problems.
  • Although a budget is important, do not allow it to take precedence over your baby's safety and comfort. There are several
    choices that are of good quality while still fitting modest budgets.
  • Don't buy a swing that has been recalled by the certifying authority.
While Using a Swing

Dos

  • Always use the instruction manual provided with the product and follow the guidelines for assembling infant baby swing parts.
    Be sure to attach all necessary components. Ascertain that the necessary parts, like hooks on elastic straps, seat tubes, etc.,
    are adequately fixed.
  • Make sure that a newborn is placed in the swing in a reclined position so as to avoid chances of a slump over. As the baby grows older, an upright position is preferable.
  • Always use shoulder straps in case the swing has an adjustable seat, to protect the baby from coming out.
  • Closely watch the baby's comfort and safety during the initial days. Make sure that the baby gets familiar with the swing.
  • Regularly check for any unfastened screws and tighten them instantly. Repair or change any damaged parts.
  • Wash the seat pad regularly as per the instructions provided. Put on a diaper to ensure that the seat pad doesn't get messy.
  • Avoid using the swing after the baby outgrows its age / weight limits.

Don'ts

  • Don't let your baby sleep in the swing for a long time. Move the baby to a bed soon after falling asleep.
  • Don't switch on a high-speed motion before checking the baby's comfort level. Start with a low speed and increase it till the baby is comfortable.
  • Don't place the swing on a wet surface. It should not be used near wet areas like washroom, basin, shower, bathtub, etc.
  • Harness covers provided with the swing should not be used for any other purpose.
  • Don't use bleach to wash the seat pad.
  • If the product is anticipated to be idle for some days or weeks, don't let the batteries remain therein. Batteries lying unused in the swing may leak and invite operational issues.
  • Don't move or shift the swing with the baby in it.
  • Swings are good, but not to the extent of becoming a habit. Don't keep your baby in the swing for long durations. Let the baby play on the floor or bed too.
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