Baby Swing Buying Guide -

Portable (Travel) Swing

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What is a Portable Swing

A 2-in-1 portable swing is a popular invention that can soothe and entertain a baby while giving the mom some much-needed hands-free time. It is both a swing to rock babies to sleep and a cozy seat with comforting vibrations in which they can relax. Portable swings do not have very heavy frames and are relatively smaller than the full-size swings.
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Features of a Portable Swing

The following are the must have and good to have features in a portable swing:
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Portable Swing
Portable Swing
Must Haves
  • 5-point Safety Harness: To keep the baby secured in the swing seat.
  • Compact Fold: Occupies lesser storage space owing to the compact design.
  • Motion, Speed, Sound and Light Control Unit: Most baby swings offer a control panel which allows different motion, speed, sound and light settings in accordance to your baby's preference.
  • Portability: Easy to fold and store or carry away.
  • Sturdy Frame: To ensure even weight distribution of the growing child and allow for some safe movement within the harness.
  • Removable and Washable Seat Cover: To maintain hygiene, just in case baby throws up or spills foods and liquids.
  • DC Battery Slot: Some swings come with an inbuilt DC battery slot. Most of the battery-operated swings offer portability.
  • Reclining Seat: The seat can recline in 2 or 3 positions, depending on whether the baby has just had his feed and wishes to sit up or wishes to sleep.
  • Removable Head Support: For infants whose head and neck are not yet stable.
Good to Haves
  • Canopy: Provides shade if the baby wants to take a nap.
  • Non-toxic Fabric: Given the baby's inclination to chew at its seat covers, a non-toxic fabric is good to have.
  • Mobile Toys With Light: Felt or cloth toys for the baby's entertainment and stimulation.
  • Detachable Seat: To carry the baby with you and keep it by your side.
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Pros and Cons of a Portable Swing

Pros Cons
Flexible and portable: It can be easily moved from room to room and folded up to save space, avoid clutter and cart along while travelling. Weight limit: It cannot be used for babies over 12 kg.
Entertaining cum soothing: With sounds, music, vibrations and a toy bar with detachable toys for visual stimulation, these swings can significantly raise a baby’s joy quotient and contribute to baby’s emotional well-being. If the baby is left for long hours in the portable swing for its sheer convenience, later, the baby may resent the lack of human touch. Hence, one would recommend a judicious use of the swing.
 
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