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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2011
I bought this swing at a big brick and mortar store in a different pattern, but the swing is the same. I bought it when I was on a trip away from home with my 4 month old and she wouldn't sleep in her Pack and Play for a nap. She is used to sleeping in a large Fisher Price Papasan swing for her naps, so off to the store I went to find a small swing that I hoped to be able to take home with me from my road trip. We will use it as a second swing in the kitchen or living room so we can keep her nap swing in our bedroom. Anyway, for a space saving or secondary swing it is pretty great. It has telescoping legs for two heights, the seat folds in half for storage and the legs fold in. Basically, the whole thing folds in half. It isn't the smallest item even when folded, but it fit in my mini van with heaps of luggage and other baby items with no problem. The toys that hang from the bar are cute, but just attached with velcro, so they can come off easily. The swing has a dial for the speed setting, but no "set" speeds. The seat has 3 positions, easily reclined with a one handed squeeze. One setting is almost completely reclined, which is great for sleeping. It also has a 5 point harness, something I found as overkill until my daughter recently began pushing backwards with her legs off her swing and bouncer. The 5 point harness keeps her securely in place. I also like that it is low as I tend to sit on the floor, so the swing on the low height setting keeps her at eye level with me.

As for the noise other reviewers mention, I do not find it to be very noisy. In fact, my daughter sleeps better with a bit of noise, so I find it to be helpful. The only things I don't like about the swing are, number one, that it takes batteries instead of plugging in. Probably because it is a basic swing and portable. Number two, it doesn't have a positioner for the baby's head, so my daughter's head was flopping to the side. The FP swing has a built in "pillow" and her head stays in place. I am sure I could find an after market item for her head.

No, this swing doesn't have music, lights, set speeds, etc. but it is meant to be a basic swing. Great for an apartment or as a secondary swing, or if you need something for travel. If you are like me, and your child takes regular naps in a swing, I would invest in something a bit more plush as long as you don't need to move a swing from room to room. Moving the huge FP Papasan swing is a real pain as it does not easily fit through doorways and it has a HUGE footprint so it takes up a ton of floor space. This swing takes up very little space. As long as your expectations are in the right place, I don't think this swing will be a disappointment!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2011
I purchased this swing for my newborn with colic. The swing was a good price as I wasn't really in the place to put out a lot of money for one at the time. We have had the swing for about 3.5 mos and I have probably already spent as much on batteries as I did on the swing. The baby loves the swing, however I hate that it is very noisy and a battery zapper. After using it for about 3 weeks I noticed it was sitting crocked while my daughter was swinging in it. That is when I discovered one of the legs was not staying locked in the height setting. Fearful of it tipping over while in use I contacted Graco with my concerns and also mentioned at the time it seemed to go through batteries really quickly. They promptley sent me new sets of legs and with that a new motor housing was included to fix both issues. About 2-3 weeks after replacing the legs the motor started making a high pitched squealing sound intermittently and the motor made a grinding sound. So again I contacted Graco and they sent me a new motor housing again. Since changing out the motor it is now louder than ever before, but at least it's not squealing! Thankfully Graco has stood behind the product. They have not charged me for replacement parts and have always shipped the parts quickly (getting them within 2-3 days of contacting them.) I am really disapointed in the quality of this product and have decided we will not be saving this product for any future children to use it will go directly in the trash when my daughter outgrows it(if it lasts that long!) I would strongly encourage people to think twice before purchasing this product. My next swing will be one that can run on batteries or electricity, as the batteries only last 2-4 days depending on how much the swing is used. When using C batteries 4 at a time it gets way too expensive. I have found Duracell batteries don't work as well as Energizer for this swing either. Don't even waste your time/money on cheaper batteries either they will only last a few hrs if lucky!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2011
We're pretty happy with this swing for the price. I bought it knowing I would want to use rechargeable batteries. Otherwise you can easily spend the price of the swing in batteries (C cells are a buck each, this swing takes 4, they last for 4- 5 days under fairly consistent use).

Most rechargeables these days are sold as AA batteries. You have to then purchase a C size shell (or spacer) to insert the AA batteries through. Here's the TRICK - AA batteries have much shorter positive terminal nipples than C batteries. If you buy rechargeable AA, then fit them into a C shell, the positive terminals won't actually reach the contacts in the battery housing to complete the circuit. Fortunately the fix is easy: take a pair of needle nose pliers and pop the positive wire coil contact out from under the plastic tab for each of the positive terminals. It will take less than a minute and the terminal coils are still firmly in place. This isn't messing with the integrity of the coils or doing any damage to the housing.

Prior to realizing the contacts weren't touching, I purchased Sanyo Eneloop rechargeables and Powergenix rechargeables. I thought the Eneloops didn't work because of a voltage/amp issue (rechargeables are 1.2v instead of 1.5v for Alkalines). The Powergenix are 1.6v rechargeables. Turns out, it wasn't a voltage issue at all, it was just the terminal contact issue. So you can use Eneloop batteries or Powergenix, they both work well. I will test total life of them and maybe come back and update to provide a recommendation on which is best.

There are a number of sources for the C shells, including buying a multipack of the Eneloop batteries that come with C shells. Here is a link to just the Sanyo Eneloop Spacer Pack: 4 Pack of C-size Adapters [Hassle Free Packaging] spacer pack.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on May 7, 2012
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Reviews I read before ordering this product were not good, however, the swing is great!! The people who are complaining about it being too loud, a battery sucker or just too "boring" for their child are looking at baby swings in the wrong way. This is my 2nd graco swing and I only ordered this one because the one I had before finally died after 5 years and 4 kids!! Baby swings are going to make SOME noise and if you leave your baby in it 70 percent of the time the batteries are going to die after only a couple of days(maybe try holding your baby instead of always letting them swing!). I'll admit the 2 elephants for "entertainment" are lame, but so few babies look at those things anyways. Sorry to be so harsh about past reviews, but this swing really isn't as bad as people are saying and doesn't deserve only 3 stars!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2011
We received the Cadillac of all swings for a shower gift and my son hated it. He is colic and I had heard swings were supposed to be a life saver. We returned the fancy one with all the bells and whistles and I thought I would give this one a try...it was 1/3 the cost and it was worth a shot. I am so glad we tried it. Brought it home put it together (easy to do) and put my son in it and within 5 minutes he had fallen asleep! This swing has been a life saver for us. The swinging mechanism does make noise but I think that is part of the reason it soothes my son so easily. It reminds me of a clock ticking. This is by no means a fancy swing it is a battery operated on with a small toy bar...again nothing fancy but it works like a dream at settling down my son.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2012
This swing only lasted 3 weeks before the motor died. It also needed the batteries to be replaced each week. This could've gotten expensive quick. I still gave it 3 stars though, because I loved it while it lasted. I loved the pattern and the speeds were great and actually adjusted how they were supposed to. It cupped my newborn great and they loved it.

I called Graco when the motor died and they were very helpful. They were willing to replace the motor, but it was back ordered. I was not willing to wait 8+ weeks for a new swing with newborn twins. I sent the swing back and they promptly sent me a check. Props to Graco!

To put the battery eating in perspective, know I started with two different Graco swings. This one takes C batteries so I think that is part of the reason it lost its juice faster. The other Graco swing I have uses D batteries and I still haven't needed to replace them in 4 months. When I got my money back from this swing, I bought a Fisher Price swing that plugs in... Smart move! No battery replacement needed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2012
I bought my swing from Burlington coat factory for the same advertised price on here (except I didnt have to pay shipping). I like the swing except its too loud as it swings back and forth. It would be nice if it had music to drown out the sound. I wish the straps would have been easier to get around a new born. It was very easy to assemble. Other than that its okay.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 2012
Pros
-Comfortable for baby to sleep
-nice design and mobile
-easy to construct

Cons
-Horrible battery life (one week)
-little bit noisy of a motor (although baby didn't seem to mind)
-Oh and crappy battery life!!!

After reading all the current reviews, we would have gone with something else honestly. We saw a cheap good looking swing in Target and jumped on it. Didn't care that it didn't have all the bells and whistles just liked that it was simple and mobile. Took it home, easy to construct and baby loved it and slept all night! At this point it was an easy 5 star rating. Then about a week later, swinging motion began to fade and we realized it was the battery after replacing them to confirm. C-cells are not that cheap and it requires 4 of them. We could easily see ourselves paying way more than the price of the swing in batteries if we kept it... Long story short... great for our newborn who slept like a "baby" but expense and inconvenience of the battery made our decision within the first week. Only gave it a 3 rating because our baby loved it so much...otherwise not that great...Invest in rechargeable batteries/with charger if you want to keep this item.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2011
this is our second swing by graco and our baby is only 6 weeks old! The first swing was purchased second hand, so we didn't know long it had been used for and weren't too upset when it burnt out after only 3 weeks of use. It made a very loud clicking sound, but otherwise worked well. My husband tried to fix it, but the motor was burnt out. Graco swings are much nicer looking than the other smaller swings. Unless you want a huge swing, or one that is bright rainbow colors you have limited options. We liked the height is adjustable and that this swing is portable since we like to use it in more than one room. It also make the loud clicking sound that our other swing made, then after a week it started making a terrible squeaking sound (like fingers on a chalk board). Unfortunately we didn't buy it from amazon so we weren't able to return it because we had gotten rid of the box and original packaging. We tried WD-40, but the squeaking is happening inside the motor casing. My husband is well acquainted with the mechanism since he took apart the first swing and he believes it's the spring. The problem is there is one screw on the motor casing that can't be removed so you have to break the plastic. The first swing was already broken so we didn't care, but we didn't want to break this swing. It doesn't seem to bother the baby but it drives me crazy. Another flaw is that it doesn't work on low speeds with low weight. Which makes no sense since a little baby should swing slower than a bigger baby. Our son has reflux, so he has to sit with the swing all the way up; but it doesn't snuggle him enough and he tips over to the side. Which gets worse on the higher speeds. It really isn't safe, so we can't use it how we would like too.
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on May 17, 2014
Its an okay swing..very noisy. Also,it eats batteries. My baby would only sleep in the swing for the first 2 months and i was replacing batteries every 3-5 days. Investing in rechargeable batteries if you buy this swing is a must. They say the weight limit is 25 lbs but my baby is 15 lbs and in the up right position the swing barely moves because she is too big.
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