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Good for an alternative to a large swing
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!