There are a few things are must haves when you bring baby home from the hospital. Generally, newborns don’t like cribs because they are so big in comparison to the space they were living in for 9 months, so it is not uncommon for your new bundle to be uncomfortable when placing them down in a crib. When I brought my daughter home, the first thing I wanted to do was take a shower. She made it very clear that the crib was not for her, so I had to think of somewhere else to place her where hubby can watch her, but also have his hands free to help out around the house. We placed her in the baby swing and she snuggled up to the padded sides and fell asleep (it doesn’t take much when they are only a few days old!)
The swing soon became our best friend. With a colicky baby and worn out parents, we needed solutions to keep her happy and comfortable. The soothing sway of the swing would calm her down and the music would keep her happy. After my own experience, I would say that an infant swing is a definite MUST HAVE! I will tell you that not all swings are created equal, and there are certain things that I would recommend when looking into swings before you make your purchase. First off, you should get a swing that plugs into the wall as well as having a battery back up. This seems like a minor feature, but when you are changing batteries each week, you will see that this is not a minor feature!
The next thing you should look for in a swing is the amount and type of material that is used to construct it. If you are using this swing from the very beginning of your baby’s life, then you, and especially your baby, would love the extra padding on the sides that snuggle your baby. This includes a comfortable head rest to make sure your baby’s head and neck are well supported. Babies love music and soothing sounds. This may seem repetitive to us as adults, but new babies are soothed by simple sounds similar to those found in nature. As babies get a bit older, they enjoy listening to musical tunes and respond by kicking their feet and moving around.
When it comes to swing speed, you may wonder why a swing would have so many speed settings. This was one of my questions when choosing a swing. In retrospect it seems like a silly question, but not everyone knows why there are higher speeds on swings – after all, you aren’t going to swing your child as if they were at a park swing screaming “higher, mommy, HIGHER!” The various speeds are actually how hard the motor works to swing your child’s weight. So, the more your child weighs, the higher the setting will be. This ensures that the swing will grow with your baby and will still be soothing as they grow. This brings me to a recline feature – yes, this is important! New babies can’t sit upright and older babies don’t want to lay down all the time, so various positions are necessary to accomodate your growing baby! Other features that are nice to have when it comes to infant swings are fun toys that baby can look at from above, so a mobile and fun colors would be great to include.
So it may seem like I am asking a lot when it comes to infant swing features, but the Ingenuity Cozy Coo Sway Seat has it all and more! Check out all the included features:
- Unique swivel motion: the more natural way to soothe baby
- Compact design takes up 30% less space than full-sized swings
- Plug-in or battery operated: money and energy savings powered by Hybridrive™
- Cradling seat with deluxe fabrics and removable infant bolster system
- 3 adjustable positions with Comfort Recline™
- TrueSpeed™ technology maintains multiple speeds even as baby grows
- Soothing vibrations, 8 calming melodies plus 3 nature sounds
- Mobile with plush toys to entertain baby
- Swing timer with settings for 30, 45 and 60 minutes
- WhisperQuiet™ operation