Oh, baby swings, what is the secret to your kid-soothing ways? Is it the replication of floating in the womb, distraction from whatever annoyed them in the first place, or something else entirely? The answer, in the form of another question: Who cares? Swings, rockers, and bouncers are parental godsends that act as modern cradles, offer safe spaces for the kid to rest while you sit on your favorite, non-bouncy seat, and, miraculously, shut the wailing kid up. Here are a few of the best swings, rockers, and bouncers to calm down your little bundle of screams, er, joy.
Graco DuetSoothe Swing & Rocker
If you’re thinking, “Seen one swing, seen ‘em all,” well, in some sense you’re right, which is precisely why this one — with a few small but key differentiating features — was The NightLight’s top pick. It’s safe for kids up to 30 pounds (most others cut off at 25) and has 6 rocking speeds plus 2 separate vibrating strengths for the seat. Most uniquely, the seat is detachable and can function as a standalone bouncer you can use in any room.
Graco DuetSoothe Swing & Rocker ($135)
Fisher-Price My Little Snugapuppy Cradle ‘n Swing
BabyGearLab’s “Editors’ Choice” and The NightLight’s runner-up rocks back-and-forth and side-to-side, giving your kid options and a wider variety of future dance moves. Speaking of options, it can either soothe or entertain thanks to 6 speeds, plush, adjustable reclining seat, mirror mobile, and 18 songs and nature sounds. And it uses A/C power rather than batteries so you can set it and forget it. The swing, not your kid.
Fisher-Price My Little Snugapuppy Cradle N Swing ($102)
Graco Comfy Cove DLX
BabyGearLab’s “Best Value” swing lacks fancy bells but hell if it isn’t effective. It’s a staple in this category and proves that “Only the best for my kid!” doesn’t always have to mean “Only the most expensive.” Maybe that’s why they’re going out of production — too many savvy parents caught on. Find one at a store near you while you still can.
Graco Comfy Cove DLX Swing ($120)
BabyBjörn Bouncer Balance Soft
Lightweight, portable, foldable, easy to clean, and converts to a chair when your kid grows too big for bouncing. It also promotes motor skills and balance since it’s not motorized; Junior’s gotta work for that bounce. The best part, though, is you get to enjoy all the quality and reliability you’ve come to expect from BabyBjörn without having to wear a tiny person.
BabyBjörn Bouncer Balance Soft ($138)
A sleek option with 3 speeds and 3 vibration intensities, an easily removable, machine washable seat cover, and mobile with plush toys. It weighs less than 6 pounds so you can easily move it from room to room even with your ailing #DadBack.
4moms bounceRoo ($80-$100)
Stokke Steps Bouncer
Stokke are masters of the expansion kit (see their bassinet and crib) and modern design and their bouncer fits both those bills. When your kid grows beyond the bouncerweight division (never too early to start sparring), the seat attaches to Stokke’s Steps High Chair, which itself evolves from the classic tray-strapped booster seat to a “Yes, you’re allowed to climb that one” big kid chair.
Stokke Steps Bouncer ($200)
Chicco Pocket Relax Baby Bouncer
This aptly named bouncer is compact, foldable, and fits into a shoulder bag like your old favorite tailgate chair (miss you, tailgate chair) for easy travel. So when you drop the kid off at Grandma’s while you and your partner enjoy a rare night away, you can still say, “They’re your problem now,” only you’ll actually be offering a solution.
Chicco Pocket Relax Baby Bouncer ($60)
BabyHome Wave Rocker
First off, rockers are different because they only move from front to back. Got it? Cool. What makes this one noteworthy is its contemporary laminated wood finishes, which fit in better with your contemporary nursery design than primary-colored plastic like what you’re hiding in that chic, matching toy chest.
BabyHome Wave Rocker ($180)
Tiny Love 3-In-1 Rocker Napper
This thing can be an engaging play space with lights, toys, and tunes or, once they’re tired of all that, a peaceful napping environment unrivaled by everything this side of Costanza’s desk.
Tiny Love 3-In-1 Rocker Napper ($110)
Bloom Coco Go Lounger
A great stowable option for taking on the go. It has 3 different reclining positions, so consider it baby’s first easy chair. Place it next to yours and show them how the fully flat position is done. Don’t worry, there’s a padded 5-point safety harness for when you inevitably, if unintentionally, rock yourself to sleep.
Bloom Coco Go Lounger ($200)