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? Baby swings, baby 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, baby rockers, and bouncers to calm down your little bundle of screams, er, joy.
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Graco DuetSoothe Swing & Rocker
If you’re thinking, “Seen one baby 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 six rocking speeds plus two 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.
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 six 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.
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.
A sleek option with three speeds and three vibration intensities, an easily removable, machine washable seat cover, and mobile with plush toys. It weighs less than six pounds so you can easily move it from room to room.
Stokke Steps Bouncer
Stokke are masters of the expansion kit (see their bassinet and crib) and modern design and their baby 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.
Chicco Pocket Relax Baby Bouncer
This aptly named baby bouncer is compact, foldable, and fits into a shoulder bag like your old favorite 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.
BabyHome Wave Rocker
First off, baby 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.
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.
Bloom Coco Go Lounger
A great stowable option for taking on the go. It has three 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 five-point safety harness for when you inevitably, if unintentionally, rock yourself to sleep.
Deki BabyBalanz Stroller/Crib Rockers
So, you don’t mind rocking your baby’s stroller – really, you don’t! – but you’re a busy guy. The folks at Deki understand, and they have a solution. The BabyBalanz is built to rock the stroller without assistance. After you’ve attached it to the stroller’s front wheel, just press the two “on” switches on the BabyBalanz and, well, your baby’s ready to rock.