A swing or glider is almost an absolute necessity when planning for your new baby. The question is: which one is best for your baby?
When I found out I was pregnant the first time, I wasn’t picky in the slightest sense about whether we got a swing or glider. So we ended up with the Fisher-Price Moonlight Meadow Cradle n’ Swing because it was in our price range, it was cute, and it had lots of buttons which obviously meant it had lots of functions, right?
It was a great swing, and Sydnee loved and used it for about 6-months, until she was old enough sit up on her own. It had a variety of songs (16 to be exact) so I didn’t go too crazy during the day and it swung side-to-side and head-to-toe. Overall, I was and still am pleased with the purchase. However, looking back, we could have done a little more research before making a purchase.
Just about every big baby review website you visit will tell you to wait until you have your baby, then take them to other peoples’ houses and test out their swing or glider to see which your infant likes best. I have two big problems with this. For one, taking your newborn into someone else’s home could increase their risk of picking up an illness. And two, I promise you are going to want a baby swing or glider immediately. They are lifesavers and I personally wouldn’t go a week without mine.
Anyhow, this go-around, we ended up with a swing AND a glider. Both were gifted to us. Chris’s amazing aunt bought us the Fisher-Price 3-in-1 Swing ‘N’ Rocker early on. Later, when we set up our Amazon Baby Registry, we added a two gliders we liked, and Chris’s wonderful grandparents ended up buying us the Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glider Soother.
Both of these are rather budget friendly, being around $100 each. There are less expensive models of each that I will include at the bottom of this post.
Pros and Cons of Baby Swings and Gliders
After three months of using both of these products, I have determined the pros and cons of both these products. I can’t really give you a definite answer on which is better though, because I absolutely love both of them. They have similar features, but very different motions.
Baby Swing Pros (Fisher-Price 3-in-1 Swing ‘N’ Rocker):
- The swinging motion is very smooth and gentle. There is no jerking.
- 6 swing speeds
- Has 16 different sounds and songs that are very soothing for infants. My daughter falls asleep to them constantly.
- The swing can detect your baby’s weight so it won’t slow down as your baby gets bigger (awesome!)
- Detachable chair can be used as a rocker or a stationary seat for infants and children up to 40lbs., so it can be used well into the toddler years.
- Cute, neutral design.
- Easy to assemble
- Detachable toy bar
- It uses 4-D Batteries (we use our swing every day and we just had to change out the batteries for the first time at about 14 weeks), and does not have a power cord.
Baby Glider Pros (Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide Soother):
- Glides two ways (side-to-side and head-to-toe) in 3 different speeds
- Equipped with 12 songs and 3 nature sounds that are soothing
- Seat vibrates with batteries
- 2 reclined seat positions
- Detachable chair that can be used as a rocker, which can rock side-to-side or head-to-toe
- Handy foot switch to easily turn on and off without bending down
- Super soft material that can be easily removed and washed
- Easy to assemble
- Cute, neutral design
- Detachable toy bar
- The motor is louder than a traditional swing, but nothing that is obnoxious
- The toys on the bar are very plain and boring (we added the center pink toy you see in the pictures)
While I listed the batteries as a negative point for the swing, it can be very handy as I tend to move the swing around the living room and kitchen, depending on where I’m at, and the cordless component makes it’s easy to move around. Meanwhile, the glider is plugged in and never moves.
I personally like the plush, washable seat cover that comes with the glider ten times more than the material the swing is made of. But, both are removable and washable.
Overall, I am very thankful that my family got both for us. My daughter prefers the swinging motion, and therefore uses the swing the most. But when it comes to rocking, she likes the glider chair because it can rock from side-to-side. If I could only buy one, I would probably buy the swing. Both of my kids have enjoyed the swinging motion. It’s calming and soothing.
Swings and Gliders Under $100
- Graco Glider Lite Baby Swing ($67 on Amazon)
- Bright Stars Itsy Bitsy Portable Swing ($60 on Amazon)
- Graco Baby Swing by Me, Cleo ($60 on Amazon)
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