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Our Favorite Baby Swings and Bouncers

We are sharing the best and our favorite baby swings and baby bouncers so that you can determine which is the right one for your baby.

Published June 22, 2020

by Nina Spears

The Baby Chick®: Pregnancy, Birth & Postpartum Expert
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Are you looking for a baby swing or bouncer to keep your infant soothed during the day? Unsurprisingly, our babies love to be rocked and bounced for comfort. In the womb, they could be rocked around all day whenever you’d move or walk around. However, assuming you can bounce them around all day after they’re born is unrealistic. Yes, you can use a baby carrier or wrap, but your back and body sometimes need a break. That’s where having a soothing baby swing or bouncer comes in handy. Today, we’re sharing our favorite Baby Swings and Bouncers to help you find the best one!

What is a Baby Swing?

A baby swing is a baby gear item meant to soothe and comfort babies. It’s often powered by a motor that moves the swing front to back, side to side, and sometimes vibrates, too! Baby swings are fantastic when you need a few minutes to do some hands-free tasks around the house while your baby remains safe and comfortable in their swing. With baby swings and baby bouncers, you should never leave your baby unattended or alone as a safety precaution.

What is a Baby Bouncer?

On the other hand, a baby bouncer is not powered by a motor. Instead, its soothing movements come from the motion created by your baby. It’s typically built on a wireframe that allows the bouncer to bobble up and down whenever the baby moves or jolts. A baby bouncer could be a great choice if you have limited space.

When Can Baby Use a Baby Swing/Bouncer?

Many baby swings are designed to be used as early as the newborn stage. However, each swing has its own weight and age limits, so you must thoroughly read over them. In addition, following safe sleep guidelines when using baby gear (such as keeping your infant in a flat reclined position) is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. They also do NOT recommend letting your baby sleep in a baby swing or bouncer.1

Why Are These Baby Swings and Baby Bouncers Our Favorites?

Over the past 13 years, I’ve helped parents as a baby planner and doula, so I’ve seen and tested many baby products. I know which ones work, which ones are popular with parents, and which ones newborns love. I have also consulted with other parents, doulas, and midwives about their favorite baby swings and bouncers, and these are the ones that have made it on our list.

Our Top Picks for Baby Swings and Bouncers

Favorite Overall: Fisher-Price Sweet Snugapuppy Dreams Cradle n' Swing

A baby swing with a cushioned seat featuring a stuffed animal toy. This versatile model combines the gentle motion of traditional baby bouncers with a mobile of hanging plush animals and a control panel at the top. It is supported by a gray, white-framed sturdy base with four legs on the floor.
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$169.99 Shop now
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$169.99 Shop now
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$219.98 Shop now

This infant swing is a telltale favorite. So many parents use, love, and rave about this swing for various reasons. Its dual motion design lets you swing from head to toe or side to side. Plus, it has a cozy infant insert to keep them secure and safe, a 5-point safety harness, turning animal mobile, and offers a plug-in or battery option to power up.

Why We Love It:

  • 5-point safety harness
  • Removable infant insert (can be easily washed too)
  • Dual motion swinging capabilities
  • Mirrored dome and turning mobile for visual stimulation
  • Plug power option to save on batteries

Parent’s Thoughts:

With over 13,000 reviews on Amazon and 200+ reviews on Target, it’s easy to see why so many parents love and recommend this baby swing. “This swing is a life-saver!” says one mom. Another mom shares how wonderful it’s been to have a swing that keeps her colicky baby comfortable after many days of being unable to soothe her infant.

Most Highly Rated: Graco Simple Sway Baby Swing

A baby swing with a cushioned seat and a gray circular pattern. It has a sturdy, gray frame, overhead controls, and a mobile with three hanging plush stars. Similar to baby bouncers, this swing includes safety harness straps and electronic buttons for operation.
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$109.99 Shop now
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$109.99 Shop now

If you need a baby swing on a compact frame, the Graco Simple Sway is the way to go. It features a 5-point harness, six side-to-side swing speeds, and fifteen songs/sounds. The padding isn’t the best on this swing for young babies; however, you can purchase inserts separately if you find you need better head support for them.

This is an affordable swing that gets the job done. It does so without taking up too much space in the home, which is one of its best features. Plus, there are even more reasons we love this baby swing:

Why We Love It:

  • 5-point safety harness
  • Six side-to-side swing speeds
  • Small frame design to fit anywhere in the home
  • 2-speed vibration for comfort
  • 15 soothing songs and sounds
  • Plug-in and battery option

Parent’s Thoughts:

Though many parents love this baby swing, some reported “a loud clicking noise when they turned on this swing. It sounds like something is about to break.” It’s something to be mindful of. On a more positive note, parents LOVE that this swing is compact enough to fit just about anywhere in their home. Not to mention, save some money by not purchasing batteries every few weeks.

The Classic Baby Bouncer: Bombol Bamboo 3DKnit Bouncer

A blue baby bouncer with a white metal frame. This baby bouncer has a soft fabric seat with a mesh backrest and an attached safety harness in the center to secure your little one. The design features curved legs for gentle bouncing motion, much like what you'd find in premium baby swings.
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$249.99 Shop now
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The Bombol Bamboo Baby Bouncer is one of our favorite bouncers! The breathable mesh fabric resembles that of a hammock, and it has multi-position resting angles. It keeps your baby comfy and snug and grows with them through toddlerhood. If traveling often is your thing, you’ll also be happy to know this baby bouncer is portable and easy to carry around.

Why We Love It:

  • Support children from birth to 5 years old (max of 220lbs)
  • 3-point safety harness
  • Silent adjustable backrest
  • Breathable 3D Knit fabric
  • Easily folds for travel or storage
  • Multi-position reclining seat with four resting angles

Parent’s Thoughts:

Parents love that this bouncer soothes their infants and can be used through toddlerhood too! Its breathable fabric makes it desirable for those in areas that tend to run warmer all year long. “I am so in love with this product! It is made really well and sturdy, so the product will definitely last you years,” says one mom who loves the Bombol Bouncer.

For the Tech-Savvy Parent: 4moms mamaRoo Baby Swing

A white infant seat with a gray fabric interior, designed by 4moms, seamlessly blends the functionality of baby swings and baby bouncers. It features a rounded, ergonomic shape and a control panel at the base. A detachable mobile with three multicolored toys hangs above the seat.
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$239.99 Shop now
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$239.99 Shop now
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$239.99 Shop now

You will love this baby swing if techy baby gear gets you excited. Believe it or not, this swing was created to soothe your baby just as you would by bouncing up and down and swaying side to side. It has five unique motions and 5-speed options that make 25 different combinations. This baby swing also has built-in sounds (like many other swings do), but it takes the cake with its ability to connect to any MP3 device.

Another feature moms love is that you can control the swing via Bluetooth! That means if your little one is resting cozy, you don’t need to disturb their peace by adjusting knobs or buttons — just update through your phone, and you’re good to go! (The 4moms app for iOS is compatible with all Apple devices newer than the iPhone 4s running iOS 9 or newer. The native Android app is compatible with most Android devices that support Bluetooth Low Energy and devices that are running Android 4.3 or newer.) Lastly, the toys on this swing have high contrast and interactive designs making them perfect for young babies and their brain development.

Why We Love It:

  • 3-point safety belt
  • It has five motion and speed options
  • It contains four built-in sounds + capable of connecting with MP3 devices
  • Bluetooth-enabled control through your smart device
  • Adjustable seat recline
  • Toy mobile with interactive, reversible toy balls that include a rattle, mirror, and crinkle ball

Parent’s Thoughts:

Parents love the 4moms mamaRoo. What else can we say? “It was so easy to assemble, and my baby loves this swing more than her crib! I love that I can control it from my phone. The best baby item I own,” says one ecstatic mom. And we have to agree, the features 4moms has built into the mamaRoo are pretty amazing.

Most Versatile: Graco Duet Soothe Swing & Rocker

A baby swing with a grey frame and a padded seat featuring a neutral beige and green pattern. The swing, part of our premium baby swings collection, has a mobile overhead with two hanging plush toys shaped like bears. The control panel is conveniently located on the top section of the frame.
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$179.99 Shop now
Target Target
$179.99 Shop now
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$179.99 Shop now

As a mom who has personally owned and used this dual swing/rocker by Graco, I have to say I love it. You get a two-in-one swing or rocker for under $200! The seat isn’t adjustable to recline, but your little one will have head support while enjoying some soothing swing or rocker motions for comfort.

Because the swing can easily convert into a rocker with its one-handed maneuver, you can carry the rocker portion anywhere you need. This makes it super easy. Let’s say you’re folding laundry in your laundry room and then need to head over to the kitchen to start dinner — simply grab your rocker by the handle and bring them along (kind of like a car seat).

It has six speeds and three swing directions to choose from in swing mode. The seat also features two-speed vibration, a non-spinning mobile, and a 5-point harness to keep your little one safe & secure.

Why We Love It:

  • 5-point safety harness
  • 6-speed swing that doubles as a portable rocker
  • Option to plug-in or use batteries
  • Ten melodies and five soothing sounds for baby

Parent’s Thoughts:

Like myself, many parents love this swing’s removable/portable rocker feature. “It can be a little time-consuming to put together but totally worth it,” says one mom. Another parent wrote, “this swing takes the cake of all baby swings. It’s affordable, swing, and it rocks (literally).”

For the Stylish Parent: Nuna LEAF Grow Seat

A grey baby bouncer with a curved metal base. It features a cushioned seat with harness straps and an overhead arch with hanging toys including a cloud, a man, and a penguin. The brand name
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$299.95 Shop now
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$299.95 Shop now

The Nuna LEAF Grow Seat was made to keep your little one comforted from newborn to toddler years. No batteries are needed. This seat gently sways side to side with a simple touch from you, the parent. Nuna said that this baby seat takes inspiration from the mesmerizing motion of a leaf floating on the breeze, are you convinced it’s anything but perfect yet? The seat has three recline settings and can be locked in a stationary position for feeding or playtime.

Why We Love It:

  • Removable 3-point-safety harness
  • Noise-free and motor-free design
  • Sways up to 2 minutes with a gentle touch
  • Transforms into a toddler seat
  • Three seat recline positions
  • Easily locks in a stationary position for feeding
  • Detachable seat for easy storage

Parent’s Thoughts:

Aside from its functions, parents are obsessed with the beautiful design of this compact little seat! They love the plush and soft GOTS™ certified organic insert fabric and its quiet, soothing swaying motion (that many reviewers rave puts their baby’s to sleep quickly).

Budget-Friendly Favorite: Ingenuity Compact Baby Swing

This image shows a baby swing with a cushioned seat in gray and light blue colors. It features a harness, a soft animal-themed headrest, and two hanging toys. The swing has a sturdy white frame and a control panel at the base, combining the safety of baby swings with the fun of baby bouncers.
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$75.00 Shop now
Target Target
$79.99 Shop now

Do you need a compact, portable baby swing without all the fancy bells and whistles? The Ingenuity Compact Baby Swing is precisely what you need. This swing folds up fast and is easy to store when not in use or traveling. It features five swing speeds, eight melodies, three nature sounds, and a surprisingly quiet motor. The swing has a maximum weight of 20lbs and can only power off batteries.

Why We Love It:

  • 5-point safety harness
  • Machine-washable seat pad and headrest
  • 30, 45, or 60-minute timer (with auto-shutoff at 90 minutes)
  • Includes plush toys for baby’s entertainment
  • Folds up fast and compact for easy travel/storage

Parent’s Thoughts:

Hands down, the price point is one of the most appealing parts of this swing. Parents can get this swing for less than $100 at most retailers. “Good quality for a small compact swing, but the music stops playing often.” This was a trend with many parent reviews that the swing gets the job done, but at a cost which is often the music or sounds shutting off for no reason.

Favorite Space Saver: Munchkin® Bluetooth-Enabled Musical Baby Swing

A modern baby rocker with a white circular base and a gray and white cushioned seat, perfect for those seeking versatile baby swings. The seat includes a safety harness with a heart-shaped buckle. The base features a control panel with buttons and the brand name
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$189.95 Shop now
Target Target
$189.95 Shop now
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$189.95 Shop now

This baby swing has to be one of the most lightweight options. This makes it easy to carry from room to room if and when needed. It has simple-to-follow controls while supporting children up to 20 lbs. One of the coolest features is its ability to pair to your smartphone to listen to any song you want.

Why We Love It:

  • 3-point adjustable safety harness
  • Removable head and body support
  • Connects to your phone to stream music
  • Easily deconstructs for storage

Parent’s Thoughts:

“This swing doesn’t take up much space, and I love that I can use my phone to play our own music (white noise is our top choice),” reports one parent. This swing did tend to get quite a few mixed reviews, primarily due to its inconsistency of stopping to work from time to time. Overall, many parents love this lightweight swing, and we do, too, which is why it holds a spot on our top picks.

For the Minimalist Parent: Charlie Crane Levo Beech Wood Baby Bouncer

A wooden rocking chair with a curved base and a beige, quilted cushion. The chair has a minimalist design with a reclined seat and backrest, perfect for comfortable lounging or gently rocking like baby swings. The frame appears to be made of light-colored wood.
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If you want a more minimalist style bouncer, look no more! This bouncer is all about its sleek, cool design; honestly, we can’t get enough of it! The bouncer initially gained some traction when the Fixer Upper star, Joanna Gaines, posted a photo of her newborn son, Crew, swaddled in this beautiful baby bouncer. Trust us, this bouncer rocks some serious Scandinavian style, but it’s not just the style we love.

Thanks to its detachable machine-washable fabric, this bouncer is easy to clean. All it takes is a gentle rock from your hand or foot to gently soothe your baby into a calm state. Here are a few more features we love!

Why We Love It:

  • 3-point safety harness
  • Made from multi-ply European Beech with baby-safe paint
  • Detachable fabric for easy washing
  • Suitable for babies up to approximately seven months old
  • BPA+BPS free

Parent’s Thoughts:

It’s no surprise that this bouncer is luxurious. Its hand craftsmanship beats many of the other swings on this list. However, its functionality remains pretty basic. One mom mentioned, “I wish this swing would swing on its own for the price point, but it’s lovely to look at, and my baby doesn’t seem to mind.”

It can be challenging to weigh the pros and cons of these baby swings and bouncers. However, be sure you’re realistic with your budget, household space, and useability when picking the best one for your family. Is there a baby swing or rocker you love and want to see on our list?

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