(Closed) Baby swing or rock and play

posted 3 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Swing or rock n play?
    get the baby swing : (2 votes)
    11 %
    get the rock n play sleeper that vibrates : (3 votes)
    17 %
    get both : (10 votes)
    56 %
    get neither : (3 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 2
    1952 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Congrats on your grand baby!

    My son preferred the swing on the absolute fastest setting. It’s the only thing that would put him to sleep besides my boob! 

    eta- she may want to wait until baby is born and try them out. Does she have friends who can lend either to her before she decides on what she wants? 

    Post # 3
    3166 posts
    Sugar bee

    We have gotten so much use out of ours, and it was a lifesaver when he was younger. He’s 6 months now and still sleeps so well in it. In fact he still will only sleep in this. I’m firmly in the camp that it is a must have.

    We were gifted with a glider – it plugs into the wall and it rocks back and forth on its own. It also has a white noise machine built in, which was also hugely helpful. It does vibrate, but he didn’t really seem to care for that one way or another. 

    Im not sure what the difference is between the two you listed, but this is what we have:


    Post # 4
    5827 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I like our rock and play better, the swing takes up SO MUCH space. Make sure she gets the rock and play that rocks itself.

    Post # 5
    293 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    I second what the PP said about waiting.  Some babies hate one or the other or both.  It’s hard to know until s/he is here and can try them out!  

    Post # 6
    229 posts
    Helper bee

    Depends on the baby; my SIL got both a rock ‘n play and a swing, but their baby only likes the swing.  Her friends’ kids all like the rock ‘n play though but not the swing.  Go figure!

    Post # 7
    932 posts
    Busy bee

    We didn’t buy either.  Our son was fine without them.  We did try a friends swing and he didn’t like it.

    Post # 8
    38 posts
    • Wedding: November 1995

    My son really loved to sleep in his rock and play the first few months but once he outgrew it he loved his swing, kept him entertained before he could really move around well.

    Post # 9
    1284 posts
    Bumble bee

    My son slept in the rock and play by my bed (we used it like a bassinet) for the first 8 weeks, then also used his swing downstairs in the living room during the day.  I don’t think he would have liked being in the rock and play during the day when he was awake – the swing was more entertaining/soothing to him.  So I’d say both!  

    Post # 11
    9520 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    My dd slept in her rock n play for naps until she outgrew it. I know a lot of people use them for overnight sleeping as well, especially if the baby has any reflux. She didn’t care much for the expensive mamaroo swing we had.

    Post # 12
    2053 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    We used the rock n play upstairs – I put my daughter there when I was in the bedroom getting dressed or my bathroom.  

    We used the swing downstairs – our daughter would only nap in the swing until she was 6 months old.

    Post # 13
    3281 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    We have both. My daughter has pretty much already outgrown the Rock n Play at 2 months, and she’s just now starting to really like the swing. I don’t know that either are a necessity, but it’s nice to have both for different ages. 

    Post # 14
    2021 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Get a swing and a vibrating bouncer 

    Post # 15
    918 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2015 - Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception / Courtyard Marriott Legacy Ballroom

    I would have loved a swing, but we don’t have room for it in our house! My son loved his Rock n Play – he used to take all his naps in it. We haven’t used it in awhile (he’s 3 months now), but it was really nice to have in those first 2 months. My mom has a swing at her house (because my brother has one for his 3 kids) and he didn’t like being in it when she tried to put him in it (I think he was around 1 month then). Now he prefers being in his bouncer, Sit-Me-Up, or laying on his play gym. 

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