Manual or electric swing/bouncer?

posted 2 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I wasn’t going to spend a lot of money on this either. I got one from fisher price which was compact and cheap. It vibrates but my son never liked that. He just liked sitting in it. I’m buying a second one this time so I can have one upstairs and one downstairs 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

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Kslim13 :  a friend gave me a hand me down electric swing and it was great. It definitely was worth the extra if I had to pay for it. You can always turn an electrue swing manually. My babies would fall asleep in it, and I could do something else when they were in it, then move them to their beds. I always turned it on low, and it’s just for a few minutes.

Your hands and arms will be very tired after your baby comes. Shoulders too. I would get  things to help, not give you more work.

Post # 4
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Busy bee

Electric all the way! My swing was a life saver…the only way I could soothe my baby hands free, lol. At first she hated it, but warmed up to it eventually. I also got a hand-me-down, but definitely would’ve spent the money otherwise. Getting a plug in one is probably ideal. 

If someone doesn’t get one off the registry, you could always look for used/refurbished ones at a discount. 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2017

I’ll def be getting a plug in swing, would be torture to constantly manually push. Also wondering about brand recommendations because I’ve heard that the Fisher price ones can be quite noisy after a while?

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

It was a fisher price one I’ll look for it on amazon and post the link. 

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper

LO really needed constant motion early on, so my vote is electric. He liked the back and forth a lot but really LOVED the vibration settings. We have a Graco one and still use it now and then even though he’s big for almost 8 months. The weight limit is 30 pounds though so we have a bit of time left 😂

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

I never thought of getting a swing for our little one that’s due in June. This is definitely something I will be looking into 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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mrandmrsnunes :  Definiately get some kind of newborn seat. It was a life saver for me as I could take it in to the bathroom when I was showing. Baby could see me and I could see him… he still cried, but at least I could see he was safe.

I went for one that was very portable so that it didn’t take up too much space and was easy to move around the house with me.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01FF8H5Q8/ref=mp_s_a_1_4_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1540816150&sr=8-4&keywords=fisher%2Bprice%2Bswing&dpPl=1&dpID=41e8yTIx4fL&ref=plSrch&th=1&psc=1

 

We had something like this and it was worth every penny. After baby grew out of the newborn lounger, this is where he hung out if we needed to eat or just needed a break from holding him. On rough days, he would nap here when nothing else would work. And honestly it was just his happy place for months 2-6. 

 

But all babies like different things so see if you can find one second hand so you don’t shell out almost $200 for something he/she doesn’t like. 

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

The electric is 100% worth the money.

Do you have a rock n play? If not I’d get the electric version of that.

A bouncy seat is super helpful for taking showers too.

 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

Babies are super picky and there isn’t one person on this earth who can tell you what your kid will like. 

My son loved the vibrate on his bouncers and the the electric swings were great. He liked different ones at different ages. I bought second hand just to get the variety (plus babies really don’t put much wear and tear on these items at all and age out of them super fast). I got a rock n play, three bouncers, and two swings probably for about $80 through the local facebook buy/sell groups.

We had one swing (graco I think) that was a lot like a car seat where the baby is quite reclined. My son liked it for the first 3-4 months. After that he prefered the swing where he was sitting up more (fisher price I think), but he would not have been able to keep his body upright in that swing when younger even though it’s advertised as a baby swing.

The bouncers are great! Get a couple cheap ones and put them around your house/apartment so you don’t need to carry it with you. The wire framed ones with a simple vibrate function were great during the little little baby stages. The plastic rocker chair with the vibrate function was great when he was a bit older. 

The bouncer I have seen that works for the widest age span is the baby bjorn one. It’s a bit pricey, but if I were to do it again and had to buy new, that’s the one I would get.

A lot of babies seem to love rock n plays. My son HATED them. We have a cheap used one and are holding onto it for the next kid to try. 

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