What’s a good equipment that will enable you to take a shower or probably needs to take an important call? It important that you can place the baby into somewhere safe. The top of mind choice for an effective baby equipment for this task is the swing. It enables you to safely secure your baby while doing certain tasks like the ones mentioned.
Swings are definitely wonderful as it helps you conveniently secure the baby at the same time soothe and calm the baby while you are temporarily away. It enables you to be mobile and to finish some chores like cleaning the laundry, washing the dishes or cooking food for dinner. It is important to note however that swings are soothing because it enables the baby to be suspended in the air. This produces the relaxing, soothing feeling that the baby enjoys. With this, it is important that the swing you purchase has a top notch quality that can stand the wear and tear of the daily use. Safety of the baby definetely comes first!
To help you identify and determine good swings, here are some of the tips we can share to help you buy the perfect swing for you and your baby:
Always consider and look how strong the base is. Just like in any other equipment or structure, the is base is your foundation and it keep the swing safe and secure. The swing should have a wide base as it will have greater stability. You would also like to test and shake the swing just to get an idea on how it can hold up and ensure that it will not tip over when you actually place the baby in it. Remember that when the baby is actually in the swing, it can do several things aside from just stting, it can move around, fussing, the swing should not get off balance. The base should not be wobbly or uneven as these defects will weaken your base and might cause instability to your base which may lead to accidents.
Remember to always put the harness to your baby, this feature gives your baby extra protection and safety. This feature cannot be more emphasized as this is the main security feature of the swing. You need to check and make sure that the material used for the harness is heavy duty and long lasting as technically it separates your baby from safety to any accidents. Make sure that it does break and it can carry the weight of your baby, you may also want to consider that your baby will grow and gain weight thus the harness should hold up about more than 40% of the current weight of your baby so buying a new swing is unnecessary.
This leads to the next feature for consideration, the speed of the swing, as the swing moves, it is important that the harness or the safety belt is on. Different speed for the swing is also good as depending on the mood of the baby, you can adjust the spped appropriately to his/her desired speed that will make him/her enjoy and relax. Additionally, you baby grows older, it may want to have a faster swing speed
Additional feature which is auxiliary is having music to have an additional recreation or relaxation facility for the baby. Volume adjustment should also be considered as some babies do not want music and considers loud music as noise.
Another important feature of the swing that should not be taken for granted is the recline. It is good to have multiple positions on the recline, the usual is two but three is even better as it gives more variety and options for movements and adjustments on the position of the baby.
Comfort also should always be taken into consideration as the baby will rest in the swing most of the time thus it is important that the materials where the baby wil actually be placed is soft, comfortable and relaxing. Comfortable swings will likely help you rest your arms a bit longer as the baby will have no problem being left in the swing.
We can also say that danglings should be avoided as they are unnecessary accessory in swings. They actually are dangerous as they can be potentially be dangerous as they can choke the baby especially when unsupervised. It is better to give the babies a detached toys or stuff toys so you can easily put them away whenever the babies are asleep or when you will be away from them to ensure that they don’t put them into their mouth or choke them. Thus, aiming for a no fuss and easy maintenance is the best way to go.
Functionality should never be compromised versus the aesthetics of the swing. It is important to consider all the tips we have discussed above as they will definitely help you choose the perfect swing for you and your baby. Durability also should be considered as it should stand the test of time thus another factor comes into play which is the price point. Roughly, a good swing with a good quality is around a $150 price point. Value for money should come into play, buying a sub-standard swing will not only result into a shorter span of use but ultimately also jeopardizing the safety and security of your baby.
To know more about swings say tune for our next posts. We will also share about how to repair the swings.