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Out of all the things I used for my babies, the one piece of eqipment which I am sure I couldn't have done without is the grace classic swing. It really was an excellent aid to me in nursing both my babies. I relied on this swing so much in order to keep baby quiet and comfortable. I had never even heard of a baby swing until I saw my friend using one. I was totally impressed, from the moment I clapped eyes on this item. It is such a fantatsic idea. Baby is sat into the swing. There is a belt in order to ensure baby is safe and secure. Then via the control button panel on the side, you are able to choose the speed that baby is rocked. Obviously it doesn't go too fast. But varies from a very very slow rock to a slightly faster swaying movement. Also there is a button in order to switch on the music. Mine played a loop of soothing lullaby melodies. I bought my baby swing from an advert in my local free ads. I could not justify paying the hefty over a £100 pricetag for a new one. I ended up paying £30 for my second hand swing. But it was like new. Not a mark on it and such a bargain. From the moment I bought it, when my daughter was a couple of weeks old. I used it everyday until she was 18 months old. I had bought a highchair but hardly ever used it. As I used this swing in order to put baby in and feed her. I found it so much easier as it around the same height as my setee. So I would sit on the setee and spoon feed her. She loved her swing. She would sit and I would put toys on her tray that is attached to the front. She would watch me clean and play with her toys with no fuss at all. If she fell asleep, I would gently adjust the seat using the clip on the back of the chair and it would go back into a lying position. She would sleep for ages like this. If I had to say any down points to this swing it would be the size. It does take up a large amount of room. It can't be folded when not in use and so becomes quite a nuisance due to it's size. Also it is very difficult to transport from one room to another. Another thing regarding this swing is the price of batteries. When I had my swing it took six of the very large batteries and due to it being used alot. I ended up spending a fortune!! However, I certainly feel that it is thanks to these swings that I was able to do a little bit of cleaning and have a small amount of peace in the first baby year. I found that these swings provided a fantastic soothing area for baby which assured me that they were safe and secure but allowing me to carry on with chores. It allowed me a bit of breathing space which I was so grateful for.
It may seem like such a simple thing to just put your baby down in its crib so that is falls swiftly and gently off to sleep. But very often no matter how much you try to achieve the ultimate night time sleep or day time nap routine things don't go to plan. Thats where a really good quality swing type baby chair can be a real help to mums and dads alike. We had one of these Graco Classic Swings and it was such a good little gadget to have around. There were times when nothing else except a gentle spin in the swing would soothe and relax. At those times we were so grateful for the fact that we had the Graco Swing there set up and ready to use. ********************************************************** The Graco Swing we had was so simple and easy to use. It came to us already set up ready to go as we bought it secondhand from a friend. That saved any messing about trying to work out how to use it, as our friend showed us how to operate the Graco Swing safely, which was a real bonus. Because of this I cannot really comment much on the set up of the swing but can say that it was foldable so that it could be stored against a wall. We usually left it stood ready and waiting for its next use, but I do think the fact that it can be folded is a bonus in homes where space is tight. ********************************************************** The Graco Swing we had was is simple to use, all you have to do use the swing is to place your baby carefully in the seat part of the swing and then buckle up the 5 point harness that is attached to it. We found the harness to be easy to use and simple to clip up, its an essential part of the swing unit and you should never put a child into the swing without the use of the harness. Once your baby is safely in the swing seat, you can just wind the handle on the swing to let it swing gently for up to 10/ 15 minutes or so at a time. You could also adjust the timing of the swing mechanism on the Graco Swing that we had. This was very handy as you could set it so that it moved more gently and slowly or more quickly if you felt that your baby needed a little more movement. ********************************************************** The more recent Graco Swings have done away with this simple way of working and have digital controls, which can be a nice feature to have. I don't feel that we missed having that type of thing fitted on the swing we had at all. The swing was perfect to use for those times when the baby was teething and wouldn't settle, as we could set the swing to go and it seemed to have a very soothing effect that was very relaxing for both us and the baby! After all there is nothing more stressful for a parent than an unhappy teething child that won't settle. Once we had the swing set up, we were able to get it working its charm very quickly, ********************************************************** In terms if quality, I feel that the Graco Swing we had was well made and built to last. We were not the first owners of it and once we had finished with it we passed it on to another family. These types of items are often used and passed on in this way which makes them more than worth the initial money spent on buying a brand new item. To purchase one of the newer Graco Swings with the digital display, you ought to budget for around £50 for a cheaper swing up to £130 or so for a top of the range all singing and dancing Graco swing. It may seem like a lot to shell out, but as these items are well made and long lasting, they can easily be sold on once your baby has outgrown it. ********************************************************** In summary a baby swing such as the Graco Classic Windup Swing is a wonderful item to have which can help to settle and relax your baby at times when everything else fails. My rating for the product is therefore a full 5 stars.
My daughter first tried her graco wind-up swing when she was two months old and was beaming with smiles as soon as we set the swing going. The only problem was that the even the slow speed was much to fast for her so we had to gently rock her ourselves. The toy bar in front of her was just right to hook her favourite toy Larry onto so that she could 'talk' to him as she went. The harness was quite easy to do up around her but it wasn't as easy to get her in as you had to get her past the top bar and also her legs through the leg holes at the same time. It was very much a precision thing at first but practise made perfect until we had to get her out again. As the swing was still moving slightly, it had it even more difficult to get her out. Her feet always seemed to catch on the leg holes and however gentle and careful I was she always seemed to get annoyed and start shouting at me. So, having put her in the swing to soothe her I then needed something else to soothe her with when I got her out. I would recommend buying an open-topped swing as I would think that it would be easier but only if the swing is going to be in the same room as you and is not to free you hands to do other things as they are not ever so sturdy and baby's should be supervised in them. The swing cost me £39.99 plus VAT from Makro and is a godsend when me arms are about to fall off but is not perfect at any rate. Maybe a more expensive model would be better.
We bought this swing on Tuesday after initially going to the baby shop to buy a cot! We couldn't find one we both agreed on and as my little girls still quite happy in her crib we bought her a swing instead! We chose this one as it was lovely and bright and at only £59.95 a bargain too, there were only 3 in the shop, this one, one for £79.95 and one for £99.95!! The only difference I could find between the 3 were the fact that the cheaper one was a 'wind-up' type and all the others ran off batteries. I don't see this as a problem myself as after winding the swing up, there is a marker on the top showing how long it is lasting for and when it needs to be re-wound. It lasts for approximately 30minutes before slowing down but my daughters normally asleep well before then! Personally I think this is better as it does the same job, with minimal effort and you don't need to replace the batteries..and of course it's not breaking the bank. Once you have brought you swing home, if your like me, you'll be well surprised at just how many pieces one of these things can be in!! I thought it looked impossible to put up but it wasn't that bad at all. It was very straightforward and took roughly 20minutes in all. That was with 2 toddlers running around too! :) Most of the bits are in simple slot together pieces and the only bits that need screwing is the seat unit to the main frame, which is just 2 screws (positive). Once up it is very secure and steady and comes complete with a play tray for baby with 2 toys on it (these also fit on some mothercare pushchair models by the way!) and a very cosy snuggly head hugger, my daughter, although she is now 15weeks old loves this, she loves snuggling the side of her face into the head hugger (I think it reminds her of when shes falls asleep breastfeeding). The seat unit itself has 4 different positions from almost completely flat (suitable from birth) upto fully sat up, the swing is recommended from birth upto 9months or 11kg whichever comes first! It also has a multi-position speed control the highest being 'normal' speed and the slowest called 'slow' speed, there are 5 different positions (including the named 2). I must say I think this was the best thing we've ever bought, before we had it my daughter would only sleep either being pushed in her pram (constantly!) or being rocked in your arms, as soon as she was put down on her own, ping! her eyes were wide open again! Since we bought this she has managed to fall asleep in it the majority of the time without any complaint and occasionaly even takes her lunch in there too! A lot of people I've spoken too have said that these are quite a waste of money, an unnecessary luxury one person actually said! but I certainly think it's worth its own weight in gold and would recommend it to anyone!
When I had Charlotte she had colic for the first 12 weeks of her life 24/7. (A right laff that was!!) We used to spend hours holding and rocking her. One of her favourite times was when we used to put her in her car seat and rock it – it really calmed her down. Unfortunately I now have forearms like Popeye because she and the car seat together were very heavy! When Ciaran started to get colic I was dreading the thought of all that rocking again. If only someone would make a swing that you could switch on and let it rock your baby for you. Well as luck would have it Graco have! They have saved my life (and the muscles in my arms!) The Graco baby swing is a seat, which is suspended between two bars. These are mounted on a swing base. It is battery operated and will swing your child for hours! It comes flat packed and you have to assemble it yourself. This is easy as the instructions are straightforward with good diagrams. There is also an illustrated parts list with the amounts supplied next to each picture. Each part is fixed together by snapping a button into the hole of the corresponding hole, although the buttons are quite stiff it is reassuring to know that they will stay put. It took about 30 minutes in total from unwrapping the parts to completion. The seat has a removable cover for washing and is a nice blue/yellow/green colour. The seat has four positions from fully reclined to upright. I would not use the upright position for swinging because the baby can lean forward and could be left dangling out of the seat. I would only use this position for feeding. There is a tray supplied with the seat that locks into position and is good for putting suction toys on for baby to play with. You do have to be careful when locking the tray into position though, this is because the underneath part of the tray fits between the baby’s legs. Make sure baby’s legs are out of the way or they could get trap ped. The biggest downfall of the swing is the harness. It is only three point (around the tummy and through the legs). If the swing is in the upright position it is easy for the baby to fall forwards as there is not support for the upper body. A battery-operated motor powers the swing. It needs 4 D batteries and these can last between 2 and 3 months depending on usage of the swing. The swing has 6 speed settings – green there are three low range settings, red – three high range settings. There is also a timer, which you can set for intervals of 10 minutes. This means that the swing will operate for 10 minutes and then stop. There is also a music button, which plays tunes at different volume settings. This swing is very good for calming down a fracticious baby. I use it all the while, even now that Ciaran is through colic. It looks comfortable especially in the fully reclined position; Ciaran sleeps in it very easily. I also use it to feed him – he isn’t able to sit properly yet and this swing is at the height of my sofa, so I can sit comfortably to feed him. It is expensive – I saw it in Mothercare for £89.99, I got mine at a discount nursery shop for £60, so I would say shop around. This swing can be used up until the baby weighs 11kg so I feel it is worth the money.
My husband went to our local BabisRUs for Nappies and wipes and came back with a Graco wind up swing – send a man shopping! Well in this instance it was a great buy and has been well used ever since. I was finding it difficult feeding my twin girls at the time as they were to small just to feed in their bouncy chairs (like I do now – a bottle in each hand) so I was having to feed them one at a tine and the other would often cry impatiently. When my husband bought the swing I put one in the swing and fed the other – turn about and it kept them happy. The swing itself is comfortable and suitable from quite a young age (ours are nine months now but still use it) – there is a waist harness to keep them in and the seat can be adjusted to a more reclined position for younger or sleepier babies. It has a handle at the side to wind it up and it keeps going for 10 – 15 minutes. Shauna loves to sit in it as it gives her a great vantage point to watch what is going on in the sitting room. I would recommend it to anyone and we got it at the bargain price of £40.00 (reduced from £60.00).
We were fortunate to be living in the USA when our first child was born 7 years ago. Baby Swings, wind up or the battery version were in common use in every American home. I would recommend any new mum to purchase one of these, as a valuable to addition to the Nursery. Matthew spent many a happy hour swinging away, giving me just enough time to get on with the little jobs in life. Now 3 children later, the swing is still in use having being borrowed by many friends and family. It was compact enough to come apart and travel in Hand Luggage on many a trip abroad. I know people look and think is is worth the £60-£80, but I can't emphasise enough the relief that this bought to our house.