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      10.06.2012 02:48
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      A baby must have ..... I think!

      ~ Graco Open Top Swing ~

      My children as babies have had bouncy chairs, rocking swings etc, and when I had my last little one he was no exception. I bought him a lovely bouncy chair and take along swing in the Fisher Price Rainforest theme but whilst browsing on my local ebay bargains I found a large Graco Open Top Swing for £12. I really liked the simple look of this swing as it was nice and light in colour unlike the last one we had which was navy blue. I bid, won and collected it and was thrilled with it. I of course stripped it down and washed it by putting it in the machine on a 30degree wash and the seat came up lovely. It simply fits over the seat frame and little poppers pop together to keep it in place.

      The colour way/ design we have is the Graco Lovin'hug Geometric. The frame is finished in sliver with pearly white plastic trims and fittings. The seat cover is mostly a very pale cream/ivory colour with geometric lime green and orange patterns, the bit where the baby sits is coloured in lime green with an orange trim as is the head hugger with this having a padded surround in the cream/geometric patteren.
      It's very asthetically pleasing and very cute and sweet.

      The seat has a tray which has two round indentations in which you can place baby's bottle and a longer bit in the middle in which my little one likes to have his bananas or sometimes a few wotsits!
      The tray has two very sweet looking characters attached, one being a zebra with a push down head that makes his tummy beads jiggle and the other being a cute giraffe with little rings around it's neck.
      The tray is hinged on one side allowing you to simply pop it up to place baby in and then clip it back into place by putting it back down and pushing on the edge until you hear it click into place.

      It also came with a removable mobile at the top which has three little teddy bears wearing green dungarees dangling from it. It's very sweet!

      The swing has numerous functions, it has six speeds of swing and has a musical option as well as a nature sounds option. The music consists of a lot a classical tunes and lullabies, the nature sounds are waterfalls and birds and the like.
      On the one side of the swing you have a little oval pad which is where you will find the buttons, the top buttons consist of the speed buttons ranging from 1 to 6 and in the middle you will see the on/off button. Below these are three yellow buttons, one allows the nature sounds to be activated, the other is a timer which has pre-set times and the last one allows you to activate the sounds/melodies. There are another three buttons under this these are the volume controls, +/- and a mute button.

      I really like this swing, my little one didn't really like being put down to sleep ... Silly mummy! But he never minded being put down in his swing, I generally used speed 2, as I found this ample enough to get him off to sleep without swinging him too madly!
      He is 9 months old now and sits in his swing to have his morning bottle and that is pretty much it! It was however a great use to us when he was a baby for the above reasons which of course were my fault for snuggling him all the time!

      The swing folds ... I don't really see why as the seat part doesn't fold, so folding it down doesn't make it all that much smaller, however it easy to do with the simple pushing of two buttons.

      The swing had a four position recline seat and I think it lies back enough without it being absolutly flat, it also sits quite upright which is useful now when he does go in it when I mop the floor. He will sit then and watch a little bit of Mickey Mouse! It also has a 3 point harness.

      Overall I have found this a great swing. It's nice and sturdy whilst being comfortable for baby.

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      02.11.2005 12:14
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      A great way to get baby to sleep!

      I purchased my Graco Playtime Swing before my second son was even born. With my first born I was given an older version, and to me it was the best thing since sliced bread. How parents coped before hand I don't know, they must have had a lot of patience and tired arms!

      If I need to do some work or just have a few mins to myself the swing comes out and keeps my son entertained for a good half hour at least. The best thing is that most of the time it sends him to sleep.

      --- THE PRODUCT ---

      The Graco playtime swing, winner of practical parenting, pregnancy and baby magazine awards, is suitable from birth. The swing is great for rocking your baby to sleep, or for him/her to just sit in it and play.

      The swing folds, for easy storage, you just simply press in two buttons, and then the swing can be easily stored or even transported for when you have places to go!
      The swing can be used until your baby weight reaches 11kgs.
      The height of the swing is approximately 105cm and the net weight is approximately 6.71kg.

      The swing is powered by 4 size D batteries. These are placed in the control panel which is on the right hand side of the swing. Here also are the buttons that control the speed, music and a timer button. The swing has six speeds, three low, which are the powered by the green button and three high which is the red button. The music button is blue.

      The seat has three reclining positions to suit your baby, and the covers, which are padded, are machine washable, which is great for sickly or messy babies. For younger babies a head cushion is provided to give that extra support, but this is removable when it is no longer needed.
      There is a secure three point harness to fasten your baby into the swing, and a good sturdy tray, which also stops baby from sliding out the bottom. There is a little toy bar that attaches to the tray, and a detachable mobile that clips to the top of the swing.

      To put baby into the swing you simply click the tray upwards at one side and strap him/her in, the click the tray back down.

      --- SO DOES IT WORK? ---

      On purchasing my Graco swing, I took it home and put it together. The swing is flat packed but is very easy to assemble. I did it by myself!

      Max used the swing straight away. When he was first born the head cushion nicely supported his head, and the lowest speed setting was enough to rock him to sleep. This was great, it gave me the time to make bottles or play with Leon.

      As max got older, and gained more weight, we increased the speed to let him rock at a nice speed. It doesn't always make him go to sleep, but it entertains him for a while, and now he likes to sit in it and watch telly and eat bananas!
      We have never really used the music bit on the swing, there are 15 songs which I think are just nursery rhymes, the toy bar is another thing we haven't really used. Max was never really interested in it, so we just detached it.
      The detachable mobile was great when he was younger, he used to watch it and slowly drift off asleep (it no longer works unfortunately!)

      One thing I am disappointed with is that the batteries don't seem to last very long, we bought as stated but they do seem to run out quite quickly.

      With the swing folding to half the size, I store it under the stairs; it's nice that when people come round there aren't loads of baby toys or items clogging up the living space. I have never used the timer control either, but you can set the swing to go for a certain amount of time.

      --- OVERALL ---

      I think the Graco Playtime Swing is a great investment to any parent. It's easy to keep clean with washable covers, I think now you can chose from two different colours. It's great for rocking baby to sleep instead of doing it by hand or the dreaded car! But also it's great for them to sit in, when they get to that age where they just like to know what's going on around them.

      I purchased my swing from Toys r' us I paid £69 for it, as it was on offer. I'm not sure if you can get it from there any more as it is not on the website. I think you can expect to pay up to around £99 for the swing. To me it is worth it, and if you keep it in good condition it can always be sold on.

      Thanks for reading!

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        13.05.2004 17:09
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        I bought my Graco swing 18 months ago as I had a half price offer on the swing. My daughter used it for about 8 months and it has since been passed on to two friends for them to use for their babies. It is one of the best baby buys and has proved to be great value for money and very hard wearing. What Exactly Is The Baby Swing? *^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^* The Graco baby swing is a battery operated swing suitable for babies from birth up to 11kg, which is about 9 months. The swing has six different swing speeds, 3 recline positions, 10 different musical tunes, volume control, timer and a toy bar. It is by far one of the best baby buys I made. The idea is that you put your baby in the swing to soothe them, rock them to sleep, entertain them, or to just keep them somewhere safe while you do a job in another part of the room. The swing has an open top which is excellent as it makes it very easy to put your baby in and out of it. Not all swings have an open top but I found this a very useful safety feature. Where Can You Buy It From? *^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^* I bought the baby swing from Verbaudet for the bargain price of £50 ? catalogue first buy offer! It can be purchased from Mothercare, Toys R Us, and many independent nursery stores. It is worth shopping around for a deal as the prices do vary. How Is It Packaged? *^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^* The swing comes in a huge, some what heavy box (about 5kg). All the pieces were well wrapped in cardboard and bubble wrap and it comes with clear instructions, both written and pictured. It takes about five minutes to unpack the box as it is all well wrapped. It took two people about 20 minutes to build it. It is fairly simple to do, though you need good eyesight as it requires so precise fitting. The swing does not come with the four D batteries that are need to operate to automatic swing or music. Is It Easy To Use? *^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^* As the swin
        g does not have a top over it is simple to put your child in and out. I found it best to fully open the play tray to 180 degrees so it is in front of the swings leg so the swing can not move while you put your child in. There is a safety harness which must always be used. When you have safely strapped your child in you put down the play tray, being careful not to trap your childs legs as it goes inbetween their legs as an extra measure to stop them from falling out. It clicks in to place so you know it is safe. To select a speed for the swing you press either the green or red buttons and the swings starts up, gradually obtaining more speed. There are three lights on the side of the swing to indicate what speed you have selected. There are three green speeds, which are the slower, and three red speeds. The red speeds are too fast for any young babies but older babies find these more fun. To choose music you simple press the music button and adjust the volume to your chosen level. The swing gradually builds up speed until it reaches the level it is set at and then remains on this. This takes about 1 minute. You are able to recline the seat into three different positions though I rarely used this. I found it difficult to do when Kayleigh was in it as it was fiddly to move the metal bar into another setting in a smooth action, it was always to fast and sudden and startled Kayleigh. You can set the swing on a timer to turn off at between 10 ? 30 minutes. This is useful if you are putting your child to sleep in it and easy to set. The lights flash to tell you it is on timer and then automatically turns itself off when finished. To get your child out you turn off the swing and open up the play tray via two tabs that you have to hold in. This is awkward at first but you soon get the hang of it. I always have the pay tray pinned in front of the swing legs so it does not swing while I am trying to get her out. Then simply undo the strap and get them out.
        Does My Daughter Like It? *^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^* Kayleigh did not take to her baby swing straight away. I first tried her in it at about a week old. Although this swing is suitable from birth I would not suggest it for children under 1 month. Kayleigh hated it when I first tried her in it, and looking back on it, it was a fairly silly thing for me to do. Although the swing comes with a head support for younger child it is not enough for such a young and small baby to feel safe. From about 6 weeks this swing proved to be a life saver and give me a little time and space to get things done in another part of the room while Kayleigh is entertained and safe. As the swing is only suitable up to 11kg Kayleigh was out of it at 8 months. Not only because she was nearly 11kg but because she decided it was more fun to hold on to the side of the swing and stop it moving rather than swing happily. We do not use the play bar that came with the swing as we found it boring, it simply had three large balls on it, not very much fun. What About Storing It? *^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^* The swing is quite big standing at about 80cm tall and 60 cm wide so you do not want to keep it up all the time as it does take up a lot of room. You can fold the swing legs together which reduces its width and lets you store it behind items. To fold the swing you push the tabs in either side of the top of the swing and you bring the legs together. I found it easier to bring the front legs to the back as it is easy to stand it and more compact. I kept it behind the sofa when it was folded as it is quite heavy and I wanted to keep it in the room I used it in. Always make sure you have fully opened the swing and it has clicked into place as I once opened it up in a hurry, put Kayleigh in it and turned it on and ones side collapsed. This was completely my fault and a harsh and very dangerous way to remind me to always make sure that it is fully open and se
        cure before putting my daughter in. Is It Easy To Clean? *^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^ All the fabrics on the swing are machine washable, though I had to wash them alone as they tended to run. They are easy to take on and off. The head restraint is not attached to the swing and the seat padding is just clipped underneath so it is easy to remove. As with all babies, my daughter has been sick in the swing from time to time but it is easy to clear up with the seat going in the machine and the rest of the swing plastic, which can be wiped cleaned easily. Is A Baby Swing For Me? *^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^ This was definitely one of the best baby buys I got. I have since lent the swing out to friends with new babies and it is now on to its third family. I didn?t want to sell the swing as I wanted to have it for my next so I have been lending it to various friends who may have not been able to have afford it themselves. I found it entertained my daughter whilst giving me two hands to get on with my jobs and relax a little knowing she was having fun. It was also great for rocking her to sleep. I really could not have coped without it as I was getting very tired as my daughter rarely slept for more than an hour over the first couple of months. I give it four out of five, losing one point for collapsing on me once. Though it was my fault and could have been easily avoided it should not have been so easy to do. Do not let this put you off though as neither myself nor any of my friends have had this problem since and I warned them about it before I lent it to them. Thanks for reading and i hope you will have fun with this, Em XX

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          08.07.2002 02:23
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          I bought this swing when my daughter was 1 month old. My daughter uses it frequently for fun and nodding off. My only problem with this product is that it has a removable toy tray which simply clicks onto the tray. The toys on this tray are dangerous as my daughter 7 months (now exploring everything) keeps getting her fingers stuck in the toys and even i have trouble removing them whilst she screams the house down. I now leave this tray off for safety reasons and scatter a few toys on the tray instead but most of these get thrown onto the floor and out of reach. The swing has 4 recline positions but there only looks like 2. When it is layed down the harness is too low for an older baby. All complaining aside it is still a great product but i dont think it will be long before my daughter will have outgrown it.

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            10.01.2002 06:30
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            Graco is the well known company which produces a range of baby goods such as prams, baby walkers, swings, car seats etc. My experience or should I say my baby's experience?? is in relation to their baby swings. There are three types of baby swings Fun time, Play time & Happy time the first two types are electronic & the Happy time swing has a wind up mechanism i.e no batteries. Fun time & Play time are basically the same type of swings but differ only by the design of the seat cover. They both have 4 recline positions from lying down to allowing the baby to sit right up & choice of two swing speeds from low to high, the high speed is actually quiet fast & is the one which I used most as my baby preferred this now that he's slightly older a low speed would probably suit younger babies. The Happy time swing has just two recline positions althought the speeds are the same. The swings are suitable for babies from birth upto 9 months or 25lb. We Bought the play time swing when our baby was about 41/2 months old we had tried our upmost to avoid making this purchase as it was quiet expensive. But he was a very colicky baby & wouldnt sleep without being rocked. It was extremely difficult to put him down as he refused to play or sleep on his own!! we tried just about everything & non of the advice offered seemed to work & that's when we decied to buy a baby swing as I personally felt it would give me hands free time at the same time I would know he was safe. The swings are priced from £50 right upto £100 plus depending on wher you purchase them we bought the play time swing from kiddiecare.com for £57. the best price we could find for the swing although the happy time swings are slightly cheaper compared to the electronic swings. When we bought the swing we had assumed that as soon as he sat in it he would love the rocking motion just like the advert on Gracos website baby's love being rocked dont they?? well not f
            or my little one as he would start screaming as soon as we would put him in the swing, We tried just about everyday & at around 5 months he would sit it in for about 5-10 mins & thats whne he discovered how to hold on to the post on the swing & stop the swing from moving!! he'd hold one side tighltly which would just stop the swing from moving until he let go. Recently (he's 6 months now although we were told it was suitable for babies up until 9 months!!)) he has found a way to lean completly on to either the left or the right which luckily I noticed as the swing continued moving which resulted in his head being hit on the post on the side he had leaned over needless to say he has never been back in the swing. I rang the helpline for kiddiecare.com immediately from whom I had bought the swing informing them as to what had happened & their advice was just to buy him a baby walker!!! as he could sit upright now, surely this was'nt the answer as it could easily have been a dangerous accident had I not been there & what guarantee is there that it wouldnt happen to other babies. Well that's a completely different opinion on Kiddiecare! Finally If you do decide to buy a baby swing make sure your baby does enjoy it & it is safe for baby

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              17.12.2000 04:24

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              What can I say? Where would we be without this wonderful bit of kit? I had one of those babies that would not sleep. I longed for just an hour of peace during the day. The graco battery operated swing was an answer to our prayers. Set on the fastest setting, it was the only thing that could lull our baby to sleep. It was possibly the best £90 we ever spent. The only drawback is the fact that it is battery operated, although to be perfectly honest we never had to replace the batteries and we used it daily for a couple of hours for at least four months, and the bloody music. I still have nightmares about that music. My toddler loved it and kept turning it on, much to our annoyance, but hey, it was a small price to pay. It's not something that I would have considered prior to having a baby, but it is incredibly useful. I have a massive problem now in that I gave it away and now have another baby that won't sleep ....

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              07.10.2000 18:35
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              Graco Advantage 11 open top swing. A real advantage for new mums!! This a battery operated baby swing designed from birth to around 9 months. With varying speeds and seat positions, the swing is suitable for the tiniest baby. (Even low birth weight) Supplied with a set of play beads that affixes to the front of the tray the swing retails for about £90, and is available in most nursery shops. We bought our swing when my toddler was a tiny baby, it was my dream piece of equipment, and when the baby came home, and so did the swing. There were quite a few differences between the three Graco swings on sale in Mother care at the time. One was wind up, which was totally out of the question, because I was certain that the older children would over wind it. The next a battery operated swing, did not look that substantial, did not recline much, and did not have an open top, neither did it play music. Although the others were much cheaper than the Advantage 11, the features really did not sell them to me. On opening the box on our return, we were horrified to find loads of pieces; I wish that they had told us it was self-assembly. The instructions were a nightmare, and the pieces not labelled, but we finally managed to put it together. The seat cover is padded and comfortable with two sausage shaped cushions which slip easily into the pockets on the back of the seat cover, to provide support for younger and smaller babies and it is fully machine washable. The whole seat frame and swinging arms are removable by pressing the safety buttons positioned at the top of the arms, and the whole swing folds in half by pressing the buttons on the musical part of the swing and pushing the legs together. The legs are constructed of painted steel, and are extremely chunky; they also cover a large amount of floor space, by joining the front legs and the back legs respectively by the joining bars, which to my mind is far more
              stable than just four legs on the floor. On the seat is a lift up tray, which can be raised by pressing the small clip underneath the right side of the swing (facing you), and lifting, allowing very easy access for your child. There is a piece of plastic underneath the tray, which acts as a crotch restraint. A waist and crotch, clip lock clasp and harness secure your child safely in the swing. A large selling point of the swing to us was the fact that it was open top and there would be no chance of bumping the babies head when I lifted her out. Our swing only has one tune (very infuriating), but I believe that future models included a choice of several, however our volume is adjustable and it is possible to run the swing without music as the controls for the swing speed and music are totally separate. Our swing only has three speeds, the slowest to lull your baby to sleep up to the fastest which is designed for playtime. As the seat reclines and sits up in varying positions, it is particularly suitable for older babies too. The tray provides a space on which your baby can play. Included with our swing was a set of play beads, which I have to say are totally useless for tiny babies, but my 7 month old is now starting to show an interest in them. It is easy to remove them, they simply hook over the edge of the tray, and it is of no consequence whether they are fixed to the swing or not. The swing is extremely economical on batteries. We used the same two D size batteries for the entire duration of use. (9 months). It was only when my daughter then nearly 10 months and started to make a grab for the bars that we ceased using it. Our Advantage swing has been in constant use for over 2 years now (we lent it to a friend who returned it when our new baby was born), and is still as good as the day that we bought it. In conclusion I feel that this swing although expensive is a worthwhile consideration,
              it has all the features that you need for soothing and entertaining even the fussiest child. There is a disadvantage though, that flipping music that you are certain that you can still hear wherever you are (LOL)

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                When my daughter was born an electric swing was top of my shopping list although at the time, two years ago, there wasn't the choice there is now. Having said that, I think we got the best available and have yet to see a swing that could top it.The Graco Open Top Swing is a three speed, four position with music although there is a two speed without music available too. I very quickly discovered that two speeds would have been more than adequate as we actually only used setting 2 the whole time the swing was in use. The music has three volume settings but we prefered it in "off" mode, it really was awful. My daughter and I loved it. She took all her naps in there and it was a terrific "babysitter" if I needed to put her down. Like most babies she loves to be on the move and the gentle action soothed her even when she was at her most fretful. Being so small we didn't find the tray useful as she was never able to reach it but it is a good size for placing small toys or a snack on. Suitable for babies from birth up to 25lbs in weight the swing was in daily use (three hours a day sometimes) for almost two years. It takes four size D batteries which can be expensive if you use a brand name but I only had to change the batteries three times. The one thing that lets this product down is the noise of the motor. Although it didn't bother my daughter I found it annoyingly loud. Overal, this has to be one of my best buys.

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              The open top on this baby swing aims to allow easy access to the baby. Choice of speed settings, battery operated. Frame folds for storage.