“ Brand: Mamas & Papas / Type: Swings „
We purchased the mamas and papas starlite swing for our daughter when she was 2 weeks old. She loved lights so we thought this would be perfect! I must say that it is a lovely swing and a bargain in the sale. It was very easy to put together and lies flat, which is perfect for newborns. The 5 point safety harness is very good but the waste straps don't leave much room so I'm not sure how long this will last (my daughter was 9lb 15oz born!). The seat is a nice shape but could have done with a liner or head higher for younger babies. I have put the one out of our bouncer in there. The seat has 3 positions which is great for growing babies and very easy to use with a lever at the back. The starlite canopy is easy to fit and has various settings and speeds for the lights. The only problem I found was that the canopy was a little too far back so baby had to strain to see. I think if it was further forward, it would have been better. Now that Esmae is 3 months old, she's not too keen on the lights and prefers to have her toys hanging over. The swing has 5 speed settings and a choice of music, soft singing voice or wildlife sounds. I think this is a lovely feature and a great selection. With my daughter having reflux, the fact that the seat cover comes off and is washable, is a great feature. All in all, this was a good purchase. I'm not sure I would pay £100 but Esmae still enjoys it and will hopefully fit in it for a good few months.
Our second son was born at the end of july and we spent alot of time searching online and in shops for the perfect swing for him. We wanted something that could keep him entertained for a few minutes if we needed to pop out if the room, a comfy place to nap during the day and something to pacify him. Im very happy to say that this product does all three.
The colour is perfect. We didnt want to go for traditional blue for a boy as most of our other baby items are. This colour is a lovely change and can always add a bright coloured blanket if we get bored!
Il start of to say about the overall product. It is very sturdy and made of thick metal and durable plastic!
The seat itself is comfy and has a removable cover which is handy considering the amount of baby mess this swing has endured already! There is also nice detail on the material. It also has a two point harness which is ideal. Our son has already outgrew the smaller point and he is only 7 weeks. Obviously the straps can be lengthened and shortened but we we also like to make sure his shoulders arnt being hurt by the straps. Each strap has a handy velcro pap, which we keep at the sides of his chest. Not only with this stop the straps from hurting him but will make him feel secure. The seat reclines backwards to a nearly flat lying position, or to nearly upright. Our son likes the lower one so we keep him at that level for sleeping and chilling! This is done easily by pulling a little clip at the back of the seat to bring it down and pulling it out but pushing the seat up for upright position. There is also a clip at the bottom of the front of the swing to lock it into place for safety when not swinging. There is a bar which clips across the front of the swing with hanging toys. The toys are held on with velcro which in all honesty isnt very sticky and keep falling off, but will be of good use when baby can hold toys himself. The bar moves up and down and can be turned around to suit position of baby. Although this bar, and the clip to lock the swing into position both click loud and can wake a sleeping baby up!
The light feature at the top of the swing is good but i doubt it will hold the attention of an older baby for long. The lights flash in three different colours and two difference sequences which the speed can be controlled. Im not really sure of the benefit that baby will get from this but im sure i will find out soon.
The swinging feature has 5 different speed settings and 3 difference time settings. This is handy as it swtiches off itself within either 5, 10 or 15 minutes. I find this feature useful but is is very sore on batteries. I do however rock it manually by myself which i quite enjoy to do.
The swing also plays music which has volume control. I dont use this feature much as it wakes my baby up rather than soothing him to sleep. My toddler does however have alot of fun with it, turning it on and dancing along!
Overall i would highly reccommend this product. Although i dont get use out of the some features other people will due to all babies being different. What some babies hate, others will love!
I deducted a star due to the battery usage it needs.
I used this baby swing for both of my children and I have to say it was one of the most useful items I had for them in the beginning.
First off I think this is a really nice looking swing and it works for both a boy and a girl which is good as I had a boy and a girl. It is cream and beige in colour and so very neutral which works for both in my opinion. This is quite a contraption when you first look at it, it's very solid and well made and has a lot of functions to it. The swing has a really nice seated area for your little one and has quite a curve to it so they are lying in the seat almost and is cushioned around them well in my opinion. The seat has a suede fabric material on it in parts and it also looks very comfortable to me. It has over the arms straps and then it fastens either side with click in tabs. There is a sort of material part that goes across baby's legs too which keeps the clips from digging into their legs but I could never really get the straps at a perfect setting so they always seemed to dig in a little bit but not too badly. They are quite hard to release too and a lot of adults that tried to get them apart struggled but I suppose this is good as baby could not do it themselves. What I like about the seat is that it has a little handle at the back that you just pull and then the seat goes into three different position so there is one where it is lying down almost fully, another in the middle and one where the baby is sitting up fairly straight. These positions are good if you either want to get your baby to sleep or to sit them in front of the television or people etc.
There is a bar that goes across the front of the seat too which is detachable and from this bar there is a little furry teddy and a little furry white rabbit which give baby something to look at and reach for and play with. These toys are also detachable too. They are cute and go with the neutral look of the chair which I like.
There is a hood/cover that goes over the top of baby's head and this is where the seat really gets cool. The hood is covered with lots of little lights and these come on and off in different patters, shining red or blue and different intervals. This had my son and daughter both mesmerised when they came on and really did keep them entertained for ages. On the side there is a little instrument panel which allows you to adjust the settings for this swing. This swing is automatic and so you turn it one with these buttons. You can choose to have five different speeds for the swing, 1 to 5. I found speed 5 really quite fast and it didn't need to go that fast for my little ones, the poor headache they would get! Speed three in my opinion is a perfect speed to rock them gently to get them to go off to sleep.
You can also choose how long you want the swing to go for, from 5 minutes to 15 minutes. I usually get about two 15 minutes sessions before my kids had enough. Another brilliant thing about this swing is that you can plug an MP3 player into it and play music to your baby!! If you don't want to do this you can just play the lullabies on the seat itself and can adjust the volume which is nice too, again from the control panel on the side.
Most of the photos I have of my kids in this swing are of them asleep so I know that this swing works well as it always put them to sleep. This gave me a few precious minutes when they were very small to have a shower or do some washing up. I would never recommend leaving them in it unattended but I did and didn't really worry. However, as my son got older and wriggled more a few times I found he had gone head first out of the swing and ended up on the floor so then I didn't leave him unattended in it anymore, a bit scary when it first happened but he is made of strong stuff and was unharmed!
This swing was expensive, we paid £109 from Mamas and Papas but that was over three years ago and we have really had our moneys worth out of it. Any other parent that has come to our house too says its the best swing they have ever seen and always tries out their baby in it too so its something I would definitely recommend for your own baby.
This is a review of the Star lite swing from Mamas and Papas. When we were having our first baby I really wanted to buy this but was put off at the £109 price tag. I wasn't sure if it was worth buying and we already had two baby bouncers that vibrated and a bigger swing for when she was a little older. Looking back, I wished I had bought it as I had seen similar baby swings on American TV shows about babies and they always seemed to be at peace with the swing rocking them to high heaven. We don't have the M&P 'Once Upon A Time' theme in our nursery but the Millie and Boris theme that we have is very similar in the colour scheme so it is fitting in quite well with the accessories we have from that range which is all beige and cream anyway.
This time around, I decided I would buy one for our second little darling and set about looking for one on ebay. I found a mint condition one that hadn't been used and met a chap in a car park near where I live to exchange money for goods (how dodgy!). We went home and tried it out to check it worked and also to have a play before our new arrival landed on us.
When our daughter was born, we waited a few days before trying her on the swing, she seemed so tiny I didn't want to risk upsetting her and she was so good, she didn't need placating (plus when they are newborns everyone wants to hold them so they don't get chance to be put down in swings etc!).
The first time we tried the swing we were a bit surprised about how fast and high it went, despite setting it on the lowest swing setting. It seemed to build up momentum fast much to our two year old's delight as chief observer. The baby didn't seem to mind this though and happily swung up and down for a few minutes.
After a few days, our two year old had pretty much worked out all the buttons and settings on the swing, more so than I had in fact. We all decided early on that the song setting was pretty annoying and we wouldn't be using that (even the two year old had her hands over her ears shouting "no!"). The other interesting feature, the starlight canopy was also something I thought I would love and actually it is pretty basic and something our baby takes no notice of anyway. It blocks her view of the room and also runs off separate batteries to the main swing so luckily it is optional and it has been abandoned as we won't use it any more.
The most useful function of the swing has been that it is a safe place to put the baby down when no one is able to hold her. It can stay stationary or be activated to swing the baby up and down (not to and fro!) at various speeds and for five, ten or 15 minutes at a time. There is a five point harness that clips her in place so no chance of falling out although we have put her in there without clipping her in (when it is for a few seconds) and she hasn't moved at all.
As the swing is close to the floor I am conscious of drafts and so always tuck a blanket around her to make sure she is warm. I also have to keep an eye on our two year old as she likes to manually swing the swing to make it go faster which is a bit of a worry. So far she has not climbed in as she would break it for sure! She has put her dolls in for a ride though so it has kept her amused and the batteries we have had in for six weeks now are still going strong so they will last a decent amount of time.
The one thing that I suppose I should have expected with this is the noise the swing makes, a sort of electronic buzzing noise, which I don't think is very relaxing if you are trying to get the baby to go to sleep in there. Whilst I can hear it when it is on, it hasn't actually stopped our baby from sleeping in there and although she doesn't fall asleep every time, if she has been fed and doesn't need anything from us (burping / winding / nappy) then she does snooze in there.
As mentioned above, the maximum price seems to be £109 on the M&P website but it is often reduced in their sales. I paid £40 for a second hand one off ebay.
Overall I am pretty pleased with the swing and feel it is a very high quality accessory. Ours didn't come with the toys on the picture but I knew that when I was buying it second hand. This isn't something I would have bothered with really anyway and it works fine without them. I am a bit disappointed with the starlight canopy, it is really highlighted as something special in the write up about the swing and I thought it was a bit dull and boring. The music is also bad but I found that with the baby gym we bought as well and I didn't particularly buy it wanting to use this feature as the repetitive songs are often annoying on baby toys.
I can recommend the Star lite swing but am not convinced it is worth the full asking price. The neutral beige colours are nice though and it is all washable so it is an investment if you intend to sell on any baby gear once it is finished with.
When my Sister in Law asked us what we would like as gifts for the twins I was expecting a baby swing or rocker were products at the top of our list. Very generously she had said I could have top of the range products so I started my research. There was so much choice but I fell in love with the Mamas & Papas Once upon a time range.
Love the Colours
Some may say beige is boring but I love neutrals and they are perfect if you've chosen to keep the flavour of your baby a surprise. I did know what we were expecting but wasn't entirely convinced that one of my little girls wasn't going to pop out a boy as had recently happened to a colleague. This seat has a beige padded cover which looks gorgeous and baby was always comfortable in it.
Love the Features
- Light Show
Before I bought it I thought the light show was going to be great for keeping baby amused. It is in the canopy and you can choose from chasing lights or them just randomly turning on or off. You can turn the canopy around but I always had ours facing the front. The controls are on the front of the swing and are soft push buttons, a + and - to control speed and 2 light mode choice buttons. However one baby never looked up at them although the other enjoyed them a bit more neither of them were as taken with them as I'd hoped! The light show runs on 2 x AA batteries which aren't included.
I liked the idea that as well as the built in lullabies you could also attach your MP3 player through a jack and choose the music that your baby would listen to. Life was more hectic than I'd imagined and we never got round to plugging the MP3 player in! Still think it's a good idea although listening to the same built in music over and over wasn't too bad as they were nice little tunes. The main thing is it did the trick of sending babies to sleep, always good!
The controls for the music are on the side of the swing, again they are soft push buttons and you have a + and - for volume and a musical note picture on the other button which rotates through the choice of music.
- Momentum Swing
This is the main reason we bought this swing so that we could recline baby. You do this with a handle on the back of the seat, positions range from upright to baby laying down. The swing seat locks onto the frame so that you can safely put baby in and do up the 5 point safety harness. The straps are easy to adjust so you can ensure that baby is secure.
The swing has a built in safety feature that it will only swing when baby is in it, easy to confuse tired parents that try it without baby in and think it isn't working!
Once baby is in the control panel on the side also has the controls for the swing. There is a great choice of 5 different speeds so depending on the weight of your baby how fast you want to go. You work your way through them as baby grows. You also have the choice of 3 different time settings, 5, 10 or 15 minutes. I was often dashing over as the time finished worried that baby would wake up when the swinging stopped but if I didn't get there in time they would usually sleep on.
The mechanism of the swing does make a slight noise but this could have just been our one, it didn't bother baby though.
This part of the swing runs on 4 x C batteries, again not included. If you are using it a lot it is battery hungry and we did end up spending a fair amount on batteries.
-On the go
The swing has a handle on top so you can easily lift the swing to put it in different rooms around the house. We would often move it into the kitchen whilst we were having dinner. It is also easy to collapse to take out if you're visiting.
The swing has a bar with a couple of toys, the Pip rabbit which came with ours is still a firm favourite. They hang down allowing baby to bat them and they wash really well. The bar clips on so can be opened to allow you to get baby in and out.
Not so keen on the Price
The swing is currently on sale for £95 from Mamas and Papas but normal retail price is £105, it is expensive but I would buy it again as I used it so much and babies really liked being in it.
Keeping it clean
The cover is removable and machine washable, I always found it came up well when washed at 40 degrees.
Who's it for
Age suitable from birth to 6 months approx.
Maximum weight: 9kg
My babies were on the small side and so were able to use it until 7/8 months.
I've got to admit I'm a big fan of Mamas and Papas. When we found out we were expecting baby boy number two I dragged the husband down to our local Mamas and Papas store to pick out some things for the baby's nursery. We kitted the whole room out in one of their bright colourful ranges...it was expensive but cute, which is all that matters, right?
So whilst throwing all kinds of essentials into my basket (gingerbread curtain ties anyone?) we stumbled across the Starlite Swing. I instantly had flashback of pacing the halls rocking our first son to sleep when he was a baby. Nothing but rocking worked for our little demon, he just couldn't settle without being rocked in either our arms or his moses basket. It was exhausting. So when we saw this little beauty, that actually rocked itself...I was sold. It was £80 but the idea of constantly rocking a newborn with a 2 year old wrapped around my legs certainly didn't appeal, so we (well I say "we", hubby grumbled!) decided it was worth it.
The swing is quite nice in terms of appearance. The whole swing is a pale beige and very colour co-ordinated - even the poles and fittings match. It's very gender neutral which makes it great as a gift for a girl or boy, and is also handy for buying in pregnancy when the gender of the baby is still unknown. The neutrality of the swing appealed to me when we bought it, but in retrospect I think a swing with more interesting colours might have been better...but that's just me being picky.
The swing looks great in terms of comfort. The seat is padded and snug and fastens with a reassuring 5 point harness. The harness is adjustable both in length and whereabouts it is situated on the chair - depending on the size of your child there are different slots for the harness to fit comfortably. Little one looks snug, comfortable and safe when he's all strapped in and looks much happier in it than he does in his bouncer chair. The curve of the seat in the reclined position means he fits nicely and looks lovely and snug.
The chair has three different recline settings, which is great depending on what mood your child is in! If little one seems sleepy I pop him in it in the fully reclined position so he's in a comfortable position to fall asleep. Having an overactive toddler sometimes means that I need bubs to be able to entertain himself for a while, and so in this case I sit him up slightly so he can better and reach the toys on the removable toy bar. I don't yet use the setting which would allow him to sit upright because at 11 weeks old his head control isn't quite ready for that yet.
The removable toy bar is a bit of a nuisance. I find myself constantly clipping it on and off. It's really difficult to get little one in and out of the swing while the toy bar is attached so I guess I should be thankful that it is removable. The toys on the bar aren't overly exciting. My little one loves his brightly coloured Lamaze toys and seems pretty underwhelmed by the white lamb and and beige monkey that this swing has to offer. Still, he does on occasion enjoy giving them a good whack.
The chair has what looks like a little roof above it with lights that can be put on to different settings. It's a lovely idea in theory but in reality really aren't that great. I was under the impression that they would twinkle nicely like stars, but they actually are quite unimpressive. They follow a set routine and flash on and off at different times, depending on what setting you have it on. I don't know what I was expecting really, but I was a bit disappointed in this feature. My little one doesn't seem overly impressed either, he never really seems to pay them any attention. One positive though, is that they are connected to a different control panel to everything else, so if you don't want to turn them on you don't need to, which helps save batteries slightly!
I do find it a bit tricky getting bubs in and out of the swing, although I must admit it's got easier since I realised you can stop the swing from moving while you put them in! Dozy me only realised this after weeks of struggling to get him in properly! There's a little plastic stopper beneath the chair that latches onto the base to stop it moving. This keeps the swing still while you pop them in and out and attach the toy bar. It's also handy to keep it still if little one isn't in the mood to be rocked as it is just like having an extra chair for them to sit in.
So...the most important feature, the swinging settings. There are 5 different settings depending on how hard and fast you wish the motion to be. I tend to find anything higher than three looks a little too vigorous so tend to stick to the lower settings. The higher settings might be better when he gets a little bit older though. I find that little one does enjoy the swinging sensation and he is far more content in there than he is anywhere else. I tend to put it on the third setting when I first put him in it, and then reduce it down to the first setting as he starts to drift to sleep. This way he doesn't really notice when the swinging stops.
There are three time settings on the swing, 5,10 and 15 minutes. I personally find that it would be better if there was a long time setting than 15 minutes, as it often isn't long enough to get him to sleep. I very rarely use the other two settings, so I personally would prefer the settings to be 10, 20 and 30 minutes. They work well though and I guess they're handy in saving battery life as it isn't swinging constantly until you remember to turn it off!
There is also a music setting on the swing, that plays melodies and nursery rhymes depending on which setting you put it on. I find the music beyond annoying so tend to use the mp3 setting instead and play my own selection of soothing sounds instead. You just need to attach your mp3 player with cable included and it's very easy to use. There is also a volume control which is handy when you don't want to be hearing nursery rhymes throughout the whole house.
The chair is suitable from birth up until 6 months or 9kg. I definitely find it useful for when I need to put him down for a few minutes. He's quite a clingy baby and enjoys being held and so seems very displeased when I pop him in his bouncer or on his play mat, but thankfully he settles in this swing.
The swing uses four C batteries which we are going through at an alarming rate! Obviously it depends how often you use the swing but we seem to be changing them every 3 weeks or so.
So to summarise, although the swing isn't perfect it's been a great help in getting our little one to sleep. I have to notice his signs of getting tired before putting him in it though, if he is over tired he will become cranky and irritable and I have to get him out and cuddle him to sleep. If I catch his sleepiness just in time it does a great job of settling him. I definitely think it's worth the hefty price tag, with a toddler and a baby to contend with I'd pay double that for a bit of peace! I just wish we'd bought one for our eldest son!
5 different settings
Use of mp3
Goes through batteries very quickly
Not overly stimulating - colours and toys a bit boring
Light feature is unimpressive.
We were extremely lucky to be given one of these from someone on Freecycle when my youngest was three months old which was fantastic considering they sell for £90 new. When you buy this new it comes with a bar and some toys to hang off it and a canopy which has lights on it, I didn't get the toys or the canopy but did get the swing and the toy bar.
The swing is beige in colour and has a suedette feels to it, the cover can be taken off the base and washed at up to 40 degrees. There is a five point harness to secure baby into the seat which is fully adjustable to ensure that babies from birth up to six months can be completely secure. The harness has two shoulder pads on which would be a little bulky for a newborn baby but they can be removed so isn't much of a problem and then a padded section that goes between the babies legs when the harness is fastened. The backrest of the swing can be adjusted so nearly lays flat for newborns or upright for older babies and then there is a miccle setting too, the seat is very easy to recline with a little pull up handle at the top on the back of it.
The base is metal and is a semi circle type shape which sits on the floor with another semi circle shapestanding up from the base which the seat then hangs from. The seat can move to be a swing or has a little clip underneath it at the front to attach to the metal base to keep the seat still which is supposed to be for when you are feeding your baby.
The canopy had we had it would have cliped on and sat over the seat from the top and the toy bar is a metal pole covered in the same fabric as the chair which clips on the front in the eyeline of the baby and you can hang any toys on the bar aslong as they will fit over the end it doesn't just have to be the toys that come with it.
At the top of the metal poles there is a carry handle and two plastic circles one on each side, one houses the battery compartment and you do need to make sure you use decent batteries otherwise they run down too quickly to really get any use from it. The battery compartment is secured with a couple of screws and then half the circle comes away to allow you to change the batteries, the product requires some of the large batteries but in all honesty I cannot remember if these were size Cs or Ds.
On the opposite side the circle is the control panel, you are able to set the strength of the swing from 1 to 5, we always used 5 with our daughter being about 3 months and she loved it, you are able to set a timer for the swing to run for either 5, 10 or 15 minutes and then there is an option of playing some music to the baby. There are a few different tunes on the swing none of which I was able to recognise and as my mother described then they were all songs to slit your wrists too and this isn't an exaggeration as they really did sound like funeral music. The swing is also compatible with an MP3 although I never used this option but it didn't matter as my daughter was happy in it without any music.
My daughter enjoyed this swing and I have seen them on selling on Ebay for around the £40 mark so you can get quite a bit back from it which is great considering how much it costs in the first place. My daughter loved this swing and found it very funny, she did occasionally fall asleep in it but generally just enjoyed being in it and it would allow me to bring her in the kitchen with me whilst i was busy once she was too big for her bouncer. This is a great swing but is a luxury that isn't actually needed for a new baby but if you are going to go to the expense of one then this is recommended.
I bought this swing before my son was born and he loved it from day one. I however believe myself to have been seduced by the gimics attached to this product. Entirely my fault, I am a first time mum and really believed the ipod connector to be great feature. I havent had 5 minutes to hunt out my ipod since he was born and he is over the moon with the stanard issue pan pipes! I struggled from the start to get him into the seat and as he has got bigger I thought this would get easier but in fact its now much harder. It is actually so difficult that I have purchased another swing! Again my fault as I knew I was having a boy and bought this swing in neutral colours (to match my lounge!), my son loves the bright colours of his new swing and now i see the error of my ways. I have to say that despite being difficult to get him into the seat once in the fasteners are extremely good and gave me great confidence when he was newborn. Another benefit I have to say is the size of this swing, its lovely, small and compact - great for anyone limited with space.
I've just had my 3rd son and wanted to get him something that was new as most of his stuff is hand-me-downs. I decided as I had most stuff I'd spend a bit of money so opted for this one as I liked the idea of the lights to stimulate him.
Very awkward to use with a newborn, I had read some reviews before buying it that said it was too upright for a newborn. I must admit i didn't find this the case at all, it lies back really quite flat and can rock really slowly. The issue I had was the harness. You may be able to see on the picture there is a wide padded bit on the part of the harness that goes between the legs. This cannot be removed, it has a flap on it which you lift to access the buckle then when the harness is attached you put the flap back down and popper it shut. The advantage of this is that you can't pinch the baby with the buckle. The disadvantage is the popper is so stiff we didn't want to popper it because we would be pushing too hard, or you must loosen the straps so you can get your hand behind the padding and then push the popper in and so it doesn't dig in to the baby. The other thing is this padded bit is so big it came up to his chin! It is also big a bulky so my son hated it, newborns like to be in a kind of scrunched up ball shape still and this stops them being like that
3 months old
We decided to leave it for a while till he was bigger. At this age he had unfolded and it did fit better, he was also less upset by having a big bulky strap between his legs! He likes it for short periods of time now though I'd still say its not a big hit.
There is only I think 2 songs, then 1 lady singing a nursery rhyme, and another is a man telling a story. This is not necessarily bad but you can only select one, it doesn't scroll through them like other machines I've had so I would probably recommend getting some baby friendly music on an MP3 and attaching that to the swing.
Oh how disappointing, If you are in a pitch black room these are twinkly and great. Unfortunatly we all tend to be asleep then! They are little LED's or something but not very bright at all. While I don't want to blind the poor boy it would at least be nice if you could see them!
The number 0-5 on the side are not what you may think! They do not dictate the speed of the swing they depend on the weight of your child, the machine then does something fancy to work out how much it needs to swing for optimum performance!
This takes 4 C batteries so pretty hefty, but as I say he doesn't like it much so there's still plenty of juice left!
I paid over the odds for this at £119 from a catalogue and I would be disappointed if I had paid £40 for it
I was given the mamas and Papas starlight swing as a gift when my son was born 6 weeks ago and so far it has been the most used baby item in our house.
At first i thought it would just be a luxury item that wouldnt get much use and baby would grow out of it quickly but after the first use i realised what a god-send it was.
My son, like many newborns insists on being carried and cuddled all the time, but he will sit quite happily in the starlight swing and quite often nods off to sleep there, soothed by the gentle rocking motion. It is the only place i can put him so i can grab a quick brew or hang out the washing, without him bursting into tears.
At the moment I have the seat in the reclined position as my baby is so young, but as he gets older i will put it more upright so he can see what is going on and could also use it to feed him in when he starts weaning.
multi-postion recline seat
lights and sounds
muti-speed swing motion
5, 10, 15 minute swinging settings
can be used with mp3 player
I have read some bad reviews on this swing but I purchased one recently after the birth of my child and I love it.
The brand is obviously 'mamas and papa's. A well known brand but one that I have not purchased from that often so I was interested to see what it was like. I paid £94.99 from Argos which I know is a little pricey but some items are worth spending the extra on. The swing itself won a Prima Best Buy award in 2007 so I thought it couldn't be that bad.
The swing is suitable from birth and can hold a baby/toddler upto 9KG. You can position the seat upright so baby can look around or you can recline it into a lying position. You can also lock the seat into a stationary position. There is a toy bar that has 3 small brightly coloured toys attached to it that have a little rattle inside so they make a noise when touched. This bar is detachable but can need a good yank to detach it from the frame.
When in swinging motion there are 5 swing speeds numbered one to five with one being the slowest and 5 being the fastest. Choose between 5 to 15 minutes for the swing to automatically swing. You can play 3 tunes which can be changed by the music note button. These songs can get slightly annoying after listening to them for a while, but you can connect your mp3 player to the swing and play your own music if preferred.
Now to the cool part. The swing has a canopy over the top of it that has little LED lights in. These can be set to one of two settings. Either a sequence show or constantly flashing. This is so pretty and keeps my baby amused for hours. Especially looks good when the room is darker.
The frame itself has non grip feet so it doesn't move about when swinging. You can also fold the frame around itself so it is easy to move and store.
You can remove all the covers to wash just by unpopping the press studs and then wash on a normal cycle.
It needs 4 size C batteries and 2 AAA batteries but these last a long time so not to bad!!
Overall a great little swing I would have loved to go in a swing like this when I was little. The only downside is that I would say the swing is for smaller babies so you could probably use for 0-6 months. After that it probably won't be suitable so taking this in mind with the purchase price it can work out a little expensive but in my opinion some things are worth the money and this was for me!!
We bought the Mamas & Papas Once Upon a Time Star Lite Baby Swing for our daughter out of desperation at her not sleeping without being rocked in our arms. Unfortunately it didn't work but that's not the fault of the swing - I think she was just a bit young (we bought it at 3 weeks.)
By the time she was 10 weeks she really liked sitting in it and did occasionally fall asleep too. However it was much better for just entertaining her for a few minutes while we got a break (you know, to grab the basics like a shower or a sandwich!)
We found the built in music a bit annoying to be honest but the toys and light display did keep her entertained. As she's got older she's enjoyed sitting in it more, particularly as she likes being able to look around her and even watch a bit of TV.
The varying swinging speed is a great feature as she would like it quite fast when she was younger but preferred a slower speed as she's grown. She also loves the dangling toys and will now sit for ages batting them and trying to get them into her mouth.
The front arm is removable but to be honest is so stiff to remove and re attach that it's a bit of a pain and it's too awkward to get the baby into the swing without removing it.
The colours and design are lovely - as I would expect from Mamas and Papas and it's solidly well made.
Overall it's a nice product to have but it didn't turn out to be the Godsend we were hoping for, especially for the price.
On the arrival of our daughter, my lovely brother in law and his girlfriend bought us the starlight swing as present. We were very grateful as we had looked into getting one ourselves but at £90.00 wasn't willing to part with the money if we wouldn't use it. However in the countdown to due day buying a swing was the last thing on our minds, so this ended up being a firm staple in our living room.
The maker is Mamas & Papas, they are a very reputable and well known brand in the baby world, making well made quality baby products in a range of nostalgia and contemporary designs to fit in with most colour schemes. We have bought many items from mamas and papas including all our daughters bedding and room decor, clothes, presents, carrier and toys and we have always been impressed with the quality of their products. It is a brand that fills me with confidence when it comes to my children.
The Starlight swing has many features. 5 speed rocking motion to grow with your baby which is set on a timer at 5 minute intervals up to 15 minutes, a light display on the panel which can be adjusted above baby's head, a toy bar, ability to attach an mp3 player/ipod and play your music (this is useful I will explain later on). Adjustable seat position, can lay flat, slightly forwards or sit upright. The purpose of this product is to amuse you little one and for those lucky ones gently rock them to sleep.
In practice theory flies out the window a little bit. Our daughter would cry for the first month when we tried to put her in so we decided to wait until eight weeks so as to not traumatise her. Eventually she was quite happy to sit in there and use the swing mode but she would get upset after 10 minutes. At 10 weeks things changed and she would happily sit in the swing and be rocked off to sleep, at first we had to play the music really softly and sit by the swing to keep 'topping up' the minutes as she would wake up as soon as it stopped. Around 3 months onwards we found she would be very reluctant to have an afternoon nap in her cot, which would lead to her screaming until she was taken out and cuddled for a long while, we used the swing in the end which seems to 'trick her', we put the swing on and not long after she has dropped off, not even stirring when the swing stops.
I think with newborns you need to have somewhere else for them to be during the day than in there moses basket or crib, and whilst they can't sit up or crawl this makes for a great option as there is so much that can keep them entertained if you need to get on with housework or cooking etc.
Honestly, this swing as good as it is has its bad points too. It is a little complicated to set up/fold down/ change the position of the led light display but once you have mastered this with help from the manual its not a problem. As others have said the toybar is very tough to remove, and I have caught myselff on it a couple of times, we have removed it completely for now as its just hassle to keep clipping and unclipping. The other thing I must warn you is that the built in songs are great at first, but give it a few weeks and you will be sick of the sound, you will be humming it on the way to work, in the shower, automatically singing along although you never realised you knew the words. I know many people haven't used an mp3 player to give a variety of nursery rhymes but eventually you may want to do this.
Ranging from £59.99 - £115.00 it is an expensive swing, and it's down to you to weigh up the pro's and con's before buying, many will say its only the price that puts them off. If you really want one but don't mind second hand they sell on ebay for a fraction of the cost. If you have decided that this is the swing for your little one then it is widely available. It is available from the Mamas and Papas website, ours was brought from Next.
Would I recommend this product, well yes! The swing can be bought in everyones price range if those who would rather spend less are happy to buy second hand. The swing is used daily and for that reason I wanted a high quality swing which would be comfortable and enjoyable so I wouldn't have minded paying the extra for this. For the first few weeks bare with it, everything is new and scary for a newborn and it will probably take a few tries in the swing before you little one feels safe secure and happy.
Just a quick note, batteries are not included and they take 4 x C and 2 x AAA batteries, but they batteries do last months.
Whilst pregnant, I fell in love with this swing and really did feel that it would be the perfect item for getting my baby off to sleep, as well as providing him with entertainment while awake. At £90 this was a very expensive buy but at the time I thought would be worth the investment. However once my baby was born and I started to use the swing I quickly realised that it was more gimicky than anything, and it soon got religated to my attic. The swing does not have a true lye flat position, so it's not great for a newborn's back. The bar across the front with hanging toys is really difficult to unclick, as well as the straps being a total nightmare to clip in your baby. The swing can be put onto a timer, but it only lasts 15 mins on the highest setting, for the few weeks we used the swing I would constantly have to run back and forward to restart the swing. Any mum will know that the minute you stop rocking your baby they wake up! The lights canopy is a great idea however this only really works properly in the dark and gets in the way when getting your baby in and out of the swing. The option to plug in an MP3 player is lovely but I didn't find it of any benefit to my baby, as he needed complete silence to sleep. What should have been a fabulous product in reality is far to gimicky, don't waste your money!
My daughter is six weeks old and from birth she has a vibrating sling type chair. She quickly discovered that she liked to be moved around a lot to keep her entertained. I decided to replace the vibrating chair for a swinging one. I shopped around and this chair seemed to be the most compact and appealing to the eye. My daughter likes being in the chair but doesn't tend to sleep very well in it. A little extra padding in the seat would be nice. The swing has numerous settings on. The swing level can be altered to suit baby's mood, there are a few song choices and there is also an automatic timer which switches the swing off after 5, 10 and 15 minutes. The automatic timer is not always a good thing. If you're busy doing something else and have put baby in the swing whilst you get on with things you find that the timer switches the swing off before you realise and there is no way of overiding this. I also don't tend to put the music on due to the poor sound quality. There is a LED light display in a canopy above the chair which keeps baby entertained for a while, especially when the room lights are lowered. Overall I would be likely to buy this product again because it does what it says on the tin and it serves its purpose.
Suitable from birth to 6 months. Automatic timer setting to switch off after 5, 10 or 15 minutes. Five swing settings.