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We already have a swing in our garden which has a swing boat for two children on it and two standard swings, rather than buying a separate baby swing for jess I decided to change one of the standard swings for a baby seat swing so began looking for a suitable seat.
There are lots of different styles and designs to choose from, I looked at wooden seats and plastic seats.
I really like the look of the wooden baby seats as these are in a lovely square shape like the swings you get at the park and retail for cheaper than the plastic seats at around £13 but they do not have a harness with them and still require baby to be able to hold on to the front of the swing to stop them being shook backwards and forwards whilst swinging and jess isn't big enough yet so I decided against this.
I looked at a lot of different styles of plastic seats, some didn't have restraints just like the wooden one above and required jess to hold on to the front of the seat so were no good to us, others had restraints but were only a baby seat that wouldn't last much past 12 months and I wanted something to grow with us as Jessie grew.
We have found a swing seat that has everything we wanted, it is made out of plastic, is very brightly coloured so goes well with the blue, green and orange of our swing, has a two point safety strap which I would have preferred to be a 3 point as this still allows Jessie to slump a little in the seat.
The safety harness is removable so that once Jessie is old enough to hold onto the bar on the seat we can take the harness away for the next stage which is a basic tub style seat with a high back on the chair and a t shaped bar on the front so she can sit in it and hold on to the front of the seat, after this the front is removable once she is big enough to hold onto the ropes and finally the back of the seat is removable to give a standard seat.
I brought this online from the swing company for £25 which I think is a very good price for a seat that is very well made and will last a long time.
It was very easy to attach to our swing and Jessie has lots of fun using it.
Here's why you need one - and a recommendation for the one I've got by Graco. We started using the three-speed swing (you can now get 6 speeds) when my son was just two weeks old. It's comfortable, looks ergonomic, is not too fast and helps get baby to sleep quickly and painlessly. When they awake, the rocking motion sends them back. This is not just a tool for lazy parents - when the chold is sick, teething, restless or is fighting sleep, the swing is a Godsend. Why Graco? Well, it's totally reliable. It folds up, and is sturdy enough to take to the in-laws. The batteries last ages, and you can tell when they start running out of juice, because the swing gets slower - it doesn't just stop, but carries on going. It's padded, has a table with toys, andf straps to hold the child in. And it can be adjusted to help baby sit up or lie down. Finally, it plays music - unfortunately it's really tinny and gets on your nerves, but the swing itself is quite quiet and the humming rhythm will send anyone to sleep. Well worth buying. No - a MUST buy.