Product Type: Bright Starts furniture
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Swing your little one to sleep
Bright Starts Fun on Safari Portable Swing
Member Name: hlb2009
Bright Starts Fun on Safari Portable Swing
Advantages: Comfortable, practical safe
Disadvantages: Not entirely portable, volume on the swing and music could be better
The swing cost us £50 which was part of an offer, I think it actually retails at about £60 which seems like a lot of money especially as you can buy a bouncer for much less but like I say this is so much more than a bouncer.
We bought it in blue but it was available in pink too. It has a comfortable chair part to it which is shaped so that your baby can sit in this and be comfortable. It is quite large too so that it will grow with your child and is rounded at the sides so that your baby feels as though they are safe and secure. It has quite a large white frame which makes it very secure and stable and this is what helps it to have a good swing on it. There is an activity bar which you can connect to the front too which is padded in the same colour as the seat itself and has three toys hanging down off it that are like rattles. These are a bit like planets and a sun and a rocket these toys are ideal for when your baby is more interactive so they can play whilst sitting in here.
Now when you put your baby in you can make the seat either lying flat or facing forward. This is easy to do and you can even do it whilst your baby is in too. There is a harness which straps under your baby's legs and secures around their waist and I do advise that you use this at all times. When we put our baby in, if he kicks around a lot he can slump right down so we always make sure that we have him strapped in properly and this always ensures that he doesn't slump down which could be dangerous. Once your baby is in it does look very comfortable, unlike with the bouncer we had which wasn't very padded, this is and it goes up at the sides so it's a bit like a cocoon so very snuggly.
Now this plays music and swings but you can choose whether it does just one or both. The music that it plays is very repetitive and a bit like chimes but it is not a recognisable tune which I think is better as it's less stimulating than if it was a nursery rhyme. It is definitely a slow spaced and relaxing tune which will help to send a baby off to sleep. It has two volume settings too- loud and quiet although there is not really a vast difference between the two, I think the quiet one should be more quiet than it is because it is still quite loud which may be too stimulating for some. This is easy to put on- you just press the music button once for quiet, twice for loud and three times to go back off. To get the swing to work you twist a dial and select one of 8 settings, these settings are basically speeds and it will swing as fast as you would like. We tend to usually have it on about the third one which is a good pace to help lull our baby to sleep. To turn it off you just turn it back to the beginning and it will stop. The swing takes your little one backwards and forwards in a steady rocking motion, the fastest setting I think is a bit too fast but when my baby is in and it's that fast he doesn't seem to mind!
There is a button you can press which will set the amount of time that this swing functions for- 15, 30 and 45 minutes which is a great idea as you can have it just turn itself off when your baby is asleep. It is good to see that it goes up to 45 minutes, so many toys which have a timer tend to go off much faster than this. When it does stop it doesn't just suddenly stop instead it just gradually slows down so it won't disturb your baby. Likewise if you bumped into the swing it would just gradually slow down until it stopped rocking which again makes it very good as it means your baby is less likely to be jerked awake.
Whilst the swing is moving backwards and forwards it doesn't make a noise at all. It stays quiet, there is no creaking, just the noise of the music if you have it on so it isn't irritating for you if you're sitting in the room too.
What we like about it is that it definitely works. When our baby is in this he will sit quite happily and kick around watching what we are doing. If we put him in this to sleep we will turn the swing mechanism on and he will gradually close his eyes and doze off. Sometimes when he refuses to sleep in his own bed we have resorted to putting him in here in the early hours of the morning and he has always given in to sleep here and I can't really blame him as it looks very, very comfortable and relaxing indeed, if only they did it in adult size!
We haven't yet used the activity bar as he isn't old enough to reach for them yet and we find it gets in the way of his sight so instead we have removed it for now and will put it back on in a month or so when he will appreciate it more.
So has it survived the Hope test? It kind of has! It is robust enough that she can't move it if she tries or if she runs into it with her pram. The frame around it means that if she did bump into it that it would be the frame that got hit and not the actual chair itself unlike with a bouncer. It hasn't survived the Hope test insofar as she is able to press the buttons and move the dial so she has been known to set this to it's fastest swing or to just randomly turn off but that isn't a concern to me, I was more worried about her being able to move a light weight chair around with a baby in it.
This swing is not light weight enough to be able to just be pushed along the floor, you have to lift it but it's not excessively heavy, I think it's more of the shape of it that makes it hard to move it but obviously the fact that it's not light weight makes it safe.
The swing takes 4 D batteries and these do not last long, we have rechargeable ones and they tend to last about a week then need charging again so this swing does eat batteries.
This is a fantastic swing which I am very happy with, I am very glad that we bought it and although it's retail price of around £60 is quite expensive it is definitely worth it. Already we have got our money's worth out of it that's for sure. It's robust, comfortable and very practical.
Summary: it really helped our little one sleep