The Fisher-Price Papasan Cradle Swing provides soothing swinging for your baby (and you). There are two swinging positions, side to side and front to back, and 6 swing speeds. The seat will comfortably cradle your baby and includes an infant headrest. The seat reclines in two positions. Above the seat is a moving mobile which includes music, nature sounds and a mirror. There is a removable toy bar which includes a toy, a bead bar and tray space. This swing accommodates infants from 8-35 lbs.
Why I Like It
Babies love movement, especially from 0-3 months. The movement reminds them of being in the mother’s womb and helps to soothe them. The first few weeks my daughter was at home my husband and I were getting little to no sleep. Even during the day she was constantly fussy and would not go to sleep unless someone was holding and rocking her. My mother-in-law suggested purchasing a swing. Based on her experience she knew it would help to calm my baby.
When we went to go purchase a swing, we saw many varieties of swings. Most swung from front to back, some were manually operated, others were battery or electric. By far the Fisher-Price Papasan Cradle Swing boasted the most features.
I love the cradle position in a side to side swing for a newborn. The seat reclines completely and helps the baby feel secure. If the baby gets fussy in the side to side swing, you can easily switch the swinging motion to front to back.
As soon as I assembled the swing I put my daughter in it and she fell asleep almost immediately. She slept peacefully for hours! Like many new parents, I use the swing at night as well which allows everyone in my family to sleep for longer periods of time. Eventually I’ll have to teach my daughter to sleep flat on her back in a stationary crib, but for the first few months I’m perfectly content letting her sleep in the cradle swing.
I do have a few minor complaints about the cradle swing. First, it takes four D batteries, which gets expensive after awhile. Second, it claims to be easy to fold for storage, however you’ll see that the buttons to get it to fold are difficult to operate, and it still takes up quite a bit of space when it’s folded. However, since I use the cradle swing everyday, the storage thing isn’t a huge issue for me. If there was an electric cradle swing that had all these features, I’d probably purchase that instead, but as far as I know there isn’t one like that currently on the market.
Where to Buy
Amazon ($139.99 + shipping)
Baby Center ($139.95 + shipping)
Babies R Us ($139.99 + shipping)
Target ($139.99 + shipping)
Walmart ($109.96 + free site-to-store shipping) Best Price