When I was asking fellow moms about what I should register for when I was pregnant with Baby Girl, the most common item mentioned was a swing. And when I told people I didn’t want to use a swing? The response was always, “Well, you’ll change your mind when you have the baby.”
Did I change my mind? Nope! We don’t have a swing and we’ve done just fine. There are lots of reasons not to buy a swing. Baby swings take up a lot of space, most are made in China and sprayed with chemical flame retardants (I wasn’t able to find any non-toxic baby swings when I was searching!), some babies don’t like swings, etc. If you’re not buying a swing for your baby, here are my favorite alternatives to baby swings.
Problem: You need to soothe your baby.
Solution: The Happiest Baby on the Block “Super Soothing” Calming Sounds CD
Seriously, buy this CD. Just do it. I bought it on iTunes and have it on my phone for emergency situations. My 87-year-old grandma, who has 6 kids and 9 grandchildren, watched in awe as I turned on Fast & Vigorous and my screaming daughter immediately stopped crying and started falling asleep. (The Happiest Baby on the Block book is great for fussy babies too.)
Problem: Your baby isn’t into the back-and-forth motion of a swing.
Solution: 4Moms Mamaroo Bouncer
Some babies like motion, but not necessarily the motion of a swing. The Mamaroo Bouncer has 5 different motions to calm babies: car ride, kangaroo, tree swing, rock-a-bye, and wave. While it’s on the pricey side, put it on your registry and a few of your guests might go in together to buy it for you!
Problem: You need to get things done around the house!
Solution: Boba Baby Wrap
There are a lot of wraps and carriers on the market, but the Boba Wrap is my favorite. It works for newborns without an insert and you can even breastfeed while using it! Wearing your baby will allow you to clean, run errands, do laundry, and cook without worrying about what to do with her. It’s also a great way to soothe fussy babies.
Problem: Your baby has reflux and she needs to be upright after feedings.
Solution: Baby Bjorn Bouncer
Got a baby with reflux? I feel your pain. Our pediatrician said to hold Baby Girl upright for 30 minutes after feeding, but once she hit 2 months, she got bored with being held and would kick and push to get down. Luckily, she loves her Baby Bjorn bouncer. Because she still projectile vomits even while upright, we put a bib on her and put burp cloths under her when she’s in this chair and it works like a charm. Be sure to get the wooden toy attachment too!
Problem: You need a place for your baby to sit, but you have a limited amount of space.
Solution: Boppy Newborn Lounger
The nice thing about this infant lounger is that it’s so easy to bring from room-to-room in your house, unlike a swing. It takes up very little space compared to other infant chairs (not to mention swings!) and it lets babies observe the room around them.