Baby Swings vs. Baby Bouncers
Baby Swings and Bouncers:
Size and Portability
The amount of space you have in your home could be the deciding factor for you. Baby swings are larger than bouncers. Although some portable swings can be folded and stored, standard baby swings are heavy, difficult to move from room to room and, therefore, require a dedicated space. A bouncer is lightweight and easily portable, and some even fold up completely flat, making them perfect for traveling.
Swings and bouncers move in different ways, and some babies actually prefer the motion of one over the other. Swings can move back and forth or side to side; some swings can do both. Bouncers pretty much have one motion, bouncing. If you’re not sure which motion your baby will prefer, try gently bouncing your baby while you hold her, and then try rocking your baby side to side or back and forth. If one motion seems to soothe your baby more, choose your baby gear accordingly.
Most swings run on batteries although some are wind-up and some are electric. Most bouncers don’t require any batteries, winding or electricity unless they have special features such as lights, music or vibration.
Typically, baby swings are more expensive than bouncers unless you choose a brand-name bouncer with lots of special features. A basic, no-frills bouncer can be as inexpensive as $20, while a high-end, brand-name bouncer can cost as much as $100. Swings range in price between about $40 for a low-end, wind-up swing to a couple hundred dollars for a fully featured swing.
Swings and bouncers have similar weight limits. Both swings and bouncers can typically accommodate babies up to 25-30 pounds. The weight limit is not only important to consider for safety reasons, it’s also important when deciding how much you want to spend. A $200 swing looks really nice until you realize that your baby will only use it for a few months. If you plan on having multiple children, you will get more value for your money from a high-end swing.