It shouldn’t surprise you why there is a rapid growth of swings around the world. Simply put, people, parents mostly, have found out how owning a swing can be good both for them and for their kids. And we know how young kids can benefit from it, even the older ones. From physical activity to knowledge and entertainment, swings can really help your kid learn and have fun at the same time. But what with the babies? Since they are so small could they use swings as well? Sure they can. We bet you saw a baby swing once. You maybe didn’t know if its good for them, but you did see it for sure. It kind of looks like a “walk helper” for babies – so it’s on wheels but instead of just a seat in the middle, a portable baby swing has a swing at the centre. Sounds familiar?
Even if you still don’t know what we are talking about, no worries. You can check about baby swings on the Internet and see all about them. If you want to know more about what are the best portable baby swings out there, we talked more about it in a separate article so you can read all about it there. But, we advise that before finding more about baby swings and what are the best on the market, first you should read this article since we’ll be talking more about the benefits and reasons why you should get a baby swing in the first place. Of course, if you don’t have a baby you can still read it since you’ll learn some new stuff. And who knows, maybe you’ll get a baby in the near future.
Anyways, the main topic in this article will be the reasons behind buying a portable baby swing. Reasons are subjective and thus we might not cover all of them. But, since we know all about swings, we do have some experience when it comes to advising you. And as a plus, all the reasons listed below are proven and probably most common since we talked to a lot of parents. If you want to let us know something is missing on the list, feel free to contact us and tell us what you think. This list isn’t fixed and we can add new stuff in a blink of an eye.
4 Reasons You Should Buy Portable Baby Swing
1. Physical Activity
For sure, some of the reasons on this list will overlap with the same ones when it comes to buying the regular swing. One of those reasons is physical activity. It’s just because the swings are made for this purpose. As with older kids, babies need regular physical activities as well. Don’t let the fact that they are babies fool you. In fact, some surveys tell us that babies need even more activity on a daily basis than young kids. And, to be honest, the way your baby behaves in the first one and a half or two years is crucial to set the way they’ll behave in the future. What does this mean? Simply put, if your baby lays all the time and just eats, chances are they will do the same thing in the future. Which is no good. Babies need to crawl. To play around. To try to walk and fall. A million times. It’s all part of growing up and you might not believe it, it works for their body in a high degree. Every physical activity is important since their bones aren’t developed and the same goes for their ligaments and muscles. That’s why having an extra activity where your baby can spend their time and get a little sweat can be more than helpful. And yes, this is where swings shine the spotlight.
Being so simple, you may think that swings can’t really make your baby tired. Wrong. They can and they do that with ease. When babies swing, what they love about it is the momentum it gives to them. So wobbling around is something they really like and by doing it constantly they need to move their body and spend energy. Which means they are doing some kind of physical activity and thus they get tired with ease and fall into sleep. And this is where we come to the second reason – why you should buy a swing.
2. It Can Help Them Sleep
We all know how babies have trouble when it comes to sleep. It can be exhausting for them but as well for you as a parent. All the sleepless nights when you needed to comfort them or help them fall asleep. We can all sympathize with that and thus, portable baby swings can help you a lot with this matter. This point is directly connected to the one mentioned above. We said that when the baby swings, as with other physical activities, they spend energy and therefore they will feel more tired. Being more tired means they will fall asleep more easily and in some cases, they might fall asleep while they are in the swing itself. The momentum is similar as when you take them and tap them on the back and swing little by little with them in your arms. You know the drill right?
So, if your baby has issues with sleeping, let them swing a little. They won’t even notice it, but eventually, they will close their eyes and just enjoy the swinging motion.
3. It Can Make Them Occupied
Being a baby is hard. You want to be in the centre of attention, and since you don’t know how to talk you can’t really express what you feel or what you want. So you cry. And the people around you, they are weird. They want you to stop crying and therefore clap their hands or snap their fingers in front of you. They think that’s amazing and that by doing so, you’ll stop crying. But, if someone gives you a good toy or plays an interesting cartoon on television, well, that’s another story. You might stop crying and focus your attention on that toy or on the TV.
Now that we know how babies work (kind of) we can connect their behavior to the swings. Since they shift their attention from one thing to another in a matter of seconds, swings can offer them quite an entertainment and the swinging motion will keep them occupied for a while. What does this mean for the baby? Well, they will have something to do and probably won’t cry. Even though this isn’t long-lasting, it’s better than nothing. And what does this mean for you as a parent? Well, you’ll get some time off. Being a parent isn’t easy and you need to be on the tip of your toes all the time. Which can be very exhausting. If your baby is occupied for some time, that means you’ll have more time for yourself and to relax a little. If, thanks to God, the baby falls asleep while in the swing then you will probably celebrate.
4. You Can Feed Them More Easily
Feeding a baby is hard as well. They often move around and you need to mimic an airplane in order to get them to open their mouths. And, it’s not unusual that while you try to feed them, you get your food all over the place. And then you become furious but yet again, remember that it’s your kid who you got angry at. But he/she is just a baby. Then you relax a little. And probably smile. But, there is a way to completely delete the part where you become furious. And just to smile all the time. Yes, swings can help you out.
If you place your baby into a swing, they won’t have a lot of space to move. They will stay fixed in the seat and it’s going to be way easier for you to mimic an airplane and get them open your mouth. If they swing a little at the same time, it can be even more encouraging for them to eat since they will be entertained. If you have your TV on with their favorite cartoon, then you’ll hit the jackpot. Say goodbye to the food all over the place and a crying baby.
Why You Shouldn’t Buy Portable Baby Swings?
Why you shouldn’t do it? To be honest, there aren’t any reasons for this. Swings aren’t very expensive and knowing everything mentioned above we think it’s obvious that owning a portable baby swing can bring you some benefits. From having a decent physical activity, helping them fall asleep, make them more than occupied and helping you as a parent to have more time for yourself, swings offer really a lot for your whole family just to pass it by. And as a plus, when your baby grows up, most swings have an adjustment option and that means they can go into it even if they are bigger. And if they outgrow it, you can just pass the swing next to your friends.
Matan Feldman, Dad & Swing Expert
My Name is Matan Feldman and I am a dad of a toddler and an infant based out of Atlanta. I manage this website, Baby Swing Hubs, and mostly blog here about baby activity gear including swings, walkers, bouncers, and jumpers, among others. From what I have learned being a parent for over 7 years now, I am very excited to share good tips with other parents especially if it can improve the safety of kids. I work with a baby products testing and review company and over the past 2 years, I have gained deep insight into baby products and am happy to recommend them here. When I am not wasting time learning one or two tricks at home with my two kids, I spend a lot of time blogging on this site or on other sites to assist parents looking for first-hand insight or feedback on different baby products – especially from a dad’s perspective. If you have any questions, you can reach me using my email, firstname.lastname@example.org.