Review: Graco Swing by Me

12/02/2011 at 02:00 PM ET
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Getting into the swing of things as a new parent can be tough. As you move from room to room around your house, how do you find a sweet spot for your newborn in each and every space?

It seems that Graco has finally found the answer with their Swing By Me ($70), a 2-in-1 completely portable swing. Say goodbye to leaving your little one out of sight and get ready to bring them along for the ride. Check out our review below:

Thing We Like

The name says it all: Transporting this swing is a dream. Moving from room to room and want baby close? Just push down on the two side buttons, push the legs together, and — presto! — you’re ready to get up and go.

And whether you’re in the kitchen cooking dinner or on the floor interacting with your babe, the swing meets all your needs with its two height positions and five-point harness. At the number one position, the swing sits at its full standard height. At the number two position, however, the entire swing lowers close the floor, so getting down to your little one’s eye-level has never been easier.

You can get your baby swinging in no time by running your finger along the convenient speed adjuster. But if you prefer to push your precious cargo manually while you’re bonding with baby (or trying to get them to sleep!), then the swing works for that, too.

Once your child is ready to head off into dreamland, pull up the lever at the top of the seat for the full reclining position. Not only will your child love cuddling up to the super soft (machine washable!) fabric, but the plush seat is molded into the perfect cradling position to keep them feeling securely snuggled — almost like mama’s arms! Almost.

Things We Didn’t Like

The noise. With its rhythmic humming (and occasional clicking) as baby swings back and forth, the noise level isn’t exactly nonexistent. But, as long as parents can stand the extra background buzz, then baby is likely to find the vibration somewhat soothing. And a soothed baby is a sleepy one, right? Enough said.

Also, while we love that we can adjust the swing’s height to fit baby’s needs, changing from one position to the other can be awkward. The buttons on all four of the legs need to be pushed in while simultaneously pulling the swing upward. After you get used to maneuvering the swing you’re likely to become a pro, but amateurs may initially have some trouble.

Moms & Babies Rating

If you’re on the hunt for an affordable — but more importantly portable! — swing, then Graco’s Swing by Me is definitely worth checking out.

— Anya Leon

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Ethan and Chloe's Mom on

7 years ago my husband and I were parents for the first time and our portable swing was a Godsend. Our son had terrible colic, accompanied by a milk allergy, and during the time we were trying to figure out what he could and couldn’t eat this swing made life a bit more sane. It folded flat, was light, and we were able to take it everywhere. My parents purchased it for us so that we could travel and have our son be as content as possible. I highly recommend it to any parent who goes away from home a lot with their family. It will more than make up the cost for peace of mind!

Robert on

Bought this yesterday and put it together today for our week and half old infant. We put our infant in it made sure he was strapped in and safe. All was good, the wife went to make us lunch and I went to change a band aid on my thumb. I came back in and our baby was blue. I immediately picked him up and he returned to a healthy pink. This product advertises that it is good for new borns to five months or 5.5 lbs to 25lbs. My son was born at 7lbs 14 oz.

The product does not allow the child to recline far enough to keep the head from pressing against the chest. This closes the airway and is a safety concern. I am sure the product would be fine once the little ones have better control of their heads.