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How to Safely Use a Baby Swing

 Baby swings come in all shapes and sizes—some are portable or foldable, others offer battery-powered movement, and some even do things like play tunes. But, whatever kind of swing you own, or are in the market for, a few basic safety measures will keep baby happy and healthy. Here are our top tips for How to Safely Use a Baby Swing

  1. Ensure that the swing is stable
  2. Know the weight limits of the swing
  3. Limit baby’s swing time to 30 minutes
  4. Don’t let baby nap or sleep in the swing
  5. Don’t leave baby unattended while in the swing

 

  1. Ensure that the swing is stable

The swing should be firmly planted on the ground—not on an elevated surface. If it seems wobbly, make sure that the floor is free of any clutter, and make sure it is assembled correctly. The last thing you want is for the swing to somehow tip over while baby is in it. Also—some swings come with straps to make sure baby doesn’t somehow fall out; use them!

 

  1. Know the weight limits of the swing

 Building on the above point…be sure to reference the manufacturer’s guidelines on weight limits for the swing. If a swing is subjected to more weight than it is designed for, it will not function properly—and that presents a hazard for your child.

 

  1. Limit baby’s swing time to 30 minutes

 A baby should not be in a swing for more than 30 minutes at a time. After a half-hour, your baby needs interaction, movement, and a break from any vibration or other rocking movements they are experiencing in the swing.

 

  1. Don’t let baby nap or sleep in the swing

 A baby swing is not designed for sleep. And the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) encourages against their use for this purpose. Here you can read more of AAP’s Tips for Using Baby Swings.

 

  1. Don’t leave baby unattended while in the swing

 A swing is a great place to put baby when you need to empty the dishwasher, peel an onion, or do another two-handed task. But it’s not meant to be a babysitter. In other words, don’t leave your child in a baby swing unattended. If the swing it set up safely, baby should be okay if you have to turn your back for a minute or two—but stay within arm’s reach in case of any trouble.

 

We hope you’ve found these tips to be helpful!

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