A baby swing is a welcome tool to have on hand. While it should never replace bonding time between a baby and parents, it helps soothe a child and allows mom or dad to take care of chores around the house.
Many parents wonder how much weight baby a swing holds. Today, we will discuss the weight limits of swings and how they are determined.
Before purchasing a baby swing, you should always ensure your baby will fit inside without going over the weight limit.
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Manufacturers Have Their Products Independently Tested
When it comes to the weight limits of baby swings, manufacturers usually have their swings independently tested.
The independent testers will subject the swing to different weights to determine the highest weight the swing will hold safely.
Manufacturers should label the weight limit on their swings where it is clearly visible.
If you cannot find this information on the box, swing, or owner’s manual, you should call the manufacturer before placing your child in the swing.
What Is the Weight Limit For a Baby Swing?
The average weight limit for most baby swings is 20 to 25 pounds. Most children will reach this weight by the age of two.
Anyone who has parented a toddler likely knows they are unwilling to sit still for very long, which is why most baby swings are made for infants.
There are some baby swings that will hold up to 30 pounds, but there are other factors to consider before purchasing one.
Even though the weight limit may be 30 pounds on some models, other features may be lacking, making the higher weight limit of no benefit.
What to Look for in a Baby Swing
If you are shopping for a baby swing, there are a few things you need to consider. The following are some of the things you should look for when shopping for a baby swing.
- Multiple speed settings
- Multiple movement types
- Washable covers
- 5-Point safety harness
- Long-lasting battery power
- Multiple songs and sounds
- Adjustable incline
You should also ensure the seat size and harness will fit your baby. If the seat and harness are too small, a higher weight limit is not going to be beneficial.
Weight Limit for Common Baby Swing Models
The following are some of the top models of baby swings and their weight limits. Always refer to the manufacturer because weight limits are subject to change with changes in design and materials.
- Graco Sense2Soothe – 25 pounds
- Graco Simple Sway – 30 pounds
- Fisher-Price Hearthstone – 25 pounds
- 4Moms MamaRoo 4 – 25 pounds
- Fisher-Price Sweet SnugaPuppy – 25 pounds
- Graco Glider Lite LX – 25 pounds
- Graco Glider LX – 25 pounds
- Graco DuetSoothe – 30 pounds
- Ingenuity Soothe N Delight Portable – 20 pounds
Warning From the American Academy of Pediatrics
The American Academy of Pediatrics warns parents to avoid allowing their babies to sleep in baby swings, even for short naps.
In May 2013, the AAP released a warning that baby swings were linked to a 3% increase in SIDS-related deaths.
The following are some of the baby swing guidelines released by the AAP. If you use a baby swing, make sure to follow these guidelines to protect your baby at all times.
- Never go over the weight limit of the baby swing.
- Never use a baby swing in a seated position for babies under 4 months.
- Make sure the baby swing is stable and does not wobble.
- Always use the safety harness when a baby is swinging.
- Do not place toys in the swing.
- Do not prop a bottle in the swing.
- At the height of swinging, make sure the seat remains fairly flat.
When Should Your Baby Stop Using a Baby Swing?
Most pediatricians recommend parents stop using a baby swing when their child reaches the age of three months.
Many parents use their swings well beyond this age, but most babies grow out of baby swings between the ages of six to nine months.
Keep Your Baby Safe in a Swing
Going over the weight limit of a baby swing can be dangerous. Failure to heed the weight limit could lead to the swing tipping over and your baby becoming injured.
Weight limits are put in place to protect children from injuries.
After a child grows beyond the weight limit of a swing, there are other options available, including bouncers, walkers, and suspension jumpers.
When selecting any of these, make sure to pay attention to the weight limits and follow the instructions for proper use to keep your child safe.