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I really don't want to buy one, but feel it is my next best option. My ds needs some other type of comfort other than my breast! So, if you have a swing or had one, what type did you like? or not like? I was looking at the Fisher-Price model that plugs in: <a href="http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2571253&cp=2255975.2256080.2256086&parentPage=family" target="_blank">link here</a><br><br>
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Yeah, that looks nice. For us the batteries were a pain though not as much as it could have been, since we invested in rechargables.<br><br>
Other than that our Graco was quite adequate with no bells or whistles. We didn't wish there were any other features than an AC cord.
 

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I just got a swing off craiglist for $25. It's a few years old and doesn't do anything fancy. My ds really didn't like it at all so the batteries never even need replacing.<br><br>
My friend bought this <a href="http://www.fisher-price.com/fp.aspx?e=detail&pid=30548&selcat=bgsw&st=2011" target="_blank">one</a> and they loved it and their dd loved it.
 

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I had a swing, but my ds never really liked it. He's just started going to the church nursery, and they keep trying to put him in it, but he still doesn't like it (and he's way too big, but that's another story....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ) I had this one, but in a different pattern. I paid like $10 for it at a garage sale. I liked it because it didn't take up that much space.<br><br><a href="http://www.fisher-price.com/us/ms/baby-swings.asp" target="_blank">http://www.fisher-price.com/us/ms/baby-swings.asp</a><br><br>
For us, the bouncy seat was a fabulous, wonderful, over the top invention. I recommend them to everyone. For the next baby, I might get this one, for a little longer life span (he outgrew his bouncy seat by about 5 months old)<br><br><a href="http://www.fisher-price.com/fp.aspx?st=2011&e=detail&selcat=bgb&pid=31327" target="_blank">http://www.fisher-price.com/fp.aspx?...=bgb&pid=31327</a>
 

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We had the Fisher Price Papasan swing. DS napped in it almost every day (when he wasn't napping on me!). I liked it because it reclined more than other swings out there and became almost cradle-like. It has a feature that allows you to switch the swinging motion from side-to-side to front-to-back. It was more $$ than some other swings, but MIL wanted to buy a "big ticket" item and this is what she chose.
 

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ditto on the papasan swing - its cradle like and nice for napping. we got it for free from a neighbor whose kid outgrew it, and my dd loves it....i would ask around to see if anyone you know has a swing you can borrow before you invest...
 

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My son liked <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FFisher-Price-Open-Top-Take-Along-Swing%2Fdp%2FB000325T8S%2Fref%3Dsr_1_2%2F103-5842767-9916663%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbaby-products%26qid%3D1177532822%26sr%3D8-2" target="_blank">this swing</a> from birth. It's nice and lightweight, I could pick up the whole swing with him in it if I needed to move him to another room without disturbing him. He just recently outgrew it. We never changed the batteries after the initial install, so it wasn't much of a battery eater.
 

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We used a swing a bit, though dd was around 3 months before she would tolerate it. She HATED it early on. And it never would have worked instead of a boob.<br><br>
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We have this swing:<br><br><a href="http://www.fisher-price.com/fp.aspx?st=2001&e=detail&site=us&selcat=bgsw&pid=31332" target="_blank">http://www.fisher-price.com/fp.aspx?...bgsw&pid=31332</a><br><br>
DD loved it for the first few months. It was a lifesaver during the day and a couple nights when she was sick, too. It was very soothing.
 

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DD1 had the aquarium swing and LOVEd it. DD2 has a jungle swing that also is a bouncer and she seems to enjoy it so far. I especially like it for when baby wearing is not appropriate, like cooking dinner.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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We have the aquarium swing (similar to the rainforest one). Kyle LOVES it. He's napping in it now, actually. I like the side-to-side motion of it, and how reclined it is. It has been an absolute lifesaver.
 

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I was just (right before I logged onto MDC) thinking that I LOVE my swing!!! DD naps in it every day--has since birth. But as pp have mentioned, some kids don't like them. I would recommend trying one if you can before buying. Maybe a friend has one? Ditto again on getting one that reclines like a cradle--your babe is probably a little young for a sitting-up one. If you can find a papasan with a cord, that'll be great--we're always replacing the batteries.
 

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Our daughter also has and loves the papasan swing. I love how securely it holds her in both the regular and cradle positions. She likes it less the older she gets though, so I would look for a used one. They are pretty pricy for 5-6 months of use, although my sanity some nights did depend on it !
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We have this swing:<br><br><a href="http://www.fisher-price.com/fp.aspx?st=2001&e=detail&site=us&selcat=bgsw&pid=31332" target="_blank">http://www.fisher-price.com/fp.aspx?...bgsw&pid=31332</a><br><br>
DD loved it for the first few months. It was a lifesaver during the day and a couple nights when she was sick, too. It was very soothing.</div>
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We have the same swing and ds who is almost 6 months still uses it everyday, the music that it plays is very soothing and calms him down when he's fussy. He's on the edge of being to big for it but sometimes when he is overstimulated just putting him in for 5 minutes with the music playing is all he needs to calm down. By the way he didn't like the swing will he was around 2 and a half months old..<br><br>
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We have the papasan swing and I love it. We bought rechargeable batteries and a charger, so changing out batteries was never a pain (and it's way cheaper in the long run and better for the environment).<br><br>
My *only* complaint about the papasan swing (we have the Nature one) is that it's not as padded as I'd like between the shell and the cover, so we ended up putting some microterry inserts underneath where her back is, so it's more comfy.<br><br>
And if you run it without the sound and mobile, the batteries last a lot longer.<br><br>
This one is a lot more expensive than the standard swings, but everything I've read says that the typical "bucket" style can be bad for babies to nap in, since they tend to slump, which can impede clear breathing. We'd registered for a regular one, but a friend of the family bought us this one instead. I cannot tell you how enormously grateful I am that she did. It was a LIFESAVER for us. We're a babywearing family for sure, and I'm absolutely fine with baby comfort nursing, but the swing was the only place she'd nap for a while, so that alone was well worth the cost, IMO.<br><br>
If you can afford it (or have family or friends who might could splurge on it for you), get a papasan style.<br><br>
Oh -- and we hung the Boppy over the back of it (just looped it behind the seat on the bar) to slow it down when she was first using it, since our babe was itty and it swings pretty fast. A blanket over the foot of it would work well too.
 

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how long do they stay using the swing? DD is three months and i am not even sure if she would tolerate one...
 

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Dd had the FP Ocean (Aquarium?) one and she loved it from birth. We used it till it would no longer swing very well due to her weight, which was probably around age 4-5 months or so.<br><br>
We did make the grand mistake of not getting a swing with a cord, and then compounded the mistake by not getting rechargable batteries. As I remember, they were quite expensive here at the time (2+ years ago).<br><br>
My only complaint about the swing was that we went through 3 of them within the first 2 months! They were brand new from BRU, and each time it was the revolving mobile that didn't work. We never used it, but I'd rather get something that works, yk? BRU had a great return policy and took it back each time. They said that that particular feature breaks down often. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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we had the papasan swing and loved it! she loved the side-to-side motion and never really got into the regular swing motion. it was so cushy and cuddly, she napped a LOT in it as a newborn.<br><br>
I have since lent it out, it is on it's 5th baby right now! has to come home by october though, mama needs it back!
 

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Yes! The Papasan is well worth the extra batteries and price tag. It is awesome!<br><br>
My DS slept in it until I was ready to go to bed, then he came with us to the family bed. He also napped in it. We got is when he was 4 weeks and it made a world of difference, since we were all so sleep deprived at that point.<br><br>
You will love it!<br><br><a href="http://www.fisher-price.com/fp.aspx?e=detail&pid=30548&selcat=bgsw&st=2011" target="_blank">http://www.fisher-price.com/fp.aspx?...t=bgsw&st=2011</a>
 
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