BTDT's--Swings, do we or dont we?

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Registered: 11-01-2005
BTDT's--Swings, do we or dont we?
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Sun, 04-11-2010 - 4:31pm

K Ladies I need your opinions.

We have the following baby gear

3 in 1 Exersaucer (birth to 2 years)

http://www.sears.ca/product/evenflo-triple-fun-exersaucer/32282160?ptag=1

Bouncer

http://www.sears.ca/product/eddie-baue-stonewood-soothing-comfort-bouncenette/32281710?ptag=1

Pack n Play

http://www.sears.ca/product/eddie-bauer-8482-soothe-sway-play-yard/32672210?ptag=1

Do we NEED a swing? I really cant make a decision on this very well...the swings available at Sears are enormous to me and I dont have any other way of getting a swing unless I order it online. We'll probably end up with a Jolly Jumper (much to my dismay but DH thinks they fabu) and I really dont want an object that will only be used for a little while (or be hated by my kid which I obviously wont know until he/she gets here).

How long do babies use swings and are they worth it if I have the bouncer and likely end up with a Jolly Jumper to be used around 4-5 mos??

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Registered: 01-19-2009
Sun, 04-11-2010 - 5:37pm
I was told not to use exersaucers until 3-4 months or until they can hold their own head up. Jensen could hold his head up since birth but we waited on it because we wanted him to enjoy it. We have a swing which saved us in the beginning when he refused to use his crib, and we didn't want him in our bed. However with you already having a bouncer I wouldn't bother, they do about the same thing anyway.






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Registered: 11-01-2005
Sun, 04-11-2010 - 5:48pm
The exersaucer has 3 stages into one toy....the first stage is simply a playmat with a toy bar for birth to 4 months. The second stage is the saucer and then the third stage is the table stand for when they are independently standing and walking.

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Registered: 02-27-2008
Sun, 04-11-2010 - 6:00pm

Hi Ruby! Each baby is so different, it's hard to answer this question... your baby might LOVE a swing, but could also completely hate it... so... I guess if it were me, I would hold off on the swing for right now. Like you said they are pretty big and who wants to have one sitting around if you don't get any use out of it? We did get one, but Eliza didn't really tolerate it; thankfully, we got a travel swing (Boppy brand), so it doesn't take up much floor space. You could always wait and see if you need one (if nothing else is working! LOL!) - do you perhaps have any friends with a swing that you could let your baby try to see if it's something you want to invest in? That would be the best way to go...

In my experience, we have needed/actually used probably about 50% of the baby stuff we got/bought (and thought we would need!) - it turns out babies (or at least my baby) do not need very much crap! :-)


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Registered: 11-01-2005
Sun, 04-11-2010 - 8:03pm
LOL! I'm trying hard to keep things simple and multi-useful when it comes to this baby so I'm trying hard to keep the gear and toys to a minimum. Thanks for your thoughts Ella...I think we may wait and see...might be able to get a cheap swing from a woman at probation

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Registered: 07-15-2004
Sun, 04-11-2010 - 8:22pm

Ruby, we do not have a swing for Simon. We looked at one that turned into a rocking chair but no one got it for us and we really have not needed it. We have a bouncy chair which Simon just loves. He can sit in it and watch what we are doing or watch his animals go around. Otherwise we have a tummy time mat/gym deal that has toys hanging from it and the pack and play. I know people who sware by their swing. I agree with Ella, is there anyone once baby gets here you could maybe try out and see if your little one likes it?


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Registered: 02-26-2008
Sun, 04-11-2010 - 11:39pm

This isn't from me, but from my SIL. Her little one HATED, just HATED her bouncer, they used it once. The swing however she LOVED LOVED LOVED. They used it - still do, especially when she is sick, because she can sleep more upright at night.

They however can't live without their jumperoo. I have also heard not to use the exersaucers and jumperoo's until they are 4 months or so.

Sorry I don't have advice, just an opinion of what worked for my SIL & BIL.

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Mon, 04-12-2010 - 2:04am

A swing will be totally worth it if your baby likes it and it keeps the baby from crying for hours on end- like all baby gear pretty much- awesome if it works!

So if you have the opportunity to borrow one or get one for cheap I would do that, otherwise you can always just wait till the fussy stage/time hits and see if you need one then:)

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Mon, 04-12-2010 - 9:32am

The good thing about swings (like those vibrating chairs) is you can use them pretty much from birth (unlike all the other stuff).

The downside is some kids love them, so kids don't (the same goes for all the other stuff).

DS loved his. Much more than his bouncy seat. He loved it so much we used to have 2 of them. One for the house and one for travel. We bought the travel one second hand and it was a life saver, especially at family functions that drive on for hours on end and baby needed to sleep.

If you want to try one and don't want anything to big a bulky I would try a travel swing first. Typically they fold in half to fit in the trunk and sit a lot closer to the floor.

http://www.amazon.com/Fisher-Price-Open-Top-Take-Along-Swing/dp/B000325T8S

http://www.dmartstores.com/fiprn3optopt.html

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Registered: 10-11-2005
Mon, 04-12-2010 - 11:41am

Ruby,

It really depends on the baby. Both of mine really liked the swing. In fact we bought a full sized one at my Mom's when we were there for a week, because it was the only way we could put Eloise down and not have her scream as a newborn. Some babies don't like them, and some babies love them. We never got an exerciser, since there didn't seem to be much point to it by the time we would have needed it. I would say we used the swing from about birth to 6 months and it was great.












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Registered: 06-25-2006
Mon, 04-12-2010 - 2:10pm

You probably won't need a Jolly Jumper.

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