Today as I was preparing lunch, the door bell rang. My toddler rushed to the window with excitement, proclaiming a package had arrived! She was indeed correct. In these last few weeks the UPS truck has not been a stranger to our door. In fact, I would hazard to guess the driver knows our address by heart!
It’s no secret that babies come with a lot of stuff! After we had our first daughter, I remember saying how surprised I was by how much stuff one tiny human could accumulate. And that was just filling up the diaper bag so we could leave the house. Now, as we prepare for the arrival of our second daughter one of the questions I am frequently asked is, you probably already have everything from your first child, right?
I’m sure for most people the answer would be yes. For us, that isn’t the case. As I mentioned in previous post, we lived in a small two bedroom apartment until our daughter was just shy of two years old. So when it came to our baby registry we had to be very selective with the items we placed on the list.
One of those key pieces of baby gear was a swing. Obviously there’s no way to know whether your baby is going to prefer a swing, jumper, or a bouncer. Then of course, there’s always the possibility the baby will resist all of those things. So, it’s really kind of a crapshoot. And with the limited space we had available, we could only choose one.
So, I began my search for the most compact baby swing. I wanted something small, that sat low to the ground and did not take up too much space while in use. It needed to fold up easily and be very compact to stowaway. Especially because our measly 600 square-foot apartment provided little storage.
As I began my search, I came across a few 2 in 1 bouncer/swings. Many of them even sat low to the ground and had a compact fold. At first, I thought this would be a great addition to our registry! Who doesn’t like the idea of having two items in one!? Plus, I felt like it would feed my mother’s obsession with wanting to purchase every piece of baby gear in sight. As we constantly had to remind her that we lacked the space for all the typical gear most couples would register for.
Unfortunately, as I begin reading the reviews for the 2 in 1, I realized this item would not be a good fit for us. Many of the reviews stated they were not able to do both activities efficiently. Often the swing would run very slowly, if it all and the bouncer barely moved. For an item that was double the price because it has both features, it should be able to perform both well. So, it was for this reason we chose not to go with a 2 in 1.
I stuck with my gut and chose to register for a swing. We found one that met all of our needs at Babies R’ Us. It sat low to the ground, had a compact fold, took up little space while in use, ran both efficiently and quietly.
This little beauty was my saving grace those first few months! She would often nap in her swing, so I could get a few things done! We used the swing so often, I’m surprised we didn’t wear out the mechanism! My daughter used this swing as long as she possibly could. When it came time to put it away, we simply folded it up and set it behind her dresser.
Now, with the arrival of our second daughter we pulled the swing out of storage and set it up downstairs. It still works perfectly, just like it did on day one! I cannot wait to use this item again!
So, if you or someone you know is living somewhere with limited space and can’t decide what gear is most important – I highly recommend a swing! I love how comfortable it is for baby and how compact it is for small spaces!
What is your favorite piece of baby gear and why?
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