Fisher Price Swing – My Little Snugapuppy Cradle ‘n Swing Review
When our second son was born, my husband and I both needed a tool to help rock him to sleep while we played with our loud, energetic, and playful 2 year old. We liked our other swing, but didn’t want to drag it downstairs every morning and then bring it back upstairs if the older one took a nap too. It just wasn’t a good set up. So we ended up buying a Fisher Price swing called My Little Snugapuppy Cradle ‘n Swing as a second swing for downstairs. It was one of the best purchases we ever made as it helped distract the baby and gave us time to do other tasks.
Benefits of the Cradle and Swing
Rotation. You can rotate the position of the swing to go back and forth or side to side or leave it in between for a more sideways motion. (If you’re looking for a swing with more options, the Mamaroo infant swing may be a better option for you. You can see my review on that product below.)
Recline. It has two recline positions.
Motion. You can change the motion settings from level one up to six. At the bottom level the baby is rocking very gently. At level six, the baby is rocking heavily and swinging hard. Although it was strong, I never felt like it was unsafe, because the leg beam support is wide and sturdy.
Sturdy. It has a giant metal apparatus holding it up so you don’t ever feel like you’re baby may be too heavy for it.
Music. There is nice music that plays from day to night music or different nature sounds.
Volume. The volume buttons are easily located next to the music options for louder or softer music.
Safety. The duel strap system goes around both shoulders and waist for more security.
Material. It is soft and comfortable for the baby.
- Washable. The inside material is removable and washable.
- Color. It has a nice neutral color of cream and beige with a dog and bunny theme.
- Newborn cushion. There is a removable support for the newborn.
Mobile. The mobile is very cute of two doggies and a bunny that our infant would stare at and try to grab once he was older. There is also a button that rotates the mobile which keeps the baby occupied as well.
Dual system. It plugs into an outlet or it requires 4 “D” batteries.
Price. It retails between $143.99-159.99, but we got it from a child thrift store used at $50. Compared to other swings and for everything it does, that is a cheap price.
Noise. It definitely has a distinct clicking noise the motor makes with rocking the baby. It definitely became louder as our son got chunkier. Even now as I turn it on to write this honest review, it started squeaking and creaking on me. I don’t know how long the other owner had it since I bought it used, but it’s not a quiet swing by any means.
Motor resets itself. When the swing is set on the lowest setting, sometimes it stops moving and has to reset itself. It makes a loud noise that sound like multiple clicking noises for it to start again.
Space. The whole apparatus is big. The legs spread apart and stick out and my husband and I have stubbed our toes on it countless of times. Compared to the Mamaroo infant swing, it is much wider and bigger. But as stated earlier, that is one of reasons why it’s so sturdy.
Weight limit. The capacity is 25 lbs. Our sons are bigger babies and grow fast and we didn’t reach this limit in the time he needed it. He outgrew using it by 6 months. My son was about 18 lbs. at his 4 month visit and then about 20 lbs. at the 6 month. But if you’re baby is even bigger, this may potentially be an issue.
Ways it may help baby stay calm and sleep
Regardless of which swing you choose, this Fisher Price swing will help rock your baby when they are upset and put them to sleep. I loved it as a second alternative for my family to have downstairs while we were busy playing with our 2.5 year old son. It was a safe place to put him down when we were busy with other tasks. He would calm down when he was crying and fall asleep.
How it helped my older son adjust to the baby
We used this swing with my second son from 1 month to 6 months almost every day. It helped us in a way I didn’t think it would. My older son was able to play more with myself or my husband and get more attention during the transition of being the only child to having a sibling. The swing kept the baby occupied and we didn’t have to hold him or lull him to sleep as much. I am a breastfeeding mother and still nursed him and made sure all his needs were met, but we just couldn’t focus on him as much because we had another child to take care of. As a sensitive and very active 2 year old, he needed to know his mom and dad were still there for him even after the baby came. This Snugapuppy Fisher Price swing helped ease the transition for everyone from one to two children. It helped give the baby a distraction, which gave us parents a break or chance to focus on the older child. We used it inside or outside while we played with our older son. He was happy that it was his turn to have mom and dad’s complete and undivided attention. It made the process of adjusting our older son to his little brother easier.
The value outweighs any negatives
This Snugapuppy Fisher Price swing has many awesome features including music and sounds, adjustable speeds, a rotating mobile, rotation features, comfortable and washable material, a newborn insert, and most importantly, it is very safe and sturdy for baby. Some drawbacks are that it makes a motor noise while in use and the motor doesn’t always function well on the lowest setting and resets the whole system and stops. It also takes up a lot of space and has a weight limit of 25 lbs. Despite these minor setbacks, we loved this swing and it helped lull our baby to sleep, calm him down, and give us a place to put the baby while we went to shower, eat, or take our other son to the bathroom. It also helped the transition process for all of us from one child to two. My older son was able to get more attention from his parents and the baby had a little distraction place to relax in. It was a win-win situation. I would definitely recommend this swing to other parents.
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