When Do You Retire the Baby Swing?

Updated on July 23, 2011
L.B. asks from New Rochelle, NY
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My 6.5 month old loves to nap in his swing, but he can almost sit up on his own. Is it time to put it in storage? I'm guessing yes, but I wanted to eke as much time out of it as possible!

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answers from New York on

My 14 month still loves that swing and shes right at the weight limit too, Somehow its not easy to make her sleep without the swinging motion ..but I always belt her in so she can't come out then I gently put her in her crib after shes fallen into deep sleep. Thats my answer so far. As soon as she crosses the weight mark I have to come up with another solution.. I am taking one day at a time..:)



answers from Buffalo on

I left both my girls in their swing until they out grew it! Just buckle them in! It also had a tray that I used when they were awake. The swing was the greatest 'baby thing' we had!

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answers from Los Angeles on

We ditched ours when our daughter could grab onto the side pole and stop the swing herself :)

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answers from St. Louis on

I say it is time to retire it.

Trust me, you won't miss it much.

It frees up so much space!!

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answers from Washington DC on

We used ours a lot longer than we were supposed to. I think he was trying to move around and no longer wanted to be restrained, probably 6 or 7 months. By then the swing had had way too much use and was retired permanently.

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answers from Portland on

When my daughter lost all interest I retired it, I think about 6-7 months. The weight limit was 21lbs so as long as your under the weight limit and he's buckled in it I think it'll be okay. We had the fisherprice rainforest take along swing so I bet the cradle swings and stuff have higher weight limits too (not sure which you have :))

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answers from Honolulu on

He will, have to learn to nap, not in the swing eventually.
If he is mobile, be careful that he does not get hurt... sitting up or grabbing etc.

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answers from New York on

I napped my daughter who was/is an aweful sleeper till the thing couldnt rock her (because of her weight LOL) anymore. She was probably close to a year.



answers from Savannah on

My son was addicted to his swing for naps too, but he at about 5 months he got to the point that he was pulling himself up with the tray and his upper body would swing out of control. You are going to have to get him to nap in his crib eventually, but if you use the sound or song feature on the swing, you could put the swing next to the crib and play the sound for your baby to help transition. Maybe try one nap in the crib for a while and slowly move to 2 or 3 (whatever baby takes) inthe crib. You will probably be in for some crabby baby days ahead but he will get used to it eventually. You want to make sure that he is safe, and he is most likely getting to the age where he will be too big for the swing soon. Good luck!


answers from Los Angeles on

My son lost interest at about 4 months when he started sitting and moving around a lot. When the baby gets too big or too close to being able to getting out of it on their own, time to retire! =)



answers from Provo on

My kids always got too big and active at around 3-4 months to use the swing anymore.



answers from Boston on

I think we went a bit longer - it was until she was crawling and then tryign to stand - then we switched to the exersaucer!!



answers from Indianapolis on

as soon as they try to crawl out of it!! Thats what my son did!



answers from Detroit on

I want to say that DD was probably around that age when we had to give up the swing - she was getting more interested in sitting up and moving around and was no longer content just sitting in the swing. And we noticed that the swing didn't swing as far anymore because of how much heavier she was!


answers from Dayton on

When he gets so heavy the swing can no longer move. ;)
That's what happened to my boy.
My DD lost interest long before she was too heavy for it.


answers from New York on

depends on the size of the child mine started using the swing at six months

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