There is a lot to love about this swing. It has a AC/DC adapter, for one, so you save since you don't need ANY batteries. Also, there is a great selection of different sounds...birds, water, nature, lullabies... for variety. Trust me, your baby will let you know if he doesn't like a certain song or isn't in the mood for it. My sons favorite are the birds on it. I've heard babies tend to like high or really low pitches, so this makes sense. My 6 week old son loves it, as he has been using it from 4 days old until now. The motion is soothing as it mimics moms movements. I didn't want to get my son too used to the swing after a while, so he wouldn't think he would always get rocked to sleep. I started to shut the swing off after about 20 minutes, since this is when babies enter their REM sleep and you can pretty much move them wherever you want them to sleep, especially if they are difficult to fall asleep in new places at first. He just keeps sleeping after I stop it. Personally, regarding the swinging settings, low to high (6 settings), I never use anything but the lowest. My son has acid reflux so unless he has been burped, after he ate, he doesn't even swing, just listens to music/sounds. When he does swing, I always put it on the low setting and he doesn't spit up that way. One idea for those with newer babies is to hang other things from the birds. Newborns can't see the birds yet because their visual spectrum is about 8 inches, but you can hang other bright and baby-safe things that stimulate them from the mobile part. I did this with my son and he was engaged immediately. I didn't use the mobile rotating at first either because when something leaves their vision, they think it is gone forever and hew would cry when his favorite toy would leave his sight. With other things hanging close to him, he was more visually stimulated and we found out quick what his favorite color is by doing so. Another tip is if you are transferring a baby that fell asleep on you into the swing, I recommend keeping the blanket you have them in, if you do, wrapped around them in the swing because they will be more comfortable and sleep longer. I used to unwrap my son and lay a blanket just over the bottom half of him and he would always wake up sooner from his naps. Great swing for the price! It's a great place for baby to nap or engage himself, plus you save on batteries over other swings.
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