Fisher-Price Cradle 'n Swing My Little Snugabunny receives Editors' Choice for best baby swing. The soft materials, great swing speeds, recline and mobile all set this swing apart from the pack. It functions on several different levels: soothes, entertains, and rocks head-to-toe or side-to-side. Designed for infants up to 25 lbs, the Snugabunny is a perfect name for how your baby will feel in this multi-purpose swing. Earning our top score for soothing, you will be pleasantly surprised how well this baby swing can be customized to fit your growing baby's needs.
Fisher-Price My Little Snugabunny ReviewPrice: $165.00 List | $170.10 at Amazon
Pros: Great soothing with cozy deep seat, easy to use, engaging mobile
Cons: Large footprint, motor known to be faulty in some, but Fisher-Price will replace it immediately
Bottom line: Top notch in soothing, easy to use
Weight: 21.4 Lbs
Range: Birth to 25 Lbs, Discontinue when crawling
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The Fisher Price My Little Snugabunny does it all: soothes, entertains, and rocks head-to-toe or side-to-side. Its 16 songs, 2 nature sounds, 6 speeds, and 3 different directional seating positions which allow for both swinging from side-to-side and front-to-back, with a 2-position adjustable recline there is something for most temperaments and developmental levels. The machine-washable seat fabric is plush and combined with a deep seat makes for a very comforting place for baby to spend quiet time. Soft toy birds and vertically moving leaves on the rotating mobile with central reflective mirrorball and plush bunny rattle add further intrigue and interaction for baby.
The most important quality of a baby swing is its ability to soothe a fussy baby. In our testing and experience, we found the Snugabunny to consistently outperform its competitors in our review with a 9 of 10. Its soft, plush seat cradles baby well and has an adjustable recline ranging from 30-44 degrees from horizontal so that newborns can be sufficiently horizontal for adequate support. And, the included head rest, equipped with adorable ears, uniquely adjusts to fit the baby's length. Though the Graco Comfy Cove DLX and the 4moms mamaRoo both have one-size-fits-all inserts which typically only fit the initial period of smaller infancy. Plus, the 4moms insert must be purchased as a separate accessory.
The swing's 6 adjustable speeds range from low to high which will grow with baby's development and varying moods. We like that the set speed build-up is gentle, so that the baby is not startled by going from 0 to 6 in seconds flat. This is important as the transition from arms to swing should be as calm as possible for the sleepy, fussy, or temperamental baby.
The Snugabunny's 16 songs and 2 nature sounds are broken down into daytime and nighttime settings. Though baby swings should not be used for extended napping or overnight use, the symbols clearly let you know the style of sound you'll be playing. Then, there is the added sound of the motor, a rhythmic noise that while potentially annoying to parents seems to add to its soothing capabilities. In our opinion, we wish the speaker quality was better but, again, babies seem to prefer its more muffled sounds. So, in the interests of baby soothing and parental sanity, there is plenty of time for the refinement of baby's musical tastes a bit later.
Ease of Use
This swing scored a 7 of 10 in ease of use. The control panel's accessible position at the top of the swing makes it easy to use, so persistently squatting to set controls like with the Mamaroo is not necessary. In addition, because the swing seat sits higher than the Graco Duet Soothe, 4moms mamaRoo and the Nuna Leaf Curv, we found it the easiest and most comfortable to place and secure baby inside. The 5-point harness is robust and heavy enough to lay open in a starfish pattern for baby to be placed inside. Also, while the bunny rattle is a great feature for little hands, we found its attachment to the crotch strap to be a nice bonus which makes manipulating that strap easier. As a bonus, the swing folds down easily for storage and the included AC adapter allows for long-lasting power independent from batteries. Lastly, we found the lighted speed setting to be helpful in a dim room.
We gave the Fisher-Price a 5 of 10 in quality mainly due to the potential for user reviews that cite about a 8% rate of motor failure. While we did not experience this in our review, it is a possibility of which be aware. Though an inconvenience, the general consensus is that Fisher-Price's customer service with regard to this issue is very good. We also noticed that the control buttons do tend to stick unless pressed directly down. Otherwise, we liked the soft plush fabric used for the seat, rattle and mobile's toy birds and all held up well after multiple machine-washings.
The Snugabunny earned an 8 of 10 in safety in our review. With an adjustable recline ranging from 30-44 degrees from horizontal, a quality, easy to use 5-point harness, and strong steel frame with sturdy base, it meets important criteria set by the ASTM. In addition, the rotating mobile is well out of reach for a baby's grasp.
We found the Fisher-Price My Little Snugabunny to be the best at soothing with comfy fabrics and seat and a nice secure adjustable recline with 5-point harness. Extra features like rotating mobile, central mirror, multiple white noise options, and affixed rattle make this appealing for baby while features like a high swing seat, top panel controls, and AC adapter capability make usage nice for parents.
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