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Nuna Leaf Curv Review

Expensive, poor soothing
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Price:   $230 List | $304 at Amazon
Pros:  Compact, contemporary design, lightweight, quality materials, stage 2 child seat
Cons:  Poor soothing ability, short sway time, loud velcro harness
Manufacturer:   Nuna
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and Abriah Wofford  ⋅  Aug 13, 2018
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The Skinny

The Nuna Leaf Curv is designed to be an innovative alternative to a typical gaudy and intrusive baby swing. It is meant to seamlessly blend in with a modern family's home, which it does quite well, however, its soothing ability is not on par with that of its competitors. Nuna's website claims that the seat will maintain a swaying motion for over two minutes with a single push, we found that it was not the case. This sway time may change depending on the weight of the baby, but even so, two minutes is hardly enough time for a parent to do anything but sit and wait to give the next push. The primary purpose behind having a good baby swing is to use it as an alternative to a caregiver's arms. So, although the Leaf may be a more visually appealing product to have in your home, we don't think it's worth the tradeoff of the extra effort involved to keep it going.


Our Analysis and Test Results

Nuna is an Amsterdam based company started by a father of two who was looking for a particular style of baby gear but was not satisfied with what was available at the time. After bringing together a design team from the Netherlands, their first highchair launched in 2007. To this day, they aim to combine practicality with style, adding a modern twist, making baby gear that blends seamlessly with a contemporary home. They work to create products often intended to grow with baby into toddlerhood.

The Nuna Leaf swings via manual power so for uninterrupted movement  a caregiver must be within arms' reach to keep the party consistently swinging. We found this to be a definite negative. Also  the 3-point harness has very strong  loud velcro which is always a deal breaker for us.
The Nuna Leaf swings via manual power so for uninterrupted movement, a caregiver must be within arms' reach to keep the party consistently swinging. We found this to be a definite negative. Also, the 3-point harness has very strong, loud velcro which is always a deal breaker for us.

Performance Comparison


There are many things we appreciate about this swing and kudos to those who try to blend baby gear with modern day decor, but we found that the idea of this swing is better than its reality.

The Nuna Leaf Curve is one of two manually powered swings in this review  the other being the Little Tikes Snug 'n Secure.
There are no loose ends or messy finishes on the Curv.

Soothing


Of all the swings in the review, the Nuna has the lowest soothing ability, mainly due to its dependence on an outside force to keep it swaying. It is also disappointingly low on features (above left). There is no recline adjustment, only one movement direction (above right), zero white noise, and the compatible mobile is sold separately. If the baby ever does settle into this seat, there is always the possibility that you might accidentally disrupt them with too robust of a push, or forget to give a push at all, leaving them motionless. The harness connects with two Velcro straps that are very strong, which is good for keeping baby secure, but by default are also very loud, just adding to the list of things that may disturb the soothing process of your baby.

Active play is possible in the Nuna Leaf.
Active play is possible in the Nuna Leaf.

Ease of Use


The Leaf Curv has many advantages when it comes to ease of use. There are no buttons or controls to figure out, and it is one of the lightest and easiest seats to move around the house. It has a locking lever at the base of the seat that keeps it stationary when carrying it, or better yet, you can simply pop the top off altogether and move the swing in two pieces. The Oeko-Tex certified organic cotton insert can be easily removed and is machine-washable.

The Nuna Leaf can accommodate children up to 130 lbs making it a long term furniture investment.
The Nuna Leaf can accommodate children up to 130 lbs making it a long term furniture investment.

As mentioned before, this swing is manually powered, which is a massive blow to its usability. If your baby requires a perpetual sway to calm down, you will need to be nearby the entire time. Also, the Velcro harness may seem like a good idea, simplifying things without a buckle, but this particular Velcro requires either two hands to open or a firm tug. Performing this motion or creating this noise is not ideal when you have a sleepy, subdued, or fussy baby in hand.

Quality


As is typical of many Nuna products, the Leaf excels in quality. The superb fit, finish, and durability shows in every part of this swing, and it is easy to see that much thought has gone into its modern, minimalist design. One of our favorite parts of the Leaf Curv is that it is virtually silent when in motion. No creaks or clicks are audible, and there is no motor to make whirring and ratcheting sounds. With such high-quality construction, we have faith that it will withstand years of use as a baby swing and a fun toddler lounger.

The Velcro straps are well made and strong  however  they make a loud noise when pulling them apart. Not ideal for a sleeping baby.
The Velcro straps are well made and strong, however, they make a loud noise when pulling them apart. Not ideal for a sleeping baby.

Safety


While it does comply with the safety recommendations set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Nuna has average safety features compared to other swings. While its three-point harness and static recline of 30 degrees are sufficient from newborn to young infancy, once baby can sit upright unassisted, this chair must be put away for later. The Leaf's fine print describes its two stages of use.
  • Stage 1 — Birth to sitting upright unassisted
  • Stage 2 — Walking up to 130 pounds (harness not used)
And if you think practically, we aren't sure this chair is trustworthy with an uncoordinated younger toddler just learning about the consequences of motion and gravity and the potential injuries that can result from a misstep in sitting.

Juliet Spurrier, MD and Abriah Wofford