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Fisher-Price Moonlight Meadow Cradle 'n' Swing

While the base of this Fisher-Price Moonlight Meadow Cradle 'n Swing ($160) makes this a bulky item, it's well worth the real estate it takes up. It comes with safety straps so once baby starts wiggling around, you can rest assured they'll stay put. There are different music options, and with the push of a button you can rotate the swing itself to give baby a different line of focus.

New Parents: If You Need a Break, You’ll Want to Invest in 1 of These Baby Swings or Bouncers

I'll be the first to admit that before I had a baby, a swing was not something I considered to be a newborn baby essential. But once the first few weeks went by and I realized I needed a place to put my daughter that would entertain her budding curiosities, I turned to a friend, who said exactly three words to me: swing or bouncer. I did my research and found options that were safe, cozy, had a quiet motor, and kept my daughter happy - whether she was sleeping or wide awake. If you feel like you might need one, check out the best swings and bouncers available.

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