Having successfully managed to raise one child to the ripe old age of 2, I had a fair understanding of how integral a swing is to newborn-new mom happiness. When we relocated to a three-story house, I realized very quickly I needed to add an additional swing to the top of the very short list of things to get for baby number two. I leaped at the chance to purchase the InGenuity Cozy Coo Sway Seat.
Instructions and assembly
Overall, the Instruction manual was clearly laid out and easy to read and follow. There were a couple instances where the order of assembly made things a little more difficult than they needed to be. For instance, it would have been easier to attach the fabric seat cover to the seat frame before connecting the seat frame to the base. And the batteries would have been easier to install in the beginning of the assembly process instead of toward the very end. Aside from the bit of wrestling that was required to get the fabric cover in place, the assembly went off without a hitch. It took just under thirty minutes from the time I opened the box until I buckled the baby in and turned it on (and that was even with my toddler’s help!) You do need a screwdriver to open the battery compartment door and to attach the seat frame to the swing base.
Size and portability
It is compact for a swing of this nature and the footprint isn’t very large but it is still a bit too wide to fit through a standard door. Because of this it won’t store easily in a closet or trunk without some disassembly. However, the ability to run off of battery or an AC adapter makes it fairly portable otherwise.
Use and safety
The five-point harness is fully adjustable and the clip is attached to a fabric cover to prevent pinching. There are only two speeds to choose from but the TrueSpeed™ technology insures that the speeds are maintained as the baby grows. There are eight sounds in the built-in sound system, but only three volume settings, none of which are very loud. The sound also shuts off automatically which may work for some. You can set the timer so the swing shuts off after 30, 45, or 60 minutes to conserve batteries or you can let it run continuously. The hammock-like seat seems very comfortable and the bolsters are easily removed as your child grows. The fabric is soft and breathes nicely and can be wiped with a damp cloth or the cover removed completely for machine washing. There is a mobile, but it is static.
My daughter has napped for extended periods in this swing on more than one occasion but she doesn’t have much tolerance for it when she is awake. I wish there was a little more variability in the volume control and the duration of the songs and sounds to enable me to more effectively drown out background noise. But having the AC adapter is nice and keeps down the cost of replacing the size D batteries. Plus, it is hands-down the quietest swing I’ve ever heard. There is absolutely no motor sound. The fabric pattern is cute and, though predominately blue, is still gender neutral. It would be nice if the mobile moved as it is cute but not very engaging. It would also be nice to have a shade of some sort to minimize visual stimulation. Overall, I think it is a great swing for the money.
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