Setting Up the Swing-2-Seat
When we got the Ingenuity ConvertMe Swing-2-Seat out of the box, my husband and I were a little overwhelmed. There were lots of parts to look at, and it seemed like it might be a bit daunting to put this thing together. I would go ahead and gather the needed items beforehand (like the screw driver), so you’re not in the middle of the process and then looking to find your tools. You will need four D batteries, though they should last longer than usual thanks to the product’s hybridrive technology. The directions and illustrations in the manual made it pretty easy to assemble, but some of the screw holes weren’t lined up exactly.
With my husband and me both working on it, it took about 30 minutes to put Ingenuity ConvertMe Swing-2-Seat together. That is one big highlight.
You can use it as both a baby swing and a stationary seat that also vibrates, which is wonderful. We had two items, before we received this portable swing, that served two single functions, and with the Ingenuity ConvertMe we were able to condense some of the excess baby gear in our house. The Ingenuity ConvertMe Swing-2-Seat takes up a little more room than our old bouncer/vibrating seat—but substantially less space than our old (now it seems humongous) swing. So it is a nice “in the middle” size that we are very happy with, and battery powered so no need to plug in.
Baby Swing on the Go
While we haven’t yet used the swing in any traveling situations, it has a foldable design for easy storage and would fit in the trunk of any car. The unfolding and folding mechanism is very easy to figure out, and it snaps safely into position once unfolded. This was one of the biggest selling points for us. It is both a swing and vibrating seat, and we could take it from our house to any babysitter or grandparent at any point in time. It’s a great value for the cost because it is has multiple uses, and you’re only paying for one item.
The swing features a great neutral gray color with light teal accents. It works great for my little girl. My husband and I aren’t big fans of the normal pink for girls, so I love that we can use this Raylan color scheme now, but we could also use it for a future boy, if that comes about. The swing seems to be of great quality. It has very smooth movement. I wouldn’t say it’s “whisper quiet” (as described); I would just say that it isn’t quite so loud. It’s definitely not as loud as the old swing we have, which is a plus.
The seat pad seems very comfortable for baby, and there is a removable head rest as well. The straps are a little complicated to put on the first time because you have to adjust everything to fit your baby. (Warning: Make sure you lock the swing component before you try to put your baby in the seat!) Once you have the straps at the right length/location for your child and you have the EasyLock engaged, it gets much easier from there. If there were one thing I’d change, it would be the complexity of the 5-point harness—although I understand that there needs to be an over-the-shoulder component for safety because the baby seat moves front to back.
The Ingenuity ConvertMe Swing-2-Seat in Action
Our old swing moved side-to-side, so it took my daughter some time to get used to Ingenuity ConvertMe Swing-2-Seat. After the first few tries, she has gotten used to it and now actually loves it, and I love having a few hands-free moments for myself. Right now, she just watches the plush toy at the top (because it moves with her seat), but she’s not quite to the age where she is really batting at it or anything. When she’s older, I’m sure she’ll love playing with it. You can even add your own toys to the “leaf” pivoting toy bar at the top as you get new fun things for your baby to play with. They slip right through a little slit in the leaf, and there are five slits available. One plush toy is already included in the set up, but it’s nice that it can be customized along with all the swing settings, so it won’t get boring for your baby! The different swing speeds (five in total), timer settings (30, 45, & 60 minutes) and sounds (twelve melodies, four nature sounds) make for great entertainment for your little one.
The swing is very easily cleaned. The hard metal parts can be wiped down, and the plush seat pad is completely removable and machine washable. It can be washed and dried with like colors in cold water. It’s very simple to remove the cloth portion. (There are directions in the manual, though they’re not really needed. That’s how easy it is.)
The Ingenuity ConvertMe Swing-2-Seat with soothing vibrations is recommended for birth & up—up to 20 pounds. My little girl is about 12.5 pounds, and she fits nicely into the seat. I could see her being a bit old for the swing by the time she reaches 20 pounds, but she was smaller when she was born (around 6 lbs.). Overall, I am very pleased with this product. I have already recommended it to some of my friends to put on their own wishlists as a great replacement for the large, bulky rockers (and the bouncy seats)!