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 should also be aware that you need not one, but two types of batteries (C & D). The directions and illustrations in the manual were pretty easy to understand, 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 swing and a vibrating seat, which is wonderful. We had two items, before we received this swing, that served two single functions, and with the Ingenuity ConvertMe we were able to condense the “toys” in our house. The Ingenuity ConvertMe Swing-2-Seat takes up a little more room than our old bouncy/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.
While we haven’t yet used the swing in any traveling situations, it does fold up very easily 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 could both swing and vibrate, 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 the two different uses, and you’re only paying for one item.
The seat is a great neutral gray color with yellow, orange and blue-ish 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 she can use this product 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 “noiseless” (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 seems very comfortable for baby, though 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 swing locked, it gets much easier from there. If there were one thing I’d change, it would be the complexity of the straps—although I understand that there needs to be an over-the-shoulder component for safety because the swing moves front to back.
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 really loves it. Right now, she just watches the 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” 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 toy is already included in the set up, but it’s nice that it can be customized, so it won’t get boring for your baby! The different speed settings (five in total), timer settings (30, 45, & 60 minutes) and sounds (eight melodies, three 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 cloth seat is completely removable for washing. It can be machine 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 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 who are expecting as a great replacement for the large, bulky swings (and the bouncy seats)!
Where to buy: walmart.com
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