The Ingenuity InLighten Cradling Swing has been so helpful with my now almost-4-month-old girl! We use it every day, multiple times a day! I was able to assemble it myself with the instructions, which were clear and helpful. However, the pieces were big, and it did take longer than I expected. It would have been easier with two people. Safety features like click-in-place pieces and a green indicator that the legs were in place properly helped me get through the assembly with more confidence. The packaging was well done so nothing was damaged during shipping.
Once it was assembled, I absolutely loved the print and girly details of the Ansley design we had. The seat has six different designs to choose from, and the seat cushion was very soft. (It can easily be removed if it needs to be washed!) The seat also has easy-to-remove straps, so you can quickly adjust them to fit baby, with three different height options for the shoulder straps. The five-point harness is very easy to put baby into, and the lap strap and shoulder straps are connected to each other on both sides—so only two buckles, and baby is in there snug! I also loved that the waist straps could be tightened or loosened if baby moves to give her a comfy fit.
There are two recline options on the seat, which are nice when my baby is feeling sleepy or more alert, and this feature is simple to adjust. The cushion covering the buckle is a very nice touch, so I feel like the straps or buckle never bothered her. The pillow attached to the seat wasn’t very useful for us—it didn’t sit well under her head, so we don’t use it most of the time.
I love the mirror on the mobile; my baby really enjoyed looking at it. It had her giggling! The light on the mobile is not super bright. It doesn’t seem to hold her attention too much and would not be sufficient lighting if the room were dark. I loved that the mobile could be turned off or on.
There’s also a clear compartment to hold a phone or iPod, so baby could listen to music or look at photos or videos. It was easy to plug in and had great sound and volume. My baby girl seemed to like it. I think that was a really neat feature of this swing, and it worked well!
The control panel is incredibly easy to use, and I love all the features: various music or sound options at three volume levels, light control on the mobile and a wide range of motion control for the swing. The swing can move in three different swinging directions, so I wouldn’t have to move the entire swing if I wanted her to face me—or if she preferred a different motion (side-to-side, front-to-back, etc.). The music tunes were not obnoxious and actually appealed to me! Our girl does well with wake time in the swing for about 20 minutes on average. She also loves to sleep in it! We keep it in a main room of the house, and the volume of the music isn’t too loud—it actually helps her sleep through moderate noise levels.
We have been using the electric plug to power it, but the batteries did well for operation. The cord is nice and long. It did come with multiple adapters for outlets.
If I had to critique the swing, my one complaint would be its size. The base is very wide, and it takes up a considerable amount of room (something to keep in mind if you live in tight quarters). On the other hand, our 2-year-old did a good deal of bumping into the swing while her sister was in it, and I felt very confident that the swing wouldn’t tip. It’s definitely sturdy. Overall, it is a great swing if you have space for it and comes with lots of fun extra features.
Where to buy: amazon.com