Easy ways to decrease the chances of baby swing injuries

Quick notes:

  • Conduct an internet search for any swing you are considering to get information on any issues or safety recalls.

  • Your baby should not be sitting upright in the baby swing. The more reclined they are, the better.

  • You should never leave your baby unattended in a baby swing.

  • The baby swing should never be placed on anything but the floor.

While baby swings are valuable tools for parents, they can also be dangerous for babies. The following tips are some of the best ways to ensure your baby’s safety when using them:

Check-in with safety standards

Prior to purchasing any baby furniture, especially used, check for any safety issues. Simply do an internet search for the product and model you are considering. If there have been any safety recalls or major issues, they should pop up almost immediately.

Mind the position your baby is in

Ideally, little ones will remain in a reclined position while in the swing. The more reclined, the safer your baby is. This is because babies have not real muscle control yet. When babies sleep in anything but a reclined position, their heads can roll forward, constricting their airways and asphyxiating them. Try to keep your baby in the most reclined position the swing offers.

Never leave the baby unattended

This should go without saying, but you should never leave your baby unattended. Have the swing in the room you will be in- they are usually portable- so that you can keep an eye on your baby. If you notice the head rolling forward, try repositioning your baby. It is also suggested that if your baby falls asleep in the swing, you should attempt to move them to their crib or bassinet.

When babies sleep in anything but a reclined position, their heads can roll forward, constricting their airways and asphyxiating them. Try to keep your baby in the most reclined position the swing offers.

Do not exceed the specified weight limits

Your baby swing should clearly specify the maximum weight it can handle. If you cannot find it, or you are purchasing used, you can likely find the manual or information online. Follow any weight and other guidelines provided. Not doing so is a risk to your baby’s safety.

As an added note, once babies can sit up on their own, a baby swing becomes much less safe. As they sit up, it can rock the swing which knocks if off-balance. When they reach the sitting up milestone, it is safest to put the baby swing away.

Keep the swing flat on the floor

The baby swing should not be placed on counters or other elevated surfaces. It should be placed firmly on the floor. Before putting your baby in, make sure that there is nothing under the swing causing an imbalance. Also, give it a little push to see if it is sturdy or not.

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Make sure the straps fit and are positioned correctly

Your baby needs to be secure in the baby swing, so you want to be sure that the shoulder straps are snug yet not too tight. It is also very important to make sure the straps are positioned as the instructions state. If they are not, they can cut off your precious one’s air supply.

Ensure that any attachments are secure

If the baby swing comes with a mobile or other toys, be sure that they are securely attached. When they are not secure, they can pose choking hazards or cause injuries to your baby.

 

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