When Do Babies Grow Out of Swings? | The Baby Swing

Last Updated on July 19, 2023

Most parents wonder when their baby will outgrow a swing. The answer is typically between 9-12 months, but it can vary depending on the baby’s size and weight. Once your baby has outgrown the swing, it is important to stop using it for safety reasons.

In this article, we will go into more detail about when and how to know when your baby has outgrown the swing, as well as what to do afterward.  So, keep reading!

When Do Babies Grow Out of Swings?

When do babies grow out of swings?

As stated above, Most babies will outgrow their swing when they’re nine months old. However, when deciding when to stop using the swing, you should consider your baby’s weight and age as well as any manufacturer guidelines that come with the product. 

You should also be aware of any signs that your baby may have outgrown the swing, such as being able to sit up or scoot around in it.

Remember that swings are only meant for short periods of time and should not be used as a substitute for sleep training or naps. If you find yourself relying on the swing too much, try other methods, such as swaddling or white noise to help soothe your baby.

“A swing should not be used for more than 30 minutes at a time, and should never be used for overnight sleeping,” says Jason Bromberg, a Pediatrician at Agoura West Valley Pediatrics. 

“If a baby outgrows the swing and you still put them in it, there is a safety concern because the swing may not be able to properly support their body weight and size. So, it can break or cause them physical harm,” Jason added. 

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How long a baby should use a swing?

Dr. Jason already mentioned that a swing should not be used for more than 30 minutes at a time. 

Furthermore, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that you do not use a swing for more than 1 hour or less total per day and that your baby should never be left unattended in the swing.

You should also note that swings should not be used as a form of sleep training. If your baby is having trouble sleeping, talk to your pediatrician about other sleep training methods.

Dr. Jason emphasizes checking infant swings to ensure they are long enough for your baby, as even full-size swings may not accommodate more weight or length.

He also suggests that when using an infant swing, it is important to keep safety in mind and follow the guidelines set out by the AAP.

Also read: Can swing cause shaken baby syndrome

Can a 1 year old sit in a baby swing?

It depends on the size and weight of your baby. Most baby swings are designed for babies up to 18 months or 20 pounds, so a 1 year old may be too big and heavy even if they can sit up on their own. 

Additionally, many swings come with an age recommendation from the manufacturer, usually starting at birth to 9 months or 12 months. 

So, you need to check the swing’s specifications and user manual for age guidelines before purchasing or using it with your baby.

However, for 1 year olds, there are several options available including stationary baby swings, outdoor and indoor baby hammock swings, 3-level height adjustable bedside cribs, and more.

To ensure safety, make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions and use the safety harness properly. Additionally, never leave your child unattended in a swing and always check for any signs of wear or tear before each use.

What is the weight limit on baby swings?

When it comes to baby swings, the weight limit can vary from 25 to 35 pounds. Newborn babies can use the swings as soon as they are born and typically until their specified weight or age limit. 

The average weight limit on a baby swing is between 6 and 30 pounds, but this still varies from brand to brand. For instance, the Graco baby swing has a maximum weight limit of 30 pounds, while Fisher-Price’s My Little Snugapuppy Cradle ‘n Swing has a maximum weight limit of 25 pounds.

So, you need to check the manufacturer’s instructions for your particular model of baby swing before using it, as some may have lower or higher limits than others. 

Additionally, you should always stop using the swing once your child becomes active and can climb out of it.

So, regarding baby swings, there is no one size fits all answer regarding weight limits. It is important to check the manufacturer’s instructions for your particular model of baby swing before using it to ensure that you are following safety guidelines.

How can I get my baby to sleep without a swing?

You must keep your baby safe while they sleep, which means not letting them sleep in a swing. So how can you get your baby to sleep without a swing?

First of all, you should decrease the amount of motion you use to get your baby to sleep without a swing gradually.

Next, create a comfortable sleeping environment for your baby. Make sure the room is dark and quiet and the temperature is just right. You can also use white noise or soothing music to help your baby relax.

After that, establish a consistent bedtime routine for your baby. This could include things like giving them a bath, reading stories, singing lullabies, or cuddling with them before they go to sleep

Doing these activities every night will help cue your baby that it’s time for bed.

Lastly, you’ll need to be patient as you break the habit of having your baby fall asleep in the swing. 

If they start crying when you put them down in their crib or bassinet, stay with them until they settle down and eventually fall asleep. 

It may take some time for them to adjust, but eventually they will learn how to fall asleep without needing the motion of the swing.

Also read: Is baby swing safe for newborn

Are baby swings good for brain development?

Baby swings can be beneficial for brain development in babies and children. Swinging helps to stimulate the vestibular system, which is responsible for balance and coordination. 

It also increases blood flow to the brain, helping kids focus and pay attention. Studies have found that swinging can help improve motor skills, cognitive abilities, and social-emotional development.

However, it is important to note that baby swings should only be used with adult supervision. Babies should not be left unattended in a swing as this could lead to potential injury or even death. 

Additionally, electric baby swings should always be used with caution as they can cause whiplash if the neck muscles are not strong enough to hold up the head.

Wrapping Up

Thanks for reading this article on when and how to know when your baby has outgrown the swing. Remember that most babies will outgrow a swing by nine months, but it can vary depending on the baby’s size and weight. 

Also, remember that swings are intended for brief periods and should never be used instead of sleep training or naptime.

If your baby has outgrown their swing, make sure to stop using it right away for safety reasons.

If you have any further questions about this topic or any other parenting-related questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us! We’d love to help you navigate your parenting journey as best we can. Happy parenting!


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Dr. Leah Alexander

Dr. Leah Alexander is a board-certified general pediatrician who has been in practice for over 20 years. She began working as a pediatrician at Elizabeth Pediatric Group of New Jersey in 2000. Since 2005, she has been working as an independently contracted pediatrician with Medical Doctors Associates at Pediatricare Associates of New Jersey. Read more

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