Reviews Bouncer and rocker chairs Graco Sweetpeace baby swing Our score Score breakdown Ease of use 5 3 Comfort and support for baby 5 3 Ease of cleaning 3.5 3 Style 3.5 3 Robustness/Durability 5 3 Value for money 4 3 1 of Ad break Review this product Our review Mums' reviews Specs By Cassandra Kempster-Roberts In a nutshell With soothing motions and sounds, plus swaddling and a canopy to block out light, this baby swing really does seem to create a womb-like environment that calms and induces sleep. Pros Choice of soothing motions, range of sounds, sturdy, can plug in MP3, helps baby drift off to sleep Cons Not a budget option, just one colourway Compare deals from top retailers MadeForMums Preferred Partner Our review The Graco Sweetpeace is a baby swing that combines womb-like sounds and motions. While not a small item, it performs its soothing role well, especially if you’re a new parent with a fractious baby, twins or in need of hands-free time. The idea behind the Graco Sweetpeace is that after feeling constant movement and hearing low frequency sound in the womb, you baby will respond well to “slow, rhythmic and linear movement” after birth. The Graco Sweetpeace is an elevated baby swing with different motions that can be used from birth to 6-9 months (or 9kg). It features a selection of low frequency rhythmic sounds and you can even plug your M3 player in, if you want to choose the tunes. Graco suggests on its Sweetpeace website that you plug in and play the music you listened to when pregnant. The swing has three recline positions, six speeds and two vibration speeds. There’s also the Swaddle Blanket, a 5-point harness to keep your baby safe, and a canopy for you to help block out too much light or visual stimulation. Graco mentions that the canopy, when pulled right down, can recreate the glow your baby would’ve see in the final weeks before birth. As well as being a swing, you can remove the seat and use it as a rocker on the floor. You can even attach certain Graco infant car seats to the frame. Also, as your baby develops, the included tray with mirror toy, mix n move caps and teether can be useful. The height of the swing means you baby be part of the family, rather than sitting much lower than you. Mum of twins, Julie Beeny, has tried out the Graco Sweetpeace… What we love “For me, the Sweetpeace has been a tremendous swing to have!” says Julie, mum to twins Abigail and Dominic. “The Graco Sweetpeace is a fantastic and easy product to use. We put it together ourselves and it wasn’t complicated at all - it only takes a few minutes to do. It’s great to store when not in use, especially if you want to have a child-free house even just for the night! “In the early months of the twins arrival it certainly made my life a lot easier as I had a little boy who was needy and a little girl who was very laid back. I found that from about mid afternoon, my little boy constantly cried and required solid attention for about two hours. With the Sweetpeace we were pleasantly surprised to see how he stopped crying and drifted off. “I’ve found that reclining the seat back and putting the music on very low, setting the swinging motion to 2 and pulling the hood over does make a difference to him. “It is also great having the little toys for him to play with as this distracts him and he seems to forget what he had been crying about. “I felt comfortable enough to leave my son in the Sweetpeace and leave my daughter asleep on her play mat so I can carry on with normal chores around the house. Before this, I did find it very restrictive and wasn’t able to get on and do things, like the washing or preparing the dinner. “This product has had a lot of research put in to it and it clearly shows. There’s not one thing in particular that I like, as the whole product is just marvelous. It certainly sets itself head and shoulders above the rest of the competitors as to a baby this is the closest thing to a mother - the swaddling, the rocking motion, the sounds they hear in the womb are just great comforts to any baby. “Other benefits of this product are, if you have a Graco infant carrier you can clip it onto the frame and swing your baby in their seat straight from the car. Unfortunately I didn’t have a Graco car seat so didn’t get to use the Sweetpeace like this. “My friend has had a baby boy and I’ve given her the Sweetpeace as my two are now a little too big to go into it, but I have certainly had my use out of it. I’ve also recommended it on a couple of different websites to other mothers!” What to watch out for Julie, mum to twins Abigail and Dominic, says while the product may seem costly, you have to weigh up the price against having a contented baby! Julie also says, “The size of the product is fairly large, but it needs to be in order for it to be able to swing and hold a car seat on, and be very robust. “If I had to criticise the Sweetpeace, the only thing I’d have to say is can Graco please do a twin one!” Who is the Graco Sweetpeace best for? Mums with grizzly babies after a robust, soothing hands-free solution. MadeForMums verdict The Graco Sweetpeace is a baby swing with a difference. All its features, from motion and sound to swaddling and the canopy, seem very well thought out and combine to make a soothing experience. It’s not a small item, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing for a product that you want to feel is sturdy and able to handle a car seat.