Fisher-Price is a company that specializes in manufacturing baby products. Their swings are popular among parents of newborns because they can help ease the child’s discomfort during colic, gas, and other common ailments.
However, it has come to light that Fisher-Price fails to mention their weight limit for the product on the packaging or on any of their websites. This blog will cover how this oversight could lead to injuries for babies who exceed the swing’s weight limit as well as why Fisher-Price should be more transparent about what they claim is safe for use by babies.
Fisher-Price baby swings come in three different types:
- traditional, and
Fisher-Price swings can be plugged into an outlet or run on batteries that last up to 30 hours at a time. It is recommended that babies should not use the swing until they are around 1 month old.
Fisher-Price baby swing weight limit
The maximum weight limit of Fisher-Price baby swings is 25 pounds which could be attained by babies of age 9 to 18 months. As mentioned above, the minimum weight limit is 10 pounds, which can be attained by newborns between 0 months old and 1 month old, but the product should not be used before 4 weeks of age according to Fisher-Price’s website. Babies of ages 6 months to 9 months can swing safely for up to 25 pounds.
|Image||Title||Weight Limit||Swing Weight||Price||Buy|
|Top||Fisher-Price Sweet Snugapuppy Swing, Dual Motion Baby Swing with Music, Sounds and Motorized Mobile||25 Pounds||4.41 Pounds||Buy Now|
|Top||Fisher-Price Woodsy Wonders 2-in-1 Deluxe Cradle 'n Swing||25 Pounds||24.86 Pounds||Buy Now|
|Top||Fisher-Price Hearthstone Two Motion Baby Swing Seat with Music, Sounds & Motorized Mobile, Multicolor||25 Pounds||9.7 Pounds||Buy Now|
|Top||Fisher-Price On-the-Go Swing||25 Pounds||5 Kilograms||Buy Now|
|Top||Fisher-Price Deluxe Cradle 'n Swing- Surreal Serenity - Soothing Baby Swing With Two Swinging Motions, Super Soft Fabrics & a Built-In Mobile [Amazon Exclusive]||25 Pounds||5.94 Pounds||Buy Now|
Fisher-Price baby swing minimum weight limit
An online search for Fisher-Price’s swing weight limit yielded no results.
Fisher-Price is leading parents to believe that it is safe to use their baby swings once babies reach 10 pounds in weight or more when in reality, their swings can only safely hold infants who weigh at least 18 pounds.
The reason for the 10-pound discrepancy between Fisher-Price’s weight limit and what is recommended in most baby care books is that, unlike a crib, co-sleeper, or bassinet, which must adhere to strict safety standards set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), infant swings are not regulated by any regulatory group.
Fisher-Price’s 10-pound limit can lead to severe injuries or death for babies who exceed this weight.
First, if an infant is too heavy for the swing to support, they are liable to fall out of it. When newborns are first learning how to hold up their heads, any type of impact on the head causes the brain’s “touch cells” to call pain signals. A baby is at risk of sustaining a skull fracture if their head hits a hard surface after falling out of a swing If the infant does not fall far enough for their head to hit the ground but is still too heavy for the swing to support, they can sustain injuries to their neck or spine
Second, Fisher-Price’s swing weight limit fails to take into account the fact that babies will inevitably grow bigger as they get older. A newborn who weighs less than 10 pounds may be able to use the swing safely for a few weeks before growing too heavy for it to support them. This could lull parents into a false sense of security, causing them to incorrectly think that their child is safe in the swing long term.
Fisher-Price should indicate on their packaging what weight limit the product was designed for so that consumers will not be lulled into a false sense of security about using it safely with infants who weigh more than 10 pounds.
Emily Larsen is a renowned expert in baby naming and has published various works and research on naming a baby such as the evolution of naming, the impact of baby names on a baby’s future success, the perception of middle names, among others. Emily is our baby-naming expert here at Motherhood HQ and we rely on her insight when writing guides to assist parents trying to find an appropriate baby name. Aside from publishing works on unique and creative baby names, Emily is a mother of three and a grandparent to one infant. She is trained as a Psychologist and previously worked as a Social Worker for the State of New York. Emily also runs a small personalized baby-naming consulting business and can be reached using her email, emily.larsen(at)motherhoodhq.com