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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:

  • cradle,
  • traditional, and
  • glider.

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.

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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.

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