Good or Bad Experience with Small, Portable Baby Swings?

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Q. I'm pregnant with my 2nd and considering a small baby swing, the ones that are sometimes billed as "portable" or "travel" swings. Since we live in a small apartment, this would be our only swing, not something we'd travel with. Online reviews for swings this size are mixed - hoping readers can share their experiences, good or bad, with this size baby swing.

For our first child we had a bouncy chair that had to be physically bounced by a parent's foot and a large, full-size baby swing which we have since passed on to another family. The swing ate up a huge part of our living room's footprint (even more crowded now that it houses many of our first child's toys) and I'm hoping for something smaller. The primary online criticisms I've seen are that the motors die too often and too quickly and that the baby outgrows it too quickly. (Note that I've seen these same critiques of full-size swings, too).

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Editor: Have you used this type of swing? Did it work out or not? Any models to recommend or not recommend?

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.

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