The Baby Swing Stays


This post is sponsored by Fisher-Price. Thanks for supporting the brands that we believe in! P.S. These photos were taken in April, which is why she looks so tiny!

After three kids, we’ve gone through our share of baby gear. Our priorities have gradually changed with each subsequent child. There have been items that we’ve realized that we didn’t really need and there are items that we discovered made life with baby a whole lot easier.

I’ll admit that some pieces we acquired because they were gifts, we thought we needed them, or they simply looked good. Can we all admit to at least wanting at least one fancy item that we’ve seen all over the blogs and parenting magazines? But now that we’ve filled our nest with babies and gear, we are able to see what sticks and what doesn’t. Granted each child may be different, but there’s one item that has stuck with us through all three of the children and that’s the Fisher-Price papasan cradle swings.

There are so many different models, you can’t go wrong snagging one. Back when Jayden was about five months old, a family friend gave us her Nature’s Touch swing. It had lulled a couple of her babies and would then swing all three of mine when I needed time to prepare a meal, shower, and get some work done. This swing had been with us for eight years and was still going strong when baby Akilah made her appearance. The only downside was that it was powered by batteries and but we were going through them like crazy. Still, I was content. Afterall, it was in pristine condition and had held up for so long.



A lot has changed since we were gifts the swing eight years and now the newer models are powered by an AC adapter with the option to use batteries. Being content with what we already had, I didn’t make a stink over having to order more batteries, although those days when we couldn’t use the swing were a little inconvenient. I said I would welcome an upgrade if offered to me though. Being a blogger whose built relationships with household brands, I never know what may come my way.

The folks at Fisher-Price offered to send baby Akilah some of their latest baby gear. Being a brand that I grew up on and trust with my kiddos, I was excited for this collab. The first product I chose was the Sweet Surroundings Cradle ‘n Swing as an upgrade to our older model. Being the princess of the house, honey deserved to swing in style. Our older swing was still in tip-top shape, so we were happy to pass it on to another family. Can you say heirloom status?




The Sweet Surroundings swing is just as awesome as our old papasan swing, but with a fresh new design and extra features. First things first, it plugs into the wall with the option of switching to a battery power pack! Ah, the simple things. I love that we can use the swing all over the house without having to worry about a power source. Other exciting features include a reclining seat that smoothly swivels counter and clockwise. It even vibrates. It’s like a 2-n-1. Hey, sometimes a baby doesn’t feel like swinging and just wants to chill.

The Sweet Surroundings swing features six swing speeds and sixteen songs and soothing sounds. This swing has a whole soundtrack of jams and woosah inspo. Seriously, does this thing come in adult size?



In addition to all of those great functions, the Sweet Surroundings swing is aesthetically pleasing on trend. We have quite a bit of grey and teal in our living room so I appreciate the use of those colors and modern patterns of the swing’s design. Babies are prone to diaper explosions so I love that the cozy seat cover removes easily to go in the wash. This is a feature that I love about all Fisher-Price swings in general. I also adore the uniqueness of the overhead mobile. The use of precision cut felt over the dome and the stitching of the zoo animals gives it a very unique, handmade feel.

Moral of the story… a good quality swing is on the top of my must-have baby gear recommendations. Fisher-Price never disappoints. These swings do take up a bit of space, but so do a lot of other baby things. We live in a small place, so I get it. We never had a nursery and with each baby, we’ve always done away with items. One thing that was non-negotiable, though, was our Fisher-Price swing. Because.


You can get the Sweet Surroundings Cradle ‘n Swing at Target or try your luck at winning one here! Just follow the directions in the widget below! If you have any questions about this swing, I’ll be happy to answer them.

Do you have a piece of baby gear that you just can’t quit? Share it in the comments!

Sweet Surroundings Cradle 'n Swing

Giveaway is open to U.S. residents and will run through June 14, 2016 11:59PM PST.

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Sheena Tatum

Hey, I'm Sheena! I married my jr. high sweetheart and together, we raise three tiny humans in NW Indiana. I'm an introverted free-spirit and serial dreamer obsessed with all things tropical and carefree. I love inspiring others to live wholly and find beauty in the mundane. I don't always get it right, but I'll keep trying anyway. :) Email: [email protected]

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  • Melissa June 14, 2016 at 10:56 PM

    I’m entering for my sister she’s having her first baby in December!

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  • Brandon Sparks June 14, 2016 at 10:39 PM

    They have these dolls that shake like mad. They really love those.

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  • Laurie Emerson June 14, 2016 at 10:11 PM

    My daughter loves playing with anything that makes noise, especially if it squeaks. My son loves playing with his mobile and trying to make it go around and around.

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  • Katie June 14, 2016 at 10:07 PM

    Right now baby likes to hide from the fetal doppler.

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  • Stacey Roberson June 14, 2016 at 8:49 PM

    Our daughter is 3 months old and loves this little light-up kitty that plays music. She gets a big smile on her face while watching it.

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  • Richard Hicks June 14, 2016 at 5:56 PM

    He loves playing with cars and trucks

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  • Tonya flores dreese June 14, 2016 at 1:07 PM

    My little Princess loves her Owl that plays music and lights up.

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  • EM Mahr June 14, 2016 at 5:57 AM

    My little one likes to suck on his fingers and chew on a soft book

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  • Theresa Smith June 14, 2016 at 1:37 AM

    Right now the baby just likes playing on the play mat but she is only 2 months old so it is early yet. She loves vibrating in her seat.

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  • Stephanie Larison June 14, 2016 at 1:33 AM

    My newborn can’t do much yet, but she likes to lie on her tummy time mat.

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  • Jeff Toppert June 13, 2016 at 6:32 PM

    My little one loves to play under his activity gym and chew on rattles and teething toys.

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  • Anna Tetreault June 13, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    My baby loves his crinkly toys, his Leap Frog Scout and anything musical!

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  • Meghan June 13, 2016 at 3:21 PM

    My daughter loves blocks and crayons!

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  • Laurajj June 12, 2016 at 9:59 PM

    Oh we have a new little one on the way, so this would be perfect. We are stocking up on the little soft rattles and musical toys.

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  • allyson tice June 12, 2016 at 5:28 PM

    my kids love to play ont he floor together with their legos and tinker toys!! the new baby will eventually play with them when she gets older too!

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  • VJSett June 12, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    My boys LOVE playing with cardboard boxes! So funny that they would rather play with the packaging than all of the toys.

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  • Tandi Cortez June 12, 2016 at 3:26 AM

    My little one is loving his little plush owl.

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  • Laura June 11, 2016 at 11:16 PM

    My husband and I are currently trying for our first, so this would be awesome! 🙂

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  • Heather June 11, 2016 at 9:24 PM

    My babies are a tad bit too big for this but it would be perfect for my girlfriends baby. I would love to surprise her with this!

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  • Kelly June 11, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    My 4 month old latched onto a deer stuffy with a red & white polka dot bow. I have never been crazy about it & we bought her a cute little pink monkey but she insists on the deer & won’t even look at the monkey! Guess my girl has her own opinions already! 🙂

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  • Ruth-Dawn Griffeth June 11, 2016 at 4:42 PM

    I am a Nana with another Grandbaby who will be here soon. I know the babies love this product. And since this is the first child for my son. I would love to get a swing for them.

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  • Karen Nadeau June 11, 2016 at 3:44 PM

    My girls love rattles and shakers.

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  • Linda White June 11, 2016 at 2:41 PM

    Would love this for my grands to use at my house! I loved our old long legged wind up swing when my kids were babies! My babies loved simple toys they could figure out with no batteries or screens!

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  • cassie June 11, 2016 at 12:10 PM

    we’re still expecting our first in Jan. so i’m not sure yet! Would love to win this for him/her!!

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  • Sonya Sanderson June 11, 2016 at 12:09 PM

    I have a grandbaby on the way, this would be perfect!

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  • monique s. June 11, 2016 at 8:27 AM

    He loves playing with his teddy bear

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  • Betty June 10, 2016 at 3:53 PM

    My kids were definitely soothed by their swings. They loved various stuffed animals but were enthralled with those that squeeked or rattled which engaged their interest

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  • Stephanie Phelps June 10, 2016 at 2:35 PM

    She love to play on her mate and pull on all the hanging toys.

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  • Betsy June 10, 2016 at 11:31 AM

    right now its teething rings

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  • Meka J June 9, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    That swing is beautiful and looks so comfy! I would love one of those for my baby girl. Nothing like those you had to wind up in the olden days lol

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  • Susan Chester June 8, 2016 at 12:03 AM

    My grandbaby loves playing with her soft dolly.

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  • Rija June 7, 2016 at 9:46 PM

    My baby loves playing with rattles !

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  • Trenda T June 7, 2016 at 7:54 PM

    My son Lincoln LOVES toddler Legos right now, This swing would be AMAZING for baby boy #3 due in August!

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  • Carrie June 7, 2016 at 11:40 AM

    My little one loves to play with anything that squeaks or crinkles.

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