- What is it about babies and their swings that send you running to the washroom, many times in a day?
Well, both have their reasons. But what would you do about them? There are many parents that suffer from baby-bombs right on their swings and this gets a little fussy. And we are not discounting that these are cloth-based accessories that will collect dirt over use. But the ‘bombs’ continue to be the real issue.
First, you will have to get the swing cleaned immediately as you would want your baby to be in it before it naps again in the day. Then, while you are at it, the baby might raise hell for missing the swing. Double trouble! Now while we are at it, we make an attempt to take you through this and other common maintenance issues that often pop up with baby swings.
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Identify Moot Issues
To start with a home that has a baby or more children, germs can be a big challenge. It is not possible to have a house that is clean to the hilt. You should bother if you occasionally get to discover some germs here are there. But it important that you throw a keen look at things you use often. Are they clean enough?
Sure enough, if an infant shares home with you, the baby swing is one of those items that you would want to clean always. Also, determine the density of instances through which the baby is rocked to sleep throughout the day. If the density is decently high, you should consider cleaning the swing often.
Also, even if the baby does not like the swing much and it is only on occasion that you place the baby on the swing you should still consider cleaning it well. As it is, the swing could accumulate dirt and germs when sitting idle and this can cause major complications if you place the baby on it before addressing the cleanliness issue.
Maintenance and Cleaning
We are all aware about the incredible taste tongue that babies have. Researchers argue that newborns are not too good with other senses like smell and touch and the one that works best for them is the tongue. So we cannot really blame them for trying to experience everything with the tongue!
The usual checklist would include fingers, toes, mom’s fingers and toes, daddy’s fingers and toes and so on. This is often why we find parents constantly on the move trying to clean and sanitize every visible and tangible surface of the home and washing the toys and pacifiers mild dry each time the baby considers napping.
Imperatively, it there is a swing the house, it would be no exception to cleaning. Most swing companies advise parents to have the swing cleaned or wiped clean every once in a few days. You know how safety for the infant never leaves your being. And this is precisely why you ought to take bold measures in cleaning up the swing.
Stand and Seat Cleaning
Anything that you use relentlessly could get dirty and swings are the same class. Some companies would allow you to take out the fabrics and wash them separately in a washing machine. Do not swing the fabric too fast. Use only mild detergent and cycle them gently.
You must also take into account if your child has an allergy to soaps or detergents. In the case, use detergent that is mild and clinically non-allergenic.
If there is a shrinkage issue with the fabric, use the dryer for a while. Dry them with the air only. The fame of the swing along with the other plastic or alloy part can be cleaned with soap and water. But do not use too harsh soaps here too.
If you are unsure about using soaps on the swing, you may clean with your skin cleansing cream. That does the job equally well. You may also use baking soda at times as it helps in the cleaning and also alleviates most foul smells.
Everyday Maintenance and Safety
The first untold safety rule of using a baby swing is to be near the baby whenever it is on the swing. The swing could be a peace maker for you and help you with your chores. But never undermine that 1% chance that is reserved for accidents.
Always ensure that the swing is placed on a flat surface. This is particularly important for outdoor use. If the surface has an incline, the swing might just trip over. Read the manual carefully for any weight or age disqualifications. Swings have been noted to have varying upper limits on weights.
If you have a full baby swing that is not meant for travel, do not move it while the baby is inside. While it might seem convenient, you should only move the swing when it is weightless.
For the maintenance part, if the swing works on battery, you need to keep checking them often. If it is an AC adapter that powers the swing, the power cord must be out of the baby’s reach.
Safety for Babies
There are simple instructions to follow when the baby is in the swing. There are harnesses in most swings and you must use them. The last thing to wish for is the baby rolling herself out of the swing. There are different speed settings in most swings. Start ascending and progress only when you receive favorable responses from the baby.
Babies’ swing behavior can be compared to adults visiting an amusement park. Some will like the slow romantic rides and others will be all blaze for the faster rides. Also, make sure any other older kid does not attempt at manually swinging the baby. It might seem funny to them, but it can be really dangerous.
There is no super explanation needed to understand that it is necessary to keep the swing clean as much as it is to keep it functional. Weekly cleaning and safety checks will do just fine for the swing and the baby.