Baby swings, ever!
A baby swing is a seat designed to soothe your baby with gentle movement and music, essential for those moments when you need both hands free, or if she’s got colic and you need to pop to the loo.
…if you don’t want to spend a fortune
Swings are expensive, and this is a brilliant buy if your baby is pretty chilled and you don’t need an all-singing, all-dancing seat to keep her happy. It has a removable toy bar and converts to a toddler chair, too. Fisher-Price Infant-to-Toddler Rocker, £44.99, smythstoys.com
…if your baby hates you putting her down
Wheels on the frame makes this easy to move, and the seat lifts off, too, so you can take your baby from room to room with you. It has lullaby and nature sounds, and swings and vibrates at multiple speed settings – experiment to find exactly what soothes her. Serina 2in1, £149.99, uk.joiebaby.com
…if you’re a social butterfly
If you’re forever staying over at your mum’s or hanging out at a friend’s house for the afternoon, you’ll be able to take this swing with you. It folds compactly and has an integrated carry handle. Graco Move With Me, £179.99, graco.co.uk
…if you’ve reached sensory overload If you’re overrun with bright, noisy baby stuff, this will pull the balance back. It doesn’t need batteries or make noise, and a gentle push makes it sway like a leaf in the breeze. Nuna Leaf, £170, shopnuna.co.uk …if you’ve got a Toddler, too
With an older sibling demanding attention, it’s not always possible to pick your baby up the moment she cries. This swing has a sound sensor, so it’ll move gently when she makes a sound. And it rotates 360 degrees. SwoonMotionBabySwing,£169.99, babymoov.co.uk