Totally inspired by our new swing play set, (#BestGiftEver #ThankyouGrandma&Grandpa,) I’m writing this post while the baby girl is blissfully occupied in her brand-new, hammock-chair swing- designed by mommy!    

   Look!  She just fell asleep in it.    I like how it is positioning her while she sleeps; her face is resting on the side of the swing, the swing is not collapsing around her nose.  There is a potential “death trap” factor in baby swings, beds, and really all baby holding devices. For swingy things, safety lies somewhere between death by shaking- too little head support and death by suffocation- too much nose-smooshing head support. All that Spiced up by the possibility of death by falling.    

If swinging were not so very good for baby brain development, for parent arm resting- and great fun too- one might just abort the whole dangerous mission.  But swinging is so wonderful it is magical. It’s worth a bit of “don’t-be-dumb” parenting to enjoy the brain enhancing pleasure of the blissful ride.  

Until it is no longer blissful.    

    Now that she has woken up, I can report that the first test ride included baby Hoodini’s best attempt to escape her snuggly nest.  Abigail-dini, who routinely escapes the buckle straps on her safety tested infant bouncer, was foiled in her attempt to create a death-by-falling spectacle in this swing.  The escape hatch was too far above her center of gravity and she could not gain any traction on the cloth enclosure.  Her internal alarm system went off alerting the attending parent to the infuriating situation.  While she managed to escape the confines of the trap- she failed to throw herself to the ground!  

So I’m feeling pretty darn proud of my simple to make, hard to escape, pretty to look at, made from stash, baby swingy thingy!  

 I’m considering posting instructions for the swing, but there are serious “don’t be dumb” safety issues in use and construction of a swing.  I don’t want to endanger any-baby.  Comments appreciated  

2 thoughts on “Swingy ”

  1. Hi Megan,
    It’s been years since we’ve connected. Congratulations on becoming a mom. She’s really cute!!!!
    I googled you tonight, because I’m trying to help someone who is in need of services. I thought you might be familiar with some area resources other than the obvious DFCS departments. Specifically, is there anyone else who offers reduced cost housing for people with moderate mental health challenges. This woman is 60 years old, on SSI and will need housing before January 31st. She has some difficulty managing daily life tasks. She’s at risk for early onset Alzheimer’s and probably needs to be assessed for that vs. her other disorders. Her max budget is about $225 including all utilities unless she could find supported employment that she could do successfully. She would benefit from housing where there is someone to provide some assistance when needed. If you know anyone who has special knowledge or connections in this area, I would appreciate the contact information. Help will be needed long before she’ll reach the top of the waiting lists she’s currently on. Thanks for any ideas you may have.

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