Bright Starts™ Playful Pals™ Portable Swing Review

While getting ready to have my second baby I kept hearing the same funny comments from other moms about this being my second baby.  “Oh that second baby is rough/demanding/etc.”  Then when we found out we were having a girl the comments continued, “Oh little girls are so fun, but emotional and dramatic…”  I didn’t mind any of the comments.  I already felt prepared, this wasn’t my first baby and their opinions only helped me feel more prepared.  My son was a really easy going baby.  Looking back I remember feeling frazzled and stressed as a new mom but he was such a good baby!  My daughter is almost 2 months old and all the comments were mostly true.  I like to say she is sweet and feisty! 🙂 She demands loves to be held, talked to and loved on at all times.  She cries much more than my son ever did, and isn’t shy or quiet to let us know when she isn’t happy about something.  I love her so much, but I am already a little nervous for the strong willed, opinionated, gorgeous little toddler my baby will grow into.  She definitely keeps us on our toes.

Thankfully we were able to try out the Bright Starts™ Playful Pals™ Portable Swing.  A good swing is one of those “must have” items on your getting ready for baby list. This would be the perfect swing to add to your list!


Bright Starts™ Playful Pals™ Portable Swing – another great way to soothe baby while allowing mom to be hands free! The swing has a comfort recline seat with 2 different positions to provide extra comfort for baby and comes with a TrueSpeed™ technology which maintains 6 different speeds as baby grows. The seat easily folds for storage and travel, perfect for the mom who is always on the go! Available at and BuyBuy Baby ($49.99)

I am able to put my sweet Halli in the Bright Starts™ Playful Pals™ Portable Swing and she is happy to just be sitting and swinging!  I am able to get the dishes done, vacuum, shower, or have some mommy time with my son.  I like that there are 6 different speeds on the swing.  I seem to up the speed level according to her fussiness level and it calms her right down.  She loves a to kick her little legs in the swing and “play.”  She is safe and secure with the 5 point harness and won’t wiggle herself out.  I really appreciate that the seat has 2 different recline positions.  The lower recline position perfectly cradles her and she has fallen asleep a few times while swinging.  Halli has reflux, so the days her reflux is bad the higher recline position is perfect.  The higher recline position will also be great for when she is a bigger baby and doesn’t want it to be laying down.

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(she loves looking at that Lion!)

The chair is brightly colored with a darling nature scene.  It is light weight and easy to move from room to room.  It also folds up really quickly to store away.  I know I will be packing it up in the car when we go to a friend’s house and would be perfect to take to grandmas.

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(brother couldn’t let sister get all the attention 🙂 )

This would be a great gift for a baby shower or for your own baby necessities list. You can find it for purchase directly from their site, major retailers such as Buy Buy Baby and Target, or our affiliate Amazon for $54.99.

Have you found the “second child” thing to be true?  Who is easier to raise boys or girls?

About Megan

Megan loves being a stay at home mom to a busy boy Hayden (10) and sweet girl Halli (6). She has been happily married to her ridiculously good looking husband for 11 years. She also enjoys blogging, trying new recipes to cook or bake, girls nights, fashion, and reading. You can also find her on twitter and instagram @fourheartsproject


  1. courtney b says

    I have a one month old who would love this !:) his swing is not as cool as this one! I love how colorful it is and how high it is off the ground…

  2. Sandy VanHoey says

    This is so nice and she is absolutely beautiful! She looks like she’s really enjoying being in her swing. If it keeps them happy then it’s a must-have

  3. Jenny Lloyd says

    Halli is precious!
    IF I have another baby a portable swing will be at the top of my wish/to-buy list. We had a full size swing that got lots of use with baby #2 who had colic every time we traveled I wished we had a portable swing to take with us.
    thanks for the great review of the bright starts playful pals portable swing. i love the bright, gender-netural colors

  4. Janet W. says

    This really would make a great gift! My grandson had a baby swing but the base was huge and took up most of the living room. I love how compact this one is!

  5. This swing looks awesome. Love how low to the floor it is, the bright colors and that it reclines. Plus it is budget friendly!

  6. I really like the neutral color. My boys were not huge fans of a swing, but maybe they would have liked this one. Very cute!

  7. This swing looks perfect for my baby girl, I’ve been looking for a fun swing for her, and this might be it

  8. Kelly Lebo says

    I love the colors and i absolutly love brightstart products

  9. Tiffany Schmidt says

    Oh this one is super cute! I love the portable ones, b/c it is just too much work to haul a regular one!

  10. Toni Marie Caravello says

    I remember not being able to sooth my daughter when she was an infant and I remember running out and buying a swing like this lugging it up the stairs ALONE. Putting it together ALONE. but it was one of those really large heavy ones not cute and smaller like this one……. and then putting her in it and she hated it LOL. If I know someone who is having a baby soon, I would recommend this one.

    Used it a handful of times or maybe more since that time was a blur. LOL Ended up giving it away on freecycle.

  11. Kia G says

    Thank you so much!! This review was just what I needed. I’m in the store now trying to decide between swings so I googled reviews & came across yours. I’m beyond grateful that I did!! My daughter suffers from reflux too so it’s wonderful to read how the swing comforts your sweetie. Gonna try it out 😀

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