Wednesday, March 28, 2007

It's At Big Lots For a Reason

For the second week in a row, I'm fighting a cold; it will not let go of me. So this will be a short post.

We picked up a swing for The Squeaker at Big Lots the other day. Normally, I would not buy moving equipment for my child from a irregular and overrun store.

But this was an Evenflow!

Sure, it's made in China like everything else, but I'm sure it's a high dollar section of China.

Anyway, we get it home, put it together, and set her in it.

I then discovered why it was at Big Lots. The speed dial doesn't affect the speed; rather, it controls the distance the arc of the swing travels. The speed stays the same.

And it's fast.

Fortunately she has yet to throw up in it and seems to enjoy it.

Although I suspect that it was originally designed for NASA to test how well babies can handle centripetal force.

15 Comments:

Blogger Matthew said...

You cheap bastard.

:)

3/28/2007 9:39 PM  
Anonymous L.A. Daddy said...

Ha! That's funny! We had a swing that only went in three speeds - high, higher, and supersonic. We never did try supersonic, because we were fairly sure that it would spin entirely around.

We finally got a decent one so we're all set for the next one to arrive!

3/28/2007 10:44 PM  
Blogger BethGo said...

There's this video called The Happiest baby on the Block that's all about soothing a fussy child. One of the things they recommend on top of swaddling and white noise is using a swing on high speed. It worked like a charm for my guy when he was an infant. I bet your baby loves it too.

3/28/2007 11:19 PM  
Anonymous cry it out! said...

Colds. Welcome, my friend, welcome. I feel like I've had a cold for the last 11 months ...

3/29/2007 1:07 AM  
Blogger Emily Clasper said...

We were even cheaper - we went with the $5 dollar garage sale swing. We figured it was safe because it was obviously new and in perfect condition, a high quality swing the lady said her son hated so they only used it once. It only has two speeds - fast and reallyreallyfast, but it turned out to be a great purchase. My son loved it, and the faster the better once he was able to hold his head well himself.

Then, he suddenly outgrew it. Just like that. One day he was swinging away happily. The next, he was too big and trying to climb out of it was putting him in danger of getting hurt. So we packed up the $5 swing. It's amazing how fast they grow out of things... with this in mind, I think it's not a bad idea to cheap out sometimes. If I did it over again, I'd do so more often.

3/29/2007 7:15 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

LOL! With four kids I am picky about my baby equipment. All swings are too fast for the light weight newborns, its amazing how much is slows down as she weighs more. Until then I used to drape a blanket and let it drag. It slows down the super super fast speed to more like normal lull... Good luck! Happy swinging Jorja.

3/29/2007 8:40 AM  
Blogger Rob Barron said...

Couple of responses...

I'm not cheap, I'm broke!

The Squeaker has already outgrown her newborn stuff (including newborn diapers).

Dragging a blanket from the swing is a brilliant idea!

3/29/2007 9:10 AM  
Blogger Ruby said...

Was it the flash of the camera or the fast swing that made her look so surprised? She is just the cutest! And I'll have to take a ride to Big Lots and check out that swing. We had gotten one at the shower but it wasn't very sturdy so we returned it. :)

3/29/2007 9:18 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

LMAO! I sometimes wonder how my youngest never got thrown from hers and it was a Graco! Those things can get going!

3/29/2007 9:18 AM  
Blogger pokettiger said...

Our girls were only content when the swings were on the fastest speed too so looks like you got yourself a great deal!

3/29/2007 11:56 AM  
Anonymous Gidge said...

Rob,
I want you to know I used to work for BIGLOTS.
I'm afraid I can never work there again. I am BANNED from BIGLOTS because I didn't give them two weeks notice when I left my 3.85 an hour job.

I hope you don't think less of me.

3/29/2007 6:51 PM  
Blogger amy reads said...

Ahh the swing. Couldn't have survived my sons babyhood without!

3/29/2007 9:37 PM  
Blogger AnotherMomCreation said...

Ummm, I have a fisher price swing that also goes just as fast in slow as fast, just as you aptly put it, changes the arc.

We put our dd in it anyway and she loved it! We would turn it on for a couple minutes after it reaches top speed it will start to slow down giving you at least 5 minutes of happy baby time.

3/30/2007 8:04 AM  
Anonymous golly/lolly said...

Oh, no! She's her daddy's girl! She's thinking, "where the heck's the 5th gear on this thing? I have places to go!!

3/30/2007 8:10 PM  
Blogger Sandie said...

I think the problem must be that we are all so used to snuggling and cuddling and generally treating our babies gingerly and with great care that when they get going in one of these swings it seems near torture! The fact of the matter is, however, that baby won't get tossed out and very likely will enjoy the ride. Imagine what it would feel like if you were inside a person for 9 months being bounced and jostled about. A swing is nothin'!

Adorable picture, by the way!

4/02/2007 1:12 PM  

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