Extreme Product Testing: Graco Sweetpeace Soothing Center

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I’ll just say it: My wife and I love the Sweetpeace Soothing Center. It’s the Rolls Royce of baby swings. And, thanks to the generosity of my coworkers during my baby shower here at Parents, my wife and I have one. (I propose Graco make one that’s adult sized, with surround sound, built-in remote, and cup holders.)

When we need Em to chill out a bit, or if we need to do something unnecessary (such as cook, eat, or clean), we put her in the Soothing Center’s grasp. You can choose seven different speeds, four different seat positions, vibration—it even has a speaker that plays music and sound effects. And if you don’t like any of the music offered, you plug your iPod into the bloody thing. Seriously.

Another great feature: If you’re about to head out the door, and you have a Graco-made car seat, it snaps right into the Soothing Center. We use it many times as a prep station for Emily when we’re getting ready to leave the apartment.

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It even gave us a new nickname for Emily—Emily Bear. This is because the headrest looks like a teddy bear head. It’s aww cute and fuzzy and wuzzy and et cetera.

When it comes to the soothing aspects of this product, we find that calms the crank once she’s subdued a wee bit. For a while, she’d only completely chill if she was sleepy or entirely subdued. Lately, she tends to respond nearly instantaneously once the vibration, rocking, and sound commences.

The only slight drawback is that it does take up a large footprint in the living room. But who cares? I don’t. The thing is awesome. I’m restraining myself from using the word "awesome" another 18 times, because we really do love this thing. It’s worth every penny.

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  1. by Beth

    On August 12, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    I checked out the link and watched the video explaining all the features. AWESOME! Wish I’d had it for my 8 month old. Maybe I’ll get one for the next baby.

  2. by Lindsey Langhans

    On August 12, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    I TOTALLY agree! We have one of these and the fact that my daughter’s infant car seat pops right into the swing rocks my world!

  3. by sally

    On August 12, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    love your dadzilla blogs…if I had a new baby I would be running out to buy this right now

  4. by Amanda

    On August 13, 2008 at 10:59 am

    I never had a swing for our first 2 daughters. Now with our third we have one, though it is the Hyundai to your DeLorean. I would use both “awesome” and “nanny” to describe it, which makes me feel a touch like a bad parent. If I am cooking locally bought, organic foods while she swings it’s fine, right?

  5. by John J. O'Sullivan

    On August 13, 2008 at 11:33 am

    As long as the food tastes good, absolution is yours for the taking. =D
    -j

  6. by John J. O'Sullivan

    On August 13, 2008 at 11:33 am

    As long as the food tastes good, absolution is yours for the taking. =D
    -j

  7. by John J. O'Sullivan

    On August 13, 2008 at 11:33 am

    As long as the food tastes good, absolution is yours for the taking. =D
    -j