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Graco Swing Troubleshooting (All Your Questions Answered!)


Before purchasing any item for your baby, it’s important to source credible information online to satisfy your curiosity. As you may agree, one of the worst places to source information is on a brand’s website. So, what are some questions about Graco swing that you should know the answers to?

Some of the questions that may spring up after buying a Graco baby swing product can range from the reason why it doesn’t work to why it makes weird sounds while swinging. While you don’t have to do anything about some of these problems, most only require quick and easy fixes.

This article will answer a lot more questions about Graco swing objectively. If you’ve been reading the FAQ page on the website until now, and haven’t found the answers. I might be able to help!


Why is my Graco swing not working?

Graco claims to have derived its name from the two words: great, and quality. If that’s the case, all of their products should be somewhat durable, but is that always the case?

With most Graco swing products having more than 80% of their reviews being perfect 5-star reviews, that may be the case. However, the 20% that end up having some sort of problems with their swing are still a significant number.

If your Graco swing suddenly folds up and stops working, you should know why. And if there’s anything you can do about it immediately, you should be able to try it on your own. Here are some of the reasons why your Graco swing may suddenly stop working.

1. Battery faults

If you’re using your Graco swing out of the power supply, the battery might just be faulty. There are many reasons why the battery for your Graco swing might be working improperly, and most of the time, you can fix it on your own.

Most times, the battery is only fitted incorrectly or dead. If any of the batteries fitted in the swing dies, it becomes unusable until you fix it. When your Graco swing stops working, it’s time to go check your batteries.

2. Alignments

Poor alignment can lead to an imbalance on a Graco swing, which may prevent the overall system from working. If your baby doesn’t swing when you think it should be, the swing may just be tilted the wrong way.

There are many reasons why this may happen, but a common one is that your baby is lying wrongly on the Graco swing. If your baby is still too young to use one, it helps to wait until you’re old enough, and if they are, you should set them on the swing properly.

3. Seat lock

As annoying as this may sound, one of the most common reasons why a Graco swing suddenly stops working is because someone accidentally hit the seat lock button. This button is a safety feature to prevent unsupervised swings that can cause injuries, and when pushed, the swing will stop working.

Before trying any advanced fix, you should check to confirm you’ve not locked the seat. It’s usually easy to undo the seat lock, either by pushing the button once again or by moving it to a position with an unlocked padlock.

4. Weight Issues

Your baby’s Graco swing usually comes with a weight rating. This rating is the maximum weight it can carry without either squeaking or failing to work entirely. Once your baby exceeds this weight, it’s best to stop using the machine completely.

If your Graco swing isn’t working, or if it’s producing a disturbing squeaky sound, it may be time to weigh your baby. If they weigh comfortably higher than the maximum weight rating, you should consider finding them something else to swing on.

5. Manufacturing and Assembly Problems

It will be insensitive to assume that every problem with your Graco swing is always from you when there are many pieces of evidence that that might not be the case. You may unfortunately purchase a defective unit that simply doesn’t work for no fault of yours.

If your Graco swing doesn’t work or stops working soon after your purchase, you should contact the company immediately.

Sometimes, you may also be the one who assembled the swing incorrectly. No one can blame you for that, it’s honestly difficult to assemble a Graco swing correctly. Representatives from Graco should confirm the problem and help you replace or fix it if that is possible.

gracco baby swing

How to fix a squeaky Graco swing

There are many reasons why your Graco swing may produce a squeaky sound while you use it. In this section, we’ll outline some of the reasons why your Graco swing may be producing a squeaky sound, and some clever ways to fix it.

1. Changing Gears

When using a baby Swing from Graco, you may notice a slight squeaky sound when it needs to turn to the other direction after reaching the top. Since this noise can be incredibly annoying, it’s quite understandable that you may want to stop it completely.

Unfortunately, that’s quite impossible. The Graco swing was designed to make that annoying little noise every time it needs to switch in another direction. Even if you’ll try out some alternatives, most other swings from other brands have the same squeaky noise, maybe even louder and more annoying.

Most people get used to the noise after some time, and so will you. It has no negative effects on your baby, and the characteristics of the sound make it a good way to lull your baby to sleep.

2. Wear

If you’ve been using your Graco swing for quite some time, it’s only natural that it starts to show some signs of wear. Fortunately, you don’t have to keep up with it, as the squeaky sounds of wear can be quite disturbing to your baby.

If you notice constant squeaky noise that’s certainly not from a changing gear, try to pinpoint the exact location of the noise. Put some excess oil in there and you shouldn’t have to deal with the sound again, at least for some time.

Alternatively, you can oil the entire swing. Oiling is neither a bad thing nor does it void your warranty. It’s just a way to keep it working in optimum condition since it’s made almost entirely of metal.

3. Balance

If your Graco swing has constant problems with balance, you may be hearing a squeaky sound during operations. There are a few reasons why your Graco swing might be imbalanced, and you should avoid all the causes to keep it working optimally.

A common cause of squeaky noise via imbalance is when your child supersedes the recommended weight limit of the swing. Your Graco swing should come with a maximum weight rating, and you should refrain from using the swing once your baby exceeds the limit.

Another reason why your Graco swing may be squeaky is due to poor assembly. If you assembled it improperly, the effects may range from making squeaky noises while it works to it not working at all.

If you can’t tell why it’s making squeaky noises, the best option is to call in customer support from Graco swing. They can usually tell what went wrong with your unit, and if possible, they’ll help you fix it or arrange for a replacement unit.

4. Assembly Errors

You don’t manufacture Graco baby swings; it’s pretty understandable if you made a couple of mistakes during the installation. Sometimes, the mistakes might result in the swing not working at all, and if you’re lucky, it might work with squeaking sounds.

If you hear any unusual sounds while using your baby swing, you should never ignore them. An easy way to fix it is by phoning Graco to help with the setup.

Alternatively, you can review your setup and fix all loose bolts and nuts. If that doesn’t solve the problem, you should try lubricating the erring parts to see if that changes anything.

While it may be fun to fix your baby’s Graco swing all by yourself, that isn’t recommended, as it will be too much of a hassle if you couple that with all the natural work you’re required to do as a new mum. Since Graco’s customer service is phenomenal, it’s hard to justify doing all the hard work.

baby with a teether in a swing


How to store Graco swing

If you have a Graco baby swing that you no longer use but would like to keep for future use, you’ll need to find a place to store it. Take a few precautions to ensure that the swing works properly when you bring it out for the next child, rather than just putting it away in the garage.

Step 1: Remove all of the batteries from the gadgets immediately! Batteries can fail and leak battery acid, in addition to running out of charge over time. Damage to the swing can result from this.

Step 2: If feasible, disassemble the unit and store it in its original packaging. Before you begin dismantling it, take a few photos if you decide to sell it rather than keep it for yourself. We’ll all be glad we did this in the long run!

Step 3: Clean and dry any cloth covers and other materials before storing them for an extended period.

Step 4: Put the swing in a place that is protected from the weather. Do your best to keep your home and garage free of spots that are too hot, too cold, or too humid at any given time of the year.

baby eating a block

Why is the light blinking on my Graco swing?

Most likely, the light is blinking because of low batteries. First, make sure you put in some new batteries. After you’ve done that and the light is still blinking it might be broken and your best option is to contact Graco support.

If you still have your warranty on it, it should be no problem to get a new one as Graco’s support is known for being very good.

What to do if your Graco swing won't turn off

First of all, try pulling out the batteries. This might reset the Graco swing so that when you turn it on again it will also turn off. If this doesn’t fix the problem, again, your only option then is to contact Graco support and ask them either for replacement parts or a new swing.

I suggest you try calling them even if there is no warranty on your swing anymore, they might still be able to help with the problem.

How to clean a Graco swing?

You can remove the seat cover to wash it. Depending on the model you have you can either throw it in the washing machine or wash it by hand. You can check on Amazon (by searching for the model) or on the website of Graco if you can wash your model in the washing machine or not.

You can wipe the frame with a cloth, some water, and a little bit of green soap. Make sure you don’t get too much water on the buttons as this may mess with the electrical parts of the swing and break it.

How to remove the Graco swing cover for washing

First detach the buckles on the back of the swing, after that you can detach the shoulder straps from the safety clips. If that’s done you should be able to get it off the frame.

How to set the timer on a Graco swing?

You can set the timer on your Graco swing by pressing the ”Timer” button. Press it one time and the timer will be set for 10 minutes, press it again and the timer will be set to 20 minutes and the third time it will be set for 30 minutes. If you don’t press the timer button and just turn on the swing it will continue working until you turn it off again.

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