Our little angel, Orla, is 14-weeks-old today and last night was the first difficult night since her arrival. She would not settle to go to sleep after her 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. feed. She was up feeding every 2-3 hours, which was different from her 6-7 hour night stretches she was having previously. I guess this was our first taste of what people were talking about when they said you won't be able to get any sleep? Ever since she was born, she ate well and had no problem falling asleep. That awful transition of going from the two of us to having a newborn didn't really happen. I never napped when she napped and I was on an ultimate high everyday all day. Before her arrival, I was up at 1, 3, and 5:00 a.m. (sometimes not being able to sleep at all) my last three months of the pregnancy, so it was perfect training and I actually got more sleep once she was here. Plus, we had spent 3 years trying to get pregnant and went through everything under the moon to try and conceive, so holding her, getting up with her in the night, and seeing her is still a miracle and such a treat for us. She really is our dream come true!
However, last night was different! She turned from out little angel to our little devil. Brendan spent an hour and a half walking her until she fell asleep. When she woke up hungry, I was so tired. I fed her and she wouldn't fall back asleep like she normally does. I jumped out of bed, stomped downstairs, and grabbed the swing (Fisher Price: My Craddle 'N Swing -Snuggle Bunny). I must have banged it off every wall on the way back up while walking with one eye open. That swing is so big and bulky. I was in no mood to fold it down. I was willing to try anything and just wanted to get it upstairs and get her to sleep, so I could go back to bed. I plugged it in ... and it DIDN'T work! Aaargh! I put Orla in it and swung it with one arm from the side of the bed and she fell asleep in 5 minutes.
I googled "how to repair a baby swing that won't swing" and found this awesome website. It made it look easy. There are instructions as well as a ton of pictures. I am a visual person, so it was perfect. Who would have guessed that you need to replace the dead swinging motor with an air freshener motor! Since my swing is a bit different and I used a different air freshener, I posted my pictures below. I guess Fisher Price Swings stop working frequently, especially after a bunch of uses. Several people have complained about this, but how long do you think it would last knowing now that it operated with an air freshener battery ?
Someone gave me my swing ($165 value). I usually buy second-hand things, so this could happen to you, too! Hopefully, this post can help someone save some money and not feel like they have to go out and buy another swing if the motor stops working. I didn't want to go out an buy a new one, so if other people replace the motor, than why can't I? The only cost is the price of the air freshener. I paid $7.09 for mine at Walgreens. Look below on how to get the motor out of the air freshener. You will need a screwdriver to unscrew the screws and a scissors to cut the battery wires at the end.
All swings are quite similar inside and I guess you can do this to pretty much any swing. You will need to unscrew a bunch of screws and take off one layer at a time to get down to the motor. Take pictures with your phone and label screws as you go if you don't trust yourself to put it back together. It seems difficult, but you can do it. There will be a lot of wires and pieces, but don't let that scare you. I am not an electrician and have never done anything like this before. Here is what the inside looked like as I took it apart to the find the battery. You can see a clear picture of the swing battery in the bottom right picture. It looks like a votive candle.
Now, the tricky part for me is actually replacing the swing battery with the air freshener battery because it involves soldering. Soldering means to use a metal alloy to connect two pieces of metal. I have never done this before and I do not have the tool. I asked a friend who does his own electrical things if I could borrow his soldering gun and electrical solder wire. Solder can contain lead, so try to use lead-free solder and make sure you do this in a well-ventilated area.
Well, ... this all looked so easy on the Instructables Website and thought I would do a similar post because my swing didn't quite match his swing and was hoping I could help you, but I just could not get everything to work! I have installed tiles in my laundry, hardwood floors upstairs, fixed a loose faucet, ... or whatever needed to be done while my husband, Brendan, was away at work ... but could not get this to work! I have to admit that no Youtube Video or research online could get me to want to conquer this feat and with my daughter waking up from a nap ... my advice is to go to an awesome second-hand store and get a good deal on a swing, ask a friend if you can use theirs, or buy one brand new to avoid this problem altogether! I hope this doesn't happen to you!