Buy Rechargeable Batteries for Baby’s Swing, Bouncer, and Toys

When Audrey was just five months old, I met another mother of a same-aged baby. Of course we started comparing notes. Does he do this yet? Does she do that yet? I found myself surprised when she asked me this question, though: “Do you find you go through a LOT of batteries?” Now we’d steered clear of battery-operated toys, swings, and other contraptions (mostly because they drive me nuts), so the answer was no.

However, many parents find battery-operated gizmos save their sanity in those early months. The problem is, batteries aren’t so great for the planet. They contain heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, and nickel. If you toss batteries in the trash, these metals can contaminate our water supply. The responsible thing to do is “recycle” them by taking them to someplace like Radio Shack. Unfortunately they do not really recycle the batteries, but they do dispose of them properly.

What’s a simple solution? Buy a battery recharger! If you plan on using baby swings, bouncers, or toys that require frequent battery changes, you’ll save money and the planet with this purchase.

This post is a part of Works for Me Wednesday. For more handy WFMW tips, head on over to We are THAT Family.


  1. man i learned this a little late in with our daughter but once i finally did it, man it was great! i always had one charged so at no time did I miss out on a much needed accessory!

  2. That has certainly saved us a lot of money…and kept may batteries out of the landfill!

  3. As much as I wanted to do that, I found it extremely difficult to find rechargeable C and D batteries, which is what most of the baby toys take! And by the time I did discover them, she didn’t need the swing and such as much. I really did hate to go through so many disposable objects, but I saved them so I could dispose of them properly.

  4. We got a secondhand baby swing that used D batteries. I, trying to be green, bought two sets of rechargable D batteries. They would only power the swing for about 15 minutes, where the regular batteries would work for an entire night. Finally, heartbroken at the sheer volume of batteries that I was throwing away (and broke from the cost!), I bought a swing that runs off AC rather than batteries. It was a tough decision, but, ultimately, my refluxy baby would not sleep unless he was in a swing, so it was worth it to me.

  5. Wow, Erin. I wonder if others have had this experience, too. If most swings run for just fifteen minutes on rechargable batteries, then using rechargable batteries doesn’t sound like a very good option after all.

    We bought Audrey a plug-in swing, but then she didn’t like it at all and we returned it. I believe Fisher Price makes it. I think you made the right decision! If you were going through two double-D batteries a night, a new plug-in swing would pay for itself in no time!

  6. Rechargeable batteries have come a long way in the last few years. I don’t know about the larger sizes, but I work in a camera store and I know from experience that the rechargeable AA’s can now last even longer than the disposables. Make sure you get Nickel Metal Hydride batteries (NiMH) if you have high-drain devices that you use often (like a swing). Rechargeable alkaline batteries will be more suitable to low-drain items that you use intermittently (like a flashlight). Proper care and charging will affect how long the batteries last, so read your manuals!

  7. Very good information, Gina. It’s good to know there are some effective rechargable batteries out there. Thanks!

  8. We LOVE our energizer rechargeable batteries and charger. It’s nice to always have batteries on hand and no waste!

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