When my wife was pregnant with our daughter, she went to our friend’s house who had recently adopted a newborn. Their daughter was very young at that point and they recommended a cradle swing that they dubbed, “a life saver.” It was the only thing that would soothe their child to get her to sleep.
We did some shopping around online and the model that was recommended had very high ratings and glowing customer reviews. My mother-in-law eventually purchased the swing for our daughter, but she never liked the swing at all. We figured maybe she would grow to like it, but the screaming never stopped and the swing eventually found its place in the basement never to be used again.
Its not like you can take your newborn around shopping for a device that they will eventually be comfortable in, but you can shop around on Craigslist, Freecycle, or any number of secondhand stores for larger devices like a swing. If your newborn doesn’t take to it, get rid of it by using that same service.
This way, you save money and you get rid of an item that your child clearly doesn’t like. It is almost as if you are renting the item in hopes of your child taking to it.