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Summertime is a wonderful time for babies and toddlers.
Playing with toys in the garden, helping water the plants, and eating outside are just some of the things they enjoy doing.
However, for most children, one of their favourite activities involve going on the swings.
I think almost every baby and toddler enjoy swinging backwards and forwards repeatedly for hours on end.
As a parent, it’s a good workout for your arms!
So rather than go to the park every time, why not get something for the garden? An outdoor swing is a great way for you to play with your baby outdoors.
It can be tricky to find the right one though, which is why in this blog post I will look at some of the best outdoor baby swings so you can see which is right for you.
Here’s a table comparison for a quick overview of the various options, before I dive into the pros and cons of each one.
What to consider when choosing an outdoor baby swing
Before going shopping for an outdoor baby swing, here are a couple of things that you should consider.
Your baby’s age
First, make sure to consider how old your baby is. While it’s tempting to buy a swing that your child can continue to use as he or she grows up, you must make sure that it is safe for a younger child.
How long will you use it for?
In addition, think about how long the swing will last in your location. Some swings are made from material that is not only designed to withstand use in the sun, but also to resist splintering or cracking.
It’s best to look for a swing that will be durable enough to stand the test of time.
Step2 Infant to Toddler Swing Seat
This is an incredibly durable swing that has a 50 pound limit. Because it works easily for both infants and toddlers, it is a great option for parents looking for a swing that will grow with their child. The swing itself weighs just over 5 pounds, making it light enough for parents to push.
Not only is this swing durable, it is easy to wipe down for cleaning. It also securely fits around the child, and it has a section between the legs to prevent the child from slipping down in the swing.
- High back offers additional support
- Ships with weather-resistant rope
- Can be used on a tree or a swing set
- Doesn’t come with all necessary hanging hardware
- Safety harness is attached and can’t be removed
Bucket Toddler Swing with Chains
The recommended age range on this swing is for children from two to ten years old. Children younger than two won’t have the back and neck strength to ride in this swing, while at the same time older children who are too big won’t be able to easily fit. Made from hard plastic, it is rigid enough that it won’t lose its shape when a child gets in the swing.
Toddlers can twist and turn in this swing to enjoy 360 views while swinging without any risk of falling out. This makes them very comfortable and gives them a sense of independence.
- Size is ideal for a wide range of children
- Heavy-duty construction will last for years
- Durable chains allow confidence when swinging
- Doesn’t offer a lot of back or neck support
- Doesn’t feature safety straps
Simplay3 Snuggle Swing
Designed for children who are between nine and thirty six months and weigh up to 50 pounds, this swing is designed to be durable, safe, and long-lasting. It features both a seat harness and a lap bar to ensure that the baby is safely contained in the seat at all times.
Thanks to the comfortable shape of this seat, children will feel secure and snug. This means that they will be able to enjoy themselves when swinging and won’t feel any fear that they are going to fall out, which gives them confidence when in the swing.
- Double-wall construction won’t easily break or become damaged
- Fully assembled and ready to be hung
- Safety bar and harness keep baby safe
- Inner thighs can be pinched when handle bar is pulled
- Can be difficult to lock the straps
Little Tikes 2-in-1 Snug ‘n Secure Swing
Even though this swing only weighs three pounds, it can easily support toddlers up to 50 pounds. It’s ideal for older children who are at least nine months and have excellent back and neck control, while infants are not able to hold their heads up to swing.
Children up to four years old can swing in this swing, thanks in part to the ability to move the supportive T-bar out of the way. Additionally, the ropes are easy to adjust, which makes compensating for hanging it on an uneven tree easy.
- Can be used both indoors and outdoors
- Hinged T-bar won’t pinch legs and is easy to maneuver
- T-bar can be moved out of the way for older children
- Ropes can become uneven when swinging
- Can be difficult to release shoulder straps when getting out of the swing
Pagacat Kids Swing Seat
It can be tricky to find an outdoor swing that will work for all ages of a child, but this is a great option. It can easily support up to 300 pounds of weight and transforms between three styles for growing children.
Children six months to three years old will appreciate the support of the green T-bar and the waist strap. As children grow, until they are six, the included waist strap keeps them safe in the swing. Finally, children older than six until they are teenagers can still enjoy the swing without the waist strap, thanks to the wide and flat swinging surface.
- Bright colors appeal to young children and won’t fade in the sun
- Adjustable rope makes it easy to hang the swing in any location
- Swing will not tip or cause the child to slide out
- Safety belt can break off with regular use
- Ropes will need to be replaced as children grow and get heavier
What’s the best way to mount a swing?
How you are going to mount your new outdoor baby swing will play a huge role in which swing you buy. Many can be mounted on a tree limb, but if you have a playset and want to mount the swing on that, then you need to consider the chains and attachments.
How will my baby stay safe?
It’s important to look for a swing that is designed with the safety of your child in mind. Make sure that you look for one with a durable buckle that is strong enough to hold your baby in place when they are swinging. Also check for how well the swing is attached to its cords or chains.
What material is best?
Most outdoor baby swings are now made of plastic, while in the past you could easily find ones that were made of wood. Plastic doesn’t require as much upkeep as wood and is much less likely to break or weaken when used.
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