Thanks to the wonderful invention that is the internet, purchasing everyday household items is now easier than ever. However, the hard part about ordering online, is finding products that are of the quality and specifications that I am looking for. Without physically seeing an item in person, I have no idea just what kind of quality it will be, until I actually receive it. Take toddler swings for example. When bringing up young children, not only do you want them to have fun, but more importantly, you want them to be safe. Finding a safe toddler swing online is actually a lot harder than you would have imagined, as there are so many variables to consider. You need to know the size, weight, and various other specifications of the swing, plus of course, you need it to actually do the job it is designed to do. If you’re looking to enhance your child’s playtime and wish to invest in a safe toddler swing, take a look at the following, as I will very helpfully be compiling a guide for you based on finding the perfect safe toddler swing. As if that wasn’t enough, I’ll also be taking a detailed look at three of the most popular toddler swings currently on the market. So, without any further delay, let’s look at what finding the perfect safe toddler swing.
What is a toddler swing?
A toddler swing is exactly as it sounds – a swing that is designed specifically for use by toddlers, with adult supervision of course. The toddler sits in the specially designed seat, which is attached to a heavy duty chain or rope, which is then attached to a specially designed frame. The parent then gently pushes their toddler on the swing, resulting in hours of fun and excitement. Having a toddler swing set in your own backyard, means that you can bring the park to your toddler, rather than having to make the journey across town. Toddler swings help save you time and effort and they ensure that your child has heaps upon heaps of fun, all in the comfort of your own home.
Tips on choosing the perfect safe toddler swing
So, now that we know what toddler swings are, it’s now time to look at what we should do to ensure we choose the best toddler swing on the market. Toddler swing seats come in all shapes, sizes, and varieties, and the last thing you want is to put your toddler in danger through purchasing an inferior product. To ensure that never happens to you, here’s a look at a few tips on choosing the perfect safe toddler swing.
Choose the right seat for the right age
Remember, you’re looking for a swing seat for a toddler, and not all toddlers are the same age or size. When you purchase a swing seat, you need to make sure that you choose one which is designed to specifically fit children of the same age as yours. By doing this, you are helping to ensure that the swing seat is the perfect fit. For example, if you purchase a swing seat which is aimed specifically as five year olds, five year olds are much bigger than toddlers, which means that the swing seat will also be too big. This is the last thing you want because if the seat is too big, your child will not be secured in place, so they could slip out, which is simply not an option.
Look at the comfort of the seat
Once you’re satisfied that you’ve found a swing seat that looks like it is the perfect fit for your toddler, the next thing you need to do is look into the overall comfort of the seat. Remember, your child is going to be spending hours upon hours sat in this seat, hopefully having fun, so you must ensure that they are nice and comfortable at all times. In terms of comfort, the seat is obviously one of the main factors to take into consideration, as if the seat isn’t comfortable, you may as well not bother at all. Find out if the seat is padded, look at what it is made of, and see whether or not it is ergonomically designed. You also need to make sure that it isn’t made from a material that will rub onto your child’s legs and backside, causing a painful rash.
Don’t look for the cheapest option
We know that times can be hard, and we all hate spending more for something than we need to. As the saying goes however ‘you get what you pay for’ so if you buy cheap, you will likely get a cheap and inferior product that is of very poor quality. This not only means that the swing seat will likely wear down fairly quickly, but much more importantly, it means that your toddler could be in danger. The seat could snap or collapse at any moment, which is a thought that will obviously fill any parent with dread and despair. You needn’t look for the most expensive swing seats on the market, but don’t base your search primarily on price. Ideally you should look for swing seats between $30 and $150, which will give you plenty of options.
Make sure you choose the right size
Remember, swing seats have to attach to something, so when you are taking measurements, make sure you take the frame into consideration, as this is what will take up the most room. Figure out where the swing set will go and take an accurate measurement in the yard. Don’t forget to account for the fact that the swing seat will swing forwards and backwards, so you will need a large open space to ensure your child has plenty of room to swing freely.
Make sure you place the swing set on the correct surface – Not only do you need to ensure your swing set has plenty of open space around it, you also need to make sure the swing is set on the correct surface. As you know, toddlers generally spend as much time tripping over and falling over as they do walking, so they could very well fall out of the seat, or at the very least, take a tumble whilst trying to get in. Your swing set should not be placed on a hard surface like concrete, nor should it be on an uneven surface. The perfect surface would be soft grass or turf, or specially designed rubber like what you see in children’s playgrounds.
Consider the color
You may not realize it, but the color of the swing is also something that needs to be taken into consideration. You see, to you, a swing seat is a swing seat, no matter the color. To a toddler however, if they don’t like the color of the seat, there is no chance whatsoever, that they will sit in the seat and actually use the swing. Ideally you should find out which color options are available to choose from, and you should then simply sit your toddler down and ask them which color they would like the best. You also need to consider your other garden furniture because you don’t want the swing seat standing out like a sore thumb.
Look into the safety features
Safety is paramount when it comes to your children’s playtime, so you need to ensure you really pay attention when shopping for a brand new swing seat for your toddler. Take a look online and see what information you can find out in regards to the safety of the seat. You should also speak to the manufacturers if you can, and find out what they can tell you about the safety of the seat. For example, you need to know what the seat is made of, how much weight it can hold, whether it potentially contains allergens, and where it was made, and under which rules and guidelines. To set your mind at ease you may even wish to head online and ask other parents if they have any recommendations. The more info you can find out about a child’s swing seat and the various safety features and protocols it has in place, the better.
Three of the most popular and safest toddler swing seats currently available
Now that we’ve hopefully made things a little easier for you when you decide to shop around for a new swing seat, we’re not quite done helping just yet. If you’re still not sure where to look, or what to look for, take a look at the following, because I’ll now be listing three of the most popular, and the safest, toddler swing seats.
Playstar Commerical Grade Toddler Swing
First up I’ll take a look at one of the finest examples of a safe and reliable toddler swing currently available. The Playstar commercial grade toddler swing is considered to be worth every cent by many. The swing seat is suitable for toddlers aged between 9 months and 36 months. It has a weight rating of 155 lbs, which is more than enough for a toddler, in fact, there are some adults that weigh less than that. The seat includes a fully adjustable lap belt, for comfort and support, and it is made from Playstar’s most durable and safest material yet. The chains are superior strength and welded in place, and they are coated in soft rubber. This not only helps ensure that the swing seat is safe and sturdy, it also means that your toddler’s hands will be protected if they do attempt to grab onto the metal chain. The rubber coating also provides protection against the elements, so the swing will last years outdoors. Made in the USA, this will help set your mind at ease as you can be sure that stringent health and safety protocols have been enforced and adhered to, resulting in a product that is not only of the finest quality, but one that is also incredibly safe.
Up next we have this great offering from Jungle Gym Kingdom. Suitable for toddlers aged 12 months and older, this super-sturdy swing seat is perfect for the more safety conscious amongst you. With a seat made from 20% polyethylene, and 80% EVA, the seat is much, much safer than sturdier than many other cheaper and more inferior products on the market. The Jungle Gym Kingdom seat has been designed to meet ASTM standards. It is worth noting that the swing must be attached to a Jungle Gym Kingdom Swing Hanger, which will need to be purchased separately. What’s more, the material is coated in several layers of rust-proof material, so with care and maintenance, the swing will last years, even in extreme weather conditions. The safety benefits don’t stop there however, as the chains have also been designed to be pinch-resistant as they are coated in soft plastic, so your child will never hurt themselves as they swing.
Finally we have the Step 2 infant to toddler swing seat. This is the cheapest on my list, but don’t let that fool you, as this swing seat is safe and is very well made. Rather than metal chains, this swing seat comes with weather-resistant rope. The seat is easy-loading, it has no sharp edges whatsoever, and it has been designed with comfort and safety in mind. Suitable for toddlers aged between 9 months, and three years of age, you will get plenty of use out of it. With a weight limit of 50 pounds, virtually all toddlers will easily be able to comfortably and safely fit into the seat and have the time of their lives.