Ah, the great outdoors! Fresh air and sunshine!
Nothing could be healthier for babies but you don’t want to just plop them on the lawn where all kinds of things can happen – beginning with those troublesome bug bites.
Fortunately, there’s an answer…
Just strap the babe safely in one of the many inexpensive outdoor swings that thankfully populate the baby- and infant-care market. Unlike
Unlike indoor swings, gliders, rockers, vibrators and so forth, these products are very different.
First and foremost, they’re obviously designed to be more rugged and withstand all kinds of weather. At first glance, they’re extremely simple devices (basically a bucket or seat of some sort that hangs from a tree or a suitable bar) but they’re made with a high level of safety in mind as parents justifiably expect and demand.
Here are five of the best available out there right now:
Eastern Jungle Gym High Back Full Bucket Swing With Coated Chain
This is one intensely strong swing.
The seat is made of heavy-duty copolymer plastic that’s coated with galvanized hardware. Equally heavy-duty is the 66-inch, zinc-coated chain.
The unique design features a completely enclosed high-backed, full-bucket body. For extra durability, it is rust-proof. This is close to the swing mom and dad enjoyed in the school play yard.
This is close to the swing mom and dad enjoyed in the school play yard.
Parents will be delighted to know that it is fully assembled right out of the box, and it can be attached to most beams up to eight feet six inches high. The chains are said to actually stronger than rope. The manufacturer promises that the chains are comfortable for those tiny hands and won’t pinch.
The deep bucket seat design perfectly balances the occupant, so there shouldn’t be any forward-flipping.
Little Tikes 2-in-1 Snug ‘n Secure Swing
This Little Tikes is one of the most versatile models that we tested.
It boasts sturdy hinged T-bar and easily adjustable shoulder strap, resulting in a quick and easy experience when it comes to getting the baby and out.
But here’s the bonus: As the baby gets bigger and doesn’t need straps any longer, they easily store out of the way. In other words, it’s a swing that can be used by babies and toddlers, all in one well-made unit.
The weight limit is up to 50 pounds.
Made of hard, durable plastic, the swing is attractive, colorful, and sure to please.
Step2 Infant to Toddler Swing 1-Pack
Versatility is also the hallmark of this Step2 swing, one of the highest rated by consumers themselves.
It comfortably fits even the littlest ones and is easily adjustable to accommodate toddlers as well.
The harness is one of the most flexible and easy to use that we’ve seen.
The rope will resist the weather well, and the seat is a snap to clean. You won’t even have to bring the seat inside when it’s not in use.
And, with its back rest and contoured bottom, it’s among the most comfy swings on the market.
The weight limit is 50 pounds.
Fisher-Price Infant to Toddler Swing
Here’s another one that accommodates swingers from baby to toddler.
And it has a special bonus – an included tray for toys or snacks. The tray quickly and easily moves out of the way when it’s time to put the baby in or get him out.
The tray works along with the three-point harness to ensure safety and security.
It also reclines so it that be used for little ones as young as six months.
Properly set up, this entry shouldn’t twist, tip, or roll, the major potential pitfalls of outdoor swinging.
The weight limit is slightly lower than other swings – this one is listed at 45 pounds max.
Little Tikes Cozy Coupe First Swing
This one’s definitely an eye-popper. Most outdoor baby swings look like … well … what they are – swings. But here we have what appears to be an automobile, with great bug eyes and a smiley mouth for the grill.
To keep the car theme going, it includes an auto-style seat belt and even a horn.
It quite easily attaches to an existing swing set and can safely and comfortably be used by babies, infants and toddlers who weigh up to 50 pounds.
For the littles ones, a high back serves to support even babies who are barely able to sit up on their own.
As stated, outdoor baby swings are extremely uncomplicated products.
In days of yore, parents even made their own out of old tires other items. Just attach some rope, and you have a swing. But in this day and age, that just won’t do. As with all
But, in this day and age, that just won’t do. As with all baby products, we’re looking more than anything for safety and security. Anything that looks the remotest bit flimsy just isn’t going to cut it.
All five of the above products are justifiably rated very highly in terms of safety, and that’s how it should be. So what it comes down to is principally how the product looks.
Some of these are more industrial and “outdoorsy” in appearance than others, but each and every one will provide long-term enjoyment – along with peace of mind.
So get that baby out of the house and into the yard for some sun, fun, and real nature sounds.