Baby swings are great for babies and toddlers. When your baby was an infant he or she probably enjoyed the self-propelled indoor swing that soothed newborns through continuous movement. However, soon baby outgrows those and an outside swing it usually the next option. Children love to swing. There are several options for a baby swing for your swing set and proper research will insure you purchase the right one. Searching on the internet will allow you to limit your choices by age, use, model, material and more.
Baby swing styles include high back molded swings, full bucket swings, and half bucket swings. Each type is made a little differently and has its own advantages. The high back molded swing has a high seat back with an adjustable seat belt (sometimes a 5-point harness) and molded bar support that often has a piece which fits between baby’s legs. This swing is suitable for infants.
The bucket swings are made for young children, 1 – 3 years old, and weighing up to 75 pounds. These are made of durable polymer. The full bucket wraps all the way around the child; while the half bucket has a back, but no front. The full bucket provides the most security for baby. The half bucket is designed to allow the child to learn how to make the swing move by him or herself and as a way to transition to a regular swing seat.
Purchasing swings with chains coated in plastic reduces the chances of being pinched. It also makes holding the chain easier for little hands. Babies and toddlers should never be left unattended in any swing, even one with a 5-point harness. If the swing has a seatbelt or harness system it should be used each time baby is placed in the swing, even when baby can sit up alone and the bar is used. Periodically check swings, chains and hardware to insure safe use.
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