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I wanted to get my daughter a swing for the garden but knew she wouldnt get much use out of it at the moment as she is so young so I started looking for alternatives to huge swing sets out there at the moment. I chose this 2 in 1 swing beacuse it only cost me 50 euro in Mothercare and it is really simple and small. Perfert for small gardens!
It seems very sturdy for small children and it wouldn't move easily if they tried to push it. It did seem to rust a little after the winter rain but not noticeable.
Also it is designed from 6 months until about 10 years so it suited my two year old perfectly. It is a pretty simple design and easy to assemble. It just consists of a steel frame and a plastic chair for the toddler to sit in and swing until their hearts content. There is a safety harness in the seat so your child is perfectly secure.
I am not sure if she would get much use of it it once she is past 7 because I think it is just too small for an older child. Even though it states otherwise. I love how I can store it in our garage out of the way during the winter months and my daughter loves tying in her babies and giving them a swing too.
I would recommend this to parents that dont have a lot of room in their garden or if they are on a budget as it is much cheaper than larger swing sets for sale at the moment.
My mother in law purchased this swing for my daughter for her 1st birthday. I think she purchased it from Toys R Us for around £50.
My daughter was thrilled with it. She loves swings and I felt it was good value for money as it is suitable from the age of 6 months to 10 years. The swing starts for 6 months to 3 years and then you start to adjust it as your child gets older.
My daughter was 1 so we started with the up to 3 years part. It stands to around 2 metres high and has a proper full seat which your child can put their legs through and sit comfortable in without the worry of them falling off or out of the seat. When you swing your child, it doesn't go too high so the swing and its frame will not fall over.
When you come to the point where you need to change the swing to the 3-10 years, there are poles to adjust the height of the swing and the seat changes to an older plank style seat which the child just sits on. Once you start using the swing for the older children, it does need to be secured to the ground otherwise it will just topple over.
It was very easy to assemble - I didn't need my husband! Haha! The instructions were very easy to follow.
My daughter has always had great fun on this swing and since moving to a new home with a garden it has come back out and my daughter is enjoying it again. She loves to see how high she can swing and loves to feel the wind whipping against her face. Kids are strange - I hate swinging on swings myself! It is definately worth the money and it will last a good few years too. Also, even when it has been out in the rain, there are no signs of rust yet which is an added bonus.
I have just bought this for my daughter and due to just having another it will be a great investment.
I bought this for £30 from an ex-catalogue shop in my local town Walsall. It ranges from the age of 6 months to 10 years old. The 6 months swing stands almost 2 meters high and has a safe full seat with two hole for the childs legs to go through. This is used to the age of 3 years. It doesn't go too high so the swing will not topple over.
The 3 to 10 years has extra height where you will add the extention legs to it and change the seat to the plank like seat and secure it into the ground which we have done with the swing at my dads to give it extra security so the children do not make it topple over.
It came in a big box with easy to read instructions on how to assemble. All the screws are safety screws so your child will not get scratched by the ends of the screws. I found this very easy to assemble and will say a monkey could do it.
You can invest in this from argos and littlewoods where you will pay almost £50 for so do have a shop around first your ex-catalogue shops are best to find a good deal.
We bought one of these for my son 5 years ago for my dads garden because we lived in a flat and it is still in use now so it has proved a great investment for the £50 that was paid for that one. Now that we are in a house ourselves I found the £30 pound one that is exactly the same this will work out a better investment for us with the younger of our children.
I have found that my children have great fun with this and will spend hours going back a forth on it giggling that their is a breeze blowing in their face. I have also found that my older child enjoys the bigger swing trying to go higher and higher and is proud to show how good he is at swinging and you get to sit down and relax when they get to this age.
If you buy this on-line or from a cataloge it will be delivered so their is no heavy lifting it does work out a bit more strenouse to buy it from a shop and carry it to a car eventhough it is cheaper. This is a brilliant outdoor toy that will last a few years so it is well worth the money.
This swing is suitable for babys from age 6 months and over, my daughter recieved this for her first christmas at 8 months old it cost me £50 at the time but that was nearly 6 years ago now.
It comes flat packed in a box and you have to assemble it your self, it isnt difficult to do and the tools needed were included with ours.
To begin with you only assemble the top half of the swing and use the baby seat provided with it which is a bucket style seat which is made of plastic and is very chunky, it has a high back to offer a lot of support which is ideal for a young child. It has a 5 point safety harness to keep baby secure in the seat and very safe indeed, this is extendable and suits your child from 6 months to 3 years.
This style seat would have been great and was at first when my daughter was very young but as she got to around 18 months old and wanted to climb into the seat her self it became more of a problem due to the safety bar on the front, i have seen similar swings without this bar that would have been a lot more ideal for her as it would have meant she could get in and out of the seat her self rather than me having to lift her in and out all of the time.
When you are only using the above stage of the swing you will need to store the other seat it comes with and the extensions for the legs untill your child is older.
It is easy to change the swing to being a full sized swing for a 3 to 10 year old as all you need to do is add the extra length to the legs and change the seat.
The seat this time is just a standard swing seat that is made of the same plastic as the first one.
This swing was great for us as with the small swing part to start with being so little we could have it in the house for my daughter to play on during the winter and out in the garden during the summer, i love the fact it extended so i wouldnt have to throw it away as she out grew it, it could grow with her.
Ours will be 6 years old in december, the tubes on the swing are still perfect, they havent rusted or wore at all, the seat is still in good condition although it has faded a bit with being left out in the sun but other than this it has been a fantastic swing.
In a parent's quest to find products and toys that will last longer than the average 6 month period that seems to be the norm with children's stuff I happened upon the Hedstrom 2 in 1 swing. At the time my 9 month old son loved swings and would squeal with delight as soon as he was sat in one and we decided to get one for our garden. I was taken by the idea of this swing as it combines a baby swing with a grown up swing allowing you to change both the seat and the height of the swing to adapt as your child grows. Priced no differently from the standard swings that I could see at the time I thought that this would be a better investment than purchasing a standard swing and then having to find a baby seat. I couldn't have been more wrong.
The baby swing is, in effect, a 1/3rd of the height of a full swing and comprises what will eventually be the top third of the full height swing down as far as the cross-support. The baby seat is a fully moulded plastic seat with a fairly high back and fixed tray. There is a three-point harness that goes from shoulders to crotch. When we looked at the available baby seats the Hedstrom version looked far superior. It looked more sturdy and had a higher back which I liked as I have a (possibly irrational) fear that a young child could fall backwards from a swing with a low back. In retrospect almost everything about the swing is wrong for any child bigger than about a year (although up to that point the problems are not too severe).
There's a basic issue in the height of the swing. I thought that a low swing would be perfectly adequate, after all, your average year-old isn't going to want to swing to the stars. How wrong was I?! The short rope lengths that attach the swing to the frame mean that the swing arc is extremely limited and my son bored of the swing very very quickly. He still enjoyed the swings at the park because the went higher and faster. Also, the heavier the child the harder it was to achieve a swing arc at all.
This issue could be fixed if you were to build the frame to full height and then get some more rope to attach the baby seat to. I'd imagine that this would be quite fiddly as the way that the rope is attached to the seat means that you'd have to be pretty accurate to get the swing to balance (basically the rope attachment also forms the support for the sides of the swing meaning that it would be absolutely essential that you got both sides the same length as top adjustments wouldn't be possible). However, there's another, more pressing reason why it just wouldn't be worth it.
The baby seat has a major flaw - you just can't get a larger toddler into it! It's big enough to accommodate a child probably up to the age of about three but physically impossible to get them into it! The tray at the front that forms the front safety bar is fixed and will not move at all. Due to the height of the back and the restricted space between the back and the front bar (imagine a highchair with the tray in place for eating) this means that when you try to lift a child into the seat the seat simply tips forward at an angle of about 45 degrees. If the baby seat had a fixed crotch bar this wouldn't be an issue as you could let go of baby and then secure the straps. However, there is no crotch bar and all that seems to happen is that baby (or toddler) simply keeps travelling and ends up coming out of the bottom of the swing. No matter how I've tried to do this, putting my son in from the front or back, the same seems to happen. If you strike lucky and manage to get your child's bottom onto the seat then doing the straps up is extremely fiddly as there's not much room to get down to the fastening near the crotch and you're forever frightened that, with one wriggle, the child will fall out of the bottom again!
The lack of a crotch strap also means that you MUST use the straps. Not an issue for a baby but I've soon learned that a toddler just doesn't understand why they should be restrained (particularly as this doesn't happen at the park). Tears ensue.
The grown up seat is fairly standard. It's moulded plastic again and fixes with nylon rope to the frame.
It's recommended that you concrete the swing into the ground. Again there are a few issues. My son is not big but even at this stage the swing tips with just gentle swinging (it's almost as though the geometry of the swing is off) and so I have to hold the swing all the time. On the low swing there's nothing that you could concrete in (the bottom of the legs have the support bar that will be a third of the way from the top of the full height swing running between them), and, even if it were to have how would you un-concrete it to build it up to full height?
The swing came flat packed and was fairly easy to assemble. Thankfully the rope on both swing parts was pre-fixed and all that was required was that the swing was hung from the fixings at the top.
We've had the swing just under a year and, naturally it's been kept outside. The frame is still in reasonable condition although the decals have already started to come off. I'm disappointed to see that the nuts and bolts that hold the frame together already have rust spots on them. Given a child's propensity to climb I'm not happy with this as I'd expect modern toys designed for outdoor use to remain rust-free for longer than we have had the swing.
In conclusion, what I thought was a bargain buy has turned out to be a waste of money (and space as it's received little use). I'd have been better buying a normal swing and then getting a separate baby seat. On reflection the Little Tikes seat looks good and doesn't suffer the issues that we have. I'm disappointed too with the build quality.
Enjoy spending your leisure time outside playing with your children. 18 months+