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Mark bought this swing for Hollie a few years ago as part of her first Christmas present, I remember it was from Argos and cost around the £40 mark which was reasonable value considering Hollie has had over three years of use out of the swing and her sixteen month brother has been using it for the past few months too.
The swing required assembly but it was very easy, the main problems only occurring when we had to fit the top bar of the swing to the poles that make up the sides of the frame - if Mark had had someone taller helping (I'm just over 5ft) I think it would have been a bit easier for him but he had to make do with me, and I suspect I made the job slightly harder than it should have been. The sheet of printed instructions is helpful only for knowing which bolts are to be used for each section as once all the components are out of the box it's pretty self explanatory what goes where; there were two flat pieces of plastic that we couldn't work out what they were needed for, unhelpfully these weren't mentioned on the instruction sheet but we worked out they were for gathering up the excess rope once you've decided what height you want the seat of the swing to be.
It looks good in the garden, it's a standard green colour and on ours both the baby and junior seats are bright orange. There's been a minor level of fading to the frame over the three and a half years that the swing has been in our garden, this isn't really an issue although a friend has the same swing (bought at the same time) and hers hasn't faded at all which makes me question the consistency of the product somewhat. The rounded ends of the bolts stick out further than I'd like too, they're fairly high up and smooth but I still worry about Hollie tearing around the garden and banging herself on one of these bolt heads - over the years they've rusted too which spoils the look of the swing when you're close up to it, although hasn't lessened the safety aspect as the bolts haven't been weakened in any way.
Once you've put the swing together you'll need to find a piece of level ground for it to live; the end of each metal pole ends in a hinged 'peg' which pushed easily into the ground to give the swing some stability, this works to a point but after finding the swing lying on its side after a particularly blustery storm last year I've got to say that I wouldn't put too much trust in these pretty short pegs. In the box with the swing was a set of ropes which were marked as an optional way of adding extra contact with the ground - sounded like a good idea, until you realise that small children are likely to spend half of their day tripping over these ropes and the other half trying to avoid decapitation as they run aound the frame of the swing while playing chasing games. Our lawn is completely flat so we didn't need to use the ropes, the swing itself is extremely stable (when it's not windy!) and as we were only pushing very small kiddies they wouldn't really be going high enough to warrant it being tied down as well as plunged into the earth.
The two seats provided are a soft canvas baby-style swing seat and a long flat one made out of chunky plastic for when your child has progressed to sitting comfortably (and safely) on a normal seat. The baby seat is suitable from six months and transfer to the junior seat should take place at three years, Hollie has always had good balance so we swapped the seats for her when she was just over two years old and she has never looked back. She never looked very comfortable in the baby swing seat, mainly I think because she's never liked to feel confined and the fact that the base of the seat wasn't very well reinforced meant it would kind of squeeze in on itself once her weight was deposited - thereby causing the sides to come uncomfortably close to Hollie's body. The leg holes in the swing are quite narrow too, which wasn't an issue for Hollie as she's always been a skinny little thing but once I refitted the baby seat for her (much) chunkier brother I found his leg movement was restricted quite a lot as the leg holes were a bit 'pinchy' on his fat thighs. Another niggle about the baby seat is the fact that it's so awkward to get baby out of - the softness of the seat gives you no leverage to extract your child and usually I end up picking David up seat and all, kind of peeling the fabric down his legs to get him out. Not fun when you have a squalling baby who doesn't want to get out of the swing in the first place!
Swapping the seats over is simple, straightforward and a quick job to do - so easy in fact that we've even changed the seats for half an hour so that a friends baby could have a swing after Hollie had finished.
Swings are so much fun for children, and fabulous exercise too. Both Hollie and David love using this swing, so much so that I'm considering replacing it with the double version this summer to encourage them both to play together for longer periods now David is getting older. Obviously when buying any swing you need to consider how much room it's going to take up in your garden - it's easy to look at the dimensions and think about slotting it into a corner, but you also need to remember to leave space at the front and back to take into consideration not only the arc of the swing but also the fact that mum or dad needs to be stand *somewhere* to do the pushing! The dimensions as given by Argos are 183cm high, 151cm width and 174cm from front to back at its widest point. The maximum weight for using the swing is 45kg, while the baby seat can be used until your child is 20kg in weight - both of these figures seem pretty reasonable, although to be honest I think a 20kg baby/toddler would find the canvas seat a little cramped but if (s)he was too young or unbalanced to use the junior seat you'd be stuck!
I purchased my kid Active 2 in 1 swing from Argos priced at £39.99. I was looking for a swing that my 15 month could use now, but that wouldn't go to waste when she is a little older.
This swing comes with a nursery swing that is suitable for babies from six months and then you are able to extend the frame and add a junior swing for ages 3 years +.
The instructions were quite easy to follow, but beware not to tighten the screws until the end. I tightened them too much at the beginning and the swing was leaning to one side! This was easy to correct though. It it easier to assemble with two people- one to screw and one to hold the bolts.
The swing is blue and green in colour and looks attractive, the nursery seat is navy and the junior is light blue. The nursery seat has high back support and I feel that my child is secure in it. The seat has a strap to ensure safety. The junior seat seems quite sturdy, but I havn't used this yet.
There is only one problem, my daughter is quite tall, and her feet are touching the floor with the nursery frame. I think I will have to extend the height of the swing to the junior frame, but then she will be quite a distance from the floor. The frame is easy to extend, just need to add two poles with two screws and re adjust the poles that go into the ground. These ground poles secure the swing to the ground, just by pushing them in. The swing is steady and doesn't move off the ground once the ground poles are in place.
Bought this swing 2 years ago for my son's first birthday with an idea to transferring it to a junior swing at 3. No problems with initial build at 1. Two years on, we have just tried to convert it to a junior swing. An absolute nightmare and have given up! Firstly, you have to take the bottom nuts and bolts out of nursery swing - this was a hopeless task as the soil over the 2 years had made turning the screws impossible due to rusting. Also, the bottom poles where you insert the new unused poles were warped due to weathering and there is no way you can get the new poles into the existing frame. So our initial idea of buying one swing up to 10 years was pointless, as we now have to buy a new swing.
Having finished re-turfing our garden at the end of summer this year we decided to get our 10month old a swing as she seems to love the ones at the park so much!
I looked around at the choice available and found that a majority of swings from 6months onwards only go up to age 3 as they are only supplied with baby seats, I felt that she wouldn't get much use out of it as it was coming to the end of summer this year anyway. I did however come across the Kids Active 2 in 1 swing in Argos and decided to order it.
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£39.99 in Argos or Homebase. I felt that this price was really good for a 2 in 1 swing that will last my daughter until she is 10 as a lot of the swings up to age 3 are around this if not more.
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This swing has a metal frame which you put together at 2 different heights depending on the age, for the nursery swing seat (6mths - 3yrs) it is the lower height and for the child's seat (3yrs - 10yrs) you add an extra pole to each leg to raise the height. Both seats are supplied with the swing, the nursery swing seat is fabric and padded with a harness to keep baby strapped in, you can unclip the nursery seat quite easy to bring inside which is good as I wouldn't want to leave the fabric seat outside! The child seat is plastic.
It's quite easy to assemble and has four small poles to use as pegs to fasten into the ground. Please note if your ground is not hard enough you may need to concrete the poles in as it says on the instructions! Luckily ours is hard enough and the swing frame is very stable.
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The poles are green and the swing seats are blue, so universal colours. Quite common for some garden swings also, maybe it's so it blends in with your grass!?
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Currently with my daughter being 10months old we have only used the nursery swing and I have to say I am a bit disappointed with it. The swing seat causes my daughter to tilt forwards a bit and her feet touch the floor! At the moment it's not too much but I feel what I may have to do next summer when she is bigger is to put the rest of the poles on to make it to the highest level and add some rope to the seat straps so that she is higher off the ground. Also the seat isn't that big so as she gets nearer to age 3 I'm not sure if she will fit in all that well.
However for the price of the swing it isn't a major issue and will be easily fixed, my daughter loves it and laughs her head off so it was a very good buy!
We all moved house just before my son was born from a flat to a lovely 3 bedroomed house with a garden. We were all so happy because we knew in time my child would want a garden to play in.
It took us a while to get it all dug up, paved and grasse. My son was born of the march the following year and my grandmother said she would buy the garden toys for his first christmas. This swing cost £12.99 from the littlewoods catalogue. When it came you had two types of seats for the swing one was a normal plank like piece of plastic, the other was in the shape of a baby seat that had straps inside to ensure child safety.
When we put the swing up we noticed that you could have it so that it was a meter off the floor due to the strings for the baby seat of the swing were too short. So we stored the extra legs in the shed until he was big enough to go on the other seat. Due to it being christmas time we also couldnt put it outside or it wouldn't have got its full use. However it fitted nicely in the kitchen cupboard to be stored out of the way and we would get it out in the livingroom for him to play with.
This was made from metal and was clearly labled with letters to help you assemble it, also the instructions were easy to read and understand. The seat was made out of an orange plastic with sides a high back and two hole for my sons legs to go through. It also had a black material safety harness attached to the seat so when my child was sitting in it I was able to strap him in to keep him safe.
Now that he is 5 we have put the extra legs on the swing to make it bigger for him and have fitted the other seat too. We have also secured it into the ground outside so that he can go quiet high on it.
This was a good investment and after 5 years it is still going, the seat is a bit faded now due to the sun and rain but it hasn't weakend and the children still enjoy going to play on it.
I purchased this swing for my daughter when she was just under 1 year old. My reasons for choosing this product were that it included both a toddler safety seat and also a basic child seat for the swing, and it was a brand that I had seen quite a lot of in Argos and the reviews had seemed quite good.
When we erected the swing and my husband attached the toddler seat, I was immediately struck by how small the toddler seat was. It said that it was suitable for a child up to 20 kg, and my daughter was nowhere near that, being under 1 and also being particularly small for her age. Also the seat was very lightweight and moved about a lot as I tried to get her into it. The leg holes were very also very small and when I tried to lift my daughter out, I had to use the other had to pull the seat off her legs and feet.
Consequently, we didn't really use the swing a lot as I couldn't manage to get her in and out that easily, and she didn't like the seat as she was all crushed up in it.
The frame itself is sturdy enough and is fine once you have sunk it into the ground, and I would think that the basic child seat will be ok, when my daughter is old enough to sit on it. I have now had a look in Toysrus and various online stores and have found that toddler seats can be bought separately. These seem to be much sturdier (made of plastic or wood) and have drop down safety bars so they are much more like the ones you would find in a childrens's playpark. I will definately be buying one of these for this summer and putting the Kid Active toddler seat in the bin.
My little boy received the Kid Active 2 in 1 Swing as a gift from his grandparents when he was around 6 months old. It is currently available from Argos at £38.99. We also have the Kid Active canopy for the swing which attaches to the top in order to shade from sunlight and to keep the swing dry in winter. The canopy is also available from Argos at just £12.99.
Kid Active offer a wide range out outdoor activity toys for children, all of which are easily recognisable by the Kid Active logo and all seem to be very reasonably priced.
This product is fantastic value for money. It is essentially two swings in one which will serve your child from the age of 6 months all the way up to 10 years.
For ages 6 months to 3 years this swing includes a nursery seat. This is a soft padded seat with a back rest and an adjustable waist strap. It is suitable for children up to 20kg. For ages 3 to 10 years there is then a basic swing seat and extra poles which increase the height of the swing. The basic seat is suitable for children up to 45kg. There are also ground pegs included which will give the swing extra support.
The frame is made from powder coated steel and will therefore withstand the weather. The entire product is very smart looking, having a blue and green colour scheme. These colours seem to blend effortlessly with the garden without looking too bold or out of place.
My husband assembled the swing in our back garden. I am told that it was very straight forward and it must have been as he managed to have it finished within a very short space of time.
Our little boy absolutely adores his swing. He never fails to smile and giggle when pushed on it. He is a child who likes to be outdoors and we as parents encourage that. He has had plenty of use from this product so far and has happily played on it in warm and mild weather and also after the recent downfall of snow when he simply did not want to be indoors.
In just under a year the swing has fared quite well with weather and durability. The only part which has not is the back rest on the seat. This back rest has been strengthened with cardboard and so, even with the canopy attached, the rain has taken its toll on it and it has somewhat lost its rigidity.
This product is fantastic. It adjusts as your child grows and will serve them for such a long length of time, giving excellent value for money. It is plenty of fun and encourages healthy outdoor play. It is simple, straight forward, easily constructed and highly durable. It certainly gets my recommendation!
Durable powder coated steel frame and ground pegs for extra support. Fully assembled nursery seat with safety seat for extra protection. Suitable for children up to 20kg for nursery seat and 45kg for single swing.