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~~~ The Back Story~~
As our daughter is now three years old, toilet trained and finally sleeping through the night on a regular basis, I am finally in a better position reflect on which baby-related products I recommend as near necessities, those that would be "nice to have", and those that one could really do without.
An inspirational sensible friend bought this swing for another friend's child's first birthday. The birthday girl adored it, and spent the next six months living in it. I thought nothing more of it for sometime as our Millie was just six weeks' old at the time. As Millie started to approach her first birthday, I began to keep my eyes open for a suitable swing.
We ultimately bought this one on sale and without a box for the equivalent of five pounds: a fantastic price!
~~~ This Product ~~~
This 2-in-1 Snug 'n Secure Swing is designed for children from six months old and weighing up to 23kg. It comes in two colours: pink or blue. We have blue. The swing is suitable for use by itself as an attachment to one of Little Tikes' many jungle gyms; we used it as a stand-alone swing.
The swing is comes completely pre-assembled. The actual size of the swing as outlined on the website is: 41cm L x 41cm W x 44cm H. The seat and a safety t-bar are made of a heavy duty plastic; the two adjoining ropes are thick and sturdy. My husband attached the swing ropes to a wooden veranda cabana-like structure we have just outside our open-plan kitchen and dining room. He seemed to do this very easily: Millie was swinging in it within ten minutes of the swing being removed from the box.
~~~ My Experience ~~~
We have found it very easy to place a child in this swing and secure them in with the adjustable safety harness and the red t-bar. The red t-bar folds up and down to secure or release the child. This bar can be removed when the child is bigger. We haven't yet reached this stage, so cannot comment on how easily this might be done.
This swing is water-resistant and easy to use. We like the fact that it is suitable for very young children all the way to potentially those of school age depending on their weight. The swinging action is very smooth.
Finally, this swing shows no sign of wear and tear despite being in use and in the weather for more than two years. We are very happy with it!
Available from littletikes.co.uk for £26 plus £10 delivery (as at June 2013).