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After a previous disaster with a toddler swing seat which I purchased last year (see my other review), I have been on the look out for a more substantial and easy to use seat ready for the warmer (and hopefully drier) weather. I found the Multi Stage Swing Seat in Argos for £24.99.
In the box you get the "bucket" part of the swing which has no back but does come up at the sides where it fixes to the ropes, a back for the swing and a "T bar".
The ropes are already fitted to the swing and attached to it by moulded plastic fixings. The top end of the ropes are attached to your (previously purchased) swing frame which will need knotting securely around the metal fixings.
For a swing for a 9 month old you will need to attach the back to the swing and also the T bar at the front. These all snap click into the plastic moulded clips. In addition, there are also white tummy straps fitted to the back of the swing which can be secured around the child to stop them moving about in the swing seat. I am sure that this would be quite useful for a younger child as the swing base itself is quite large (due to it being multisized) and a very small child would probably move about too much.
Once your child is a bit older, you can remove the T bar and just rely on the straps to keep them in, and similarly when they are between 2 and 5, and capable of being able to hold themselves in independently, you could discard the straps totally. You are not advised to remove the back from the swing until they are 5 years plus.
There is plenty of room on the base of the swing for your child to grow. The problems I have had with previous toddler swings is the difficulty in getting your child in and out with a T-bar in place. This however has plenty of room for feet and legs to go through the holes, and because the swing is made of plastic and is slightly heavier than the material versions, it doesn't "ride up" with the child when you are trying to get them out.
My daughter absolutely loves the swing. She has used it herself and has also placed her dolls in it and pushed them backwards and forwards. For the money this is a really good item which hopefully we will be able to use for a few years to come.
Swing can be used by children from 9 months to 5 years of age. Made from sturdy injection moulded plastic with ropes fitted.