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Received this as a surprise birthday gift for my two year old son. Intitially wasn't particularly pleased as I wanted garden toys he could use pretty independently (just had a new baby so wanted him to be able to entertain himself while I was attached to the sofa for a few weeks) and was worried I would spend all summer with him shouting at me to come put him on the swing and push him.
This took quite a while. My husband sat in the garden on his own for approx 45 minutes putting everything together. He needed a little help when he was hammering the stakes into the ground just holding the opposite side. The bottom of each leg has a metal stake attached which need to be hammered into the ground to give extra security.
This swing comes with two seats. One infant seat which is a bucket seat with a five point harness and then a traditional swing seat. We debated which seat to put on, knowing if we put the infant seat on it I would have to put him in and take him out every time he wanted to use it. We ended up putting the traditional seat on to see how he went with it.
He intitially started out swinging on the side bars and flipping himself upside down. He thought this was great fun and im pretty convinced this is what he thought the swing was for. He was quite hesitant when we first put him on the swing seat and pushed him. He couldn't find his balance on the seat and clung on to the strings for dear life while wobbling forwards and backwards on the seat. He chose instead to lay on the seat on his belly and kick himsef off with his feet and swing like that.
We then had our nephews over who are older and they confidently used the swing seat as its meant to be and my son wanted to follow on their footsteps so sat on it normally and hasn't looked back since. Yes he does need help to get onto the swing but he enjoys sitting on it and attempting to swing himself and allows likes for us to push him. If we aren't available and he is playing in the garden on his own then he swings on the side bars or on his belly.
The swing appears to be very sturdy and there has been no movement of the legs at all. They don't move while the swing is in use. The swing seat is a thick sturdy plastic so no bend in it and the ropes are thick.
The only thing that will be interesting (a pain) is when my youngest is old enough to go in the toddler seat and how easy it will be to change between the two seats so they can both use the swing. I will update when we have experienced this!
High back, chunky blow moulded seat with 5-point safety harness for children aged 6 months - 36 months. Rounded junior seat with adjustable ropes for children aged 3 years - 10 years.