How to choose a children’s swing, selection tips and reviews
Baby swing – are used not only for entertainment, but also for the physical development of the child’s body. They strengthen the muscles of the back, arms and legs, abdominals, develop coordination, train the vestibular apparatus, and have a positive effect on the nervous system. The swing helps to form the correct posture.
- Frame swing
- Hanging swing
- Electronic swing
Frame – construction of a frame and a seat suspended from it. Such swings are stable and mobile – they can be installed anywhere. However, they occupy a fairly large area. Swings are often equipped with play panels with light or sound effects. Frame swings are suitable even for the smallest children.
Suspended – differ in a simple design (seat and suspension). This type of swing is cheaper than frame swings and does not require much space. They are mounted, as a rule, in the doorway, which does not allow them to be placed anywhere. Hanging swings can only be used by older children, as they need to be “managed” to avoid hitting a wall or door frame.
Classic – a monolithic high-strength and stable design that cannot be disassembled and folded.
Portable – a prefabricated structure, which, if necessary, can be disassembled. A very convenient model for storage and transportation, but not as strong and stable as the previous one.
Electronic – automatically swing, which allows the parent to do their own thing. In this swing, you can adjust the level of swing and the position of the seat. Swings can be equipped with mobiles, tables with toys, musical and light accompaniment. Electronic swings are battery operated.
Swing-balancer – a beam fixed in the center of gravity in such a way that it is able to swing in a vertical plane according to the principle of weights. Two or even four children can ride on such a swing.
Swing-balancer-carousel – differs from the previous model in that it can move not only in the vertical, but also in the horizontal plane (in a circle).
Swing-swivel (pendulum) – consists of a metal support and a round seat suspended on it. This swing allows you to swing in any direction like a pendulum. The swing-swivel is installed on the street, since a concrete base is required for its installation.
Spring – consist of a seat (s) and a spring that ensures the movement of the swing (up and down). They are made in the form of a “butterfly”, “ship”, “frog”, “chicken”.
- Classic swing monolithic
- portable swing
- Spring swing
Number of seats
Most often there are single swings. There are also two-, three- and even four-seater models. The more places, the more complex and voluminous the design.
Babies up to 6 months – a swing cradle is suitable, in which children rock to sleep, and not for entertainment. These swings are equipped with a comfortable headrest. You can attach a mobile or rattles to such swing cradles.
For children from 6-8 months – a swing with a soft anatomical seat in which the child will be half-sitting will be a good choice. These swings are equipped with a five-point safety harness and you can attach toy bars to them.
child from 2-3 years – a swing is suitable in which the child will swing independently (swing-balancer, frame swing).
For older children, you can pick up hanging swings.
The maximum load on the swing for their safe operation. Depends on the weight and age of the child, as well as the number of seats in the swing. The older the child and the greater his weight, the higher this figure should be. In general, the swing must support not only the weight of the child, but also a stronger load.
- tree – eco-friendly, “warm” and durable material. However, its design options are limited and the price is quite high;
- plastic – durable and cheap material that can be given any shape and color. On the other hand, plastic is a colder material than wood;
- the cloth – light and pleasant to the touch material, but not strong enough. Therefore, fabric seats are found in swings for the smallest.
- metal – the most durable and reliable material that can withstand significant loads. However, the metal is susceptible to corrosion and is heavy, making it inconvenient to carry;
- tree – less durable option, but warmer. This is important in those swings where the frame is also a seat (for example, a swing-balancer);
- plastic – inexpensive, lightweight, but fragile and unreliable material. It is used for the manufacture of small swings for the smallest.
Seat belts – prevent the child from falling out of the chair during the swing. There are three- and five-point. Belts are especially relevant for babies.
security barrier – a bumper that performs the same function as seat belts.
Adjustable back – allows you to change the angle of the backrest, which ensures comfort for the child during the swing.
Remote control – allows you to control the swing from a distance. Found in electronic swings.
- If floor models are purchased, then the swing legs should not slide on the floor. When choosing a hanging swing, pay attention to the strength and reliability of the suspension (rope, chain).
When choosing a swing for a child, the most key requirement is safety, then reliability and environmental friendliness. You should not buy a swing from unknown manufacturers, as it is difficult to be sure of their assembly and quality.
The most famous swing brands are Bambi, Injusa, Kettler, Little Tikes, Smoby, TechnoK and others. There is no point in chasing the most expensive models, for example, Injusa. The swing device is very simple, so the most important thing is a strong and stable design, strong seats that do not bend, reliable fasteners. Well-known manufacturers always provide quality certificates for materials of manufacture, as proof of their safety and non-toxicity for children. These properties can be provided by almost any well-known manufacturer, including local ones.