Playgrounds are most toddler’s favorite place to be, but it can require a lot of hands-on supervision from parents. That’s why slides and swings are such a fun and smart additions to your home for the warmer months of the year. Toddlers can enjoy playing and exploring on their own equipment with less risk of falls, scrapes, and germs and you can enjoy some hands-free time to take care of your own tasks or just rest for a few minutes. With so many different options on the market today, it can be difficult to decide which slide is the best option for your little one. These seven slides are some of our favorite options for the toddlers in our lives.
The Best Toddler & Baby Slides
1. LAZY BUDDY Kids Slide
(Best for older toddlers — $$)
Why it’s great: This slide is wonderful if you want something that will grow with your little one. The length of the slide is adjustable so that it can work for younger or older toddlers alike. There is a basketball hoop on the side which adds more fun for your little one. The slide is sturdy and durable as well as stable, so it will last through anything a rough and tumble toddler can throw at it. The assembly is easy, and it is simple enough to keep clean with an occasional wipe-down.
Keep in mind: The stickers tend to come off in the weather so keep that in mind if you plan to keep it outdoors.
Good for: Kids ages two and up weighing up to 120 lbs.
2. Indoor Outdoor Playground
(Best set — $$$)
Why it’s great: Not only does this set have a smooth slide, it also has a swing, desk, basketball hoop, and soccer net. Your child will love having more options for outdoor play. The setup is small enough that you could even move this playset indoors if you wanted to. The stairs to the slide are non-slip and an easy climb for your toddler. The slide itself has a 3 stage gentle slope which provides a little buffer so your child doesn’t go flying off the end. It is also easy to assemble and to wipe down when it gets dirty.
Keep in mind: Some parents have originally claimed that the box was missing parts, but it actually comes in two boxes that sometimes arrive on different days.
Good for: Kids ages one to six weighing up to 66 lbs for the swing.
3. Little Tikes Little Baby Bum Wheels
(Most interactive — $$)
Why it’s great: The design of this slide is fun and interactive, which makes it perfect for the curious toddler in your life. The bus design is fun for little ones to play on and the musical interface plays nursery rhymes, which can help with teaching cause and effect to toddlers. The slide has a gentle slope so it’s great for young toddlers because they won’t be able to pick up too much momentum on the way down. The assembly is easy, and the slide is small enough that it doesn’t take up too much room inside or outside.
Keep in mind: There is no off button for the sound effects so the music can be played at any time unless the batteries were removed.
Good for: Kids ages one to three weighing up to 50 lbs.
4. Jungle Gym Slide and PlaySet
(Most entertaining — $$)
Why it’s great: This slide also has a climbing structure, toss target, and ball pit attached. It is made of safe and sturdy plastic with interlocking tubes and double self-locking springs. It has a cute star design around the ball pit that will grab your child’s interest. The slide is small enough that your toddler won’t be scared of the height and the ball pit will keep them entertained for hours. It’s easy to assemble and small enough to fit nicely in a playroom.
Keep in mind: Although this one does come with 50 balls, most parents think this isn’t enough and recommend buying extras to fill the ball pit.
Good for: Kids ages one to three, combined weight up to 150lbs.
5. Little Tikes Hide and Seek Climber
(Best cute design — $$)
Why it’s great: Not only does this swing have a super cute playhouse design, it is very toddler-friendly, especially for younger toddlers. It is low enough to the ground that you don’t have to worry about your little one tumbling off and hurting themselves but tall enough that they will still enjoy the task of climbing up and sliding down. The sloped design of the stairs is easier for young toddlers to maneuver on their own and the tunnel underneath gives them additional places to explore. The slide is easy to put together and lightweight enough to move around easily.
Keep in mind: Some parents have complained that this slide is too lightweight, so if you plan to keep it outside, there’s a chance that it could blow over.
Good for: Kids ages one to three weighing up to 45 lbs.
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6. Little Tikes First Slide
(Best budget option — $)
Why it’s great: Sometimes simplicity is what’s best, which is the case with this slide. There aren’t any complicated or gimmicky additions but it’s just as much fun for toddlers to climb up and slide down. This is a slide that I personally purchased for my son and he has played with it from the age of two years old. He is now four and still loves to play on it every chance he gets. It is easy to set up, as the pieces just snap together, and it can be taken apart just as easily for storage.
Keep in mind: It takes a considerable amount of force to get the two pieces snapped together. If you don’t snap it together all the way, the arms can come off while your little one is on it.
Good for: Kids ages two to six weighing up to 60 lbs.
7. Climbing Play Tower – Slide and Chalkboard
(Best convertible slide — $$$)
Why it’s great: This slide is made of natural wood and is extra sturdy. It can also be removed or folded up to convert this into a step stool or a chalkboard. It makes a great stool for your child to help in the kitchen. The bottom of the slide is the chalkboard, so when it’s folded up your toddler can draw and create to their heart’s content. You can also add on a Pikler triangle and turn the slide plank into a bridge. With so many options, your child will get endless hours of use with this slide set.
Keep in mind: Although this slide is very versatile, you’ll need an adult to convert it to make sure it’s done correctly.
Good for: Kids ages three and up weighing up to 180 lbs.
8. Step2 All-Star Sports Climber
(Best multi functional slide — $$)
Why it’s great: Kids have short attention spans, which is what makes this slide great because it has a variety of activities for your little one to keep them occupied and happy. If your toddler enjoys sports-related activities, they will love the toys that this slide offers. The sloped climbing ladder is a little bit easier for younger toddlers to maneuver and they can enjoy climbing on and underneath it. The slide is sturdy and durable once it is assembled but also lightweight enough that it will not be a pain to move around.
Keep in mind: The instructions for assembly are somewhat lacking as they only provide pictured instructions instead of words. This it can be a little bit more difficult to put together
Good for: Kids ages two to six weighing up to 60 lbs.
9. The Lovely Kids Wooden Slide
(Most aesthetically pleasing — $$$)
Why it’s great: This is a white, wooden slide with a unique design that makes it fit right in with modern decor. It looks great in any room and barely looks like a toy. However, your toddler will delight in playing on this slide. It is nice and sturdy and the steps are easy for a young child to climb. The slide is smooth and the sides are higher, so there’s no risk of your toddler falling off mid-slide. This is a popular design and even Prince George got one for his first birthday!
Keep in mind: This slide is an indoor slide. It can be used outdoors, but because it is made of wood, it would need to be kept covered and dry.
Good for: Kids ages one to six weighing up to 110 lbs.
10. Step2 Foldable Slide
(Best for small spaces — $)
Why it’s great: This slide is fairly small anyway, but it also folds up easily when not in use. It is sturdy, but still light enough that it is easy to lift and move when needed. You can set this up in the nursery, backyard, or even take it with you to the park or when visiting family. The steps are large and easy for a toddler to climb and the top of the slide has handrails for your child to grip. It is quick and easy to assemble and doesn’t even require any tools.
Keep in mind: This slide does slip and move on hardwood or tile floors, so you’ll want to put a rug under it if you can’t have it on carpet.
Good for: Kids ages one to four years old.
11. Welspo Freestanding Slide
(Best value — $$)
Why it’s great: This is a high quality slide at an affordable price. It is longer than most toddler slides, but has a great buffer area at the bottom to keep your child from building too much momentum. The steps are non-slip and easy for a toddler to climb and the handrails are easy for small hands to grasp. It also comes with a basketball and hoop attached to the side for added entertainment. It works great both indoors and outdoors and is easy to assemble and wipe down to keep it clean.
Keep in mind: While this slide is not foldable, it is easy to unlock and disassemble for storage.
Good for: Kids ages one to six years old.
12. Adventure Climber Slide
(Best outdoor set — $$$)
Why it’s great: This is a climbing structure, fort, and slide all in one package. The slide itself is extra wide, has easy to grip side rails, and is small enough that your toddler won’t be afraid or get hurt using it. It has a ladder with handles that make it easy for your child to climb to the platform. Holes allow your child to crawl through the bottom into their own little fort. There they’ll find a steering wheel and a dashboard that they can play with. It is super durable and is UV and weather resistant, making it perfect for outdoor use.
Keep in mind: This one is a little more difficult to assemble, but follow the instruction manual and you should be able to get it done in a reasonable amount of time.
Good for: Kids ages one to six weighing up to 60 lbs, max of 3 kids at a time.
FAQs about Toddler Slides
1. What age are toddler slides for?
That will depend on the weight limit for the slide you choose. A good rule of thumb is the ages one to three but if you decide on a slide that has a higher weight limit, it could last your little one much longer than that.
2. Should I keep my toddler’s slide inside or outside?
If your little one’s slide has electronics or lots of sticker decals on it, it might last longer indoors than it would outdoors. If it’s more of a simple, solid plastic design, then the only thing that being outdoors will affect is color fading.
3. What slide is best for my toddler?
That will depend on your little one’s age as well as how long you want the slide to last for. If you want to buy one slide that will last indefinitely, something like the Lazy Buddy slide might be your best bet. If you want something simple and inexpensive, the Little Tykes First Slide might be perfect for you.
There are so many slides on the market today that it can be an overwhelming challenge to decide what will work best for you and your little one. It is important when deciding to look at every factor including the assembly process, the weight of the product, age, weight limits, and more. However, whatever slide you choose, you can be confident that your toddler will love to climb and slide on it all the same.