Updated on May 1, 2020 by Lyric Fergusson
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.Please note: due to unusually high demand, a lot of these products are selling out fast! 🙁
The Best Toddler & Baby Slides
(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.
(Best Multi-Functional Slide – $$)
Why it’s great: Kids have short attention spans, which is what makes this slide great because it has a variety of activities for your little one to keep them occupied and happy. If your toddler enjoys sports-related activities, they will love the toys that this slide offers. The sloped climbing ladder is a little bit easier for younger toddlers to maneuver and they can enjoy climbing on and underneath it. The slide is sturdy and durable once it is assembled but also lightweight enough that it will not be a pain to move around.
Keep in mind: The instructions for assembly are somewhat lacking as they only provide pictured instructions instead of words. This it can be a little bit more difficult to put together
Good for: Kids ages two to six weighing up to 60 lbs.
(Best for Babies & Young Toddlers – $)
Why it’s great: This slide is a cute and fun option for younger toddlers because it’s low to the ground and doesn’t pose as much of a risk of injury if they fall off at the top. The bat and balls add even more fun by letting them switch up their activities when they get bored. It is easy to assemble, requiring any special tools. This slide is also lightweight, so it’s easy to move around and store when it’s not in use.
Keep in mind: Some parents have complained that this slide is too small for their young toddlers, so keep an eye on the measurements!
Good for: Toddlers ages one to three weighing up to 45 lbs.
(Best Cute Design – $$)
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.
(Best for Multiple Kids – $$$)
Why it’s great: With the addition of the ball table on the side, this slide works well for multiple kids as one of them can slide while the other enjoys the maze and pit. The slide is small enough that it’s not going to take up a ton of room indoors or outdoors but it’s big enough that your little one can enjoy sliding and climbing on it. The ball pit has a drain, so if you keep it outside in the rain you won’t have the hassle of a huge cleanup.
Keep in mind: Many parents have complained that this slide is quite difficult to put together so be sure that you have the time to get it set up.
Good for: Kids ages one to three weighing up to 43 lbs.
(Best for Older Toddlers – $$)
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 occassional 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.
(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.
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.