Updated on May 29, 2020 by Lyric Fergusson
Toddler swings are great for your little one, and they help develop a lifetime of learning abilities along with creating fun. Swinging helps to build spatial awareness skills, and it’s a fantastic physical activity for children of any age. Problem-solving, pattern techniques, counting, and gross motor skills are some of the concepts that can blossom due to swinging.Please note: due to unusually high demand, a lot of these products are selling out fast! 🙁
The Best Swings for Infants, Babies & Toddlers
(Best Quality Made – $)
Why it’s great: This high back, full bucket toddler swing is heavy-duty, made with weather-resistant materials, and is rustproof. The extra high back allows for added support, and the bottom 30 inches of each chain is coated in a heavy, smooth plastic to reduce pinching while adding comfort. The diameter measures 11.5”, so it’s easy to get your child in and out quickly. The swing comes fully assembled, holds up to 200lbs, and is a great choice for any day in the backyard.
It rates a 4.8 out of 5 and is a favorite among many moms in my neighborhood. Because of the durable plastic it’s made of and the supportive structure, there is no need for a seat strap. Altogether, this swing is a great buy, and it attaches to most swing beams. It will last to carry you through many days in the warm summer sun.
Keep in mind: Some complaints from parents have been that their little one falls slightly forward while swinging and they have to place a rolled-up blanket in the front to keep them from leaning. My son is bigger and didn’t need the blanket, but either way, both babies had fun.
Good for: Infants from 6 months old to children of 5 years old
(Best Indoor Swing – $$$)
Why it’s great: The Costzon Climber and swing set also includes a 4ft. slide and a basketball hoop! Physical activity is definitely one goal of this 3 in 1 climber. The ladder steps are designed with slip-proof grips, and the slide is made extra wide for extra fun. It is very durable and made with eco-friendly materials. A t-bar safety closure is provided to keep children from leaning forward, there are no rough edges on the slide, and assembly is super easy.
The product will be shipped in 2 boxes, it is very sturdy, and has holes near the bottom which you can use to secure it to the ground if needed. It can be used both indoors and outdoors, and as your child grows, the t-bar can be removed for easy access.
Keep in mind: During play with larger over 66lbs children, the climber tips easy if the swing goes too high. Another issue is that the slide will hold up to 110lbs, but the swing only holds up to 66lbs, so at a certain point, you might run into a few conversations with your kiddo about how they’ve outgrown this swing set. As long as your child is below the weight limits then this is an amazing purchase that will be countless hours of fun whether indoors or outdoors.
Good for: Infants 1-month-old to children of 3 years (or older depending on their weight)
(Best Budget Buy – $)
Why it’s great: This swing is wonderful and holds a little one in snug and secure. My youngest currently has this swing and we have gotten our money’s worth! It has a “t-bar” enclosure and two shoulder straps to keep them tightly restrained. However, once they get too tall for the shoulder straps, you can place the straps under the arms for a still-snug fit. Once they get even older, you can remove the t-bar altogether for more of a “big-kid” feel.
The ropes are 35 inches and it can be used indoors or out. Ours has been in the same tree for 3 years and still looks great! It was easy to hang and is very sturdy.
Keep in mind: A few parents have had trouble adjusting the sides to match so that it will hang evenly. We didn’t have this problem when setting up hours, however.
Good for: infants 1-month-old up to children of 50lbs
(Most Comfortable – $)
Why it’s great: This incredibly comfortable woven swing is critical for anyone with children! We love this swing in our family, and there isn’t a day that goes by when it isn’t used! It is made of professional climbing rope, hand-knitted, and durable. This swing is great for both indoors and outdoors and is portable. Some days it hangs in our house, other days it’s in the tree out back.
The swing has a nice scooped seat that allows your little one to stay in place. The enclosure shape prevents it from flipping backward as well. The set up is quick and painless, it’s lightweight, and is remarkably easy to clean.
Keep in mind: Some complaints have been that after some time in the sun the color fades and the ropes may become a bit frayed. My thoughts are, I’d rather have this swing than not. So far, we have enjoyed ours to the fullest extent, and I cannot imagine making it through the coming seasons without it.
Good for: children 2-12 years or up to 150lbs
(Best Combo Deal – $)
Why it’s great: This combo set is beneficial if you have two children who need swings. The bucket swing includes an extra high back for support and nice size leg holes to accommodate any size kiddo. The extra swing seat is the 2nd part of the combo and is great for an older child. Both are made with sturdy chains coated in comfort-grip plastic, and the plastic seat material is commercial grade.
This is a wonderful buy considering you get two really well-made swings. Their rating is 4.9 out of 5 and they are made to hang on most swing set beams.
Keep in mind: One complaint is that they come with no hardware for hanging. These parts should be easy to find at a local hardware store, and won’t take too much extra out of your pocketbook.
Good for: children 6 months and up – weight capacity is 250lbs
(Most Sturdy – $$)
Why it’s great: This truly giant, circle-shaped swing will make you feel like you are on a flying saucer! It’s amazingly easy to install, comes with a bonus protective cover, and is made with a commercial grade steel frame. The fabric is a 600D oxford material that is weather-resistant due to an industry-leading protective coating.
It is suitable for hanging inside or out and has a 12-month warranty. The item itself only weighs 7.8lbs, but along with the strength from the ropes, it can hold up to 700 pounds!
Keep in mind: Customers have complained about the short rope length. The ropes are adjustable, but if you find, at their longest, they still aren’t long enough for what you need, nearby hardware stores are sure to have the product you need to easily fix the situation.
Good for: children 3 months and up
(Most Snug Fitting – $)
Why it’s great: This cute little coupe is exactly what any imaginative toddler needs! The wheels don’t really turn, but the steering wheel does, and oh the places they’ll go as they fly through the trees! With this swing, the seat belt attaches easily, and the seat has wide leg openings, so it is appropriate for all sizes.
The seat and rope both are weather resistant, and there is some assembly required. The ropes are each 3.3ft in length and are not adjustable. The overall dimensions are L22” x W16” x H17”.
Keep in mind: A few owners have said that because of the way the ropes are attached underneath the swing, they sometimes cause the swing to hang unevenly. This problem is easily solved by using a chain to hang it with so you can manually match up the sides with the links.
Good for: Children 9 months to 3 years of age
FAQ’s about Toddler Swings
1. Is swinging good for a toddler?
Yes! Swinging is so important in a toddler’s life. It promotes balance, teaches spatial awareness, and improves overall mood. It is a fun family activity that can be done indoors or out, and can create a sense of calmness for everyone involved.
2. How do you hang a toddler swing indoors?
There are three main ways to hang a toddler swing indoors. You can purchase a small frame that will accommodate most any swing at a very low level. This would be a good choice for the newest of babies. Another option is hanging it from an exposed beam. If you have exposed beams in your ceiling, you would hang it from a chosen beam just as if it were a tree branch. A third choice would be to attach it to the ceiling. This requires a bit of extra effort, but is worthwhile because of the permanency and security. As with all toddler toys, check them for stability before using.
3. When should a baby stop using a swing?
Using a baby swing is beneficial to a child up until a certain weight. Each swing is made differently and comes with its own set of instructions, so just follow those while keeping in mind the weight limits. Make sure to stick to the guidelines because ropes will begin to fray and material will give way, and we don’t want accidents.
4. Are tree swings safe?
Tree swings are most definitely safe and extremely fun if you hang them correctly. As with any swing, make sure the rope or chain you are using is labeled to hold up to the weight you need. Attach your chains with hooks that are just as well certified to suit your needs.
No matter the swing, as long as it’s attached well, children of all ages will enjoy them until the end of time. Swings have proven their ability to create entertainment for kiddos throughout history, and hold the promise of developing life concepts needed for educational and social skills.