When it comes to outdoor baby swings there are many to choose from. You’ll want to take a few things into consideration before you begin to go through your options.
Will You Be Using The Swing Indoors And Outdoors?
If so, you’ll want to ensure that your swing will work well indoors as well as outdoors. It should be easy to move from one location to the other and you’ll want the cords to be able to withstand harsh weather such as rain or wind.
Nylon cords are ideally suited to use both indoors and outdoors and won’t fray or unravel so you can rest assured that they are durable for your baby.
Baby swings are designed to hold children from about three to four months of age up to about 20 pounds. You’ll want to ensure that your swing offers plenty of support for your little one and that you can easily place baby in the swing and get baby out of the swing.
Teach older children to not climb in and out of the swing to help prevent accidents and to keep the swing safer for baby. Some swings are adjustable up to 40 pounds so read the fine print and ensure that you’re getting what you think you’re getting.
Always Use Safety Straps
Most outdoor swings come with some form of safety straps for baby. Be sure to use them even if baby fits snugly into the swing seat. These are designed as an extra measure of protection to help prevent baby from suddenly twisting or turning and escaping the swing.
Be sure that the straps are securely attached to the swing and securely closed to prevent injury. Avoid leaving baby alone in the swing at any time as serious injuries could occur.
To Recline Or Not Recline
There are several types of baby swings and some of them will recline. This is an option that is entirely up to the parents, just remember that a reclining child could choke if they have something in their hand and place it into their mouth.
If a child swing doesn’t recline the child can still choke, however, it’s much less likely to occur when the swing isn’t in a reclining position.
There are also bucket style swings that can be used outdoors. These are similar to a tire swing except that baby sits in the bucket with his or her feet hanging out of the swing through specific holes designed for their legs.
Baby is safe in such a swing as long as he or she doesn’t attempt to climb out of the swing as rarely do these types of swings have a strap to secure baby.
Chains Vs Cords
Many parents wonder which is safer, a chain or a cord to hold the swing up. If using a chain, be sure that it is coated with a rubberized cord or device to prevent little fingers from becoming stuck in the chain.