Summer is here, and for your little ones, that means it’s time to get outside and play on the swings! Of course, that also means you’ll need to make sure your backyard is ready for it. Whether you’re installing a new swing, or upgrading your existing playset, it’s always a good thing to research your options to make sure you have the play equipment that best suits your and your kids’ needs.
Choosing the right swing for your family depends on a lot of different factors, including your kids’ age, your aesthetic preferences, your kids’ preferences, and safety.
A web swing is the perfect option for someone who wants to put a twist on the traditional swing experience. The innovative, unique design offers a lot of surface area and ways to stabilize yourself using the webbing as well as the ropes and frame. As a result, your kids can safely sit in a wide variety of positions to find entirely new ways to play. Unlike regular swings, they also scale well, allowing you to easily install swings as large as 40 inches that can accommodate several people at once.
Like web swings, fabric swings provide a much larger surface area than traditional swings, and can often fit more than one person at a time. Fabric swings offer a comfortable lounging experience that essentially combines the benefits of a swing and a hammock. Like web swings, they’re made with durable steel frames and long-lasting synthetic fibers to ensure that your new swing with last, and that it’ll require less maintenance than traditional swings to ensure your kids’ safety.
Wooden Tree Swings
For the traditionalist, a wooden tree swing is the obvious choice. It’s all natural, has a classic look, and offers a proven record for providing endless fun for generations of kids. It looks great on a swing set or installed on a tree in your backyard, ensuring that it remains the default option for many families.
The downside, is, of course, that wood weathers and decays over time, and ropes that are made with natural fibers are significantly less long-lasting than other options. Parents who go this route need to be aware of this, and need to perform careful and regular maintenance to get the most out of their swing.
Young toddlers shouldn’t be put on a regular swing until they’re ready, which is often around the age of 3. Until then, you’ll want to use a swing with a safety seat that’ll hold your little one securely without any effort on their part. While you can easily find the same seats typically found at a public playground, higher quality models that are slightly more rigid are more comfortable, and will provide a more enjoyable experience.