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Why buy one?

Everyone who has ever been on a swing knows what an uplifting and calming experience it is with so many benefits, both physical and emotional. Toddlers can gain strength and agility as they learn to swing by themselves developing motor skills, balance and core strength. Plus, children always enjoy the sensory benefits of combining touch, movement, body awareness, sight, sound and.

What to spend

There’s a large price range depending on the durability of the swing you choose, with everything from basic models that can fold and be stored compactly for around £35 to larger wooden structures that have other features like a climbing frame or slide, and could set you back upwards of £200.

What to look for

A 2-in-1 swing that can adapt as your child grows is very useful, as you can replace the baby seat with a classic swing seat for older children. You can also buy models that have an expanding frame, so the swing frame can extend to add other play equipment like slides and climbing frames.

Mothercare folding swing 250Folding swing, £40, Mothercare

A simple yet sturdy swing that has the added benefit that it can fold compactly when it’s time to store it away. It can be used both in the garden and inside your home if you pop on the included rubber feet. There’s also a five-point harness to comfortably fit children from around 12 months old.

Chad Valley 2 in 1 swing 2502-in-1 Swing, £45, Chad Valley

This double use model comes with two swing seats so that it adapts as your child grows. The baby seat can carry children from a year old until they reach 20 kg, and the second one until they weigh around 45 kg - or approximately eight years old. It’s made with a sturdy steel frame with pegs to give added security and stability.

Chad valley nursery swing 250Nursery swing, £34.99, Chad Valley

Designed to be used both indoors and out, this simple swing is suitable for children aged 18 months old and up. The moulded seat has a high back for added comfort and security, plus there’s an adjustable three-point harness and side mesh panels so even young toddlers feel secure.

TP toys growable swing 250Growable Swing Frame, £179.99, TP Toys

This swing is all about adaptability, so it does cost a little more than some other models, but makes up for its length of use. The seat can be transformed into four different modes, from baby through toddlerhood and beyond, fitting up to approximately eight years old, and the swing’s frame grows to different heights as your child gets older and needs more room.

Plum wooden swing set 250Wooden Swing Set, £229.99, Plum

This play centre can be enjoyed by children from 12 months to around five-years-old, with lots of activities to discover as they grow. There’s not only a swing, but also a raised play deck with a steering wheel and a bell for role-play fun. Other features include a letterbox and a bright plastic slide for even more adventures.

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