Swing for children – our recommendation 2019
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From the baby swing to the fun swing
All over the world, mothers weigh their newborns protectively and comfortingly in their arms. Later the little ones lie in their cradle and are gently rocked to sleep. As soon as babies can sit, they laugh happily in their baby swing. The swing accompanies us from childhood right through the entire childhood. Even teenagers can still have fun on long hanging swings. And if you are completely honest, you have to admit that the fun of rocking never ends, not even when you are a grandpa or a grandma.
Which swing for which age?
Alone in the swing – from when?
A baby should never be unsupervised, but it can be in a secure baby swing for a few minutes without the mother or father constantly monitoring the baby. With nest swings, however, there should always be someone there because the baby can roll down. It is the same with chair swings for toddlers. Of course, nobody has to stand next to them all the time and hold the strings of the swing in their hands. But children are full of surprises and a bored child can also try to climb out of the swing. Therefore, an adult should always be nearby and take care of the toddler. Only when a child can safely play alone in the garden is it allowed to swing alone.
The safety of the swing
Swings should always be TÜV-certified or bear the GS (“tested safety”) symbol. The suspension should be carried out correctly and exactly as directed. Some swings hang on rings on a scaffold, others – especially swings for smaller children – hang on a single ring that can be attached to the ceiling. Swings should be made of a soft material and made of plastic or a natural material. Metal swings can be very dangerous if a child gets the swing close to their head. Therefore, the safety distance of a swing must always be observed, which results from the length of the ropes. A swing should also always be a little apart and not in the middle of the play area through which other children can walk. The swing frame must of course be very stable and secured against tipping over. Here, too, the TÜV brand must be observed when buying. If several swings hang on a frame, the safety standard must be observed. The distance to the frame must always be at least 60 cm, the distance between the swings must never be less than 70 cm.
Rocking is healthy?
Swinging is the child’s easiest and most natural way to develop their motor skills. Scientists have proven that babies and children receive sensory stimuli through rocking, which in turn promote their motor skills. Babies should not be rocked too violently, as this can lead to the dreaded shaking syndrome. The baby’s brain is still mobile. If the brain is shaken too much, irreparable damage can result. All mothers and fathers should be very careful here. Some doctors have also warned of baby swings in which the child lies at an angle, as the swing can be harmful to the development of the back. As with so many things, the same applies here: do not overdo it! A few minutes in a baby swing is fun for every baby and completely harmless. It is different if the baby has to endure hours in such a swing. Otherwise there are no dangers when swinging. According to some studies, it is even said to reduce pain and make painkillers unnecessary. If all safety aspects are observed and nothing is exaggerated, there can only be positive experiences when rocking.
What a swing for the garden?
Today there are a variety of play equipment for the garden. Many of them are combinations of slides, swings, climbing frames and maybe even a playhouse. The size of the device depends primarily on the size of the garden and the financial possibilities, but there are also pretty and good swings that take up little space. The posts usually take up two by two meters of space. In addition, there is the space that the child rocks, which must be free behind and in front of the swing.
If you don’t have space for a play equipment, you may choose a swing that you can hang on a tree. It is important here that the selected branch is really stable. You’d better ask a tree specialist too much! Many a stable branch has already turned out to be a rotten branch. As a layperson, the condition of a tree or branch can seldom be clearly recognized. There are special carabiners and slings for tree swings that ensure safety. Since branches are rarely exactly horizontal, the two ropes between which the swing seat lies must be precisely adjusted so that it does not hang crooked. If everything is checked and fits properly, rocking in a tree is a lot of fun! Because here the ropes can be longer and the carabiners can be attached higher than in a device. Large children in particular can really swing far and high!
Don’t overdo rope length!
Tree swings in particular tempt you to make the ropes longer and longer, and some 13-year-olds have already dreamed of flying skyward on a six-meter swing. Apart from the fact that the height would not be entirely safe and that the child could then fall very dangerously, there is also a physical limitation. From a certain length you can no longer rock! When swings hang on two meter long ropes, everyone – big and small – can swing without any problems! With longer ropes up to a length of four meters, the older children still have fun, and the airline is getting higher and more dangerous. But then the pleasure stops. Experiments have shown that – depending on the body weight and, above all, the body length – it becomes practically impossible to get the swing going at all from a rope length of four meters. Even the physical strength of an adult is no longer sufficient. That is why 2 meter ropes are absolutely perfect for all children. Even five-year-olds can – with a little help – get a 2-meter rope going. Anything that is longer becomes heavier or completely impossible.
Generally minimize the risk of accidents
A lot can happen when swinging. The child can fly out of the swing, the rope can break, the branch can break off or the frame can tip over. However, all of these dangers can be avoided if everything is checked regularly and safety is taken into account when purchasing. A branch should be inspected at least once a year by someone who is familiar with it. The frame must be anchored to the floor as intended by the manufacturer, and the rope length should be adapted to the age of the child. The better the motor skills, the longer the rope and thus the turn height can be! Children must be able to hold on well and always have a good grip on the ropes. In addition, the ropes must also be checked regularly. Even good and strong nylon ropes can develop and tear weaknesses over the years.
House swings that are attached to a screw in the ceiling can be particularly dangerous. Here it means to check the dowel very carefully! In addition, the seat must be non-slip, especially for smaller children.
In addition, certain rules apply to the swing for children. Standing and kneeling are taboo and only Sit is allowed. Older children will of course break these rules with enthusiasm, but what 10 year old wouldn’t do it? For smaller children, it means: be careful!
The environment of the swing
Swings should really only be on asphalt or tiles in an emergency and should always be under observation when they are used by children. Swings are best and safest on a soft grass floor. There must not be any sharp stones or garden tools in the entire area around the swing, which could injure children when falling. For safety, the entire area can also be covered with soft bark mulch. If there is only asphalt or tiles, you should get safety mats and cover the play area with them. At a Falling from the swing could result in serious injuries.
Cost of a swing
If you have a good tree in the garden, you only need a few ropes, a good non-slip board, snap hook and slings. There are TÜV-tested garden swings that cost just a few euros without a frame. The actual costs arise with the frame. They can range from 200 to 1000 euros and more – depending on what kind of play equipment is to be attached to the frame. Special swings such as nest swings also cost more, of course. Small nest swings for babies are available from 30 euros. Larger nest swings, on which large children like to lie and dream, are available from 90 euros. The prices for indoor swings are similarly graded. Typical baby swings cost between 50 and 200 euros. There are now also electric swings here, at which different speeds can be set. From gentle swings to fall asleep to wild baby fun swings, everything is possible.
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