Babies, toddlers, and big kids love swinging thanks to its calming effect and gentle refinement of motor skills. Aside from helping their bodies develop and grow, they also provide hours of engagement. Below you'll discover the best toddler swings (including those that grow from infant to toddlerhood!) for both indoor and outdoor use as well as the benefits and how to choose the best toddler swing for your kiddo!
NOTE: The hanging swing chairs below can be used indoors or outdoors, from trees or porches with simple adapters. Depending on the material though, you may want to bring it inside regularly. The plastic, metal, and wooden toddler swing sets listed below can also be adapted with a standalone baby swing seat to elongate the use!
- Best Budget Buy (infant to toddler too!): Little Tikes 2-in-1 Snug 'n Secure Blue Swing With Adjustable Strap
- Best Outdoor Toddler Swing: Jaketen 3-in-1 Toddler to Big Kid Swing
- Best Toddler Swing Set With Slide: Little Tikes Treehouse Swing Set (Plastic)
- Best Outdoor Wooden Frame Swing Set: Backyard Discovery Buckley Hill Wooden Swing Set
- Best Baby Swing With Fold Up Stand: Sportspower My First Toddler Swing
- Best Sensory Swing: Aokitec Therapy Swing For Kids
- Best Tree Swing: SUPER DEAL Saucer Swing
- Best Indoor Toddler Swing Set: Little Tikes Hide & Seek Climber and Swing
- Best Baby Bucket Swing: Squirrel Original High Back Full Bucket Swing Seat
- Best Wooden Toddler Swing (+ Most Non Toxic): Ecotribe Wooden Horse Swing
- Most Comfortable Toddler Swing Chair: Hand-Knit Child Swing Seat
- Best Looking Most Stylish Swing: Monkey & Mouse Swing
- Best Outdoor Children's Swing Set Playground: Little Tikes Real Wood Adventures Wildcat Falls
- Fit & style
- Age & weight limit of the swing
- Size + maneuverability
- Weather resistance and maintenance for outdoor swings
- Is swinging good for toddlers?
- 7 Benefits of swinging for toddlers:
- What age can a child use a swing?
- Which is better: a plastic, metal or wood swing set?
- Are indoor swings safe?
- How do you hang a toddler swing indoors?
- What is a sensory swing?
- Do sensory swings work?
- Where do you hang a sensory swing?
- What's the best swing set for toddlers?
Best Budget Buy (infant to toddler too!): Little Tikes 2-in-1 Snug ‘n Secure Blue Swing With Adjustable Strap
Little Tikes infant swing is the most affordable toddler swing chair on this list, and is also one of the best baby swings that grows into toddlerhood out there! It's recommended for use between ages 9 months and 48 months (50 lbs) and is definitely great for a budget buy (under $30).
This hanging baby swing chair can be hung indoors or outdoors and features adjustable stay-put straps and locks. Additionally, the red T-bar goes up and down for convenience when putting your child in, and is removable as your child grows.
NOTE: This swing is great if you have a child under 1 years old or if you have a daredevil toddler thanks to the over the shoulder straps. However, if your past the baby swing stage and your looks at swings for a 1 year old that can grow with your child a bit better, we suggest looking at the next pick…
- Removable T-bar to grow with toddler and easily lowers for
- Supports infant’s head, and safely secures wiggly toddlers
- Straps/T-Bar allow for easy loading/unloading of your child
- Versatile hanging for indoor and outdoor use and would make a great porch swing
Good to Know
- May need to purchase anchors and rope extenders separately depending on where you plan to hang this
- No drainage in seat bucket, so water does collect
Best Outdoor Toddler Swing: Jaketen 3-in-1 Toddler to Big Kid Swing
This outdoor toddler swing is wonderful because of its affordable price, sturdiness, and 3-in-1 design that grows with your children from toddler through adulthood as it can hold up to 300 lbs.
As your child grows, you simply remove the T bar, then the back.
We like that this swing also has better ventilation at the bottom making it the best outdoor swing pick, compared to the previously mentioned Little Tikes 2-in-1 which has been known to pool water in the bottom. But again, if you're getting this for a baby, then we'd go with the Little Tikes 2-in-1.
- Easy setup
- Adjustable rope height
- Front bar and safety belt
- Can be hung indoor, on a porch, or fully outside
Good to Know
- Hard plastic
- Front T bar does not move for loading/unloading (you'll have to load the child as if it were a bucket seat)
- Safety strap will likely be a little high for younger kids, not at their waist.
Best Toddler Swing Set With Slide: Little Tikes Treehouse Swing Set (Plastic)
This Little Tikes toddler swing set is suitable for up to 4 children, approximately 80 pounds each.
It comes with everything you need for setup and is recommended for residential backyard use only.
Keep in mind with this swing set that it must be anchored with the included materials to provide full safety for your children.
- Great for up to four children weight under 80 lbs each
- Two swings, slide, easy climbing wall, covered lookout with steering wheel, and more challenging rock climb up molded tree
- Can buy and swap out swings to be better suited for infants
- Roof of clubhouse can provide shade on sunny days
Good to Know
- Safety recommended for 3 to 8 years old
- Swing set must be anchored with included anchor kit
Best Outdoor Wooden Frame Swing Set: Backyard Discovery Buckley Hill Wooden Swing Set
Backyard Discovery Buckley Hill Wooden Swing Set is one of the most popular outdoor swing sets thanks to it's affordable price tag, sun coverings, dual swings and slide.
It's safety recommended for ages 3 to 6 years old. It features rope chains on the swings to parents don't need to worry about pinched fingers. There's a dual shaded play area, one underneath the “tree house” and the other under a covered upper deck that has a chalkboard and access to a 6 foot slide.
One side has a rockwall ladder, the other a traditional ladder, which may be challenging for younger toddlers at first. In our experience with this cedar wood swing over the last several years, it really is durable and resistant to rot/mold. The stain color has held up well too in Florida.
- Affordable price and great for small backyards
- Two swings, to climbing walls, one slide, two shaded play areas, one chalkboard
- All cedar wood
- Swings hang from rope to avoid pinching fingers
Good to Know
- Swings can be changed out for infants to get longer use out of the wooden swing set frame
- Infants or young toddlers may have a hard time climbing ladders to slide deck; though an adult can lift and place them on and the deck is relatively enclosed for safety
Best Baby Swing With Fold Up Stand: Sportspower My First Toddler Swing
Sportspower toddler swing comes with a foldable stand AND fold flat swing. Making it a great option for indoor use or situations where you need to store a swing frame.
It has a durable powder-coated steel construction making it a great option for outdoor use as well.
This light weight pick is easy to set up, and features a five point safety harness. The manufacturer recommends it for 8 to 36 months old.
- Portable and can fold down to save space
- Five-point safety harness
- Indoor/outdoor use
Good to Know
- Better suited for smaller/younger children under 55 pounds
- Seat does not fold completely for storage
- Safety straps are not that durable
Best Sensory Swing: Aokitec Therapy Swing For Kids
This toddler sensory swing is made from soft and silk nylon and is recommended for children ages 3 to 12 years old, and can support up to 220 pounds.
This cuddle swing is designed for kids and teens who have Sensory Processing Disorder, Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD, or those on the autism spectrum. It easy to set up and because of its durability can be used indoors or outdoors under a covering.
- Soothes your child's sensory needs, calms, and makes the child feel secure
- Strong material
- Comes in 11 colors: black, light blue, dark blue, green, silver grey, purple, red, and more
- Affordable sensory swing
Good to Know
- Some reviewers reported not receiving all the necessary hardware to affix to ceiling
- Doesn't come with instructions
- This just a single piece of fabric that can be used for various sensory swing positions
- Some concerns about the stiffness and style of the fabric
- While you can hang it outdoors, we don't think the material would wear well in severe weather
Best Tree Swing: SUPER DEAL Saucer Swing
This heavy duty tree swing can attach it to an existing playset or a tree and can hold up to 440 pounds.
This saucer swing is weather resistant with a 40” in diameter and can support up to 440 pounds. In other words, multiple kids, adults, and even kids and adults can enjoy it!
- Allows for multiple children to swing at the same time
- Tree swing for adults too
- Heavy duty corrosion protection and UV resistant material
Good to Know
- May be difficult to assemble
- Need to purchase separate hanging kit for indoors
- Short rope length, but can add extenders
- Comes in multiple colors
Best Indoor Toddler Swing Set: Little Tikes Hide & Seek Climber and Swing
This Little Tikes Hide and Seek Climber and Slide is an indoor toddler swing set has fun colors and a cute appearance. Children 12 months to 3 years are able to climb, slide, and swing on this indoor toddler swing set.
The Little Tikes swing set is a great choice for your basement or play space and can handle 3 little ones using it at the same time (up to 45 pounds per kid) with multiple play options.
Keep in mind that there is some adult assembly required.
- Multiple play options with a slide, swing, and rock wall
- Can be used indoors or outdoors
- Fun, inviting colors
- Swing has three-point safety belt
Good to Know
- Better suited for the older infants and young toddlers
- Swing is pretty close to the ground
- Assembly required, but no tools needed
Best Baby Bucket Swing: Squirrel Original High Back Full Bucket Swing Seat
This toddler swing from Squirrel Products is great because the bucket swing's sturdy design and classic style can hold children from 6 months to 4 years (supports up to 150 pounds).
This has a deep bucket design. The chains are coated with a non-toxic plastic that keeps those adorable little fingers from getting pinched.
NOTE: If you live in a hot and humid place, rubber coatings like this on chains can get sticky/gritty after some time.
- Easy to install
- Adjustable chain height
- Multiple colors
Good to Know
- Rubber coated chain may feel gritty from intense heat/rain conditions
- Gap where bucket attached to chains could catch fingers (this is standard for all bucket seats, consider adding tape for added safety)
Best Wooden Toddler Swing (+ Most Non Toxic): Ecotribe Wooden Horse Swing
Ecotribe's toddler swing is a playful horse shape made from birch wood with cotton ropes. This swing is meant for ages 6 months to 3 years old (44 pounds).
You can choose between varnished or unfinished. If using outside, we do suggest either finishing it yourself or opting for the varnished pick.
- Can use the unfinished version for DIY customizations
- Eco-friendly and chemical-free all natural materials
- Can be used indoors and outdoors
- Very sturdy
Good to Know
- It is recommended that, if you intend to leave this swing outside (exposed to the elements) for a length of time, you should put a topcoat of sealer on it or purchase the varnished version.
- Comes unassembled
Most Comfortable Toddler Swing Chair: Hand-Knit Child Swing Seat
This comfortable toddler swing chair is made with a soft polyester hand-knitted seat and a frame that is padded with foam. It's safety rated for 3 year olds and up and can support up to 440 pounds.
There is a version with a bar enclosure for young toddlers that is removable with an allen wrench as your child grows.
The versions without a front bar come in a wide array of colors from pink, orange, green, blue, and red:
- Comfortable with the hand-knitted seat and foam-covered back bar
- Optional front bar
- Can be used indoors and outdoors
- Adjustable height rope
- Wide array of colors
Good to Know
- Difficult to remove/replace front bar for use between different-aged siblings
- Front bar is not a lap buckle.
Best Looking Most Stylish Swing: Monkey & Mouse Swing
Monkey and Mouse Swing wins the best looking swing award for anyone looking to achieve the perfect minimalist aesthetic. It's double-sided cotton canvas, light beech wood accents, and marine grade white rope make it totally Instagram worthy.
It is recommended for ages 6 months up to 4 years old.
Due to the nature of the fabric, it's best used primarily as an indoor swing. Though you can temporarily use it outside. The canvas is made of cotton and is machine washable. The front bar and strap makes it safe and secure for the littles.
- Includes wooden teethers and toys to engage babies
- Comfortable, washable (removable) seat
- Lap buckle to secure your child
- Easy to assembly
Good to Know
- Buckle is only for your child’s lap
- Be sure to purchase this swing from 2020 and later. This company added the seatbelt at that point and on
- Primarily for indoor use
- Material is not weather resistant or finished, and can mold quickly if left outside
Best Outdoor Children's Swing Set Playground: Little Tikes Real Wood Adventures Wildcat Falls
Little Tikes Real Wood Adventures Wildcat Falls is the ultimate wooden outdoor playset playground with a slide and swing set plus some other amazing features. It's rated safe for 36 months to 10 years old and can support up to 10 kids playing at once.
NOTE: There are several versions of this set. While the clubhouse side and swing set remains the same across them all, the lookout platform pictured here is specific to this one. Others have swapped out the lookout platform for a seesaw or built in shaded picnic table.
The clubhouse can be accessed via a ladder or rope bridge where children can access the slide or hang out under the shaded overhang. Underneath the clubhouse is another shaded area with a creative porthole for imaginative play.
How to Choose an Indoor or Outdoor Toddler Swing:
Depending on the age and risk tolerance of your child, you'll want to keep certain safety features in mind. Infants are likely best suited for five point harness swings or swings with a T bar. Additionally, for infants you may want to consider a bucket seat with a high back, or a full back swing seat to support their heads.
Young toddlers are probably okay with just a safety belt or bucket type of seat, while moderate and older toddler with low risk tolerance will likely do well in a regular seat.
Additionally, some swings with metal chains or metal closures can pinch of cut little fingers; and for this reason you may opt for a rope instead.
Fit & style
Finding a swing that fits both your child's needs physically and sensorially can be the difference between hours of fun or wasted money.
Depending on the investment you want to make, you could opt for a swing that grows with your child. However as kids get older, they may want a more adventurous swing like a saucer or have greater needs where a full playset makes more sense.
Keep in mind the height of the swing seat to the ground compared to your toddler if you want them to access it independently; and ensure you'll be able to shorten the rope it hangs from as they grow.
Additionally, understanding your child's sensory needs and sensitivity to certain materials is important in choosing whether you want one made from hard plastics, mesh, or canvas.
Lastly, if the toddler swing is for indoor or porch/patio use, choosing one that matches your aesthetic may be a top consideration.
Age & weight limit of the swing
Double check the manufacturer's listing to ensure the swing is rated safe for your child's age and weight – with room to grow into it!
While some toddler swings come in at under $50, you'll often times needs somewhere to hang this budget friendly swing. This can be done cheaply with a tree swing adapter kit, or more expensively onto a separate frame.
Pricier swings tend to include a frame, or additional features like a slide, which can justify the higher price tag.
Size + maneuverability
Determine where you plan to put the swing, and whether or not you plan to move it around can guide you in choosing the best toddler swing.
If you plan to hang a swing from an existing playset frame, make sure it's width is suitable. For instance, a 40” saucer swing may not work well on a 3-swing playset.
If you plan to use set the swing up and keep it in that one spot, definitely measure out the footprint to ensure it'll fit well into the space.
Additionally, if you plan to use it indoors, you may want one that folds up like this. On the flip side, if you plan to use a canvas indoor swing outside, you'll want to make sure you can easily take it off and bring it back in to store after each use.
Weather resistance and maintenance for outdoor swings
If you live somewhere with harsh or extreme weather conditions, you likely won't be able to cut corners on purchasing a quality swing. For wooden swings you'll need ones that are well sealed to combat mold and splintering. For plastic swings, you'll need something high quality that won't crack or pool water and mildew.
And while some color fading is inevitable with outdoor swings, you'll want to choose one from a trusted, reputable brand ideally with the least likelihood that occurs prematurely.
FAQS About Toddler Swings:
Is swinging good for toddlers?
Yes! Swinging provides a wide array of sensory inputs for toddlers growth and overall wellbeing.
7 Benefits of swinging for toddlers:
- Brain development
- Reduces stress
- Promotes healthy nervous system regulation
- Strengthens core and muscles
- Improves coordination and balance
- Increases focus and concentration
- Vestibular and proprioceptive input
What age can a child use a swing?
Depending on the swing (make sure you check before you purchase), your children can begin using swings once they are capable of sitting up and supporting their heads.
It is great to know that after an infant swing (you know the one- that plays music and plugs in/uses batteries), that your child can still reap the benefits and get the enjoyment that comes from swinging. Just opt for one that provides head support and a good safety harness like this one.
Which is better: a plastic, metal or wood swing set?
It truly depends on your preference on maintenance, features, and toxicity. Personally, I feel most comfortable with a wood swing set; but each type has it's pros and cons.
Generally speaking, plastic swing sets have the lowest level of upkeep but the highest level of toxicity leaching off. Plastic swing sets often have an easy set up and can come with some fun features like a slide of climbing wall.
Wooden swing sets can also come with some fun features, like a slide, climbing walls, and even see saws. However some wooden swing sets may need to be refinished once a year or so to prevent splintering or molding. While some wooden playsets have been treated with toxic preservatives, many brands today are moving towards water based of non-toxic finishes and are generally considered less toxic than plastic.
Metal swing sets typically have the fewest features – generally just the swings – and are pretty low upkeep. Metal gets into an interesting conversation in terms of toxicity and I'd suggest looking up Lead Safe Mama's work to get a better understanding of the nuance in that space.
All three types may need to be anchored in some way for safety, additionally the remaining features, maintenance, and toxicity wil be unique to each swing set and manufacturer.
Are indoor swings safe?
Indoor swings can be safe as long as all of the proper precautions are taken like properly anchoring it into the ceiling. You can use small toddler swings with frames, remove the swing (when possible), and replace it with a swing of your choice.
How do you hang a toddler swing indoors?
If you choose to hang the toddler swing indoors, you must find a spot that will allow all the space you need (on the sides, in the front, and the back). Then, you need to find the ceiling joist for proper support, so your swing will be supported.
Ceiling joists are wooden beams that run across your ceiling. You can use a stud finder, knocking method, or tape measure to find one. Mount the swing- and check that it’s installed well.
Consider hiring a professional to ensure you've done it properly, and you may still want to lay a cushioned mat under the area as an added precaution.
Finally, let your child swing away!
What is a sensory swing?
A sensory swing is a fabric swing that “cocoons” your child. At the same time, it offers calming effects and stress relief. These are wonderful for children on the autism spectrum, but can benefit any child, as well.
Do sensory swings work?
Yes, sensory swings have been shown to provide vestibular and proprioceptive input, as well as fulfill compression needs.
Where do you hang a sensory swing?
You can hang a sensory swing indoors or outdoors; however given that these are material we wouldn't recommend leaving them outside uncovered permanently. If opting for outside, we recommend under a porch or other covered area.
What's the best swing set for toddlers?
Little Tikes tends to make the best swing sets for toddlers in our experience at a wide variety of price points and a mix of plastic or wood depending on your desires.
Final thoughts on toddler swings
While there are endless options for toddler swings, there's no denying they are amazing for children's growth. Consider your child's current age, how long you want them to enjoy it, and if you have other kids who will want to play too.
If searching for a stand alone swing for an infant closer to 6 months, we suggest starting with Little Tikes infant swing. If you're looking for the best toddler swing for closer to a year old or two old then we like Jaketen 3-in-1 Toddler to Big Kid Swing. For older toddlers (3 or 4 years old) we think the SUPER DEAL Saucer Swing is a blast!
If searching for an indoor swing set, Little Tikes Hide & Seek Climber and Swing is a fantastic option for littles.
The Backyard Discovery Buckley Hill Wooden Swing Set is a top notch choice for outdoor swing sets in terms of price, durability, and versatility. It's great for small backyards and will likely hold a child's engagement until about 6 or 7 years old. If you have a younger infant around, you can also swap the swings out for the Little Tikes infant swing. If you're looking for a splurge or have multiple kids, then your inner child's clubhouse dreams will definitely come true with Little Tikes Real Wood Adventures Wildcat Falls!
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