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A parent’s guide to choosing the best outdoor baby swing for playground quality backyard fun! 10 best outdoor baby swings to try at home.


We considered 10 of the best rated outdoor baby swings, and chose the Little Tikes Snug n’ Secure Grow With Me Outdoor Baby Swing as the best baby swing for outdoor use. Affordable and well-made in the USA, Little Tikes is a well-known and respected brand with a good safety record. Independently tested, this baby swing is free from lead and other heavy metals, BPA, latex, PVC and phthalates. The T-bar style safety harness will ensure your child feels secure. Plus it’s a lot of fun!

If you’d prefer a playground-style bucket swing, we chose Eastern Jungle Gym as having the best outdoor baby swings with full bucket seats. We also love the Monkey & Mouse hanging canvas swing as a great portable choice for picnics and days at the park, and adore Ecotribe’s non-toxic wooden animal swings.

For more information about all 10 swings we considered, keep reading.

10 Best Outdoor Baby Swing Seats


Best Overall – Little Tikes 2-in-1 Snug ‘n Secure Grow With Me Swing

The Winner

The Snug n Secure Grow With Me Swing is adjustable, safe, and comfortable for your baby at every age and stage, from infant to toddler. Made in the USA, this Little Tikes swing is free from lead and other heavy metals, BPA, latex, PVC and phthalates.

The Little Tikes 2-in-1 Grow With Me Swing is a fun and colorful plastic swing kids will love. It comes equipped with two shoulder straps that snap into a solid plastic t-bar for optimum safety and comfort. The shoulder straps are adjustable, so your baby will be safe and snug as they grow.

Eventually, the t-bar and straps can be tucked away underneath the seat when they’re no longer needed.

The swing can be added onto most existing swing sets and doesn’t require much assembly. It weighs only three pounds, measures 16.3 x 16 x 17 inches, and has a maximum weight of 50 pounds.

Recommended age range is 9 months to 4 years. You’ll want to be sure your baby has strong neck support before using it.

Runner Up – Step2 Infant to Toddler Swing

Our Runner Up

A perfect beginner swing, the Step2 Infant to Toddler Swing has a snug, safe fit. Step2 manufacturers in the USA with polyethylene and polypropylene plastics (generally considered “safer” plastics), tested to meet phthalate and heavy metal regulations.

An easy and attractive addition to most backyard swing sets, this infant and toddler swing is simple to use. With a hinged t-bar and adjustable shoulder straps, it will also feel safe and secure for your child.

It is made out of sturdy materials with a seat that is easy to clean. Safety features include sturdy rope that is water-resistant and can withstand years of outdoor wear and tear, stay-put shoulder straps, and a t-bar restraint.

The versatile outdoor baby swing has a 50-pound weight limit and is only 5.4 pounds. It measures 24.1 x 16.1 x 10.4 inches.

Recommended age range is children aged 9 months to 3 years. Made in USA of US and imported parts.

Best for Toddlers – Little Tikes High Back Toddler Swing

The Best For Toddlers

Featuring a large and comfy toddler seat with an adjustable seat belt to keep your child from slipping down or falling forward, this “in between” swing is meant as a transition between baby swings and an older child’s swing. If you’re looking specifically for good swings for toddlers, this is a great choice.

This Little Tikes toddler swing easily attaches to an existing swing set with heavy-duty hardware and weather-resistant rope.

It features a wide seat and leg openings so you can easily get your child in and out without spoiling the fun. A vertical lap bar in addition to the seat belt helps to keep your little one safe and in place.

Dimensions are 20.5″ x 15.8″ x 13.8″, and the maximum weight limit is 50 pounds. This swing is intended for ages 9 months to 3 years. Made in the USA.

Most Fun – Little Tikes Cozy Coupe First Swing

The Most Fun

A swing that looks like Little Tikes’s classic Cozy Coupe car, the fun design is sure to catch your child’s eye! Made in the USA and free from lead and other heavy metals, BPA, latex, PVC and phthalates.

Little Tikes Cozy Coupe First Swing looks like a car, with an included steering wheel and horn to add some extra fun! The high-back chair and adjustable belt will keep your little one safe, and the wide seat and leg openings make it easy to get in and out.

This swing attaches to most outdoor swing sets, and has weather resistant rope, and it’s pretty easy to set up.

Little Tikes recommends this product for children aged six months to three years old. Toddlers will probably also they enjoy pushing the swing from the ground, especially since most toddlers love cars!

Dimensions are 22.5 x 16.5 x 17.5 inches and it holds up to 50 pounds.

Best Bucket Swing – Eastern Jungle Gym

The Best Bucket swing

This heavy-duty, bucket swing comes fully assembled with coated chains for pinch-free comfort and a swing that will last a long time. A playground-quality swing for your backyard, it’s sure to offer a lot of fun for children – without leaving home! Also available as a half bucket swing seat (for ages 2 to 6), although we prefer the full bucket for safety and comfort. Made in the USA in Carmel, New York.

The Eastern Jungle Gym Heavy Duty Bucket Swing Seat attaches to most swing sets, with beams as high as 9’. The zinc-coated chains are adjustable up to 30”.

The high back keeps younger children safe and secure. The bucket seat is rust-resistant and weather resistant, and made from copolymer plastic, ensuring that your child will be able to enjoy the safety and durability of a playground swing for a long time.

The full bucket measures 11.5” x 11.5” x 10” and the chain is 66”. Recommended age range is 6 months to 4 years old.

Bucket Swing Runner Up – Safari Swings

Bucket Swing Runner Up

A durable, made in the USA outdoor baby swing with a bucket seat, this Safari Swings Full Bucket Seat Swing offers your child a playground experience right in your back yard. The high back keeps your baby or toddler safe and secure in this swing designed for children ages 6 months to 4 years.

The Safari Swings Full Bucket Outdoor Baby Swing is made with a durable plastic seat, stainless-steel hardware, and a galvanized chain with pinch-protecting plastic coating. It comes with 67” of coated chain, and two “quick links” to attach the swing to your swing set.

The back of the seat is 11.5” tall, measuring 10” across, with front-to-back space of 11.5”.Some reviewers have said their seats broke rather quickly, which is why we recommend the Eastern Jungle product as our first choice.

Best Range of Colors – Squirrel Products

Best Range of Colors

Available in 4 fun and kid-friendly colors, this bucket swing is held up by plastic-wrapped chains to prevent nasty finger pinches. A high seat will make younger children feel secure and minimize the feeling of falling backward.

The Squirrel Products swing should attach to any outdoor swing set or playground with a swing bar. It comes with 60″ chains, 30″ of which are coated in plastic as a clever child proofing strategy to minimize finger pinching. Galvanized hardware is also included for easy setup.

While we love the color choices of this swing, there’s very little info available online about the company, in our opinion.

The company’s suggested age range is from six months to four years old, with a weight limit of 150 pounds.

Most Portable – Monkey & Mouse Hanging Canvas Swing

The Most Portable

A beautiful cotton and wood swing seat, this Monkey and Mouse swing can be used indoor and outdoors, and is machine washable for easy care. Add it to a swing set, take it along on a picnic and hang it from a tree, or set it up indoors to keep your little one happy while you cook dinner.

This beautiful swing is made from high quality natural materials that have been rigorously tested for safety. Your baby will love the comfort of the double-sided canvas cotton, and you will love the durability of the marine-grade rope and lockable carabiners.

Featuring a deep and comfy seat with a removable padded cushion, it’s best suited for babies age 6 months and up. Comes with o-rings, and lockable carabiners for hanging, and it can be hung on one hook.

No special tools are required, and it is very easy to assemble. You can set the rope length and height with an adjuster, and easily dismantle to machine wash. If you plan to hang it from the ceiling indoors, mount hardware is sold separately.

This swing is weight tested up 110 pounds, and best for babies rather than an older child. Suitable for ages 6 months and older

Best Non Toxic & Ecofriendly – Ecotribe Wooden Animal Swing

The Best Non Toxic

If you are looking for a unique and non-toxic swing made from natural materials, Ecotribe’s gorgeous Horse, Giraffe, and Unicorn swings are just the thing! Made with chemical-free, eco-friendly smooth birch wood and strong cotton ropes, this swing is sure to capture your baby’s attention!

Offering beautiful swings with a handcrafted look, Ecotribe prides themselves on being environmentally conscious while still upholding U.S. Children’s Product Certification standards.

Their wooden animal swings are available in varnished (Horse, Giraffe, and Unicorn) and unvarnished (Horse only) versions. The varnish is non-toxic to avoid nasty VOCs and adds weather resistance to the swing if you plan to use it outdoors. Rounded edges and smooth wood prevent splinters, and thick cotton ropes hold the swing up. Suitable for use indoors or outdoors, or even as a porch swing.

The bucket seat is designed for children 6 months to 3 years and can hold up to 44 pounds. Assembly is easy, and it comes with some mounting hardware (O-ring and Carabiner/D-ring)

Dimensions are 17”x 11” x 11” and rope length is 78”.

First Indoor/Outdoor Swing Set – Sportspower My First Toddler Swing

First Indoor/Outdoor Swing Set

A full-on in/out swing set, the Sportspower My First Swing is fun for young children, with a manufacturer recommended age range of 9 to 36 months old (3 years). Made from lightweight, yet sturdy steel, it’s durable while also light enough to move.

If you have a large room and want to fill it with a fun indoor baby swing, look no further! This swing works indoor and out, but isn’t really built to switch back and forth regularly, as a bit of work is required to fold it down.

While the manufacturer lists this swing as suitable from ages nine months to 3 years, we think it’s more suited to the younger side of this range. It’s low to the ground, which will make it tough once your toddler gets taller. We also don’t think it’s sturdy enough for the “up high” swinging toddlers do.

In our opinion, this is best used as an indoor swing, and as a baby’s first swing. That said, our kid loves swinging up high, and wanted to touch the clouds well before 1-year-old – so perhaps we’re biased!

Hardware for setup comes with the product, and assembly is estimated to take around 10 minutes. The seat is made from moulded plastic with a safety harness.

Dimensions measure at 55” L x 55” W x 47” H and holds children weighing up to 55 pounds. Again, it’s more suited to the younger age range in our opinion.


How to Choose an Outdoor Baby Swing

Outdoor baby swings are one of our toddler’s favorite activities – and these days you don’t even have to go to the park to enjoy them!

We rounded up some of the best outdoor baby swings on the market, and rated them using criteria below. If you’re in the market for a swing for your own backyard, we recommend you consider the following factors.

Safety

Safety is paramount when choosing from amongst the best best outdoor baby swings. Whether you intend to use it in your home or outside, you’ll want to make sure the swing meets current government safety standards at minimum. We also recommend considering the style of harness, installation hardware, whether there’s any chance for pinching (particularly with swings that use chains instead of ropes), the stability of the swing or swing set, and how the design will prevent lurches and falls.

Inspect the swing before each use to make sure there’s no concerning damage, and always follow the instructions and age/weight guidelines.

Generally, we tend to skew towards trusted brands for most products, because we’re more confident they have stringent testing procedures.

Fit

Your child should be snug in the swing and harness, without it being too tight. This will ensure they don’t fall or lurch forward or backward, which could result in injury. However, you also want to make sure you’re able to get your child in and out of the swing easily.

Age & Weight Range

Before deciding on which baby outdoor swing you’re interested in, double check it’s suitable for your baby in terms of their age and weight. Most swings listed here are suitable for babies from either six or nine months old. Generally speaking, babies need to be able to hold their heads up with strong neck muscles before using a swing.

Likewise, consider how long you’ll be able to use the swing vs the price to ensure your child will get enough to justify the expense. Outdoor baby swings don’t tend to be super expensive, and we think most families will enjoy having one in their backyard!

Final thoughts

After considering what we think are the 10 best outdoor baby swings, we think the Little Tikes Snug n’ Secure Grow With Me Outdoor Baby Swing is best for most families. If you want a great overall choice for your baby or toddler, look no further!

If you’re past the baby stage but not yet ready for a big kid swing, Little Tikes’ Toddler Swing is a good choice for your child. And if you’ve got a car-crazy child like us, the Cozy Coupe First Swing is a surefire hit!

For bucket swings, we think Eastern Jungle Gym’s deserves to win gold, and will suit a child who loves the secure feeling of a high seat around them.

And if you’re looking for something a bit more artisan and natural, we love Monkey & Mouse’s hanging canvas swing for use during picnics and park days, and Ecotribe’s non-toxic wooden animal swings for families trying to keep things as green and healthy as possible. If you buy the varnished version, you can use it both indoors and out.

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