Top 4 Baby Swings for Older Kids


Top 4 Baby Swings for Older Kids Review

KOKOPAX TOP PICK

After of hours and hours of fun; we can recommend the Backyard Discovery Skyfort II All Cedar Wood Swing Playset as our top choice swing set for older kids.

This swing set quite simply has everything for your kids. Its tree house style appearance makes it easily blend into any garden, while its multitude of swings, climbing frames, slide and lookout tower make this such non-stop fun, your kids will never get bored of playing on it.

Though it does require a really long and complicated set up process, this swing scored very highly on safety while featuring so many different activities. Our kids spent many happy hours running around, climbing up and down and fighting over turns in the slide. This was the clear winner with the kids, as when given the choice between all our swing sets, this was the one they all ended up playing on.

Product DescriptionUser's ScoreOverall Score
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Backyard Discovery Skyfort II All Cedar Wood Swing Playset

Backyard Discovery Skyfort II All Cedar Wood Swing Playset

As far as swing sets go, this has to be the king. This swing set has literally everything your kid or kids could ...

User Rating: 3.7 (1 votes)
2 Backyard Discovery Saratoga All Cedar Wood Playset Swing Set

Backyard Discovery Saratoga All Cedar Wood Playset Swing Set

Another great swing set from Backyard Discovery and one that scored runner up in terms of our children’s overall ...

User Rating: 2.45 (1 votes)
3 Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide Soother

Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide Soother

This is another superb swing set that both our parents and kids loved. It was by far our winner for best value ...

User Rating: 3.65 (1 votes)
4 Lifetime Heavy Duty A-Frame Metal Swing Set

Lifetime Heavy Duty A-Frame Metal Swing Set

For those of you who are constrained by slightly tighter budgets, this heavy duty metal swing set from Lifetime is ...

User Rating: 3.6 (1 votes)

 

What you need to know when buying a swing set for older kids.

There was once a time when a swing was just a swing, but not these days. Modern swings come in all shapes and sizes, from the most basic single swing to elaborate multi swings that are themed and feature a range of other activities for kids, including fames, slides and even mini houses. To help you know what you are getting into, here are a few things to look out for when buying a swing set for older kids.

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Who are these swing set suitable for?

All the swing sets featured in this article swing sets are designed for children for ages 3 years and up.

Are they safe?

Modern swing sets are made to incredibly high standards of safety, both in terms of their build quality and also design. Though no swing can ever be 100% safe, modern swings, when used correctly and with the proper supervision are incredibly safe.

Price

The price difference between the most basic swing and a top of the range swing set is enormous. Though the results of our testing found children preferred the more elaborate and themed frame sets, you should feel the need to over extended your budget to buy one.

We recommend you and your partner sitting down and deciding on a budget before you start searching for the appropriate swing set. Our kids enjoyed every single swing and the basic swing on any set was pretty much the same.

Ease of Installation

This is a very important thing to bear in mind when buying a swing sets. The more basic swing sets can be set up in hours, but the more elaborate ones can take days upon days to do.

Some of them are so complicated that several of our test parents were unable to complete them on their own. We strongly recommend that if you are not sure, that you employ an expert to build for swing set for you, as it may affect the safety of the swing if it is not built correctly.

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How we review

We spare no time or effort when reviewing all the products for our articles. Our experts are all highly qualified in the field of baby care. We are deeply proud of our reviews, which are completely independent and unbiased. We accept no financial incentives for offering positive reviews, nor do we favor famous brands over other ones.

To make sure we gain the best possible picture as to the strengths and weaknesses of any given product, we rigorously test and retest it until we are fully satisfied as to its effectiveness. To test our products we engage the help of a great number of kids and their parents, upon whose feedback we base the main proportion of our test results.


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Kokopax Top Choice: Backyard Discovery Skyfort II All Cedar Wood Swing Playset

Backyard Discovery Playsets - Skyfort II Wooden Swing Set

As far as swing sets go, this has to be the king. This swing set has literally everything your kid or kids could possible dream of. Our kids really loved its themed design, which is in the style of a sky fort. It scored full marks for our kids and parents alike for its first sight ‘wow’ factor.

The swing set comes with 2 basic swings, a dual person swing, a climbing frame, climbing wall, a slide and a tree house, which is complete with a porch and a lookout tower. The tree house even features small windows that make it really well lit inside and somewhere that our kids seemed to really liked hanging out.

Backyard Discovery Skyfort II All Cedar Wood Swing Playset

The swing set comes with 2 basic swings, a dual person swing, a climbing frame, climbing wall, a slide and a tree house, which is complete with a porch and a lookout tower.

This swing set is made from cedar wood and is extremely well made and safe. Some of the activities require close supervision, for example the climbing frame, but on the whole this is an extremely safe swing set. Designed for children between the ages of 36 months and 10 years, this swing set will really give you a great long term return on your investment.

Cons:

  • Very complex. Takes a minimum of 14 hours to construct. Some of our parents were unable to complete this task too.
  • In the higher price range.

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Lifetime Heavy Duty A-Frame Metal Swing Set

Lifetime 290038 Heavy Duty A-Frame Metal Swing

For those of you who are constrained by slightly tighter budgets, this heavy duty metal swing set from Lifetime is definitely the choice for you. Though not featuring a theme, but rather a basic design, this swing is extremely well designed and sturdy. The metal frame felt like it could support a truck and despite all out team hanging from it, barely moved at all.

We loved the bright pink and blue colors, and the protective anti pinch guards on the supporting chains. This swing set was relatively simple to construct, most of our parents managed it within 3 to 5 hours, with little to no trouble at all.

Lifetime Heavy Duty A-Frame Metal Swing Set

This swing set was relatively simple to construct, most of our parents managed it within 3 to 5 hours, with little to no trouble at all.

Our parents loved that this swing was so easy to move despite being so sturdy. In fact, it is free standing and requires neither a concrete floor, nor any kind of mounting to the floor whatsoever. The frame is designed to be rust resistant and therefore long lasting.

Cons:

  • Central gym rings activity requires close supervision as this activity can easily be the cause of an accident.
  • Some difficulty in aligning the screws with the holes for some of the joins.

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Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide Soother

Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Rock 'n Glide Soother

This is another superb swing set that both our parents and kids loved. It was by far our winner for best value swing set and features 2 swings, a hanging bar and a wonderful little swing.

Though the swing is more suited for younger kids than older ones, this swing is designed for kids from the ages of 36 months and up, and for up to 4 children at a time. Thanks to the lower swing bar, there is much less chance of any severe injury should your child fall off than there is with a higher bar on the Lifetime Heavy Duty A-Frame Metal Swing Set, for example.

Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Rock 'n Glide Soother

This is another superb swing set that both our parents and kids loved. It was by far our winner for best value swing set and features 2 swings, a hanging bar and a wonderful little swing.

This swing set doesn’t take up too much space, so is ideal for those of you with smaller back yards, or those who don’t want a larger swing set taking up all your garden space. Given its low price, this has to be the best swing set on this list when considering the best bang for your buck.

Cons

  • Better for younger kids than older ones

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Backyard Discovery Saratoga All Cedar Wood Playset Swing Set

Saratoga Cedar Swing Play Set

Another great swing set from Backyard Discovery and one that scored runner up in terms of our children’s overall satisfaction and fun factor. Like its slightly more expensive sibling, this swing set features 2 swings, a dual swing, a slide, a climbing frame, as well as a central tree house, though it doesn’t feature a porch or a lookout tower, and the teahouse is not enclosed.

Our kids spent many happy hours on this swing set, and at times we had 8 to 10 of them all playing on it in one go. Made of cedar wood, it is both durable and so will survive many years out in the back yard, guaranteeing it is worth the money.

Backyard Discovery Saratoga All Cedar Wood Playset Swing Set

Our kids spent many happy hours on this swing set, and at times we had 8 to 10 of them all playing on it in one go. Made of cedar wood, it is both durable and so will survive many years out in the back yard, guaranteeing it is worth the money.

We found our kids were less keen to spend time in the lower level enclosed house than they were in the raised one of the Backyard Discovery’s Skyfort II, though they seemed so preoccupied with having fun on the slide and swings, that this barely seemed to matter. Another great swing set and one we definitely are happy to recommend.

Cons:

  • We found the climbing frame a little high and therefore not so safe. Unsupervised kids could fall and hurt themselves.
  • In the higher price category.

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Our Final Thoughts

Kids love swings. No matter what their age or gender, swings are like pizza, everyone loves them. Finding a good quality swing set is easy these days. All you need to do is decide on how many features you want and how much you are willing to pay for them. The really problem with any swing is trying to build the bloody thing, which for some of the more complicated swings on this list, might end up making you feel like a monkey trying to build a space craft.  

Once you have though, we can guarantee that any of the swing on this list will give your little trooper’s hours and hours of fun and exercise, which should hopefully tire them out and so finally give you some peace and quiet for a change.

However, if you are looking for the top swing set for older kids, then without question we recommend the Backyard Discovery’s Skyfort II, which is such a complete and exciting swing set that you will undoubtedly find yourself wanting to throw your kids aside and have a go for yourself.

Are baby swings safe?

Buying your young child can be a really scary moment for any parent. Most of us remember how as a kid, we loved to hit the swings as soon as we got into the playground. However, most of us will also know a horror story of some kid who fell off and ended up in hospital also.

The truth is no swing is every going to be 100% safe. These days, with modern design and materials swings are a lot safer than in years gone by. Advancements in building materials used to construct swings, has made them a lot stronger, as well as much lighter too.

These days, there is little chance of swings breaking, or the seats causing your child to slip off and go disappearing over the horizon. Modern swings are made to incredibly high safety and quality standards, so provided you make sure you are buying one from a reputable brand, you have nothing to fear.

The fact is that the real safety issue comes from the child’s use of the swing. To keep the possibility of an accident to the bare minimum, it is recommended that you keep close supervision on your child while they use the swing, and that you make sure that they are using it in the manner that it is designed. Children should not stand up on the seats while swinging for example, but rather remain seated at all times.

Are kid’s swings worth it?

Yes. You can pick up a basic kids swing for less than $100. Though the more elaborate and fun looking swings will set you back a small fortune, the basic swing function is the same on all the designs. Swings are great fun and something that the whole family can enjoy, regardless of age or gender.

Can anyone build up a baby swing from the pack?

This is one of the most common questions that we get asked regarding baby swings. Though all baby swings come with easy to follow guides, we strongly recommend that if you are not good with your hands, or at least 95% confident in your abilities, that you get some expert help when building up your new swing from the packs, particularly if you have purchased one of the more complicated swing sets.