How To Install Common Types Of Baby Swings

Buy a baby swing that is safe for your child, and learn how to install it correctly before placing your baby in it.

Tips, directions, and advice on how to correctly install baby Buying baby furniture and equipment is not as easy as it used to be. Years ago, there might be one or two brands of furnishings on the market, and parents bought one or the other. Today the options are limitless, which can make shopping for children's toys and playthings more challenging than ever before.

If you are thinking about buying a baby swing, here are some tips to help facilitate installation and assembly.

1. Buy a model that will work well with your home. Indoor or outdoor, the swing needs to fit in the space that you have available. You don't want to get one home only to find out that it just won't go in the corner you had in mind. Take measurements with you to the store so you can get an idea of what to buy. For outdoor swings that will be hung on a metal swing set frame, make sure the baby swing will have enough space between the older children's swings to help prevent collisions and injuries. Also check to be sure the metal or wood framework is stable enough and in good condition for holding a baby's swing.

2. If you get the kind with chains or ropes that must be screwed into an overhead beam, like one that is suspended in a doorway or nook, be sure the ceiling area is secure and that you know where to drill. Use the right size of screw that will be strong enough to support the swing with the baby's weight included. Check the outdoor swing frame or tree branch for the same considerations. You don't want to screw the swing into a dead or dying branch and have it break with the baby in her swing.

3. Inspect all equipment when you get it home from the store. You want to be sure that none of the parts is missing so that you can assemble the swing correctly and safely. If a screw or another part doesn't fit as it should, it might be the wrong piece. Visit the manufacturer's Website or return to the store where you purchased the swing to be sure that you have the right parts, and exchange those that do not fit or work properly. Also check the seat's padding and frame to see that they are solid and whole.

4. Try the swing before letting the baby use it. Don't climb in, of course, but push, pull, and swing it to be sure it is working correctly. Visually check each area from the hooks to the straps or suspension ropes and finally the seat, along with the seat belt and any other accoutrements, for signs of slippage, breakage, or improper alignment.

5. Don't leave a baby unattended in the swing. While it's common for infants to fall asleep in their comfortable position, they can slump, tip, or sometimes slide out of position and in some cases face the possibility of strangulation. Always keep an eye on your child to be sure the swing is operating as expected. Watch to see that your child does not get tangled in the suspension ropes or chains, and that all parts are holding correctly while your child is using the toy.

Keep older kids from pushing, pulling, or misusing the swing, as this will make it wear out more quickly and may lead to breakage that can jeopardize your baby's safety. If the swing makes a funny noise while in use, or if it seems lopsided, take your child out and return the swing to the store or have someone with technical expertise take a look.y swings.

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