When my oldest was a baby we had the Fisher Price high back swing. The problem was it had a T bar that slid up and down on the ropes, not always staying in place so you had to 1 handedly hold up the bar while using the other to somehow get the child in. Fast forward 10 years. My youngest is 4 months old and with 3 older siblings we spend a lot of time outside. He is not a stroller fan so the only place to set him down is in the Exersaucer. Walking through Walmart I saw this swing. They were sold out of the Fisher Price swing so the Little Tikes was the only option. Had to have it though, it is just starting to get warm and at 18 lbs I am sure he is going to outgrow his portable swing soon.
Took it home and hid it for an Easter present, by which he would be 5 months old and I am sure sitting well enough for it. 3 days later my snoopy 7 yr old found it so there goes the Easter idea. Well as long as I have it now I might as well try it so I took it out and attached it to the swing set. If you have a swing set this will work perfectly, the attached metal hooks slide onto the hooks of the swing set in 2 seconds flat. The rope is the absolute perfect height for the swingset for an infant, long enough to swing but high enough to interact with mommy. However the ropes may end up being a bit short for a tree or for use in the toddler mode if you want the child to be able to get in themselves.
Now the big test, a just turned 4 month old in it??? I was leary as it looked a bit upright. But I set him in it and he sat in it fine. It was then easy to flip up the Tbar and clip. It even has covers over the clips so it cannot accidentally come unlatched. It is still easy for a parent to reach under and unlatch though. The straps adjust easily and small enough for my 4 month old though he is 18 lbs. The straps do come out a bit high on the seat though. It seems to still hold him well and will allow growth room. The sides are just high enough to offer a little support for him if his neck gets tired. The angle is also just enough to offer some support. The angle may not be as good for an older infant who wants to sit more forward but by that age they can lean forward though you would have to have a lose harness to do that.
Once the child gets older you can reverse the harnesses and flip the T bar underneath the seat and out of the way then attach to the reversed harness to hold it there. Then a toddler can learn to swing without the harness, have more freedom and even climb in and out themselves.
This swing is made from a nice thick plastic that looks like it will hold up to the weather for years to come. Much nicer looking than the Fisher Price swing we had and that one held up fine for years even. I definitely like this swing better and my son has a blast in it.
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Amount Paid (US$): 20
Type of Toy: Other
Age Range of Child: 0 to 12 Months