How to Build a Baby Swing

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Babies love to swing and the higher they swing, the more excited they get. Safety would be of prime importance to any parent while buying or making a swing for their little ones. Using good quality, strong and sturdy materials solves half your problem. The swing should be hung from something that is strong enough to bear your baby's weight and the swing. Ceiling and big tree trunks would be ideal. Using nylon ropes will ensure that your baby's fingers do not get pinched as they might with the metal ones.

Things You'll Need

  • Two inch eyes -- 2 nos. Two inch 'S' hooks -- 2 nos. Heavy duty nylon rope (3/8th inch) - at least 8 feet Safety seat according to the child's weight
  • Cut the rope into half so you have two pieces of four foot length each.

  • Tie one end of one rope to the 2 inch 'S' hook tightly and slip the other end of the rope into the safety seat and secure tightly. Repeat the same process with the other rope and the other hole of the safety seat.

  • Mark a place on the support beam of your ceiling, with sufficient distance from the wall for a good swing. ?Then screw in the eyes firmly. The support beams will lessen any chances of accidents that could occur by screws being pulled out while your baby is swinging.

  • Put in the S hook into the eyes on the ceiling. Check if the swing hangs at a straight level.

Tips & Warnings

  • While choosing the safety seat, keep in mind your baby's age and size. If your baby is very young, opt for softer padding and for older children opt for easy operable safety straps. Ensure there are no protrusions or sharp edges on the seat. All movable parts should be covered to protect your baby from being pinched. You can remove the seat when not in use and store it away. When using the swing outdoors, put additional 2 inch eyes on your porch roof beam or sturdy tree branch, make sure they can take the weight of your baby and the pressure of swinging. Use only galvanized hooks and eyes that are insured against rusting.
  • Use only strong and sturdy ropes or the baby may fall off while swinging. Always use safety straps and the baby should swing only with your help. Never leave the baby alone on the swing.

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