The safety awareness of toddlers is very weak, they do not know how to use outdoor swings safely. At this time, as parents, we must understand the following precautions to ensure that children do not have safety accidents.
Choose The Right Swing
Falling from a swing can cause serious injury. Studies show that falls from swings account for up to 31% of traumatic brain injury-related emergency room visits in kids up to age 4.2 Swing falls can also cause less serious injuries like fractures, cuts, and bruises.
For optimal safety, while your toddler is still learning how to swing, choose a swing with a full bucket seat or safety harness that includes a three-point harness. These seats can help prevent your child from leaning too far forward or backward, which can put them at risk of falling out of the seat.
Toddlers come in all shapes and sizes, and so do toddler swings. Check the weight limit on the swing you intend to buy and stick to it. If your little one is growing quickly, they might be ready to move to a swing the next size up.
Install Your Swing Correctly
Follow all manufacturer's guidelines and instructions to ensure that your toddler's swing is installed correctly. When you're choosing a spot in your yard for your child's swing, make sure that there is plenty of clearance in front of and behind it. You also want to make sure whatever surface is under the swing is safe for your child to land on.
Outdoor walls, fences, and other structures in your yard should be at least 6 feet away from the swing (and its range). The structure that the swing is on, whether metal anchors, chains, or ropes, should be secure.
If you have more than one swing, make sure they are at least 2 feet apart and don't put more than two swings on the same structure. If you are using a tire swing, stick to just one swing per structure.
Inspect Your Swing
To help make sure your toddler's swing stays in safe shape, give the swing a regular once-over to check for potential safety issues.
Get in the habit of inspecting it for any cracks, especially if it is made out of plastic. Leaving your swing outside during the winter months can make it more prone to cracking, which could lead to injury. If you can, store any outdoor play equipment (including swings) inside during the winter.
Check your swing for loose connections, including any ropes or chains that attach a toddler swing to the play structure. Always ensure that there are no loose or frayed ropes or breaks in the chain. If you notice any, make sure that they are repaired or replaced before your toddler uses their swing again.
Enforce Safe Swinging Rules
Set expectations regarding swing safety with your child and emphasize how important it is to follow swing safety rules. Don't let your kids lie on their stomachs on a swing, run and jump onto a swing, or jump off a swing, as these actions can increase their risk of injury.
If your toddler has difficulty following your swing safety rules (as toddlers sometimes do) they might need to take a break from the swing and try other outdoor activities instead. Swings can be fun, but there are plenty of other ways to get your little ones outside. Walks around the neighborhood, blowing bubbles, or playing with a ball outdoors are all safe alternatives to try if your toddler isn't quite ready to follow swing safety rules.
BIG ELEPHANT specifically designs safe and stable swing seats and swing frames for toddlers in this age group, allowing your children to always play in a safe environment. If you want to know more about children's swings, you can get a comprehensive solution by contacting us.
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