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5 Tips for Selecting the Perfect Swing Set

tips for selecting the perfect swing set

The sun is shining and the grass is lush and green. Do you know what that means? Spring is finally here and summer is on its way! Toddlers and preschoolers love spending time outside when the weather is nice, so why not give them an incredible outdoor toy? Step2 offers a variety of outdoor play product including swing sets. Choosing a swing set can be a difficult choice, so we’ve developed some tips to help make your decision easier. Here are five tips for selecting the perfect swing set:

  1. Material: Swing sets are made out of different types of materials depending on the manufacturer. Most swing sets are made of wood (redwood, red cedar, yellow cedar, northern white cedar, pine or pressure treated), metal or plastic. Step2 swing sets are made of durable plastic that won’t splinter or warp. Even though our swing sets are made of plastic, the natural design and colors makes them look like they are made of wood.
  2. Size: It’s important to keep in mind how a swing set will look and fit in your backyard. On each swing set’s product page, we list the dimensions to help you visualize the size of the outdoor toy. It’s also important to keep in mind that you will need a 6.5 foot clearance around the entire swing set when assembling (refer to the assembly instructions for further installation details). This information will also help ensure the swing set will be the perfect fit in your backyard!
  3. Key Features: Ask yourself, what features do you want your kid’s swing set to have?
    • Is it durable and sturdy?
    • What is its lifespan and does it have a warranty?
    • How many kids can play on the swing set?
    • What’s the appropriate age range?
    • Can you attach a toddler swing to the set so your kids can grow into it?
  4. Customer Reviews: Whether you are purchasing a swing set online or checking them out in a store, it’s a good idea to see what other people have said about the outdoor toy you’re interested in. Check out the pros and cons in the reviews and also look at how many customers have reviewed the product.
  5. Color scheme: Like we said before, most of our swing sets have a natural colors and designs. Depending on your preference, you may want your swing set to blend well with its surroundings or stand out.

Outdoor play is essential for childhood development and making adventures memorable, which is why picking the best swing set for your little ones is so important.

Do you have any tips you would recommend to families looking for swing sets?

 

Tips for Getting Your Outdoor Step2 Products Ready for Summer Fun

The kids are almost out of school, temperatures are rising all across the country, and outdoor toys are being brought back outside. This means one thing – Summer is almost here!

At Step2, safety is our number one priority; so we’ve devised some tips for getting your outdoor Step2 products ready for summer fun.

Outdoor Toys

Wagons & Ride-Ons

  • Review assembly instructions [available on all product pages (example)] to verify products meet all safety requirements as installed
  • Check seat belts on wagons and ride-ons to insure that they are secure, the buckles function and the fabric is not weathered or damaged
  • Look for signs of excess wear on wagon and ride on wheels
  • Check for bent axles or casters
  • Look for cracking on any handles

 

Swings & Climbing Equipment

  • Review assembly instructions to verify products meet all safety requirements as installed
  • Check for obstacles around home playground equipment  (there should be a minimum of 6 ½ feet clearance around the perimeter of the equipment)
  • Check all hardware on climbing & swing set equipment to make sure they are tight and make sure anchors are in place and beneath surface level
  • Check swing ropes on climber/swing sets to insure they are in good condition with no signs of fraying or rotting from sun/weather exposure. If you see signs of wear, please call Step2 at 1-800-347-8372 to order a swing replacement kit.

 

Sand & Water Products

  • Make sure sandbox lids are intact to keep sand clean and critters out
  • Check umbrellas for proper installation, function and fit.  Check umbrellas for exposed metal tips or torn fabric.  Remove damaged umbrella from use.
  • Check all sand & water product plugs for wear and make sure they are inserted all the way to prevent leakage

 

Additional Outdoor Toys

  • Review assembly instructions to verify products meet all safety requirements as installed
  • Check to see if basketball/football bases are properly weighted with sand or water
  • Check for cracks in any plastic toy before use
  • Products can be washed with a mild soap & water
  • Use Armor All®* to shine up your Step2 mailbox or playhouse after washing (not recommended for use on climbing/swing equipment for safety reasons)

 

Replacement parts & decals to spruce up your products (with exception to some discontinued products) are available at reasonable prices by calling us toll free at 1-800-347.8372 Monday through Friday between 8 AM and 5 PM ET.

*Armor All® is a registered trademark of Armor All Group