How to Make a Baby Swing

Written by julia wells
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How to Make a Baby Swing
Save money and make your own baby swing. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Buying playground-style equipment such as seesaws and jungle gyms for use at home may cost more than you can afford. Manufactured baby swings, which often come as disassembled kit, are in the same category. With some basic tools, hardware and time you can make your own at a much lower cost. With our own construction not only will you save money, but you'll be able to adjust the swing to fit your own needs.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Heavy duty nylon rope
  • Utility knife
  • S-shaped hooks
  • Cradle or seat
  • 2 2-inch eye bolts with screw thread ends
  • Wrench

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  1. 1

    Choose a location to hang the swing. It must have enough room for swinging along with something sturdy for the swing to hang from.

  2. 2

    Cut the nylon rope into to equal halves based on the height available and the height at which you want the swing to hang.

  3. 3

    Tie one end of each rope to each of the S hooks. Tie the other end to the holes in the safety seat.

  4. 4

    Screw the eye bolts at an equal distance firmly into the location where you will hang the swing. Use the wrench if driving the bolts by hand is not possible.

  5. 5

    Put the S hooks into the eye bolts. Push down on the seat to ensure it is sturdy enough for your child.

Tips and warnings

  • If the seat has four holes, you can attach two more lengths of rope to increase the sturdiness.
  • A baby could experience serious injury from falling out of the swing. Check to make sure the swing is sturdy enough before putting your baby inside. Never leave the baby unattended in the swing.

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