AH…I am having the worst time. Maybe you all can help me.
With childcare I used to go to the park all the time in the summer so the kids could use the play equipment. I had a triple stroller. This one you see below and I loved it. It was great for kids once they reached about a year old.
I’d load them all up and go to the park. For the most part, it was pretty good. I didn’t keep a swing set at my house…if we wanted play equipment, we went to the park.
Well…That got to be a challenge. The park equipment wasn’t really the best for my kids. There was only one baby swing and as you can see by the picture above, I likely needed three baby swings to accommodate this group.
The other problem, they use small rocks as surfacing. Well…as you can see from the kids in the stroller, those small rocks weren’t the best for my kids as I’d always have one or two that would put the rocks in their mouth. UGH.
Then…insurance and liability became more of a concern. The park is next to the river that runs through town. I changed insurance for my childcare business and it seemed a little more frowned on.
Then…my kids in the stroller starting aging. I filled those spots with babies. As I went along, it became harder and harder to leave the house when I had babies….So, I saw this swing set on a for sale group for $25 and talked Kramer into giving it a try. It was been wonderful. I can’t tell you how much I have loved having this swing set. We have a wonderful play place now. It’s so cute. The kids call it my “playground”.
The glider on the right is a big favorite with the kids.
We are outside almost every morning once the weather gets nice. We’re either playing in the big tire sandbox, swinging or playing with water once it is warm enough.
The best part of this…there is something for the babies to do. I can push them in the swing. I can take an exersaucer outside. Being at my house allows so many more options so that everyone can be entertained…and a bathroom is close and safe.
Well…my wonderful $25 swing has last for four years. It’s gotten WAY more use than any other normal swingset. Best of all, we’ve had it long enough to know that I am happy to have one here, and having a swing set here is a good option.
Well…that $25 swing has also seen better days. The flooring of the basket swing is no more. Something has to be done about it…so I started swing set shopping.
Oh my. I didn’t know how good of a swing set I had until I started shopping for a new swing set. I had THREE places to put swings. I had TWO slides. I had a glider and the basket swing. There were LOTS of places for the kiddos to play.
I went through a bit of a debate. Do I get a wooden set? Do I get a metal swing? I thought and thought. I know the guys in my life would build me a wooden set but they are so expensive. I know I can find them on sale sites like Marketplace but I think I’ve convinced myself not to get a wooden one. So many of them come like this…Kalissa just bought this last year on a for-sale site. It’s great for her but I’m not sure about me. I need more swing or movement areas. Most of the kids playing on my set are 3 and under. I don’t want them climbing and falling out of the open area. Also, I’ve learned I don’t like “forts” as I can’t readily see the kids. The “fort” also obstructs my view in the distance. A kid could be crossing the alley behind my house because I couldn’t see them as the “fort” is in the way of me seeing.
Kalissa’s yard and circumstances make sense for this design though.
I more or less have decided that a metal swing might be best…so I started looking… I found this that I thought was pretty good, Sportspower Super 8 Fun Metal Swing Set.
I liked it but could see I’d miss my green glider that seats two…and I have one less swing seat.
The new “thing” is a trampoline at the end…and these new Mommy and me toddler swings- Sportspower Ridgewood Me and My Toddler Metal Swing Set
Although that looked nice for a family, the Mommy and me part, wouldn’t work. Plus, I didn’t know if I liked the trampoline idea. Trampolines cause so many accidents.
I like this one-Deluxe Trapeze Swing…but don’t like teeter totters. I did like a trapeze bar option though.
I like this one, Skroutz Metal Swing Set, but that’s LOTS less places to play than what I have.
I’m a little afraid I might have to somehow compromise…I liked my two slides…. often the little kids used one side and the big kids the other.
The side-by-side double glider was the best. I liked it so much better than the back-to-back ones.
What’s a girl to do?
Kalissa suggested that I try to replace my basket swing that is broken. I looked and can’t find a single replacement part. To be honest, I can’t see anywhere that still makes that style of basket. UGH.
So currently I am thinking I might buy two metal swing sets. I was hoping to find two of the same brand that are similar in color. One might be more of a deluxe version and one a simpler version. I could put the baby swings on one and the bigger kids’ stuff on the other. These three come from the same company so maybe two of them…UGH.
I just don’t know what to pick. I’m willing to invest $1000 if necessary towards updating my outdoor equipment. It’s a business investment so it’s okay…but if somehow if we could make what I have last another year, I’m okay with that too. Really, I love what I have. The three swing seats, at a minimum, are what I need. A glider is what I need. Two slides are what I want.
I’ve spent a couple of hours looking online and just can’t find anything that says “this is a perfect choice”. Spring is around the corner though and I’d like to have something in mind so we can enjoy it all year.
Kalissa was looking and found this….
Now, this swing set looks really nice. The monkey bars on the side are a little more than I need but I can see the school kids really liking them. The construction on this looks awesome. The metal on this has a 10-year warranty. It does give me the more spots I wanted…the problem… about $4000 buys this. Hmmm. Oh, my word. Why are somethings so hard to make a decision about??
What do think? Do you have any suggestions? I really could use some help on this.