We're thinking about buying a garden swing for ds' 2nd birthday and wondered whether we should push the boat out and go straight for a swing/slide combo. Any opinions or suggestions? Is he way too young? (there's not a lot else he needs and I don't want too many more indoor toys!!)
Also thinking about suggesting sand pit to grandparents. Any thoughts here?
Ds doesn't, he's on the kids swing, dd does, but she is SN and is still really a baby. Well worth the money getting them something bigger they will grow into( sorry, i always speak in the plural cos thats what i am used to.)
Definately recommend the tp stuff. Ds has the slide and climbing frame with tent and he loves it to bits. He has the swing too but he's not very bothered with that. Still, the stuff has been living in the garden for a year now and still looks pristine. I am also terrified whever he is using it though, milge! I just grit my teeth because you can't totally overprotect them. I am of the opinion that if you don't let them learn how to climb properly then they really will injure themselves.
Another shout for TP here. We got the climbing frame when ds1 was 2 and he's fast approaching 7 and it's still used on a regular basis and still looks great.
We also have a double swing and see-saw which was very cheap (£40) from D&A toys. Although it's still going after three years, it's rusty in places and couldn't hold a candle to the TP stuff, so if you can afford it that's what I'd recommend.
Tassis - don't know where you are but if you are inm West MIdlands, the TP toy factory is worth a visit cos all the stuff is much cheaper than in the shops. It is in a small town called Stourport on Severn, near Worcester - let me know if you want more detailed directions!
I'd definately go for TP if you can afford it, we live 100 yrds from the sea, grandma bought dd and ds1 a swing / monkey bar combination last winter and it still looks as good as new, it will be easy to put a baby swing on for ds2 if we decide to get one (either on an extention or to change the existing swing) and has a lifetime guarantee against rust !