Things You'll Need
2 figure-eight eyes with nylon bearings
The Little Tikes 2-in-1 Snug 'n Secure swing is an excellent choice for children up to 4 years old. The body of the swing is made from a lightweight, rugged plastic and hung from a rope that runs through the body of the swing and hangs from two S hooks about 60 inches above the swing. When hanging the swing from a tree, you will need to choose a branch heavy enough to safely support the swing .
Select a branch at least 4 inches in diameter, as close to parallel to the ground as possible and between 80 and 96 inches above the ground.
Choose the most level spot on the branch at least 16 inches from the trunk of the tree. Tie two 2-inch figure-eight eyes with nylon bearings, available from your hardware store, to the tree branch with ½-inch poly blend rope so that the rope runs through one circular end of the eye and the other circular end hangs below the branch. Do not use stationary eyes without bearings because this will cause premature wear to the swing hardware.
Space the eyes at least 16 inches apart. This will help to stabilize the swing from side to side. Double-check your knots to make sure they are secure.
Attach the S hooks to the ends of the swing rope through the nylon bearings in the figure-eight eyes. Before placing children in the swing, make sure the bottom of the swing is at least 15 inches above the ground.
Push the swing out to the end of its arc to the front and back to ascertain that no objects are closer than 3 feet from the bottom of the swing.
Check the swing to be sure it is level. Push down on the front of the string to adjust the rope until the swing is completely level. This helps to ensure that the swing will travel as straight as possible with no tilting or twisting.
Check to make sure that the safety T-bar is operating correctly before placing a child in the swing. Periodic safety checks to make sure that ropes and hooks are in good repair are needed to maintain safety. Replace any worn or broken parts immediately and do not allow the swing to be used until repairs can be completed.
Mark Morris started writing professionally in 1995. He has published a novel and stage plays with SEEDS studio. Morris specializes in many topics and has 15 years of professional carpentry experience. He is a voice, acting and film teacher. He also teaches stage craft and lectures on playwriting for Oklahoma Christian University.