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Little Tikes are brilliant. I’m going to start off by saying that as I want to make it perfectly clear that the few problems we had installing one of their swings were absolutely nothing to do with them.
Well, they were, but they weren’t to blame in a bad way. It’s a bit like saying that you’re really irritated by the fact that you can’t run more than a 5 minute mile anymore when you’re about to celebrate your 127th birthday. Understand? No? Let me start at the beginning.
The Kids LOVE SwingsHarry, my 4 year old, loves swings. He loves the look of them, he loves playgrounds they are in, he loves the feel of them and most of all he loves the essence they have; that of swinginess. Caitlin is the same, only probably more so. The only way I’d imagine you could make her like swings more is if you said that at night, when everyone was in bed, they turned into chocolate and all the dolls of the world travelled from miles around to have a swing in them. That would make it perfect as far as she’s concerned. Tom, my 7 year old, quite likes them, and would probably like them a lot more if so much of his brain wasn’t given over to questions about which Skylander would stand victorious in a duel on top of the Empire State Building. Such wonderings take up a lot of his time so we’ll leave him out of this.
We Wanted a Wooden Swing!After only a little research we managed to find a few suppliers who sold the swing at just over £100. There were cheaper ones out there but we wanted wood and we wanted sturdy. Harry is as wiry as a terrier and comes in at just over the average weight of a tangerine but Caitlin is another matter. She’s lost weight recently as a growth spurt has kicked in but at other times, usually when in my arms, I still wonder whether she might not actually be twins and we just haven’t spotted it yet. Also, Tom is one of those ‘big for his age’ lads and he might, theoretically, one day, want to do something other than just shout at me because I insist on called Gill Grunt by the unforgiveable name of Gillian (this is all Skylander talk if it means nothing to you). The Little Tikes Milano Swing Set is suitable for ages 3 to 8 and carries up to 45 Kg, which is a huge 7 stone. Perfect!
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Safe and DurableWhen we started thinking about this we thought we wanted a swing that would not take up much space and that would not look too conspicuous. The problems with that sort of swing is that it would also probably need to be flimsy and thin and made of metal. We didn’t want that, we wanted something nice looking, safe as houses and which would grant us years and years of durable fun. The Little Tikes Milano Single Swing fits all those criteria and then some, offering warranties on both the wood and the bolts and brackets which hold it all together. It’s a
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Dave Fouracre aka Dave the Dad
(Dad to Tom 7, Harry 4 and Caitlin 2)