The slide is always fun for children, and it’s a playground staple. However, your baby may be a bit too small to experience the slides in a playground. If they are, the weather may get bad, leaving one disappointed kid.
This is where indoor baby slides come in. These are small, easy to put together, and provide hours of fun all in the comfort of their own home.
Slides are more than just a fun way for a toddler to entertain themselves; they help a baby develop spatial awareness and keep balanced.
What To Look For In A Baby Slide
If you’re buying a slide, here’s what to look for.
Assembly time. Is it easy to put together, or is it an afternoon project? Most slides are pretty easy to put together, but others may have more difficulty. Slides that snap together can be easy, while slides or playsets that require tools and have complex instructions may be a pain.
Durability. Obviously, you aren’t going to be able to slide on it, but your baby should without the slide breaking down or falling over. Always check the weight limit. There may be some indoor slides that can fit multiple babies, while others are just for one baby.
Additional accessories. Some slides are like miniature playgrounds, giving the baby more fun activities to do. They may have rock climbing walls, hiding places, sandboxes, and more. Often, it’s worth buying an entire set, as this allows your kid to experience fun and gives them a reason to keep using it.
Growing potential. Some playsets grow with the kid, giving them bigger slides, harder challenges, and more entertainment. Meanwhile, others are just meant for toddlers. If you plan on having multiple kids, this may not be a problem, but if you just have one, you may feel like the slide quickly loses its use before you know it.
Cost. There are all sorts of slides for different budgets. Some may cost $50 or so, and may just have the essentials. Others may cost hundreds, but include more stuff and look better.
Speaking of looks, the look of a slide is important. Some come in bright colors, attracting the toddler. Others look like realistic wood, giving an aesthetic the parents will love.
Finally, safety. Some slides have handlebars, railings, and other features to make sure the toddler doesn’t fall, and others lack it. Safety features are especially important for a baby who is learning how to walk.
Now, let’s look at some slides.
Fun Climber With Slide
As the name says, this not only has a slide, but has a climber too. Climbing can help a baby’s muscles and hand skills develop, and it’s good for a baby who wants to develop a sense of adventure. In addition, it has a little place to hide, balls go across the slide, and other surprises. It’s a pretty good slide.
Little Tikes Junior Play Slide
At $50, this is a slide that is very affordable. You don’t need to have any tools or anything to put it together or take it apart. It’s a very stable slide, so no amount of roughhousing should mess with it. It’s a colorful slide that includes a crawlspace to hide. Overall, it lacks some of the bells and whistles other slides have, but if you just need a slide, this one is a good pick.
Naturally Playful Folding Slide
This one is a little more on the pricy end, but it’s well worth the cost. It’s a high slide, providing the baby with hours of entertainment, and you can adjust it so that toddlers of all ages keep entertained. This is a very long slide. If you live in a small space, it may not be the best option, but if you have room, give it a try. As you can infer from its name, you can fold it, allowing you to store it with ease once the baby is done with it.
Sports-Tastic Activity Center
This is a playset that’s durable and is good for toddlers to older children. This has a slide, duh, but it also has rock climbing walls, wheels, a sandbox, a platform, and other goodies as well. In an indoor setting, a sandbox may not be the best idea, so you can use it as a storage space, or put balls in it and make it a ball pit. It’s a fun little playset that will last a kid for hours.
Naturally Playful Lookout Treehouse
This doubles as an indoor treehouse, and it comes with a ladder, slide, a hideaway, and other goodies too. It’s a fun way for your toddler to have their own home. With that said, it’s something that you may want to supervise, as some kids may not know how to fully climb yet.
Naturally Playful Woodland Climber
This is a quite pricy slide. It is over $250 in most stores, making it a climber that some parents may want to steer away from, but others may want to try because of its realistic wood texture, its cool rock walls, and its durability. If you plan on having multiple kids, this may be a good investment. This is a good climber and slide for babies and toddlers of all ages.
All Star Sports Climber for Toddlers
This climber is very versatile and has lots of legroom for your baby. While it’s not that useful beyond the toddler stage, it’s still awesome. Some of its bells and whistles include sports balls for your kid to play with, as well as goals, hoops, and more. It can provide hours of entertainment for a baby who likes sports.
All of these are good in their own way. As a parent, think about your baby’s needs, your budget, and how long you want them to have this slide. Then, try one out and see if it’s good.
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