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  1. #21
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    We got DS his Rainbow over the summer... he was about 16 or 17 months old.....kind of young but we wanted to get as much use out of it as possible!!!
    *A+J = 05.31.03 *A = 01.22.06 * C = 01.10.08 * M = 10.09.10 *

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    Does he enjoy it? What are his favorite elements?

    DD enjoys baby style swings and we help her on the slide at the park. I figure by spring/summer she'll be better at climbing by herself (supervised, of course).
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    He's in love with the slide. He loves to climb up it and slide down it, supervised of course It's a long slide so we still don't let him do the whole thing by himself but lend some support.

    He also loves the swings - but doesn't tolerate them as long as he used to - I think that comes with being more mobile and wanting to climb to the top of the "castle" and go down the slide.

    He really likes his sandbox too - but that's not part of the swing set.
    *A+J = 05.31.03 *A = 01.22.06 * C = 01.10.08 * M = 10.09.10 *

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    Cool, thanks. It's good to see I was on track with how she'd be using it.

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    aligirl- Where did you buy yours? We're going to get a wood swing set in the spring. Dh will probably insist it be $700 or less. Did you look several places. Just curious since we live in the same area. TIA.

    Miles : 11.03.06 Agnes : 03.25.11

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    I see that those of you who posted pictures of your sets don't have mulch down under the set-how is it working out without the mulch (as far as falls and what not)?
    We ended up not putting mulch down yet. We plan to this coming spring when we work on the yards, but with DS being 3 this past summer, he NEVER fell once. Not off the ramp or the ladder. Now, I'd guess things would be more dangerous when there are more than one kid playing at a time, but since we didn't have that, it wasn't an issue. DS mostly sat on the deck part and played with his toys: cars that he would race down the slide. We will be adding some mulch this spring (since we can't get decent grass anyway!)
    My three sons :DS age 7 and DS age 4, DS age 2

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    DH built a wooden swing set last Spring from a Home Depot kit. It was a really good deal. I can't remember what it ended up costing us but it was under $500. Each kit has different elevations in different price ranges that you can build. You buy the wood separately but it tells you exactly what to buy.

    DS was about 14 months old when it was done and he played on it all summer.
    Joseph Andrew, 3/16/06
    Benjamin Alexander, 3/7/08
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    Dan's*girl--If you notice in that picture the base for the fort looks to be 2x4's. that won't be the most sturdy really. It will probably work but a set with 4x4 posts as a base for the fort would be safer IMHO. some dads in my husbands daddygroup were discussing different playsets a few months ago and one had the Walmart set and was satisfied with it but said it didn't seem as sturdy as some sets the neighbors had.
    Jon and Heather ~ May 3, 2002
    Colin 11/7/03 (c/s preemie)~Alexander 9/10/05 (VBAC)~
    Sabrina 9/15/07 (VBAC)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ellidew View Post
    aligirl- Where did you buy yours? We're going to get a wood swing set in the spring. Dh will probably insist it be $700 or less. Did you look several places. Just curious since we live in the same area. TIA.
    We got ours at Rainbow in Chesterfield. It was a bit more than we really wanted to pay but we can have them take it apart and rebuild it for us if we move and it's expandable. It's also cedar and 4X4 construction so it's SUPER sturdy. But, again, very pricey --- not under $700.

    Ours looks like this except we got the higher beam (it's 1 ft higher) and a 4th swing station so we have 2 buckets and 2 sling swings. And, where the chain ladder is (back side) we got a safety ladder w/ stairs so Alex can climb up.

    *A+J = 05.31.03 *A = 01.22.06 * C = 01.10.08 * M = 10.09.10 *

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    mulch we didn't put it down, we just have grass and dd hasn't fallen once. there's really only one place she can fall (the ladder) and i didn't see the need for it. we also don't have a 6 ft clearance all the around -- just in the front and on one side.
    noa 6.6.04
    henri 9.10.06

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