Friday, June 26, 2020

DIY Woven Wrap Sensory Swing

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This DIY indoor sensory swing is so easy to make! Find out how to make a swing using a woven baby wrap.

Installing a swing in our basement has been a lifesaver, especially with our long cold winters. It's such a great way for kids to burn off excess energy and regulate their bodies.

We have a few different swings that we can switch between, but we didn't yet have a good sensory type swing. They're often quite expensive.

But, after supper one evening, I thought about whether or not a woven wrap could easily convert into a sensory cuddle swing. Turns out, it works awesome and the boys are addicted to it!

So here's how to convert a woven wrap into a DIY indoor sensory wing.

How to make a swing using a woven wrap baby carrier

What You'll Need for this DIY Sensory Swing

Babywearing has been a huge part of my life, especially since K was born. One of my favorite baby carriers is the gorgeous Ellevill Zara Deli woven wrap that you can see in the pictures. I converted it into a swing without having to make any modifications to the wrap itself. We have also used a stretchy baby wrap to make this sensory swing before (just using extra knots).

Here's what you'll need to make this sensory swing:

  • Woven wrap baby carrier
  • Eye bolts (I forget the size, sorry!)
  • Carabiner hooks (ours hold up to 300ish pounds each)

Important Things to Note When Making Your Own DIY Indoor Sensory Swings for Kids

Before I show you how I set up this swing, I need to include a disclaimer and mention a few safety notes.

  • It is highly recommended that you use a woven wrap for this swing. 
  • Please do not substitute a sheet or blanket.
  • A stretchy wrap baby carrier can also be used, but requires extra knots and careful supervision. But please use your discretion as stretchy wraps do not hold knots as well as a woven wrap.
  • Always be sure to test the swing yourself, ensuring the wrap is well knotted, before putting your child in it.
  • Put a crash pad or mat underneath for safety or hang it low enough that your child can easily touch the ground beneath them.

How to Install a Sensory Swing Indoors

Our swing is set up in a wide doorway by screwing two eye bolts (sorry, I don't recall the size off the top of my head!) into the frame. Then we used carabiner hooks that can each hold up to 300 and some odd pounds. You can see the set up below.

How to install a sensory swing indoors

I knotted my woven wrap around the carabiner hooks, making sure that the knot is nice and tight. Be sure to test the swing after it is hung. If it can hold an adult up, then it can safely support a small child.

How to install a sensory swing indoors

Once you have it securely knotted and tested that it can support your own weight, you can put a child in the swing.

How to make a sensory swing from a baby wrap

A Kid Approved Sensory Swing!

The boys love this new swing and have tried sitting in it in various ways. I have also tried tying the wrap in different ways to make different "seats" for them to sit on. For instance, J enjoys using it like a hammock, but also enjoys sitting it in and spinning around.

Tutorial for a DIY indoor sensory swing for kids

K, on the other hand, likes to use it to fly like an airplane or sit in it like a jolly jumper.

Tutorial for a DIY indoor sensory swing for kids

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16 comments:

  1. That is fantastic, I'm working on getting Justin to help me set up a swing in the basement Too! I love how you used the woven wrap. It is the most beautiful swing Ever!!!

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    1. Thanks! You should totally put in a swing. Ours gets used every single day. The boys LOVE it! However, the woven wrap swing is definitely K's favorite now.

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  2. I know a little boy that you love one of these in his room.

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  3. I think I need one of these for me. :)

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    1. Ha! I totally tried sitting in it, mostly to make sure it was secure. It was sooooo comfy, but I felt I was going to wreck my wrap if I sat too long in it.

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  4. I love this idea! Now to convince my husband to screw more holes into our renovated basement...

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    1. Hahaha! We screwed ours into the door frame as we have a wide doorway in our basement. It's much less noticeable than holes in the ceiling!

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  5. I want one for me! ;) What a great idea!

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  6. What length of wrap did you use?? I have a size 6 Girasol would that work you think?

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    1. Oooh great question! I believe mine is a size 5. Size 6 will definitely work.

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  7. Hey I just wanted to let everyone know that making a hammock with a bed sheet is amazing and requires no eyelits. Just rope and a sheet and two trees or poles. Check on youtube. I used a full size sheet from walmart and had 3 people in ours without it falling. They are awesome!

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    1. Hmmm...very interesting! I am going to have to look for that!

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  8. hi, could i use a few layers of lycra for this swing?

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    1. You likely could. I would just sew the fabric around some rings to make sure it's extra durable since lycra has a tendency to slip when just knotted.

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