Why Swinging is SO Important for Kids

Importance of Swinging


Let the kids swing!

Let them swing on their bellies, twist and turn, swing slow or fast, swing high or low.

Just let them swing!

Swinging is important for kids!

Did You Know:

  • Swinging strengthens your child’s core and helps with the development of balance.
  • The rocking motion of swinging stimulates the cerebral cortex, the part of the brain that helps you focus.
  • Swinging offers help with sensory integration, which is how your brain organizes and interprets information. Sensory Integration provides a foundation for later, more complex learning and behavior.
  • Swinging is calming!
  • Swinging encourages social interaction and development.
  • The movement of swinging helps develop perceptual skills.
  • Swinging increases spatial awareness.
  • Swinging helps develop gross motor skills – pumping legs, running, jumping, etc.
  • Swinging helps develop fine motor skills – grip strength, hand, arm, and finger coordination.
  • Twisting and untwisting on the swing has additional benefits! According to research, the act of spinning stimulates different parts of a child’s brain simultaneously, which promotes the development of interconnected pathways in the brain. These connections are important for learning skills such as spatial awareness, rhythm, balance, muscle control, etc.

Let them swing!


Resources: Take a SwingSolve J Swings, Photo Credit: © Sonyae 

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  • Reply Charla Merlin

    Thank you for this article. I’ve often only considered the physical benefits of swings for children. I’m sure most parents will want to get their babies at least one swing to avail all these benefits before as their children ages.

    September 14, 2017 at 3:22 pm
    • Reply Nicole

      I hope so too!

      September 14, 2017 at 8:26 pm
  • Reply Chenden

    Hi Nicole, thank you for pointing out these advantages of swinging.

    I learnt that there are different types of swings and that each one is suitable for children at different ages/stages. Which one would you recommend that can serve a baby for long (is there anything like a convertible swing)?

    November 19, 2017 at 1:55 pm
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      Unfortunately, I don’t have a recommendation for this.

      November 19, 2017 at 3:00 pm
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    Great content about swing I never read it before

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    Hi Nicole, thank you for pointing out the benefits of swinging. Do you think an adult can enjoy some of these benefits when they swing?

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