Several weeks ago my parents hung a toddler swing on the deck at their home, and baby girl absolutely adores it. She giggles and laughs when she's in it swinging. So I told my husband we needed to build something in our backyard to hang a swing from so that she could swing at our house too.
Off I went scouring the internet for swingset plans. I found this awesome swingset at Our Fifth House and knew immediately that I wanted one like it in our backyard. Since baby girl is only a year old and she only needs the swing portion now, we decided to build it in stages. Right now we would just build the frame to hang a toddler and adult swing from, and when she gets to be 2 or 3, we would build the platform area for a playhouse and slide.
The rockstar husband has spent the past few weeks cleaning out the area where the swingset will go, as it used to be trees and lots of leaves.
Once the area was clear, I drew up some (really rough) plans similar to the ones on Our Fifth House, showed my dad and husband, and off we all were to Lowe's to buy lumber for the swingset.
*NOTE* It helps to have a large, strong husband who can easily dig 2-feet deep holes and lift 6x6 posts. It's an added benefit if he looks good while doing it :)
I think the swingset is a success with the little one! It may look a little odd - skinny, but that is because we left enough room on the left side to make sure we could build the platform playhouse & swing area.