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Good, better best: Toddler climbing toys worth the expense

Toddlers have quite a bit of energy making hours spent on backyard and playground equipment time well spent. Playground time also helps toddlers to develop those all-important gross motor skills. Sometimes, however, work schedules and Mother Nature don’t allow parents extra moments during the day to take toddlers outside to climb and slide. Thankfully, there are toddler climbing toys. Not all indoor jungle gyms are created equal, though. If parents are going to give toddlers an indoor climbing toy, safety is a priority. Indoor toddler gyms should be crafted from high-quality sturdy materials. Since toddlers are messy, it’s important to have an inside climbing toy that cleans up quickly. Unlike outdoor jungle gyms, space really becomes an issue with indoor toddler climbing toys. Here are three toddler climbing toys kids will have fun using while staying safe that don’t take up a great deal of space indoors.

Good: Costzon Wooden Climbing Ladder

Costzon’s foldable climbing ladder is a two-in-one toddler climbing toy. The ladder doubles as a climber for kids from six months to six years with a weight capacity of 132 pounds. This easy-to-clean wooden ladder is adjustable, fashioned from environmentally friendly materials and waterproof. Decorated with colorful non-toxic paint, toddlers will have hours of fun climbing and sliding. When they’re done, the indoor climbing toy folds away for quick storage until next time. Costzon’s Wooden Climbing Ladder is a good option for parents with limited spacing.

Better: Wedanta Indoor Playground Toddler Climber Slide

For toddlers who love to climb, Wedanta’s Indoor Playground gives little ones the space to climb and slide. The indoor climber features monkey bars, ropes, ladders and a slide to finish off the climb. Made from natural wood, the play set is sturdy and suitable for kids ages two through five. This indoor gym won’t take up a lot of space in the home, making it a great option for smaller homes and townhouses. Manufactured in Europe, Wedanta’s indoor playground is easy to put together and clean.

Best: JOYMOR 6-in-1 Indoor Toddler Playground

Parents are really bringing the playground inside with JOYMOR’s six-in-one play set. This set is ideal for parents working at home because toddlers have quite a bit to keep them busy. When they’re bored with climbing and sliding, toddlers can practice their shot with the sturdy basketball hoop. Future kickers can start working on their scoring touch early with the mini-soccer net and ball. There’s even a ring toss game, and let’s not forget the toddler-safe indoor swing. Crafted from BPA-free materials that are durable, toddlers can have hours of fun on this versatile indoor climber and playground. After a morning playing on JOYMOR’s six-in-one play set, toddlers will really be ready for along afternoon nap. This indoor playground is designed for ages six months and up.

While parents would love to be able to hit the playground daily with toddlers, it’s not always an option due to busy work schedules. Not everyone has a backyard option for a toddler climbing gym either. This is where indoor climbing toys designed specifically for toddlers come in. Toddlers can have hours of fun safely playing on any one of these three high-quality indoor jungle gyms and playgrounds. Costzon’s Wooden Climbing Ladder and Wedanta’s indoor climbing toys are ideal for space-challenged homes. For parents with more space, JOYMOR’s six-in-one climber and playground will really keep toddlers busy. This playground is a great option for families with space and parents who work at home. Toddlers can work those gross motor skills safely, and when they get bored climbing, there are other fun options to keep them occupied.

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