Ahoy! I’ve been the parent of two small children for a while now, so I understand the sheer terror felt when two-year-olds try to do a flying somersault off the side of a high-backed patio chair.
Let’s face it, there’s a separate set of concerns when buying patio furniture for toddlers than there is when you’re picking out a set for you and your partner (or even your dog, as I outline here).
The sheer number of options can feel overwhelming. It’s hard to But fear not, I’ve already been through the journey and now I can help you through yours. First, let’s explore what aspects to look for when picking out patio furniture for toddlers.
Then I can show you the goods and tell you what my picks are!
What To Look For When Buying Patio Furniture For Toddlers
We all want comfortable patio furniture. We all want patio furniture that looks good. And naturally, we all want to make sure we don’t break the bank when we finally make the purchase.
The real question we need to answer is “What should I look for in patio furniture for toddlers that I might not care about when buying for myself?”
As I see it, you have some specific things to look for: portability, safety, quality materials, and the ability to future-proof.
If your kids are anything like mine, it’s unlikely that they’re going to want to sit still. In fact, they’ll probably be moving the patio furniture around the moment you take it out of the box and assemble it. Part of being a good parent is being able to improvise. You’ll want to be able to take their favorite chair with you on an impromptu trip to the park. Remember — portability is versatility.
In an ideal world, patio furniture for toddlers should be safe by default. Unfortunately, that’s not the world we live in. Cost-cutting measures, tainted materials, and sloppy construction can lead to a sub-par product and if you’re not careful, your children might suffer the consequences.
Just take a look at the CPSC recall list if you’re skeptical.
If you clicked on the CPSC link, you might have noticed that quite a few recalls are due to chemical injury and lead paint exposure. That’s terrifying! But fear not, there are reputable companies that still believe in using quality materials when building their products.
This is especially important when picking out patio furniture for toddlers.
This might not be obvious to a new parent, but when you make purchases you should take into account how big your children are going to get (instead of only considering how big they are now). My wife and I made have bought plenty of great quality toys, clothes, and other products that my daughter ended up outgrowing only months later. Don’t make the same mistake. Make sure the patio furniture you buy can grow with your kids. If you make the right choice, it might even wear out before they outgrow it!
Portable Children’s Patio Furniture
Take it from me: keeping your kids mobile is one of the best parenting hacks you can make. When it takes 30 minutes to load everything into the car and another 30 minutes to pack it back in, you’re wasting valuable time you could spend making memories with your children.
If you want to make sure the patio furniture you pick for your children is portable, you really just want to make sure that the tables and chairs satisfy a few very specific conditions. They have to be light, they have to be foldable, and they have to be quick to assemble.
With that easy list in mind, I’d like to point out a few that I’ve come across.
Costzon Ladybug Table and Folding Chair Set
First, let’s check out this Costzon ladybug table and folding chair set. It doesn’t offer much in the way of amenities, but if you’re looking for a no-nonsense option with a cute appeal, this might scratch that particular itch. The non-toxic metal tubular frame makes this set very safe by keeping it stable without any sharp edges. The material is durable and could stand up to a lot of abuse.
This is also a fairly affordable option and regularly be found for less than $50 on a lot of online retailers (check out the current price on Amazon).
Baby Delight “Go with Me” Chair
One other option I’d like to shine a spotlight on is the Baby Delight “Go with Me” chair. My wife and I used this option immensely when our kids were very young. We still break it out every now and again when our friends bring their kids over and we need some extra seats. It actually accommodates children from 3 months up to 75 pounds, so you can get a lot of bang for your buck. Not only is it economical, but it’s highly weather resistant. As long as you use the correct mode (there are 3: sitting, standing, and “big kid”), it’s incredibly safe for kids of all sizes.
One other thing to note about the “Go with Me” chair is that it’s highly raved about on parenting forums. Just check out the reviews on Amazon (here’s a link) and you’ll see why this is a worthwhile, portable option.
Durable Patio Furniture For Children
Before I had kids, I thought that I’d be able to slowly replace all of my cheap Ikea furniture with better quality equivalents. However, it turns out that kids are extraordinarily harsh on furniture of all types. It’s a great idea to opt for the most durable options you can if any of your kids are as rough as my son is. Let’s roll up our sleeves and see which option can stand up to the kind of destruction toddlers are good at.
Costzon Wooden Picnic Table Set
With simplicity comes implicit durability and few things are simpler than the classic picnic table. This Costzon product defies expectations by having a reasonable price and a sturdy frame built to handle the rough and tumble nature of children.
It’s light, tough, and easy to assemble. It comes with an easily detachable umbrella and is reasonably portable (it doesn’t fold up, but you can fit it in the back of any wagon or small-to-midsize SUV).
Best Children’s Outdoor Picnic Table Set
I have to say, this next product on my list completely blew me away when I first saw it. I’m an avid lover of picnic tables myself, so being able to provide my child with a miniature version is a no-brainer.
This particular set from KidKraft is perfect for most outdoor spaces and even comes with an umbrella to help protect your young ones against the harsh rays of the sun. The benches have soft, luxurious cushions on them for comfort (and to prevent bumps and scrapes).
I honestly can’t give this high enough marks, KidKraft really outdid themselves here.
This table was actually more durable than the earlier Costzon option, but you can see that quality reflected in its price.
That being said, if you’re looking for a good all-around patio furniture set for your child or toddler, you can’t go wrong with this KidKraft model!