We used to have a little swing like this http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hedstrom-Folding-Toddler-Swing/dp/B000OW9Z3W/ref=sr_1_18?ie=UTF8&qid=1301063396&sr=8-18 which DD was happy to sit on for a while. If we'd had more space I would have got a full sized frame with a baby seat, that one was outgrown pretty quickly.
She was a summer baby and I know I didn't get much done outside the year she turned one. She would crawl off a blanket and stick stuff in her mouth so once she was fed up of being in the swing or pushchair I'd had my time.
By the following summer she was not putting things in her mouth and was happy either in the sand pit or pulling a little wagon round the garden collecting pebbles and stuff.