Energetic kids adore bouncing around on trampolines, which can also be great news for parents. Children should sleep soundly after a busy, activity-filled day!
Plus you never know, your toddler might even have a future as an Olympic trampolinist!
Finding the best kids trampoline for both you and your little one will depend on a variety of factors; you likely want something that won’t break the bank but will also be safe, fun and sufficiently engaging.
The following information is a round up of things that are worth bearing in mind when looking for the best toddler trampoline:
The Benefits of a Toddler Trampoline
Not only is bouncing on a trampoline a whole lot of fun, it’s an activity that will also have health and developmental benefits for your toddler.
Trampolining can improve coordination and the development of motor skills in both younger and older children. They’ll learn to use and control their muscles, improve their balance, and also build strength.
Additionally, using a trampoline can increase confidence and encourage the development of social skills. Siblings will have to learn to share and support one another, plus children will learn about their own physical capabilities.
A mini trampoline can often be used indoors and out. This is useful because having an indoor trampoline will help keep children entertained on rainy days. It’s always helpful to have activities that will allow children to expel some energy when they can’t play outside!
As you’ll see in the next section, having a kids trampoline that’s specifically designed for toddlers can create a safer environment compared to using a full-size trampoline.
There are several safety features to look out for when buying a toddler trampoline, some of which are particularly relevant to this age group.
For example, you should look out for trampolines which use bungee cords instead of metal springs as these are safer for younger children.
It’s also common for toddler trampolines to have a padded cover over the frame to prevent accidents and bumps from either landing on the frame by accident, or walking into it.
The best mini trampolines will also have some sort of handle or bar which children can hold onto. This is very important for balance, as a lot of young children will struggle to bounce on the trampoline without one.
Most toddler trampolines are very low to the floor which makes them safer. They also have non-slip feet for added stability. Non-slip feet will also help protect your flooring, which is a plus when using these as indoor trampolines.
Making sure your toddler’s mini trampoline is equipped with these safety features will make it a more secure place for them to play. Make sure the weight limit is never exceeded and allow only one child to use the trampoline at a time.
Choosing the Right Size
Toddler trampolines can be suitable for different age ranges depending on their size and weight capacity.
The smallest mini trampoline (eg. 50 x 50 cm) will be suitable for use by young children, from about 12 – 18 months +.
Larger models (e.g. 1 x 1 m) can generally be used by children aged 3 +. These tend to have a weight limit, which might be around 25 kg or 30 kg. The average weight of a 6 year-old is 25 kg, so these trampolines can often be able to be used by your child for quite a few years.
Of course, you should always check the manufacturer’s advice on what age group should use the trampoline, as well as the weight of your child, rather than relying on general information.
Larger garden trampolines can sometimes be suitable for younger children, as long as they have been designed for smaller kids, so they’re also something to consider.
Depending on the manufacturer and design, some 4.5 ft garden trampolines are said to be suitable for children over 5 years old.
Therefore, if your children are nearing 3 years old, you might consider if it’s worth waiting and buying them a bigger garden trampoline. However, there are negatives as well as positives to this. For example, a larger trampoline will require constant hands-on supervision – there will be no handlebar and the trampoline will be higher off the ground.
Selecting the Right Design
Toddler trampolines are available in a huge range of designs, as you’ll see see from the models featured on this page.
If you’re hoping your child will be able to get a few years bouncing out of a particular trampoline, think ahead and make sure that the design isn’t too childish. Otherwise, they might not want to use it when they’re a bit older!
Apart from that, the design you choose really comes down to personal preference and your child’s taste. There are some sweet animal-design trampolines which may help get younger children interested, or trampolines of different colours that may appeal to your toddler.
The trampoline’s design can also affect how practical it is – in particular, how easy it is to store.
The best mini trampolines are foldable, which either means their legs fold in and they can be stored flat, or that the trampoline itself folds in half.
The alternative to this is having to store a whole mini trampoline (even though it may only measure 60 x 60 cm), which might not be practical in some houses.
Some foldable trampolines also come with carry bags, which they can fit into to help with either storing or transporting them. These are particularly useful when travelling with children or visiting friends, as the mini trampoline can be brought along to keep kids entertained.
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