Best Indoor, Mini Trampolines For Kids And Toddlers

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If you have small kids at home you already know:

It’s damn near impossible to keep them occupied in a productive way (and no, the T.V. doesn’t count!), for any decent period of time.

What if there was a way to keep them occupied, having a ton of fun, and improving their fitness in the process?

Trampolines offer all that and a great deal more.

Trampolining can also help kids and toddlers improve their coordination and balance. The physical activity is fun, helping increase their confidence in their physical abilities.

There’s one very important thing to make sure of when buying a trampoline for your kids, though:

Safety is extremely important, which is why you must invest in the safest trampoline you can.

This guide will help you decide on the best trampoline that will be safe for your kids.

Let’s start with my top picks:

  NameWeight limitSizeRating 
Best Overall
Sportspower My First Trampoline100 lbs7 feet4.9/5Check Price
Best Value
The Original Toy Company Fold & Go150 lbs36 inches4.6/5Check Price
Budget
Little Tikes 3'55 lbs3 feet4.8/5Check Price
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esigned with toddlers and small kids in mind, mini trampolines can get your little ones moving while keeping them safe at the same time. They’re small enough to be kept and stored indoors, so you can no longer use bad weather as an excuse!

In this guide, I’ll take an in-depth look at eight of the best small trampolines on the market, divided into those which are suitable for toddlers and those which are aimed at slightly older children. You’ll find everything you need to know about size, safety and practicality.

small trampolines for toddlers

Small Trampolines for Toddlers

Large adult trampolines can cost thousands, so families are constantly looking for smaller, cheaper versions as starting points for young children.

With a maximum size of just four and a half feet, these mini trampolines are large enough for one or two toddlers to jump at once, but small enough that the jumping surface will give them an appropriate level of bounce.

The Little Tikes 3′ is my recommendation for the best toddler trampoline as it’s a great size and can be put up in a matter of minutes. Plus, with no springs or bungee cord to contend with, safety is its top priority.

Kids Trampoline Comparison Chart

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Little Tikes 3′
  • 4.8/5 Rating
  • 55 lbs
  • 3 feet
  • 2-7 age recommendation
little tikes 3

Recommendation

Super fast and easy to assemble, the Little Tikes 3′ trampoline is the best toddler trampoline on the market. The large jumping space and lack of springs make it safe and fun to use, leaving the only downside as the breakable foam padding.

TECH SPECS

Weight limit
55 lbs
Size
3 feet
Age recommendation
2-7
Safety features
Handle bar for stability, no springs

Little Tikes 3′

Firstly, I was super impressed at how quick and easy this toddler trampoline was to assemble. It unfolded out the box, so all I needed to do was screw in the legs and the handle. There were a few minor issues with some of the threading making screwing the parts together difficult, but all in all I had it set up within about 15 to 20 minutes.

The handle is a reassuring feature, as it definitely adds stability for toddlers jumping on the trampoline. Not only does it give them something to hold onto so that they stay upright, but it gives them something to push against to jump slightly higher.

For most toddlers the handle will be more than adequate, but tall, strong or very energetic kids do need to be careful. The handle is positioned at the edge of the trampoline (and it’s not adjustable) so if kids put too much pressure on it the trampoline is prone to lifting and tipping.

As helpful as the bar is for little kids, it isn’t the greatest quality. The problems with the threading mean that there is some slight movement in the bar, although this doesn’t affect the support it gives to kids. The foam padding which covers the handle seems to be pretty cheap, breaking and disintegrating easily (especially if you have kids who like to bite everything in sight) but this is nothing that a little duct tape can’t fix. When it comes to storage, the bar doesn’t fold down but it can be unscrewed – although the whole thing is small enough that it doesn’t take up much space even when fully assembled.

That said, the trampoline is a great size and has enough room for two small toddlers to jump at the same time.

One of the most appealing features of this Little Tikes trampoline is that it doesn’t use springs or bungee cord. Aside from the fact that this makes it effortless to assemble, it’s very safe for little kids as there’s no chance of fingers getting pinched. The jumping surface itself is made from a tough webbing which doesn’t tear, so it has a good lifespan which will outlast daily use for a long time.

Pros
  • Very quick and easy to assemble
  • Large jumping space
  • No springs or bungee cord
  • Jumping surface made from tough webbing
Cons
  • Prone to tipping over
  • Foam padding on handle breaks off easily
  • Some problems with threading on parts which need to be screwed together
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pure fun jumper
Pure Fun Kids Preschool Jumper
  • 4.5/5 Rating
  • 75 lbs
  • 3 feet
  • 3-7 age recommendation
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Recommendation

Covered with bright colors and shapes, the Pure Fun Kids Preschool Jumper makes being active indoors attractive and engaging. The addition of springs makes this marginally less safe than the previous Little Tikes trampoline, although you will get a much greater bounce.

TECH SPECS

Weight limit
75 lbs
Size
3 feet
Age recommendation
3-7
Safety features
Handle bar for stability, padding to cover the springs

Pure Fun Kids Preschool Jumper

This mini trampoline is built to last, with a sturdy steel frame and a very stable bar which doesn’t wobble. Very vigorous jumping can cause the legs to lift slightly (and potentially tip over completely) but as long as kids aren’t too rough with it then they’ll remain safe and upright the whole time.

However, the stability of the frame comes at a cost. I consider myself pretty handy when it comes to putting up trampolines, but this one was quite a struggle considering its size. This was partly down to problems with certain parts, where some of the holes didn’t match up properly (if they existed at all) and some nuts and bolts didn’t fit together. After a quick trip to the hardware store I fixed these on my own without needing to order replacement parts, but you may want to rope in the help of someone else if you’re not very confident. Once things got underway properly, with a little elbow grease assembly took just over an hour.

If your kids are anything like mine, you’ll barely have the thing up before they’re trying it out. I was impressed with the jumping area as it could fit two toddlers at once, although it’s safer to use it one at a time.

Despite the fact that it’s a relatively small trampoline, it does give quite good bounce. In contrast with the Little Tikes trampoline, the Pure Fun trampoline is built with springs to help the kids jump. Although the level of bounce is great for energetic kids, there is always a small risk of getting little fingers trapped and caught in the springs even though they’re padded.

The padding which covers the springs and frame is brightly colored, covered with letters and shapes. I love this visual aspect as not only does it make keeping active more enticing, but it also allows shapes, colors and letters to sink in without the kids even realizing they’re learning.

The padding covering the springs and the handle is an essential safety feature, but I was disappointed with its quality. After only a little use the padding covering the springs began to come apart at the seams, and the padding on the handle broke apart. Again, these problems can be repaired at home, so make sure that you’re comfortable with doing so before considering this trampoline.

Pros
  • Strong, stable frame
  • Large jumping area with good bounce
  • Bright and visually appealing
Cons
  • Time consuming, difficult assembly
  • Poor quality padding
  • Springs aren’t as safe as springfree models
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airzone trampoline
AirZone Trampoline
  • 4.4/5 Rating
  • 60 lbs
  • 55 inches
  • 3 and above
airzone trampoline

Recommendation

The only toddler trampoline to feature a patented enclosure net, the AirZone trampoline is built with safety in mind. In practice, however, the zipper and poles are flimsy and can become dangerous if broken, but that doesn’t detract from what is otherwise a well made, sturdy trampoline.

TECH SPECS

Weight limit
60 lbs
Size
55 inches
Age recommendation
3 and above
Safety features
Patented enclosure net, no springs, meets ASTM safety standards, comes with a one year warranty

AirZone Trampoline

This is the only toddler trampoline which I’m reviewing that comes fitted with its own safety enclosure net. As a result, it’s superior to the Little Tikes, Pure Fun and Galt trampolines in that it’s much safer and you don’t have to watch your kids like a hawk in case they should fall.

The enclosure net is fastened with an arch shaped zipper to allow kids to get on and off the jumping surface. However, the zipper itself is very flimsy and breaks easily. It’s reassuring to be able to secure your kids safely, but they can and will fall out when the zipper breaks. The zipper is a nice feature – but only while it lasts.

Similarly, the vertical poles aren’t the greatest quality. If a toddler lands against the net or pulls on it slightly, you’ll see the poles bend dramatically. I even had one pole snap, leaving a dangerous piece of jagged metal, so you either have to repair it or leave it unused. This is very disappointing, so tell your kids to jump carefully!

Nevertheless, the rest of the trampoline is actually pretty well made. It’s sturdy enough to be used outdoors, but it shouldn’t be left there permanently as it isn’t designed for outdoor use. It feels sturdy and well built, but the trampoline is light and easy to move when fully assembled.

The jumping mat is fitted with bungee cords to give the trampoline its bounce. I prefer this over the springs in the Pure Fun trampoline, but it isn’t quite as safe as the Little Tikes.

It’s a pig to assemble the bungee cord parts of the trampoline, but it does pay off as the bounce is quite impressive. All in all assembly was more physically demanding than I’d expected, but on the upside everything I needed was included in the box so I didn’t have to worry about finding any other tools.

Pros
  • Patented safety enclosure net makes jumping safe
  • Sturdy and well made
  • Bungee cord is safer than springs
Cons
  • Physically demanding assembly
  • Flimsy, breakable zipper
  • Vertical poles bend and break to leave dangerous edges
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galt folding
Galt Folding Trampoline
  • 4.0/5 Rating
  • 77 lbs
  • 20 inches x 14 inches x 7 inches
  • 3-7 age recommendation
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Recommendation

Both the AirZone and Galt trampolines feature bungee cord which gives impressive bounce. However, that’s where the differences end. Here, you’ll find better build quality and easier storage, although there’s no safety net.

TECH SPECS

Weight limit
77 lbs
Size
20 inches x 14 inches x 7 inches
Age recommendation
3-7
Safety features
Patented enclosure net, no springs, meets ASTM safety standards, comes with a one year warranty

Galt Folding Trampoline

One of the biggest selling features of this trampoline is that it folds down for easy storage. This is partly true as the legs fold down in seconds, but I was disappointed to find that the handle has to be unscrewed and removed. This only takes moments and does leave the trampoline far easier to store than the AirZone and Pure Fun trampolines, but it’s still slightly deceptive.

This isn’t the easiest trampoline for toddlers to assemble, but by no means is it the hardest. Assembly is fairly straight-forward; the hardest part is threading the bungee cord through the loops and ensuring that it’s sufficiently tight. I managed this on my own, but it would be much easier with an extra pair of hands.

I find the bungee cord appealing as there isn’t as much opportunity to pinch tiny fingers as with traditional spring trampolines. In addition, bungee does give good bounce, but it doesn’t let kids launch themselves quite as high as with other trampolines.

As a result, I was keen to see this trampoline in use. However, my excitement didn’t last long. After only a few months the bungee cord broke, leaving the trampoline useless until I could replace it. Replacement cords aren’t expensive, but if you’re not expecting the extra cost then it can come as a frustrating shock.

I’m pleased to say that the rest of the trampoline was built to a better standard than the bungee cord. The frame is lightweight, but it’s robust enough to be used both indoors and outdoors. The jumping mat is durable and weatherproof, so although I wouldn’t recommend leaving it outside through a particularly harsh winter, a bit of rain won’t hurt it.

There is a significant amount of padding on this trampoline, covering the bungee cord and preventing kids from landing awkwardly or getting caught. This padding is secured by Velcro which can work loose, so check over it occasionally to make sure that it stays as safe as possible.

Pros
  • Folds and disassembles for easy storage
  • Bungee cord is safer than springs
  • Suitable for indoor and outdoor use
Cons
  • Bungee cord is difficult to thread and fasten tightly
  • Bungee cord breaks after a few months
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mini trampolines for kids

Mini Trampolines for Kids

Typically measuring seven feet wide, these small trampolines for kids act as a stepping stone between the smaller toddler versions and larger, full-size adult trampolines.

You’ll find higher weight limits and more advanced safety features, perfect for growing kids and families.

Within this category, the best trampoline for kids is the Sportspower My First Trampoline. It might not have the highest weight limit of the group, but its build quality is unrivalled.

Kids Trampoline Comparison Chart

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Sportspower My First Trampoline
  • 4.9/5 Rating
  • 100 lbs
  • 7 feet
  • 3 and above
my first trampoline

Recommendation

The best kids trampoline on the market, My First Trampoline is a great starting point for kids who are too young for a full-size trampoline but who have plenty of energy to burn. Sportspower have covered all bases, optimizing safety, versatility, quality and fun.

TECH SPECS

Weight limit
100 lbs
Size
7 feet
Age recommendation
3 and above
Safety features
Safety enclosure net, meets or exceeds all ASTM standards

Sportspower My First Trampoline

Safety is always a primary concern with trampolines, so I love how much extra thought Sportspower have put into making this model as safe as possible.

They haven’t just included a safety net: they’ve included one which is tough and UV-resistant so it has a great lifespan. They haven’t just designed a sturdy frame: they’ve designed a galvanized steel frame to give extra strength and resistance against the elements. They haven’t just created a safe trampoline: they’ve created a trampoline which meets or exceeds all ASTM recommended safety levels.

These levels of safety and stability are all evident with the parts and build quality. By the time assembly is finished, it’s clear that you have a quality piece of kit.

It takes time to put an item like this together, so expect assembly to take an hour or two. It can be a confusing process, especially when trying to attach the screws and bolts. These don’t go in easily, and the bolts only seem to hold everything in place rather than securing it all tightly.

However, Sportspower have tried to make assembly less stressful by including all the necessary tools, including one to attach the springs.

Once you understand the assembly process it’s pretty straightforward, and I found that taking it apart was just as simple. The trampoline is quite large, so although it isn’t heavy you might want to take it apart to move it – or just make sure you set it up wherever you want to keep it.

I felt that this trampoline was a little too big to comfortably live indoors (unless you have plenty of room to spare), but just too small to be a full-time outdoor trampoline. As a result, I was pleased to find that it’s suitable for use both inside and outside, so it gives parents the flexibility to use it in a way that’s most suitable for the family.

Overall, assembly was my main gripe with this product. If you want a small trampoline that’s either a step up from a mini toddler trampoline or an entry-level model for kids who are too small for a full-size trampoline, you won’t find much better than this.

Pros
  • Safety enclosure net
  • Good build quality
  • Suitable for indoor and outdoor use
  • Meets or exceeds all ASTM standards
Cons
  • Confusing assembly
original toy company
The Original Toy Company Fold & Go
  • 4.6/5 Rating
  • 150 lbs
  • 36 inches
  • 3 and above
original toy company

Recommendation

If an indoor trampoline for kids that can be up and ready almost instantly is what you’re looking for, then the Fold & Go from The Original Toy Company is perfect. It delivers safe and sturdy jumping with one of the highest weight capacities on the market – and the best part is that assembly takes just a few minutes.

TECH SPECS

Weight limit
150 lbs
Size
36 inches
Age recommendation
3 and above
Safety features
Six legs for added stability, no springs, ASTM approved, meets Federal Government toy safety standards

The Original Toy Company Fold & Go

Hassle-free products are my favorite products. This Fold & Go trampoline just about tops my list when it comes to hassle-free assembly, with only the Little Tikes mini trampoline coming anywhere close enough to be a rival.

After taking all the parts out the box, all you need to do is screw on the legs and handle, then you’re good to go. The jumping mat is already attached by heavy duty straps, so this dramatically reduces assembly time. By far the most tricky part is fitting the safety cover, for which the instructions are a little vague. However, for the most part it just comes down to common sense. Assembly takes all of 15 minutes, which is ideal if you have impatient kids.

Technically speaking, this trampoline doesn’t fold up for storage as the name suggests. Instead, you have to reverse the assembly process – take off the legs and the handle so that it can lie flat in a cupboard or the garage. This is also very simple and takes only a few minutes, but it’s something to be aware of as it doesn’t actually fold.

Despite the fact that this trampoline is very quick and easy to set up, it’s actually a very sturdy little item. It has six legs instead of the usual four, so although tipping is a possibility if your kids hang from the bar, it’s much more stable than most similar trampolines.

The jumping surface is very tough and strong, with one of the highest weight limits for trampolines of this size. At 150 lbs this is more than enough for most kids (or even some adults if you want to try it out too). The only limitation that I found with this is that very small, light kids might struggle to get a good bounce from it, as they just don’t have the weight or strength to push down hard enough.

If it’s used frequently, you should give this trampoline a regular once over from a safety perspective. I noticed that the handle worked loose from constant pressure, and the soft padding needed occasional re-adjustment to stay in place. You should keep an eye on any trampoline to make sure that it’s safe before use, but even more so with this model.

The only other thing worth mentioning is something that you can’t and won’t see in the pictures. During manufacture, The Original Toy Company must have used some sort of strong glue or chemicals, and unfortunately the smell of these lingers on the parts for quite some time. If you can, take the parts out of the box and leave them to air outdoors for a few days before trying to put them together, or at the very least open some windows. The smell is strong, so breathing in the fumes could be dangerous. Luckily it passes fairly quickly and doesn’t affect the quality or use of the trampoline at all.

Pros
  • Very quick and easy assembly
  • Highest weight limit within this category
  • Six legs for added stability
Cons
  • Strong chemical smell
  • Handle and padding need tightening and adjusting
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skybound super 7
SkyBound Super 7
  • 4.5/5 Rating
  • 105 lbs
  • 7 feet
  • 3-10
skybound super 7

Recommendation

After getting off to a grimy start, the SkyBound Super 7 will set you and your kids up for a safe, secure jumping experience. With a reinforced zipper and tough padding covering every metal surface, you can have peace of mind while the trampoline’s in use. The only extra precaution that you’ll have to take is putting a mat down indoors to protect your floors first.

TECH SPECS

Weight limit
105 lbs
Size
7 feet
Age recommendation
3-10
Safety features
Safety enclosure net, foam padding on the frame, comes with a 2 year limited parts warranty, meets or exceeds ASTM safety standards

SkyBound Super 7

First impressions count. Unfortunately for the SkyBound Super 7, my first impressions were disappointing as I couldn’t just take the parts out the box and start putting them together straight away. During the manufacturing process the metal parts are covered in some sort of dirty grease to protect the metal, but this meant that I had to give them a good wipe down before I even began. Failing to do so could spread the mess far and wide, especially if you’re putting the trampoline up indoors.

Aside from the dirt, assembly was fairly straightforward. It didn’t take me long and I didn’t need the help of anyone else, and a handy spring pull tool was included which made my life a lot easier.

I would recommend reading the instructions carefully – especially before trying to attach the springs – as if they’re done in an incorrect order you’ll find it almost impossible to secure the jumping mat in place.

The trampoline feels really safe and secure, largely because all the metal parts are protected by soft coverings, whether it’s soft padding over the springs or pool noodle-type foam covering the frame. It doesn’t appear that the noodles are specifically designed for this trampoline as there are some gaps at the corners, but they still give a great deal of protection in case you or your kids land against them.

The net also seems to be made of pretty tough stuff. It features a reinforced zipper so it never feels like there’s a risk of falling out. However, the entryway is very small, so bigger kids and adults will struggle to get in and out easily.

SkyBound say that this trampoline is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, and while I would agree in principle, I wouldn’t recommend leaving it outdoors for long periods of time. Even in mild weather the fabric and soft padding began to disintegrate and perish rather quickly, so you’ll find that it has a longer lifespan if you keep it indoors.

With that in mind, if you do decide to keep it indoors, then do prepare your room (particularly the floor) before you begin assembly. The legs do have hard plastic shells to prevent damage to floors, but these are only useful to a limited extent. Try putting a non-slip rug down first, partly to protect the flooring underneath, and partly to prevent the trampoline from slipping around during use.

From the floor to the top of the net, I estimate that this trampoline stands around seven feet high, so it should just about fit in most interiors. It’s the only trampoline I’ve found that’s hexagonal in shape, meaning that it’s slightly stronger and safer than round trampolines, without being as large or imposing as octagonal designs.

Pros
  • Soft padding on all metal parts
  • Strong safety net includes a reinforced zipper
  • Suitable for indoor and outdoor use
  • Meets or exceeds all ASTM standards
Cons
  • Dirty, greasy metal parts need cleaning before assembly
  • Prone to slipping on hard floors
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little tikes 7
Little Tikes 7′
  • 4.0/5 Rating
  • 100 lbs
  • 7 feet
  • 3 and above
little tikes 7

Recommendation

The bigger brother of the Little Tikes 3′, this trampoline is a good choice for kids or energetic toddlers who have outgrown the smaller model. Here, you won’t find a safety handle or secure no-spring technology, but instead you’ll get better build quality, a higher weight limit, and an enclosure net included as standard.

TECH SPECS

Weight limit
100 lbs
Size
7 feet
Age recommendation
3 and above
Safety features
Low to the ground, enclosure net, padded springs

Little Tikes 7′

This trampoline is bigger and has a higher weight capacity than the smaller 3′ model from Little Tikes, which is great as it can comfortably take two young kids jumping at the same time.

Compared to other similar trampolines, this one has a much lower ground clearance than you’d expect. I found this reassuring, as if there was even the slightest risk of an accident happening, there would be a smaller height to fall before hitting the ground. That’s the adult perspective; from the kids’ point of view, the low ground clearance just makes it easier to get on and off the jumping mat.

There’s no need to worry about hitting the ground while actually jumping on the trampoline, as it gives enough bounce to not even come close to the ground – even when used by an adult.

Little Tikes have designed this trampoline with some other nice safety features, including an enclosure net and padding to cover the springs. However, if you’ve used the Little Tikes 3′ trampoline then you may recall some of its issues with quality. Unfortunately, it must be typical of the brand, as some of those issues are reflected with the 7′ trampoline, too.

For example, I noticed that the fabric and padding had faded considerably within the space of just a few months. This was really disappointing, as even though it doesn’t affect the use of the trampoline, it’s nice to keep your products looking fresh and new for as long as possible.

Furthermore, if you leave it out any longer (or if your kids are very heavy handed) then it’s worrying to think about what other issues with quality will crop up later down the line. The zipper doesn’t feel the strongest, so I can’t help but feel like it might tear with not much extra pressure put against the net.

The trampoline is designed for outdoor use, so it’s not as if you can keep it indoors and out of the elements to prolong its lifespan. It’s definitely possible to keep it inside – if you have enough room – but the bulk and covered frame will overwhelm an indoor space.

Nevertheless, assembly can be done alone within an hour or two. Rope in a friend or relative to help and you will be done even sooner. One nice extra feature which is lacking from most of the trampolines I’ve reviewed is the inclusion of a shoe bag, which lets you stow away shoes underneath the trampoline rather than leaving them lying around as a trip hazard.

This is another good entry level trampoline for kids from a well-known brand, but be prepared that it won’t last forever.

Pros
  • Low ground clearance
  • Easy assembly
  • Shoe bag included
Cons
  • Padding fades within months
  • Suitable for outdoor use only
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How To Choose A Trampoline Your Kids Will Love

The Ultimate Kids Trampoline Buyer’s Guide

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Are trampolines safe for young kids and toddlers?

Yes! The trampoline manufacturers realize how important it is to keep your kids safe, so they’ve put extra effort into developing safety features for even the smallest trampolines.

Many outdoor adult trampolines don’t even come with a safety net, so arguably these trampolines for kids are among the safest on the market.

You’ll see that the best trampoline for toddlers is fitted with a handle to keep your kids centred and upright; this feature is typical of most trampolines within the category. Perfect for tots who are still struggling to find their balance, these handles aim to prevent kids from landing awkwardly or falling to the floor.

With many of the slightly larger trampolines, you’ll see that they come with a safety enclosure net to keep kids from flying off the edge of the jumping mat. As you can see, even with an indoor trampoline for kids safety comes first.

What should I look for when buying a trampoline for my kids?

Of course, safety should always be your top priority when buying a trampoline. However, aside from all the safety features mentioned before, there is a whole host of other features which could make a trampoline more or less appealing.

Firstly, consider the size. Most small trampolines are designed for indoor use only, so you have to have space to use it. If you don’t have enough floor space to fit a trampoline that’s seven feet wide, then you’re going to have to consider something a little smaller.

Storage plays a part, as well. Chances are that your kids are going to fall in love with their new trampoline so you’ll keep it up all the time, but what about those rare occasions when you need to store it away somewhere? Look for a trampoline that’s just as easy to disassemble as it is to assemble, so that you won’t spend hours trying to get it stashed away discreetly.

Alternatively, is it important to you to have a trampoline that you can use and keep outdoors? As mentioned before, most trampolines are designed to be used indoors, but not all. Read the details of each trampoline carefully to find out where it can be used: the last thing you want is to buy a trampoline to use outdoors, only to see the frame rusting and the padding perishing within weeks.

You should also consider the weight limit of each trampoline. The low weight limits found with some of the smaller trampolines might work for a toddler, but what if a friend or sibling wants to jump at the same time?

Remember that kids grow quickly, so if you go for a weight limit that’s too near to your child’s own weight, then you won’t get a huge amount of use out of it as you’ll have to upgrade quickly.

Lastly, look to see if the trampolines come with any added extras. Something small like a shoe bag might not be a make or break factor, but it might just be the cherry on top to help you decide between two very similar models.

What are the risks associated with using a trampoline?

The media presents us with the impression that any exercise is good exercise, but that’s not strictly true. There are risks associated with every form of exercise – even the world’s top athletes sustain injuries – so this translates to trampolines, too.

Provided that you understand the risks that come with using a trampoline, then you can take all the necessary precautions to keep jumping safe and fun for everyone.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, three quarters of all trampoline injuries occurred when two or more people were jumping at the same time, so reducing the number of kids using it at one time is a simple way to reduce injuries.

Broken bones and pulled muscles are the most common injuries which occur while using a trampoline. This is largely down to awkward landings and flying off the edge of the jumping surface (and consequently onto the floor), which is why enclosure nets are invaluable.

Similarly, many trampolines now come fitted with padding to cover the metal frame. This reduces the impact on body parts that may hit the frame, reducing injuries. The padding which covers the springs on trampolines has a similar effect: it is designed as a soft cushion to avoid the pinching, trapping and twisting of little limbs.

The handles which come with most of the toddler trampolines are marketed as being safety features to keep your child upright, but they aren’t without their risks. If your child falls against one of these handles, it can cause damage to the skull, teeth and all soft tissue.

However, the manufacturers have come up with ways to reduce some of the risks. Most are covered with soft padding so that any knocks will be a little softer. In addition, some models feature adjustable handles, so in effect, the trampoline can grow with your little one. This will make the whole jumping experience more comfortable – and consequently safer – for your child.

Above all else, remember that kids should never be left unattended on a trampoline. Always supervise your kids, and make sure that they stick to the safety information supplied by the manufacturers. It’s not there to spoil your fun: it’s there to keep you safe!

What are the health benefits of using a trampoline?

For kids, the health benefits of using a trampoline are much the same as those for adults.

It’s no surprize that jumping on a trampoline is a fantastic whole-body workout. It increases the heart rate and strengthens muscles (and remember that your heart is one of the most important muscles of all), making you stronger and fitter all over.

However, aside from all the physical benefits, jumping on a trampoline can have a huge number of educational and psychological benefits for kids, too.

With practice, jumping on a trampoline will improve a child’s balance and co-ordination. Similarly, they’ll learn to be persistent (because no-one ever wants to get off a trampoline!) and as their strength and skills improve, so will their confidence.

Over time, you’ll see these improvements transferring over into the classroom. A confident kid at home will have more self-confidence in their other abilities, and a child who learns persistence through trampolining will be more likely to push themselves in other academic or creative areas.

How long will a trampoline last?

The short answer to this is that it depends on how much the trampoline is used. The more a trampoline is used, the more stress and pressure will be put on the frame and materials, so the shorter its lifespan will be.

However, even with a short lifespan we’re still talking months or even years. There are also a number of things that you can do to ensure that you get as much use out of your trampoline as possible.

Firstly, look after your trampoline carefully. These might be robust pieces of kit designed to hold up to continuous use by energetic kids, but don’t take that for granted.

Use covers to protect the fabric, padding and frame from the elements (if applicable) to prevent rusting and perishing. Similarly, try to encourage your kids to jump sensibly: hanging from the handle or pulling on the enclosure net might seem fun, but you’ll only end up with premature, avoidable breaks and tears.

When you’re buying your trampoline, choose one with as high a weight limit as possible (within reason). It’s unlikely that your toddler will get enough bounce from a large 800 lb capacity jumping mat, but the idea is to choose something that gives your child a significant amount of room to grow.

If your child weighs 90 lbs and you buy a trampoline with a maximum weight limit of 100 lbs, you’ll only have to buy another bigger, stronger trampoline after a few months. Instead, try to find one which can hold as much as 150 lbs and you’ll be looking at a trampoline which will last you several years.

Can I keep my mini trampoline indoors?

If you choose to buy a small trampoline for kids, then it’s almost certainly suitable for use and storage indoors. This is brilliant for families who don’t have much outdoor space (if any), or if you live in an area that gets bad weather.

However, it is important to read the product details before you buy a small trampoline. While most are designed for indoor use only, some can be used indoors and outdoors, so make sure that you’re buying one that’s suitable for your needs.

In addition, while indoor use may not be a problem, indoor storage might be! Some of the small trampolines which I’ve reviewed are very difficult to take apart, so be prepared to keep these assembled permanently. This means that you will either need to dedicate a significant amount of floor space to your new trampoline, or you’ll need a very large cupboard.

However, take your time when doing your research as some of the other trampolines in this guide come apart very easily. One is even described as ‘folding’, and although this isn’t strictly accurate it gives you an idea of how little storage space you might need.

All things considered, it’s perfectly possible to use and keep your mini trampoline indoors – provided that you have the space to do so.

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