Do you have a toddler on your hands with bundles of energy? Well if the answer is yes, then a great way for them to use this energy, whilst staying active, is on a trampoline.
Trampolines can provide hours of fun and they aren’t just something that children and teenagers can enjoy, because the market now offers trampolines especially for toddlers too.
In the modern world, so many activities involve computers, tablets and televisions, so a trampoline is a great way for your toddler to keep active whilst burning off some energy.
Of course, when you are looking to buy a trampoline for your toddler there are a number of important factors to consider. The most prominent being safety, size and choosing an indoor or an outdoor trampoline. We jump into this in some more detail in our buyers guide below.
We have browsed the market and chosen our top picks and you will be jumping for joy when you see them.
If you’re in a hurry, then we’ve chosen our top pick for you below.
Our top pick is the Smartrike indoor foldable toddler trampoline. This is a great way of developing your toddlers balance skills and coordination in a safe indoor environment.
The safety handle bar is great for providing stability to your toddlers as they bounce. It is also removable so if you choose, you can take this off as your children get older and become more confident on the trampoline. However, it is recommended that this is kept on for younger children and toddlers in particular.
This trampoline comes with a high quality, non slip bounce mat with strong elastic bands, providing years of safe bouncing for your little ones. The legs also have rubber grips on the bottom so that your children can bounce happy, and you don’t have to worry about the trampoline moving around.
A particular aspect of this product that we find very impressive is it’s multi use versatility. Not only is it a great trampoline for toddlers but it also becomes a ball pit when the trampoline is turned upside down.
This product grows with your toddlers as they develop. For babies between 10-12 months, it’s best used as a ball pit and is great for developing their fine motor and cognitive skills. Then as they get older, it can be turned into a trampoline with the handle bar, providing them with endless hours of fun. Once they are old enough and you feel comfortable to do so, the handle bar can then be removed allowing them to freestyle.
Its multi-functional uses and ball pit feature provide your toddlers with hours of learning and fun from a young age.
There’s no need to spend lots of time figuring how to put this trampoline together as it comes out of the box assembled.
It’s nice and compact as it can be folded away after it has been used.
Some customers who purchased this trampoline had issues with the legs being unbalanced.
Our next choice is the Galt Junior trampoline. A great option if you are looking for a fun trampoline for a younger toddler. It’s an ideal first trampoline and the tortoise design makes it fun and appealing to toddlers. As soon as they see it they will be desperate to have a go.
It is a lot smaller in size than many on the market, however it is a great way to get your toddlers excited about keeping active from a young age.
It comes with the essential safety features, such as a padded cover, an easy to grip handle (giving your toddlers extra stability as they get used to bouncing) and non-slip rubber feet to ensure it doesn’t move when it is being used.
This trampoline is a great way to help develop your little ones balance, coordination and confidence whilst also helping to develop their muscles.
It is a sturdy built trampoline that is made with a springless design. Instead it uses elastics for added safety when your child is bouncing and also climbing on and off the trampoline.
This trampoline is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use and is made for children from 12 months and above.
The fun theme and design makes it appealing to young children.
It is an affordable price for a first trampoline.
Despite its smaller size it is a sturdy and well made trampoline.
It is specifically intended for toddlers of a younger age, making it a perfect size for them if they are using one for the first time.
Some customers experienced difficulties with the assembly of this trampoline.
Reviews show that some customers found the foam covering to be flimsy and it needed to be replaced after a few uses.
This trampoline can sometimes flip up when it is being bounced on, therefore your toddler will require adult supervision at all times.
This trampoline by Green Bay is a great way of encouraging energetic and active play in your toddlers.
As well as providing your toddlers with endless hours of fun, it is also a fantastic way to develop their hand and eye coordination and balance.
If the safety of a trampoline is a concern to you, then you do not need to fear. This trampoline comes with a safety enclosure net which sits internally and is sewn into the mat.
Therefore, if your toddler was to take a tumble, they are not at risk of falling directly onto the springs and have a net surrounding to catch them.
It is available in two colours and is made with high quality UV resistant PE materials, ideal if this trampoline is going to be kept outdoors. It is also rust resistant thanks to the powder coated frame and has thick foam padding covering the heavy duty bands.
This trampoline is suitable for children between the ages of 3 and 6 and can be used indoors or outdoors.
It’s a good size, perfect for toddlers and doesn’t consume a lot of space inside your house or your garden.
It is sturdily structured and designed.
The enclosure net provides you with peace of mind when your children are bouncing.
As the mat and net are stitched together it is great for stopping your toddlers from sliding out when they are bouncing.
The zip means that you don’t have to worry about your toddler climbing in and out of this trampoline without supervision.
It is quite difficult and time consuming to assemble.
Next up we have chosen the Kid Active indoor trampoline which is a great first trampoline for toddlers.
It is designed with toddlers in mind thanks to its fun design and bright colours. It is also low to the ground so it is easy for your toddlers to climb on and off without falling. It even has a padded safety mat for an added sense of security.
It comes with non slip rubber feet and a soft grip handle for safer bouncing and stability.
Suitable for indoor and outdoor use, your toddlers can use up their energy regardless of the weather.
The recommended age for this trampoline is 12 months and above.
It is easy to assemble so your toddlers will be bouncing in next to no time.
Its compact design makes it ideal for indoor use and it is also easy to store away once it has been used.
It’s good value for money if you are on a budget.
Some customers felt that it was smaller in size than they were expecting it to be.
Before you purchase a trampoline for your toddler it is important to consider a number of factors.
After all, they are still at a young age. While it is it important that they have a release for all of their energy, it is also important that you purchase one that is best suited to their age range.
This is one of the most important factors to consider before buying a trampoline for a toddler. You will find that the majority of toddler trampolines come with the standard safety features.
You will want to purchase a toddler trampoline that comes with a handle bar. Not only does this make it a lot safer, it also provides your toddlers with extra stability as they jump and helps them with their balance. We have included a range of trampolines with handle bars above.
Another thing to look out for is a trampoline with a safety enclosure net. A safety net is important as it provides added security, and if your toddler was ever to take a little tumble, they would have the net surrounding them to catch them. Although you may not feel as though this feature is needed for an indoor trampoline, it is recommended to have one of these for a larger outdoor trampoline.
You will find some trampolines that combine both of these features and have a handlebar and safety net, but almost all will come with at least a handlebar.
Indoor and outdoor trampolines
When you are looking for a trampoline for your toddler you will find that some will be suitable for indoor or outdoor use, while others may be suitable for both. Of course it is important to consider the area where the trampoline is going to be kept as some will consume more space than others.
A trampoline that is suitable for indoor and outdoor use is a great way to keep your child bouncing and burning some energy regardless of the weather outside.
UV protective padding
It is likely that when you purchase an outdoor trampoline, it is going to be outside throughout the year and is therefore likely to face many different weather conditions. The sun can be particularly damaging to the material padding on a trampoline. It is recommended that you purchase a trampoline that comes with UV protective padding. This is likely to protect the trampoline cover from fading in harsh sunlight.
Trampolines that are made for toddlers can vary rather considerably in size. You will find some that are bigger and will provide your toddler with endless amounts of fun as they grow, others will be smaller and better suited to those who are using a trampoline for the first time and are building confidence.
Size is also an important factor in regards to how you are going to store the trampoline. Some of the larger sized trampolines will be harder to move, whereas the smaller ones are going to be more versatile and portable.
You will also find some trampolines that are foldable so you have the option to fold them away after they have been used and they store them out of the way.
Toddler trampolines can vary a lot in price, typically price is likely to be dependent on the size. The smaller trampolines are typically cheaper, whilst the larger ones tend to increase in price. You may also find that trampolines with a particular theme may be slightly more expensive too.
Above we have included trampolines at a range of different prices so that you can choose the best one for your budget.
Frequently Asked Questions
At what age is a toddler safe to use a trampoline?
There are some trampolines on the market that are suitable for toddlers as young as 12 months old, however it is not recommended to get a trampoline until you feel comfortable with allowing your child to use one. Some parents may not feel comfortable purchasing a trampoline for their toddler until they are a little older.
Trampolines come with an age label on them to tell you the age range that they are recommended for. In our guide above we have stated the suitable age range for each trampoline. It is important to listen to the advised age because getting a trampoline that is too big for your toddler could potentially result in injury.
You will find trampolines on the market that are specifically designed for toddlers . It is also important that toddlers have constant adult supervision when they are using a trampoline.
How will a trampoline help my toddlers development?
It is thought that trampolines can help your toddlers develop in a number of ways. Bouncing on a trampoline is great for toddlers and children who are yet to develop good balance and coordination. It is also thought that using a trampoline can help to develop your toddlers fine motor skills because bouncing on a trampoline requires both sides of their brain and body to work together to maintain good coordination and balance.
For children who are wary of trying new things and physical activities, a trampoline is also a great way to build their confidence whilst making it fun.
Is it dangerous to allow my toddler to use a trampoline?
If you are considering purchasing a trampoline for your toddler it is super important to ensure that you choose one with the correct safety features such as the safety handle bar. Toddlers will also require adult supervision at all times when they are using a trampoline. It is also important to remember that toddlers, particularly younger toddlers, are at an important stage of their development and their bones are weaker than an older childs.
Whilst it is important to keep your toddlers active and provide them with a release for their energy, it is also important to ensure that they are used in moderation.
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