The Best Indoor Trampolines for Stir-Crazy Kids
They're a great workout, as long as they're used wisely.
While this trampoline claims to be built for two, parents really should have just one child use it at a time. It has an adjustable handlebar, so it grows with your child, and two jumping areas that kids can choose between because variety really is the spice of life. It can handle a maximum weight of 180 pounds, but again, make sure kids take turns using it.
Back in the 1940s and 1950s, astronauts, tumblers, and gymnasts used trampolines as training tools to fine-tune their acrobatic skills. But you don’t have to be Simone Biles or a Cirque du Soleil performer, to appreciate the profoundly simple yet exhilarating joy of flying through the air. This is particularly true for children, and even more so for kids who are trapped inside during a pandemic and need a way to burn off some energy but don’t have easy access to a yard or a park. Enter kids’s indoor trampoline to save everyone’s sanity.
To be clear, the American Academy of Pediatrics isn’t a fan of trampolines, due to the risk of injury. But the experts there say that parents who do opt to use one should follow these common-sense guidelines:
- Always supervise children when they’re using trampolines.
- Don’t allow kids to perform any acrobatics, including somersaults or flips.
- Only one kid should use the trampoline at a time.
When choosing an indoor trampoline for kids, pay attention to its weight limit, first and foremost. The higher the limit, the longer you can use it. Some trampolines fold up, which is convenient if space is an issue. Others have netting, which can give jumpers a sense of security, although netting on its own has not been proven to reduce the risk of injury. Most of the kids indoor trampolines need two adults to put them together, so keep that in mind. The rest, be it aesthetics or price, is up to you.
The Best Indoor Trampolines for Kids
This simple but roomy mini trampoline (36 inches wide) has a maximum weight limit of 100 pounds. It's fairly affordable, has actual springs (which some old-school trampoline fans say are a must) and gets praise for its durability. It is perfect for two children or for a parent to child activity.
Underneath the plush, fanciful covers (there's also a race car design), a dual steel spring system creates the bounce for this 36-inch trampoline with lots of extra padding. (Fun detail: The cat's face is actually a detachable pillow that kids can use anywhere around the house, and his feet are a pair of cozy kids' slippers.) Weight limit is 150 pounds.
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