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 the 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:
- Don’t allow kids to perform any acrobatics, including somersaults or flips.
- Only one kid should use the trampoline at a time.
- Always supervise children when they’re using trampolines.
When choosing a trampoline, 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 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
Rather than relying on metal springs to create tension, this mini trampoline uses adjustable bungee loops. Recommended for ages 3 and up, with a 36-inch diameter that supports up to 220 pounds.
At 26 inches high, this is a trampoline for younger, smaller kids. The weight limit is 55 pounds. It's easy to assemble, has a sizable jumping surface, and a handlebar for increased stability when kids are in motion.
This simple but roomy mini trampoline (48 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. The safety bar is also removable, which you may want to do as your child gets more comfortable jumping. Recommended for ages 3 to 10.
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.
This 36 inch trampoline is designed to fold up, so it's for folks who are truly tight on space. It has a foam-covered handlebar for added stability, and the maximum weight limit is 55 pounds.
With a max weight limit of 44 pounds, you won't be using this trampoline for long. But it sure is cute. It's meant for beginner bouncers, and has a padded cover, padded handle, and non-slip feet.
This indoor trampoline has a maximum weight limit of 50 pounds, so it's meant for smaller kids. To that end, the dual handlebars on either side of the jumper provide added stability and support. It's only five inches off the floor, so again, great for the littles.
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