Toddlers vs Exercise Trampolines
Introducing your toddler to a trampoline might seem like a match made in heaven. Small children are often drawn to the freedom of movement and bounce-ability that trampolines offer.
If you’re short on space, a small exercise trampoline might seem like a no brainer for helping both you and your toddler become more physically active. During the winter months especially, a small indoor exercise trampoline or rebounder can offer a healthy way to burn off some extra energy.
This could not be farther from the truth. Exercise trampolines and jumping trampolines are designed with complete different purposes and functions, so adjusting the purpose to suit whatever’s convenient for you is not a good mix.
But finding a safe balance for your toddlers and trampolines should be of utmost importance. Today we’re going to look at what happens when you mix toddlers and trampolines and then address some of the safest ways to let little ones jump.
Toddlers vs Exercise Trampolines
But when small children are in the mix, you might want to reconsider purchasing an exercise trampoline for you both to share. Adult sized exercise trampolines, though much smaller than their outdoor counterparts are not automatically a great option for little kids.
For one, exercise trampolines are designed for adults - not children - so they don’t include some of the safety measures that you’d ideally like to see on a trampoline for children. Additionally, cheaper models may have insufficiently thick mats or short springs that pose danger for children, should they fall while jumping.
Additionally, trampolines that are designed to be folded up or put away may be too tempting as play things in between your workouts and could inadvertently end up closed around small fingers or be tampered with in some way during jump sessions. Either of these options spells trouble, if a safety mechanism has become undone and you don’t notice before someone goes to jump again.
Your best bet? Keep the kids away from an exercise trampoline. Even though it may be a tempting way to keep everyone active, it’s simply not worth the risk of your little ones getting hurt while they jump.
A popular choice for adult exercise is the rebounder. This tool, sold by many widely known equipment manufacturers, is designed to facilitate indoor movement, and my come with DVDs that walk you through rebound exercise routines so that you can get to know the equipment better.
Generally, exercise trampolines can hold up to 300 pounds, but it’s important to check the weight recommendations for the trampoline that you choose, since this recommendation can vary. Exercise trampolines also fold to store, which can be great for convenience, but not safe for children to jump. Finally, any included stability bars are inadequate for keeping children safe and stable while they bounce, so don’t let your kids jump, even if you have a stability bar on your personal exercise trampoline.
To keep kids safe on an indoor trampoline, consider purchasing a small trampoline that’s designed specifically for kids. Many children’s indoor trampolines feature safety bars and an intuitively designed layout to keep kids safe and centered while they jump.
If your trampoline comes with a safety bar and your toddler wants to jump, be sure to double check that it’s installed properly before use and that it hasn’t come loose for some reason after each use. Never allow a child to jump without the included safety bar installed securely into place.
With the right indoor setup, a safety bar trampoline can keep your toddler active and physically engaged on rainy days or when outdoor play simply isn’t an option. With a safe setup, an indoor children’s trampoline can be a healthy addition to your home exercise lineup.
Safety Recommendations for any Trampoline Use
First, adult supervision is critically important. Never allow children of any age to jump alone. Even with built-in safety mechanisms, trampoline accidents do still happen and one of the keys to avoiding a severe accident is proper supervision.
Second, ensure that toddlers only ever jump alone. Shockingly many trampoline accidents happen on the mat itself, and a large percentage involve collisions of bigger jumpers with little ones. In a situation like this, it’s generally the smallest jumper who suffers the worst harm.
Last, you’ll always want to ensure that safety components are securely in place before ever allowing your toddler to jump. Components malfunction from time to time, so double check after each jump session to make sure that your trampoline safety gear is still in place.
Now that you know what you’re looking for, you should be better prepared to choose a trampoline for your toddler. Remember, keep indoor exercise trampolines for adults only. To give your toddler an indoor jumping option, look for a small indoor trampoline designed for use by children.