The Best Mini Trampoline for Kids
Mini trampolines provide hours of jumping fun and health benefits for kids, but the best ones get the whole family in on the action. If you’re looking to buy a mini trampoline for your kids, you’ve come to the right place. This complete guide explains what to look for in a little trampoline so you can pick the right one for your kids and your family.
Let’s jump in.
What Is a Mini Trampoline?
A mini trampoline looks and functions similarly to a full-sized trampoline, but they are smaller, closer to the ground, and typically made for only one user at a time. Traditionally, a mini trampoline was used as personal exercise equipment. Over time, parents realized how much their children loved jumping on these smaller tramps, leading to a flood of mini trampolines for kids on the market.
Are Trampolines Safe for Toddlers?
Traditional full-sized trampolines are not safe for toddlers and young children. In fact, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons does not recommend conventional trampolines for any child under age six. This warning is due to the injuries that children sustain from full-sized trampolines, including:
- Falls from the trampoline
- Falling on the mat, frame, or springs
- Colliding with other jumpers
- Jump stunts gone wrong
At Jungle Jumparoo, we took these safety concerns seriously and created a jumping toy that helps prevent these issues. Our Jumparoos are low to the ground to prevent high falls. We don’t use a jumping mat or springs, and our smaller jumping surface and safety bars help prevent jumpers from falling on the frame. The smaller jumping surface and bars also keep kids from running across the trampoline and running into other jumpers.
A traditional full-sized trampoline is not safe for toddlers. A Jungle Jumparoo is.
How to Find the Best Mini Trampoline for Your Kids
If you search online for mini trampolines for kids, you’ll be hit with millions of results in a matter of seconds. So, how do you narrow it down and determine which mini trampoline is right for your kids? Here are several factors you need to consider before choosing a little trampoline for your family.
Indoor vs. Outdoor
It may seem like mini trampolines can go anywhere, but that isn’t the case. Most outdoor mini trampolines will have a higher bounce that isn’t suitable for indoor use. While some can work inside, it is better to use a mini trampoline in its intended space.
Children are balls of energy that can keep playing long after parents have tired out. That is why you need a mini trampoline that is highly durable and long-lasting. When you are looking for the right mini trampoline for your kids, be sure to look for these durability features:
- Sturdy metal frame
- High-quality jumping mat
- Strong springs — if you are purchasing a trampoline with springs
If you choose a spring-based trampoline — which is better for jumping and bouncing — make sure you have a protective covering over the springs and frame. This covering not only protects the tramp parts and keeps them lasting longer, but it also helps protect your kids from injury.
Any trampoline, regardless of shape or size, has a weight tolerance level. This refers to the amount of weight the tramp can hold before potentially failing, which could lead to injuries. Most mini trampolines have a weight tolerance of 50 - 100 pounds and can usually accommodate one child at a time. If you are looking for a little trampoline that you and your kids can enjoy together, you’ll need to find one with a higher weight limit.
The original Jungle Jumparoo and Jumparoo Mini have no weight limit, meaning your whole family can jump with ease.
Mini trampolines for kids should come in sizes that are safe for kids! The standard sizes of mini trampolines are:
- 36 inches
- 40 inches
- 48 inches
- 55 inches
- 60 inches
- 72 inches
The size you need will depend on where you are keeping the mini trampoline. However, your child’s age can also influence which size you buy. You wouldn’t want to buy a mini trampoline that is too big, as it could increase the risk of injury among younger kids with less coordination.
When you picture a trampoline, you’re probably thinking of the ever-popular round trampoline. But did you know that there are actually four different mini trampoline shapes? Each of these shapes has its own pros and cons, so you’ll want to consider each one before deciding which one your family will enjoy the most.
- Round — This is the most common type of trampoline for both large and mini sizes. It is ideal for any user and creates a consistent bounce across the entire surface due to the equally spaced springs. With a round trampoline, jumpers almost always land in the middle of the tramp, regardless of where they started jumping.
- Square — Square trampolines have a larger jumping area — around 20% more — since you can use the corners for additional space. Jumpers also have an easier time staying in one spot because the jumping mat is stretched. Maybe that’ll keep the kids from bumping into each other! If you want to save space inside or out, a square trampoline is ideal since it takes up less space and can fit closer to corners in the yard or house.
- Rectangle — For the best bounce around, look no further than a rectangle trampoline. This trampoline shape is typically used in professional sports, like gymnastics, since the springs operate independently and create an even balance for jumping and landing. If your kids aren’t interested in gymnastics, though, this probably isn’t the best trampoline for them.
- Oval — Like square and rectangle trampolines, an oval tramp has more jumping space due to its elongated shape. Oval trampolines also require more effort to get a good bounce due to the frame construction, which could be harder for young children.
Overall, round mini trampolines are the best options for children. That’s why our Jungle Jumparoos are ideal — and safe — for your whole family.
Safety is every parent’s top priority when searching for the right mini trampoline for their kids. With trampolines accounting for roughly 100,000 injuries per year, it’s no wonder that parents everywhere are looking for safer alternatives that are still fun.
If you are looking for a traditional or mini trampoline, here are some safety features you should look for:
- Spring coverage
- Frame mat
- Flexible netting
- Pole padding
All of these safety features soften the hard edges of the trampoline to minimize injury while the netting prevents kids from falling off. The Jungle Jumparoo and Jungle Jumparoo Mini address all these safety concerns with their low height and soft inner tube for landing. They even have metal bars that children can hold while they jump. If you’re looking for the safest mini trampoline for your kids, the Jungle Jumparoo is it.
The point of a trampoline is to jump! So, bounce quality is an important factor when it comes to choosing the right tramp for your family. To determine bounce quality, consider the following factors:
- Mat firmness — A firmer jumping mat results in higher jumps and bounces but can also be harsh on your kids’ joints when they land. A softer mat cushions some of that shock, making it easier on the body while delivering a medium-sized jump.
- Trampoline shape — Trampoline shape plays a big role in bounce quality. Rectangle tramps create the best and highest bounce, followed by square and oval tramps. Round trampolines have consistent, low-to-medium bounces that are safer for all users.
- Jump height — If your children are bouncing too high due to the above characteristics, consider a different trampoline. The higher kids — and adults — jump, the higher their risk of trampoline-related injuries.
When children jump on a trampoline, they often double bounce — whether purposefully or unintentionally. Double bounces can throw people off balance and cause knee injuries due to the sudden extra jump. Jungle Jumparoos are specially crafted to prevent double bounces, eliminating knee injuries associated with double jumping.
Springs or No Springs
Standard mini trampolines use tightly coiled springs to attach the jumping mat to the trampoline frame. Springs typically help with better jumping; however, children may get pinched by the springs if they aren’t properly covered.
A springless mini trampoline uses flexible plastic poles instead of springs, which helps prevent spring-related injuries. These trampolines also offer more flexibility overall, as their design is less than traditional spring tramps. If you are purchasing a full-size or mini trampoline, springless is the way to go.
Ease of Assembly
Simple mini trampolines should be relatively easy to put together. The process usually involves attaching the legs and screwing on the safety bar, meaning you can get to your fun faster! If you purchase a full-sized trampoline, you’ll have more to do before enjoying your trampoline, including inserting springs, stretching and attaching the jumping pad, and assembling the legs and frame.
Mini trampolines are easy to store throughout your home. You can take off the legs, or not, and store them beneath furniture or in a closet since they are small and low-profile. Full-sized trampolines are difficult to store due to their size and multiple pieces. People often leave the frame up but remove the jumping mat during colder months to save on storage space.
A mini trampoline can also be quickly pulled out when you need it, while a large trampoline will take longer to pull out and set up again.
A full-sized trampoline is a big investment, and prices can range from $500 to $2,000. This cost depends on the size and features of the trampoline and additional equipment, like safety nets or trampoline stairs.
On the other hand, mini trampolines are more cost-effective and range from $50 to $400. A mini trampoline is safer and more durable than a full-sized trampoline, making them a better option overall.
The Jungle Jumparoo is a one-of-a-kind mini trampoline that is perfect for everyone in the family. Our unique little trampoline is a safe and fun way for your kids to work out their energy through jumping while minimizing the risks associated with traditional full-sized trampolines. The Jungle Jumparoo mini trampoline keeps kids safer without taking away the fun of jumping.
Parents across the country love the Jungle Jumparoo for its many benefits, and we know you’ll love it, too. Let’s see why this mini trampoline is an ideal jumping toy for all families.
The frame of the Jungle Jumparoo is made of eight high-quality steel bars. The jumping tube sits at the base of these bars, allowing these bars to become handles for all jumpers. This feature gives children more control of their bodies while jumping and helps keep them upright, minimizing the risk of head injuries.
Low to the Ground
Our Jungle Jumparoo is 78 inches tall, and the Jungle Jumparoo Mini is 48 inches. The jumping tube for both mini trampolines is only 13 to 15 inches high when properly inflated, meaning it keeps your kids low to the ground while jumping.
No Double Bounce
Double bouncing can cause knee injuries from the shock of an unexpected second bounce. This is a common problem in traditional trampolines, and we solved that with our innovative design. The Jungle Jumparoo jumping tube is designed to prevent double bounces — or double jumps — that can knock jumpers over.
Many mini trampolines are made for indoor or outdoor use only. It’s not often that you’ll find a little trampoline that can function in both spaces, but the Jungle Jumparoo can! Jump inside, outside, or anywhere in between.
No Weight Limit
Small trampolines for kids often have a weight tolerance that limits who can jump as well as how many people can jump at once. The Jungle Jumparoo and Jungle Jumparoo Mini have no weight limit, meaning parents and children can jump together without damaging the toy or risking injury.
For the original Jungle Jumparoo, you can have eight children or four adults jumping at once.
For the Jungle Jumparoo Mini, you can have six children or two adults jumping at once.
Our Jungle Jumparoos are made of high-quality steel and high-impact jumping tubes, making them extremely durable. With proper care, storage, and maintenance, your Jumparoo should last for many years to come.
Fun for the Whole Family
Traditional trampolines aren’t safe for younger children and have weight limits that prevent the whole family from jumping at the same time. The Jungle Jumparoo is safe for children as young as two years old and, with no weight limit, your entire family can jump and play together.
Find Your Ideal Mini Trampoline
The Jungle Jumparoo and Jungle Jumparoo Mini are the safest mini trampolines on the market today. Enjoy peace of mind that your little ones are staying safe, having hours of endless fun. It’s a win-win for everyone!
Plus, you can tap into your inner child and jump right alongside the kids — what could be better than that? To learn more about why the Jungle Jumparoo is the best jumping toy for your family, read our FAQs here.
If you’re ready to add a Jumparoo and Jumparoo accessories to your home, we’re here to help. Shop our site or contact our team to get started.