Sportspower My First Trampoline & Enclosure Review With Video.
My twins might not make it past 27 months, 3 weeks, and 3 days old if they use this thing.
I had searched high and low for a trampoline for toddlers that was small, because they still are, and because our pool takes up a large chunk of the backyard. Something that was fun and could help them vent out their energy, yet be geared towards younger children and appeared to be safe.
Ever since childhood, and now a self-proclaimed ‘big kid’ myself, I always wished for a large trampoline of my own and that wish never changed, though I know they can be dangerous for anybody. But when I found the My First Trampoline WITH enclosure, which is super important, I thought it would be perfect for the tots, NOT for mom. (Maybe one day .)
Let me say that this is a product that states right on the box it’s for ages 3-6, however, many of the reviews I had read prior was that this item was bought for a 2 year old’s birthday, sometimes even used by younger children than that, often siblings.
I figured if we waited a few months after 2 they’d be alright. We could wait until 3 and this wouldn’t be safe for these children. This much I can assure you. There is a big flaw in the design if they wish to target the toddler audience. The large area in front where the enclosure does absolutely NOTHING to hold little bodies in unless they are tall and not in any bent down, crouched positions.
As you can see from the picture below my 6 year old is enjoying it quite safely, but she would become bored of this in a very short amount of time if left on it. She actually (fairly fast) asked us for a much bigger one.
I don’t recommend it for a child of 5 or 6+ years old due to the boredom factor. And the idea they WILL have of doing ‘tricks’ to make things more interesting could prove dangerous. Nor under 4 years old due to the entrance/ exit design. So why buy it?
See the boredom setting in?
In reality, it’s tiny size does make it geared towards little ones who are under the 6 year mark and as young as 2 and in some cases younger than that, whether it’s their intention or not. In talking about an older child though, my friend’s 3 year old would almost as easily fall out of this enclosure. Look how high the only safety latch is. There should be more than one.
Downsides of this trampoline
1) It’s hard to put together and the directions are almost worthless.
2) The foam pieces rip very easily. I can tell that in a short amount of time those and other pieces will break and crack if left against the elements, however hub wouldn’t let me put it inside as I had hoped for. It does state indoor OR outdoor trampoline though.
3) The poles for the enclosure do not seem very sturdy. Against a 2 and 3 year old.. ok, but beyond that…I don’t think so.
4) The huge gap in the lower half of the enclosure that has a tiny piece of Velcro that any little body can rip open or just bust right through is a major flaw in the design. Why not have another one of these clips lower down? Moms and dads will be nearby to let them out anyhow in this young of an age group. I’d rather they be locked in. Maybe a zipper closure?
Bigger kids could open it with ease but not until they are finished bouncing. This would eliminate that risk, as one of my twins did fall out and onto her head in about 5 minutes’ time.
The pros are:
1) It’s a tempting price. ($75-$100). I can see why people, much like myself, would purchase it.
2) It’s a nice-looking, little trampoline that is suitable for both indoors and out.
3) It holds up to 100 lbs. You can have more than one child inside of it at a time. It doesn’t mean this is safe though without some extra safety clip or something on the lower half of the exit. One can bump the other child right out.
4) It holds interest for certain, but it doesn’t hold in small bodies very well.
I bought this for their birthday and only hope I can still take it apart and return it to a Toys R Us location. My 6 year old wanted to keep it for all of about 20 minutes. I know it won’t keep her interest, and then it will become garage crap and I don’t wish for any more of that. And the twins will see it and want to be inside of it. And they aren’t just jumping. They are flopping themselves around.
(See video below.)
We just saw it wasn’t safe very quickly. Maybe one day we’ll have a more safe, large, family trampoline, but when the twins are much older. Right now I’d sooner recommend getting your toddler or toddlers a product like this. I surely wouldn’t mind reviewing it.
Even this would be better for smaller ones. Definitely better for indoors.
All trampolines pose a hazard. I just thought this would be one that would be good for the little ones. Apparently, I thought wrong. Save your $100 dollars and invest in safer, toddler-friendly toys for Summer.
Twinpossible rates this product 1.5 out of 5 stars.
Want to see My First Trampoline in action? Also, the fall Annie had out of it caught on tape? Watch below: