I was always afraid of backyard trampolines, frightened by stories of kids somehow breaking their arms. I imagined my kids getting bounced off the trampoline and flung across the backyard. Then, my next door neighbor got one and the inevitable happened-the 8 and 10 year old kids next door invited my 5 and 3 year olds over for a bounce. I hid behind the couch in my living room while my husband escorted them over for a little jumping. I was too afraid to look. However, nothing happened except for the fact that my kids had the best time ever on that trampoline! When I finally got up enough courage to check out the contraption, I inspected the trampoline and found it to be really secure. So I asked my neighbor, who happens to be a nurse, what about all of those kids who get hurt on trampolines? She said a few things that made sense: No more than 200 pounds on the trampoline at once, no flipping or somersaults, especially when there are more than one or two kids on the trampoline at once, no more than 4 kids on at once, make sure it’s all zipped up and various other precautions that I now follow religiously. The trampoline has turned out to be the best thing that has ever happened to us. We are over there every day now, even when my neighbor isn’t home, we go over and sneak a jump. It’s like having a pool nearby. We will never leave these poor people alone. Hey, it’s great exercise and I have realized that I can zip my 3 year old in there and let him go to town while I do some weeding nearby. It’s a win win for all of us.
Here is my 3-year old enjoying his turn on the trampoline with my husband standing by, closely observing his every move. We’ve eased up since then.