Outdoor Trampoline???

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Outdoor Trampoline???

So, we have LOTS of outdoor space, so that is one area where we can "splurge" a little. My older girls have expressed interest in a trampoline. Of course, those are one of the most dangerous "toys" you can get... so, I don't know??? It would be tons of fun and great exercise though. Plus, since we are in New Mexico, if can be used the majority of the year. This past week has been in the 50s and kids have gone out quite a bit. Then again, there are all kinds of outdoor toys that we can get. I found a trampoline in very good condition (14 foot with the safety enclosure) on craigslist for $150. What do you think? Should we take the plunge, or pass on it?

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Trampolines are such a conflicted topic for me...they are totally dangerous but I like them! We got DD a small 1 person one last year and she uses it once in a while. Not as much as I hoped she would. We brought it inside for her birthday party and there were 3 of them on it at one point! Eeeps!

After I bought ours I found out a girl about a month older than her fractured her leg on one. Obviously things like that can happen and I've heard they are more common when several kids are on them at once. You can catch a bad bounce and really hurt yourself. Apparently this 2 year old was alone and somehow double-bounced herself ?!?!?! Not sure how.

I'm totally still on the fence about trampolines even though we have one. LOL!

This is our little one at DD's birthday. Normally we only let 1 kid on and no toys.

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Do you own or rent? How to create a sunken trampoline - little green fingers
A buried trampoline may be a good option if you own or it the landlord doesn't mind.

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I guess I am oldschool....I don't really have a problem with trampolines, but maybe I am too lax!

My family had a trampoline growing up, and my kids jump on one at both my IL's and my family's when we visit. As long as you have smart rules in place that the kids understand, and supervision when needed, I don't have an issue. Maybe just me though!

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We'll likely get one when my kids get a bit older. Both DH and I had them growing up and yes kids get hurt sometimes but they do on play structures, swings, and everything else. My only concern is a kids friend getting hurt but again I feel like this can happen with anything. They are great exercise IMO but like Sandra maybe I'm just lax.

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"pollo_la" wrote:

Or maybe we'll just go with this for now....
Amazon.com: Lifetime Geometric Dome Climber Play Center (Earthtone): Sports & Outdoors

Those are great! You have room for both! LOL. Personally I'd go with the dome climber if I were choosing for my daughter. She loves climbing and hanging. Perhaps do this one now and get a trampoline when they are older?

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I think my issue with those trampolines is that they're not really bouncy enough to do anything super fun on. But I did gymnastics as a child so I liked learning harder skills on the tramps. And then if I would go on one of those, I felt so limited and didn't want to jump nearly as long. So I guess I would worry that the novelty would wear off quickly. That being said - I bring DD to gymnastics, and she runs around the trampolines a ton! But she's not the right age for the raised ones.

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They scare the crap out of me. I'm just not a fan. We had one of those small indoor netted ones for awhile. I tried putting it outside and it only lasted a few weeks and fell apart.

I would rather have a pool or a large swing set or something like that.

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Well, we decided to pass on it. The biggest reason was simply the wind that we get out here. It is not uncommon to get gusts up to 60-70 mph out here on a somewhat regular basis during the spring (March, April, and May). I have visions of the thing flying through the air as a UFO!! Even if we did manage to anchor the thing down well, I still think the netting around it would probably get destroyed by the wind. So... we already have a teeter totter and a nice swing set. We will look into adding a dome climber this summer.

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We got one about a year ago and my DS loves it. We never let him play on it without adult supervision though. I say, go for it Smile

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Oops, just saw you passed on it hehe.

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I guess that would be the other issue... adult supervision. There is no way I am always with my kids when they are playing outside! They go in and out, and I go in and out, but I'm definitely not with them 100% of the time. True, I could tell them they just need to stay off if I'm not there, but then that will be the one thing they always want to be on, and they will pester me relentlessly!! Wink

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"pollo_la" wrote:

They go in and out, and I go in and out, but I'm definitely not with them 100% of the time.

Ahhhhhh, I dream of that day! I think we'll have more of that this summer now that K is going to be three. That said, we have a lot of rock faces in our back yard that she could fall on/off...but she has learned to stay away from them pretty good.

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LOL, It's only been about 2 years for us! Smile They still like to have me out there with them, but they are fine by themselves. They do a good job of looking out for each other. Smile It does really depend on where you live. I think if I lived where we did in MI, I would still be nervous about it. We lived right off of the street (not a busy one, but still...) and we had no fenced area. The older kids know to stay out of the street, but then I wouldn't be comfortable sending baby boy out with them. Now, we live out in the boonies away from everything. The only thing around us is shrubby fields and the neighbor's fence. I do worry about snakes though... We have only seen 2 in the last 2 years though. Even if I was out there with them, Aidan could totally walk up to one and not know what is was!!!

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Yeah, last summer was great for me - the kids were 3.5 and 5, and could play for hours with no supervision. Baby was inside with me most of the time.
This summer I will have a newborn, plus an 18 month old who climbs everything running around! Not so relaxing. I will be wearing new baby in a wrap almost constantly I am sure, just so I have free hands to catch Emerson from falling to his death.

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Ya, our neighbourhood is safe and our property is fully fenced...so that takes away from that worry. I'm more concerned with what she'll do to herself out there! LOL. (or maybe my plants!). Also, our house has really poor visibility to the back yard. There are 3 windows that face back there...two small ones from the family room and one larger one from my craft area. None of them have a good view.

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Our backyard has a fence, but it doesn't fence it off from going to the front yard - just from going out to the park that we back onto. Already last spring/summer DD wanted to go out to the park every time we went out the back - and currently there is no lock (although easy fix I know). There would be NO WAY to let her out without us. And she will only be 2.5 which is not old enough anyway. I see a hubby, a mom and a wrap in my future!

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"dinzy" wrote:

Our backyard has a fence, but it doesn't fence it off from going to the front yard - just from going out to the park that we back onto. Already last spring/summer DD wanted to go out to the park every time we went out the back - and currently there is no lock (although easy fix I know). There would be NO WAY to let her out without us. And she will only be 2.5 which is not old enough anyway. I see a hubby, a mom and a wrap in my future!

Do you own? Can you not fence the back yard separately? I always hated that when I had dogs...because I didn't want my dogs going in the front yard!

Backing onto a park is hard. My mom's new rental backs on an elementary school...and you can see the playground from her back yard. DD hasn't noticed this yet because my mom just moved there a couple months ago and weather has been bad for playing in the back yard. I'm sure once she notices it will be all over. Luckily there is a gate between the two so when my mom does want to take her, they don't have to walk on the road to go around. There's a large playing field for her to run through first. I think my mom might be in trouble this summer. Blum 3

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Heather, that might actually work out well for your mom. Kid's can play for hours at the park and have a great time. K should be old enough this year that at least with the "climbing" stuff she shouldn't need a lot of help. Of course if she likes to swing your mom could be stuck there for quite awhile. Smile Is there sand at the park? If so, she can take a couple buckets and a shovel along and get lots of playtime that way too.

The closest park to us is a 20 minute drive away... that's part of why I'm trying to create our own "playground" here at home. We definitely still like the park though, but probably only go 2-3 times a month. It has a little pond with a fountain. In the summer they stock it with fish. If you are 12 and under or 65 and older, then you are allowed to fish! Of course we never fish, but we do enjoy watching others, and we like to feed the ducks! Smile

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Wow! 20 mins is a long drive for a park! I can see why you want to make something in your yard. Honestly, the yard thing is WAY more useful in the long run anyways, even if you had a park in walking distance.

I'm not sure if there is sand at that playground, we haven't been over yet. It's part of a school so??? DD loves swings...but she still prefers the baby swings as she can go really high. I'm quite sure a school doesn't have baby swings so my mom might be safe. She has started to use the big kid swings in our yard though, which is great as the next baby will need the baby swing eventually and I don't want to buy another!

Our neighbourhood didn't have a community playground when we moved here but some of the parents next to our designated playground lot banded together and got one built! The City put some money in but they had to fund raise for the rest of the money and get donations from the community. The play structure is an older kids one, which wasn't super exciting to me when it was first built (DD was 1.5 years at the time) but now that she's older it's going to be great. It's about a 5 minute walk from here which isn't bad...but it's very steep downhill to get there...which means...it's BRUTAL coming back up pushing the stroller. Blum 3

DD at the vacant lot a few weeks before the playground went up.

This is construction weekend in the MUD! Gross. Everything was covered! They had to put 12" of bark mulch on top after all was set!

DD's first day playing. She was so little! In hindsight I'm glad they picked an older kid's structure as she's totally there now!

There is this play structure and then 4 swings. There is also a grassy area for running and playing. Benches and a picnic table too! My favorite part is it's fully fenced with gates! Now if I could just get over my hate of hills. Blum 3

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That's awesome that people banned together to get a playground built. That's definitely a nice one. Smile K might surprise you and even learn to pump herself this summer. 2 of my kids learned to pump at 3 years old, and my other one learned the day she turned 4! My kids are not the most coordinated either. Wink

Yes, 20 minutes is a drive... it takes us at least 15 minutes to get anywhere though. We are out in no where ville. Smile We like it that way though.

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We are a 5 min walk from our nearest park. It's pretty old though. It's fine for my older two but I would worry about my youngest this summer. There is a nicer/newer one at DD's school, which is a 10 minute walk. I guess if my older two are riding bikes, DS2 is in the stroller, and new baby is in the wrap, it won't take too long to get there. I have a double stroller but man that thing is a beast!

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Yes, DD hoisted herself up on the 'big kid' swing in our back yard over Christmas and the other day she did pump a bit! She must have learned that from us because daycare doesn't have swings. I was pretty impressed. Last summer she couldn't even balance on those big swings!!!

It's nice you have playgrounds so close Sandra. I agree, some of the old play structures are a bit scary. Our provincial campgrounds have these really old ones that are constructed with round logs that are somewhat flattened on top. There are big rounded areas between the two flat areas...so it was hard for K last year. She'll be way better this summer I'm sure! I love that some of them still have their tire swings!!!

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Heather - we do own, so I can fence it. But I'm lazy Smile Also we let our neighbours walk through our backyard to get to the park faster so they don't have to walk all around. And we have the same thing like your mom - a big soccer field, with a big hill (for sledding in the winter) and then the park. It's WONDERFUL. But I don't mind if I get outside a bunch, I can always use the air and color. And DD will hopefully climb all the things by herself this summer and I won't need to go up the slide EVERY time. Just catch her at the bottom Smile

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I'm totally an inside girl too. LOL. It's not SUPER hot here like, say, in Arizona, but it gets warm for me in the summer. Spring and fall we have the furnace/air conditioning off and DD can go in and out...but then once it gets too hot I like to keep everything closed up. It's going to be different this year as I'll be home for the hottest time...so we'll see. Our house is South facing so the main grass area in the back is shaded by the house most of the afternoon, which is nice.