Finding ways for babies and toddlers to burn that active energy off throughout the years without jumping all around the house doesn”t need to be a great mystery. Discover the best bouncing toys for 1 year olds up to age 5 that will provide hours of so much fun and can make the great gifts.
TP Toys Spiro Bouncer
TP Toys Spiro Bouncer is a great bouncy toy for toddlers. Aside from bouncing back and forth on the seesaw, it also rotates around in circles.
While it’s smaller than a traditional seesaw, if you have really young children you’ll probably want, and need, to supervise the kiddos as they bounce on this to make sure they don’t try to fling each other off. Thanks to it’s foam padding at the base you can use this indoor or outdoor play.
While this looks like a seesaw, the reality is each seat is actually a bouncy ball. Meaning if you have children used to hard pushes off required for a traditional seesaw they could pop a seat.
- Easy to assemble
- Small for indoor or outdoor use
- Bounces up and down, and spins 360 degrees
Good to know
- Only supports children up to 55 lbs on either side
- Operates like a bouncy ball, not like a traditional seesaw
GYMNIC Rody Bounce Horse
Rody the bounce horse is a favorite bouncy toy for 1 year olds and up. It’s one of the most sturdy ride-on bouncy toys that is known to last for years.
The horses come in a variety of colors, and now includes a light brown one with a dark brown saddle to more resemble a real horse.
Parents can also breathe easy knowing Rody is made from phthalate-free, latex-free and BPA-free vinyl which is soft, flexible and very durable. The seat height varies depending on how much you inflate it, but it’s roughly 12 inches (one foot) off the ground making it the perfect size for young toddlers.
Once your child outgrows the Rody you can get the Rody Max for older kids.
- Made of phthalate-free, latex-free and BPA-free vinyl
- Rated for 3 months old and up; though we’d wait until baby has been sitting independently for a while or closer to 1 years old
- Choose from a wide selection of different colors: blue, black, pink, green, light brown, dark brown, orange, purple, or yellow
Fisher-Price® Bounce & Spin Puppy
The Bounce & Spin Puppy is more than just a bouncy toy for your 1+ year olds to ride on. It rotates 360 degrees and includes over 100 phrases, music, and sounds for added learning.
While it is battery operated for the lights and sounds, it actually requires the child to manually bounce and spin making it a great toy for active play while working on colors, numbers, letters, and more. Parents can breathe easy knowing there is a volume control too.
The seat height is 12.75″ and is rated safe as a suitable bouncer toy for 12 month olds up to five years old.
- Enticing lights and 100 sounds, musics and learning phrases
- Rated safe for 12 months and up
- Gross motor active play for bouncing and spinning
- People get confused by the dual language of French and English
- Batteries required for lights + sounds; not bouncing
Rockin’ Rider Legacy Grow-with-Me Pony
A rocking horse is a classic toy, and the Rockin’ Rider is a cool bouncy version that transforms and grows with your little ones from 9 months old to 3 years old in different positions.
This toy will transition with your toddler as they grow, which makes it one of the best bouncing toys on the list. Start off by using it as a bouncy pony and as they grow and get more balance it ultimately can become a spring horse. The Rockin’ Rider also has songs, phrases and other sound effects when you touch the ears, which seems to give the young kids a great time.
Starting at 9 months old, babies can use it as a bouncer and removable safety seat, around 12 months old you can convert it to a rocker, and finally at 24 months it turns into a spring horse; making it an age appropriate gross motor activity through the years. The saddle height is 15 inches in bouncer and rocker mode, and grows to 19 inches in spring horse mode.
Additionally, pressing the right ears plays the “I’m a Little Pony” song and it’s left ear has six fun talking phrases with sound effects.
- Converts and grows with your toddler
- Fun songs and sound effects
- Adjustable seat for safety
Good to know
- Batteries required
- 55 lbs weight limit
- Some felt the plastic base would slide around
Upper Bounce Mini Trampoline for Kids and Adults
If you are looking for a small, low-to-the-ground toddler trampoline with additional handlebar support, the Upper Bounce Mini is a great way to burn of energy for little kids and adults.
This mini trampoline comes in two sizes: 40 or 48″ and folds in half for convenient storage so it doesn’t take up too much space.
It’s actually one of the best indoor jumping toys for toddlers that we own thanks to its durability and versatility. The handlebars adjust if adults want to use it. Our baby started holding onto the handlebar at the lowest setting and bouncing on it the day he turned 1, and has enjoyed bouncing on it in our living room ever since. It’s small enough where it doesn’t take up too much room for indoor use, but we’ve also used it with our 3 year old outside in the backyard.
- Foldable for easy storage
- Adjustable handlebar height
- Low to the ground
- 1 year warranty
- Some reviews complained of defective springs, we’ve used ours daily for 2+ years and have had no issues
Bouncy balls are the ultimate bouncy toy for babies and toddlers and the perfect way to flex creativity. We recommend this set or this set – as they are both 3″ in diameter to minimize choking hazards.
A good general rule of thumb: avoid smalls balls under 2.25″ for babies and toddlers under 3 years old. These still fit tiny hands and are the right size to limit risks.
Every kids loves a good bouncy ball and these can make some of the best gifts. Either set of these colorful balls is a great option for tons of active play games and activities.
The ArtCreativity pack of bumpy balls will deliver additional value to children with sensory input, and because they are light can be a good addition to a ball pit. The jumbo bouncy balls pose the least choking hazard, but are totally solid, so they are a bit heavy and don’t bounce as well as a smaller traditional bouncy ball. If you’re looking for something with a better bounce, but still not a choking hazard, we suggest getting these which are a bit smaller and lighter.
- Larger balls reduce choking risks
- Spiky ball set adds sensory to play
- Both sets come with multiple balls and colors
- Both sets are very durable
- The Jumbo Bouncy Balls are hard and a bit heavy, which means they don’t bounce super well and could be too big for certain toddlers little hands
CocoNut Castles Bouncy Slide Water Park with Water Cannon
If you’re looking for the ultimate multipurpose activity for toddlers look no further than CocoNut Castles Bouncy Slide Water Park. This inflatable bounce house is like a mini backyard water park complete with a cannon and water slide. It’s sure to provide a good time whether they are using it for bouncing, sliding, splashing, or shooting each other with the water cannon.
The CocoNut has a mesh enclosed bouncy house, water slide, water cannon, and little wading pool you can easily convert to a ball pit for multiple kids to engage in hours of outdoor fun games and play.
- Single or double slide option
- Easy to inflate with included 120 volt blower
- Ground stakes included for additional stability for bounce house
- Simple garden hose attachment
- Comes with storage bag and patch kit for minor repairs
- Technically rated for children ages 5+
- 15′ footprint may be too large for some backyards
HearthSong Inflatable Ride-On for Kids’ Active Play
HearthSong inflatable ride-on bouncy animals are great for the 5 year olds who may have outgrown GYMNIC Rody Bounce Horse.
Sold as a pack of two these inflatable hop and ride-on toys allow for your kids or their friends to bounce around together. These can be a fun addition at birthday parties or as part of an obstacle course or relay race.
You can choose dinosaurs, unicorns, or horses for your kids and/or their friends to ride and bounce on.
They are made from durable vinyl to support up a maximum weight limit up to 200lbs.
- Comes in dinosaur, unicorn, or horse theme
- Comes with patch kit
- Supposed to be able to support up to 200lbs
- Inconsistencies on inflation valve staying closed leading to leaking air
VTech® Bounce & Discover Llama
The Vtech Bounce & Discover is very similar and a slightly more affordable option to the Fisher Price Bounce & Spin with fewer phrases and sounds and less range of motion for spinning and moving.
Just like the previously listed Fisher Price toy, the VTech allows your toddler to manually bounce up and down, but this one only goes side to side instead of 360 degree spins.
While bouncing they can enjoying lights, sounds, songs, and learning while they play.
This is a smaller toy rated for 12 months to 36 months; though many reviewers said they would introduce it between 1 years old as they felt their kids started outgrowing it by 18 months.
- Easy to assemble
- Lights, sounds, and educational content
- Gross motor active play for bouncing and moving side to side
Playskool Bounce and Ride Active Toy Ride-On for Toddlers
The Playskool Bounce and Ride is a nice introductory sit down scooter for toddlers as young as 1 years old to start pedaling around with their little legs; or you can put the kickstand down and let them bounce on the seat in a stationary position.
The O shaped handlebar is great for babies learning to use a scooter. There’s also a music box with an on/off switch so kids can enjoy some tunes and silly sounds as they ride around, and parents can turn it off when they need a break.
This bouncy toy measures in at 6.06″L x 19.13″ Wx 15.13″ H and some reviewers said it was too small for their 15 or 18 month olds.
- Small, which makes it a great option for 1 year olds
- Fun and vibrant colors
- Sounds add extra fun
- Early learning scooter with O shaped handlebar
- Wheels have no traction so can be slippery on smooth surfaces
- Only goes straight; no real turn radius
- Volume is not adjustable
- May be too small for some toddlers
Monkey Jump Bouncer
A unique alternative to a trampoline or bounce house, the Monkey Jump Bouncer allows toddlers to move and jump around the circular tube while holding onto the steel poles for support.
One of the best things about this trampoline alternative is the vertical poles that make it a bit safer for multiple jumpers at once. Kids will also enjoy climbing them as they bounce.
It sits close to the ground so you don’t have to worry about big falls from high heights like large trampolines or bounce houses. It’s pretty compact, easy to assemble, and can be used both indoors or outdoors.
NOTE: In some places it says safety recommended for 2 year olds and up, while in others it recommends starting at 3 years old to age 6.
- Easy to assemble
- Safer than a trampoline for multiple jumpers
- Indoor or outdoor use
- No instructions included
- Some reviewers felt the tube deflated quickly
How To Choose The Best Bouncy Toys For Toddlers:
Choosing safe toys is always a top concern. Always check the manufacturer’s weight, height, and age recommendations and safety rating before giving your child any toy. Additionally, you can check the Consumer Safety Product Commission (CSPC) for any safety recalls.
Beyond that, always supervise your child while playing. Depending on the type of toy consider how high of a bounce it is and if there are any hazards around if your child were to fall.
As with all children’s toys, regularly check for wear and maintain their original condition or discontinue use if you can’t safely repair.
Lastly, keep in mind that 1 year olds still put a lot of things in their mouth. Ideally choose toys that are free of toxic chemicals like BPA, BPS, and phthalates found in some plastics.
Finding toys at a reasonable price is always important. Typically the bigger the bouncy toy the more expensive it is. Most of the sit and ride toys range between $40-$80, while the larger trampolines, and bounce houses can go from $100-$600, and simpler bouncy toys like the balls can be under $20.
Keep in mind your child’s interest and motor skills; a higher price tag doesn’t always mean the best jumping toys for toddlers.
Sit or ride on bouncy toys offer some of the best ways to improve your 1 year old and toddlers motor skills, balance, and strength thanks to vestibular and proprioceptive input. These forms of input can enhance their coordination as they are taking their first steps. Bouncy balls, like the sets listed above, will also help with sensory play and hand-eye coordination.
Consider where you plan to use your bouncy toys. While most picks on this list are ok for indoor or outdoor use for a time, you want to keep in mind the material and footprint incase you need/want to move it inside regularly.
Keeping toys outside in general, often leads to quicker wear, rips, cracks, or tears. Also be aware that any inflatable toy sitting outside through rainy days or sprinklers has a greater chance of water pooling/sitting which can lead to mold growth.
Before purchasing a bouncy toy, consider how long you want it to last. Most bouncy toys will grow with your child from 1 years old to 4 years old.
However, some have a shorter lifespan like the Fisher-Price® Bounce & Spin Puppy or VTech® Bounce & Discover Llama which don’t seem to last beyond 2 years old. They would not be good choices to grow with your toddler compared to the Rockin’ Rider Legacy Grow-with-Me Pony is designed to grow with your toddler through the years and provide fun for a long time.
Of course other toys like Upper Bounce Mini Trampoline or CocoNut Castles Bouncy Water Park can be enjoyed by the whole family for years to come.
FAQS About Bouncing Toys For 1 Year Olds + Toddlers:
Are bouncy toys safe for 1 year olds?
Safety of bouncy toys for 1 year olds and up largely depends on the safety rating and style of the bouncy toy.
If a toy is rated safe for 1 year olds, the next thing to consider is hip positioning if it’s a seated bouncy toy. Ideally, your babies hips will always splay out into a nice open hip placement. Just like when choosing a baby carrier, you want baby’s hips to create a nice wide M shape ideally.
Why are bouncy chairs and bouncy jumpers not recommended for babies and toddlers?
Similar to the issues related to baby walkers, which the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has put a ban on, a baby jumper and bouncy chairs place babies in unnatural positions they aren’t ready for yet, which stresses their bodies and can lead to injuries or developmental issues.
The AAP has made a push for “out of the container, onto the floor” so even if a bouncy baby chair is rated safe for babies and toddlers, we suggest being overly cautious and staying away. These historically lead to development issues, injuries, or hip dysplasia. Additionally, they don’t work gross motor skills as well as other options on this list where babies have more freedom to adjust their positions freely.
What are the benefits of bouncy toys for babies and toddlers?
Bouncy toys can cover a wide range of developmental opportunities including: fine motor skills and gross motor skill development, increase strength, ballance, and coordination, receiving vestibular and proprioceptive input, working cognitive skills for language and social skills, developing confidence and self worth.
Can a 1 year old use a bounce house?
Some bounce houses are safety rated for 12 months old; but most are not.
Toddler parents who are unable to find a safety rating, like at a bounce house for a 1 year old birthday party, should consider the following prior to use:
- Size (smaller the better),
- Safety enclosing (sides with nets so little one’s can’t bounce out),
- Suffocation hazards (bounce houses should be free of balls or materials that could close the child’s airway off), and
- Number of jumpers (ideally they jump alone, or with only one other person).
As with all toys at this age, you’ll want to have adult supervision as they play on the bounce house.
What toys do 1 year olds play?
Generally the best toys for one year olds are montessori or open ended toys as they’re the most developmentally appropriate. Check out our Montessori Friendly Gift Guide For 1 Year Old to 2 Year Olds for our top suggestions. Those toys can be introduced at 1 years one and will last for years to come.
While interactive toys that light up and make noise can make a great addition, they don’t get a lot of use as time goes on compared to more traditional toys like bean bags, a pikler triangle, soft dolls, or block sets.
Final thoughts on the best bouncing toys for babies and toddlers:
For babies we suggest starting off with Rody the Bounce Horse. It’s a durable favorite that can be introduced before the child’s first birthday and will last a few years before they need to graduate to the Rody Max.
Additionally, the whole family has gotten years of daily use out of the Upper Bounce Mini Trampoline and simple (but overlooked) bouncy balls like this.
For water play or backyard ball pit fun, we love CocoNut Castles Bouncy Water Park.