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      14.01.2012 16:22
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      great for burning energy and tireing the child out

      When I saw this at the bootsale I just couldn't resist buying it for the £5 that was being asked for it as I had looked at the prices of these online some months earlier and found them to be around the £28-£30 price range, which for a childs toy isn't too bad but why pay more when you can get things cheaper, I love the bootsales for childrens toys as you get them at around a third of the price or less if your prepared to barter with the stall holder. This was already assembled when I bought it so I didn't have the fiddly job of putting it together, it just popped into the booty of my car and came in the door of the house to be instantly bounced upon by my grandson Oscar who is now fourteen months old and full of beans. The trampoline is padded around the edges so that he can't hurt himself if he climbs on it and there is a handle that he can hold onto as he bounces about. He can get on and off it by himself now. However, this is something he does have to be supervised on as he plays as he has no sence of danger and will try and launch himself off it instead of sitting down to climb off it, which he can do but he loves to try and give his nana a hearty attack, as he's quite a daredevil and seems to have no fear and constantly lets go of the handle as he bounces so has to be watched as he plays on this. He spends around ten minutes a time on it as he gets bored easily and won't stand still long before he's off adventuring onto the next toy or trying to get over the baby gates to get outside, so as it isn't a large trampoline it does fit under our stairs for storing away. Value for money wise, I can't complain at the price I paid. The trampoline is well made and has been made with the childs safety in mind, the trampoline sits squarely on the floor and doesn't tip and the handle is safe for holding so the child doesn't fall off, having said that oscar has fallen off it once as he let go of the bar and dived down to get off and toppled off, but not all children are as lively as him and he learns quickly, as it made him cry and he hasn't done it again since. Having said that I still watch him when he plays on it. I find that this does tire him out a little as he has bags of energy and loves to play and bounce on this toy. I haven't put it outside yet and probably will keep it for indoors as it's something Oscar uses daily in his play. All in all I rate this a 8 out of ten and would recommend it to you if your looking for an entertaining toy for your child to burn energy off on.

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        24.11.2011 00:46

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        Brilliant fun for growing toddlers

        We brought this for our lil ones first birthday, as her little friend had a big trampoline and she seemed to love it. It needed assembling which was easy to do and did not take too long, about 15minutes with two of us doing it together. It is a fair size once assembled so we have chosen to keep it in our garden and our garage as our house is not quite big enough for it to be inside. The trampoline itself has a bar that is fairly high for a one year old so at first we held her hands to bounce, once she was around 16 months she was taller and able to stand better unassissted.The bar has a soft grip on which is good for our little ones as the can get there little fingers round it. The trampolone needs to be used with close supervision as it is easy to fall off and hurt themselves despite being close to the floor. Our little one loves to jump on this and the older she gets the better the purchase, I think it should specify that for a 12month old it is a little ambitious to expect them to use it but the older they get the more fun it becomes and at 18 months she can go outside and play on it for a little bit as a treat. I would most definatley recommend this, and have done as her little friend has one who is a little older and they love playing on it together. I have taken one star off as i believe the bar needs to be a slightly shorter height so that younger and smaller children can reach it.

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        08.09.2010 22:14
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        Bounce, Bounce, Bounce!!

        For my daughters first birthday I decided to buy her this trampoline. She had just started to walk with help from her walker and furniture etc. Since she loved her baby bouncer I thought she would love this, especially with that added freedom to be able to bounce unaided. This trampoline definitely provided that but also had the bar for her to be able to keep her balance. She was so excited when she saw it, her little eyes lit up! With some help onto it and a lot of supervision and a little support she thoroughly enjoyed bouncing up and down. The trampoline is of a reasonable size, it is not too small however it is not too large so it can easily be used indoors. It has a large round base made out of a strong mesh material; this is flexible for babies to be able to bounce. The trampoline does not have springs but the slack on the mesh allows for an adequate amount of bouncing without it becoming dangerous and having a risk of the baby bouncing off. The trampoline has a padded ring of fabric around the inner mesh for added extra safety climbing on and off as well as when bouncing. The handle comes up from the sides of the trampoline to form a big bar; this has a protective rubber over the top just in case of trips and falls. It is also of a good grip for babies to be able to hold onto without slipping off. My daughter is almost 3 and she still uses this trampoline and she enjoys it more now because she can quite happily bounce away on her own and hold her balance. It is recommended for babies aged 12 months + and that is when we have been using it from. I would definitely recommend this trampoline as it is safe and provides a lot of fun for babies. This can be bought for around £30.

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          06.09.2010 08:15
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          Recommended with caution

          Our ELC My First Trampoline was something that we bought secondhand from a car boot sale. When we saw it we were in 2 minds about whether it was a good idea or not as sometimes children and trampolines don't mix very well. However this little babies first trampoline is something that is much closer to the floor than most trampolines are and so we hoped it wouldn't pose the same hazards that the bigger ones can do. ********************************************************** Once we took our ELC My First Trampoline home we gave it a light sponge clean and it came up rather nicely. Its made of sturdy materials with a compact metal frame and sits no more than 6 inches off the ground. It has a lightly padded outer edge to it around the trampoline surface. Once we had cleaned it, it came up rather well and was ready for use. I cannot comment on how you would put the ELC My First Trampoline together as ours was bought ready made up as it was a pre owned one. We paid £9 for it, which we thought was a reasonable price to pay at the time. ********************************************************** As we didn't get this new I'm unsure as to what the price for it new may have been, but having had a look at prices afterwards, it seems that the newer ELC mini trampoline retails at £40, although it seems its not circular like ours is. The colour seems to have changed too as ours is a light bluey colour with yellowy bits and trims to it. We rather liked the colour of it, but did think at the time, as it was so pale looking it might end up looking grubby very quickly, but as its very easy to give it a light sponge clean to, we haven't noticed any problems with it being so pale and even the little skirt around the edge of the ELC My First Trampoline is easy enough to wipe over. ********************************************************** The handle height seems to be about right, but it was something that concerned us as we didn't want any cut chins or similar incidents. Happily we haven't had any problems like that, although we haven't allowed our child to use this completely unassisted. Due to the nature of the item, we have felt it best to allow our child to use this whilst we are close at hand. This has worked well and allows our child to bounce away and enjoy the feeling of freedom that gives without being at risk of a fall. ********************************************************** The whole thing is small and compact so is easy enough to move to an area where it can be used and then moved to store it out of the way. Its not too heavy and also seems sturdy, with just a small amount of bounce and nothing like the amazing bounce-ability you get from bigger trampolines. We prefered this lesser bounce capability, as there is less chance of our child flying off of the trampoline when they cannot bounce too high. To sum this up I feel its a simple way to allow a child to have a sense of freedom of movement and can be something that is great fun. We have always supervised its use and so had no nasty spills. The handle that is attached to the trampoline has a safety grip to it, that seems easy for a small child to hold and works well, the height also seems about right. ********************************************************** To give the ELC My First Trampoline a star rating I feel it ought to get 3 stars. Reasons for this is that we have always thought its something that is best used under supervision, so it losses a couple of stars for not being something we would be happy for our child to use alone. Our child has enjoyed using this and so I would recommend it with caution. It may not suit all children and it is something that could be a source of a fall or slip, so that needs to be factored into any purchase. Other than that this has worked well.

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            24.08.2010 23:47
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            A great buy for any little child who loves to bounce

            I bought this trampoline for the local mother & toddler group which I run. The kids all absolutely love it (from as soon as they can stand themselves right up to the 3-4 year old toddlers which attend). The trampoline itself cost around £20 from my local branch of the Early Learning Centre and came in a reasonable size box. The trampoline itself required some self assembly but it was easy to put together and came with clear instructions so I found it quite easy to put together by myself. The trampoline is well made and mine is in lovely pastel blue, green and yellow shades which makes it suitable for both boys and girls alike. Because of the height from the ground (it is only raised approximately 5 inches I would say) means that the children can bounce safetly without the threat of serious injury should they fall off. The padded handle makes for extra safety and peace of mind so that they can hold on tightly whilst bouncing. One draw back I have found with the trampoline is that if bigger or heavier children bounce enthusiastically the trmpoline has a tendancy to tip over or become unsteady. However this does only seem to happen when older children are using it. The only other drawback with this trampoline is that the handle does not fold flat for easy stoarge but this a minor issue.

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            18.08.2010 19:37
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            A great first trampoline

            Children love bouncing around on trampolines, but the problem for parents and care givers is the worry that they may fall and sustain some king of injury. This model is fantastic in many respects, but one of the main ones being the height from which the trampoline is raised. This relatively small distance provides a compromise in that young children can enjoy bouncing, and carers can be safe in the knowledge that their child has only a small distance to fall should they take a tumble. This is a remarkably strong and durable trampoline for £20. Perhaps one of the reasons for the low cost however, is the fact that the trampoline is self-assembly. I loathe such bits of kit, and would like to say that I was pleasantly surprised by how easy the product was to assemble, but sadly I cannot. The problem for me is the myriad of different sized screws and bolts. The fact that the kit contains spares does not help either, as to me it seems there are just more components with which to confuse you. The instructions come with pictures to assist you in the assembly process, but they are not always as helpful as they could be. I had to build the trampoline in two sessions, as I'm afraid to say I got somewhat frustrated with it, and am not a dab hand with a screwdriver on my best day. If you have a knack with these kits you will probably not be daunted by the assembly process, but if you struggle with it as I do, you may benefit from asking (or paying) someone to do it for you. The trampoline is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. It is so compact that it takes up only a small amount of space in my living room, although I prefer to store it in the garage where I will be less likely to trip over it. If you do use it outside the plastic poles and base can be easily cleansed of dirt or spills. The handle of the trampoline is thick enough for little hands to grasp securely, while being at a suitable height for the age it is aimed at (1 - 3 years). However, the bar is solid so children should still be supervised when using the trampoline. The soft exterior of the base is padded, however, so poses little threat if the child sustains a fall. The design of the trampoline is such that it can be used by either boys or girls. However, as it is predominantly baby blue, it would perhaps appeal more to those caring for boys. The pale yellow border does appear very fetching against the blue, however. This is a great trampoline that is sturdy enough to allow a child to enjoy bouncing on it, yet light enough to be easily transported indoors and outdoors. The only drawback on the adult's side is assembly of the trampoline, but once you have achieved this children will get a lot of enjoyment out of it.

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              12.08.2010 18:47
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              BOUNCY FUN FOR YOUR LITTLE ONE.

              I bought this trampoline for my daughter from the early learning centre as one of her Christmas presents when she was 18 months old. She had fallen in love with her cousin's trampoline and had to be practically prised from it every time we visited. So me and my husband decided to get her one for Christmas. The early learning centre trampoline appealed to me as it looked so sturdy and well made. It has a thick rail which helped my daughter to maintain her balance whilst bouncing. This rail was the perfect height in order for her to hold tightly. The trampoline is only slightly raised from the floor which offers peace of mind for anxious mums and dads. I know it certainly made me feel more at ease. I was quite impressed with the minimal amount of room that this trampoline takes up. It is also quite light in wieght and I found it easy to transport from inside to outdoors. When we bought this trampoline, we had to assemble it when we got home. Now my husband is a really handy bloke and found no problem putting this together. But I have to admit if it was up to me Id still be there now. I found it very complicated, despite it claiming to be easy to assemble. I think it's easy if you are handy but otherwise you may have a few issues with the instructions, which weren't entirely straight forward. Although this trampoline is described as being from age 1-3, From my experience, my daughter had outgrown it's use by 30 months. She was ready for more of a bouncy challenge. And wanted something bigger and slightly more daring. However, this elc trampoline served well for her brother and lasted whilst maintaining excellent condition. This trampoline is brilliant value. I paid around £20 and know I was happy with the price. It is sturdy and well made for the cost and the materials and standard of the trampoline is what I would expect from the early learning centre. As I strongly feel this store is a shop I can trust to provide me with safe and well made toys. The only drawback is the slight rocking which occurs when the trampoline is being bounced on. My children really enjoyed using this trampoline and looking back, I feel it really helped them to improve their coordination and strength in their legs. I also feel it gave them a sense of independence as they were able to bounce unaided on this trampoline in safety. Also they were able to confidently get on and off the trampoline themselves, which again promoted their independence. The colour of the trampoline we had was very pretty and was great as it was neither specific for boys or girls. Therefore both my children could use it without any problems. I loved the lemon colour of the surrounding edge of the trampoline. However this did tend to become a little tired and faded after being outdoors. However, I found this easy to remove and put in the washing machine when it was looking a little gruby. I really do feel this is a perfect gift for a small child. It offers fun and excitement whilst also allowing the child to explore and develop their large motor skills and balance. But most importantly I feel that this trampoline is well made and safe and has no sharp edges or hidden hazards. Which obviously is of vital importance. So in conclusion, I would certainly advise this trampoline to anyone. The trampoline itself offered a great degree of bounce. which I feel worked well to cushion the strain on my little ones legs.

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                05.07.2010 12:16

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                elc my first trampoline

                My son recieved this trampoline at his first birthday and it cost around £20 from the early learning centre which seemed an ok price for the product. It took us quite a while to get it built up and once it was built it wasnt all level so anytime he bounced on it, it would bang against the floor and was rather loud. He enjoys bouncing on it but unfortunately there is not alot of space on it. The hand rail is good for young children to grasp as it is chunky and non slip which prevents there small hands from sliding off. As it is low down this lessens the chance of your child hurting themselves if they fall. My son fell off it several times when he first got it but never hurt himself and he always got back up and straight back on it. Another advantage of it being low is that it makes it easy for children to get on and off of by themselves. The fabric around the trampoline can be removed and washed easily which is always a good thing with kids toys and is placed back on with no problem. We didnt really get alot of use out of it as he out grew it fairly quick and wanted one which he could bounce higher on. Overall i would say it is a good trampoline for young children but not worth the money so I personally would recommend buying a bigger one which is suitable from a young age and will last longer therefore you will get your moneys worth from the product.

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                08.01.2010 22:23
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                An excellent buy

                My daughter is suddenly a little firework. So much energy for a 1 year old. Never wants to sleep, just wants to play. I knew a trampoline would be a big hit as she had played with them at activity centres and also I had one as a child and loved it. The question was where was we going to put it? We only live in a 2 bedroom flat and we are already drowning in her toys. This would definately have to wAit until the summer when it could go in the garden! So.....when my brother in law roughy this for my daughter for Christmas to say I was a little flummoxed as to where to put it would be N understatement. To start with it was built on Christmas day as They just couldn't wait to see her on it and amongst all the toys and wrapping papaer this didn't go down too well with myself. However all this aside my daughter was hysterical win excitment when it was finally put up. As far as I could tell it was not an easy task puttig it all togther as there were raised voices and I think nerves were frayed. All worth it though to see her little face when she realised just what it was. Since this day she has used the trampoline every day and for this reason I have found a little corner in my front room for it as she loves it so much! It is small for a trampoline and so I don't mind too much! The trampoline is about 1 meter by 1 meter diameter and has a handle in which your child van hold onto whilst they. Ounce. It is vibrant summery colours and has pictures of animals around the bottom which is padded for safety. The actual bouncy bit of the trampoline is sprung with elastic rather than metal springs which makes me think that not too much weight should be put on this which is probably why it says for up to 3 years old. I have had a few minor pro lens with the trampoline as I feel there is a design fault on the legs. You are supplied with rubber stoppers to go on the bottom of each of the 4 legs making it secure when bounching as itgrips any sort of floor. Unfortunately after a little bouncing these stoppers move a little bit and cause the trampoline to rock as it makes the legs different lengths. I don't know if I have explained that very well but basically it has caused my daughter some uncertainty about it tipping when she first gets on. The trampoline is quite low off the floor making it easy for my daughter to get on and off of it on her own. She has recently got a little brave and let go of the handle a few times whilst bouncing and it being so low off the floor makes me feel better about this incase she falls! I do feel that the trampoline is not very bouncy and whilst this is fine for her now i think in the future she will be bored of this and I dontthink it will last her until she is three as it says on the box. You cab buy this trampoline in the early learning only and of course mothercare stores that have an elc department. It comes in a compact box with 'easy' to follow instructions. It took about an hour in total to construct. And two big strong men were needed to do so. It retails at £35 but when my brother in law got to the till for some reason it came up as £25. I dot know if this is because it is a summer toy as he said he had to ask if they had one. There were none on the shop floor and the sales assistant said they were kept out the back. He also had a 20% off voucher making the trampoline £20 which in my eyes is an absolute bargain and I even thought £35 was cheap. In all we are very happy with this trampoline. She has already had hour of fun on it and I know in the summer this will be a big hit in the garden. I do not worry about her safety on it one tiny bit and I am so grateful that my brother in law decided to get it even thigh I told him not to!

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                  08.01.2010 16:06
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                  A great toy

                  My daughter has been using this from about 12 months old when she first started wlaking. Her friend who is 2 and a half also loves it and I think we have a lot more use left. It is a nice light weight but study little trampoline. It has a good grip bar and padded fabric between the base frame and the actual trampoline fabric so little feet have no where to fall through. Although it is light weight and my daughter is an energetic bouncer we have not had issues of it tipping over at all. She did fall off once but as it is low to the ground she luckily was fine. I would only use it on grass or carpet though rather than a hard surface jsut in case. It is a pretty blue and green colour so great for boys and girls. My daughter also enjoys crawling under it and poking her head out from underneath the fabric frill surrounds. Two toys in one! It costs about £30 and is available from Argos.

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                  02.07.2009 14:50

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                  fun,bouncy,great value

                  i was given one of these as a gift for my daughter when she was 1 year old. the thing is still going 2 years on with continued usage. its was very easy to put together and thats coming from a 22 year old mum so really its not that hard honestly. the bit i love the most is the skirt part that goes over the bouncy rope, its such a great idea.stop little fingers and toes getting stuck and hurt and makes it look so cool too. the handle is just the right hight and has really good grip thanks to the foam and yes tha is important as my little one found out after getting a bit excited and banging her face OUCH! no real damage and 5 mins later she up and bouncing her head off again. a lovely little item that last years and well worth every penny to see the great smiles it creats :o)

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                  04.06.2009 20:24

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                  Good for the babies

                  The ELC Blossom Farm Trampoline is suitable for babies from 12months old. It comes in unisex colours and has a solid easy to grip handle bar and covers for the edges so your child's feet won't slip down the sides. It is low enough for baby to climb on and off by themselves but there are no restraints to put around it so you will need to be there to help until they get used to it. The trampoline encourages children to be active and introduces them to the joys of independence and bouncing. A bad point is it was very hard to put together and even harder to dismantle. It is rather large so storing can be a problem. It can be used outside on grass or indoors. It can be kept clean and is easy to wipe most things off. Robust and the sides are covered for safety. Good grip on handlebar and a large handlebar to help with getting on and off the trampoline. Best not to let older children on it because of their weight. A reasonable price made better if you can get 20% off by joining ELC's Big Birthday club.

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                  19.05.2009 18:23
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                  A really fun and energetic piece of baby equipment.

                  We inherited this from a friend when they emigrated and I am so glad that we did. I had never bought one as I thought that my children would quickly outgrown this. But this turned out to be untrue. This is a really nice piece of equipment and I would now say it is an essential part of the toy room. Luckily when we got this it was already assembled but my friend said she had a nightmare building this up so we just transported it fully assembled. It has a wider base than the top which helps with balance and ensures it does not tip over. The handle is coated at the top with non-slip foam and there is a padded mat all the way round so there is no chance of a childs foot getting stuck any where. It is nicely coloured for boy or girl and has good rubber feet to prevent it slipping on the wooden floor which is really helpful. My daughter has played on this since before she could walk and the older ones love playing on it. My 4 year old loves to try and play on it and althought she cant jump to high on it, she still loves pplaying on it. I would highly recommend this to anyone with a young child. Even children who cant yet walk enjoy this. My friend sits her 6 month old on it and gently bounces it with her hands and she giggles her little heart away. This has brought lots of happiness to little children.

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                  30.11.2008 23:36

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                  would never buy this again

                  My mother in law brought this for my daughters birthday and it was rubbish . She got it from argos i think it was £30.00 and it all came flat pack . Well it was the night before my daughters birthday and we decided to set it up so it was ready for her to use instead of her waiting for us to set it up and it was a good job we didnt wait until the morning . This trampoline was the most hated thing in our house because with the instuctions it took us 3 hours to put it together . The trampoline itself is a lovely color and would suit a boy or girl and it has a safety bar for the child to hold on to whilst jumping also padding to stop the child from hurting itself . The trampoline can be used in doors and out but in my opinion i wouldnt use it at all because after we set it up (properly) the thing wasnt stable enough it was all wibbly and if my daughter had gone on it it would have tipped . In the end it ended up down the scrap yard because it was no good

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                  20.10.2008 12:53
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                  Not worth the money

                  Since my youngest son has been born he has always been really active so as soon as he was 8 months and able to stand he would try and bounce on everything. We decided to but him the first trampoline for his first birthday. We purchased the trampoline from the early learning centre it cost £30. The trampoline comes with extra padding to ensure safety and a wide hand rail for younger children to hold to keep their balance. Once we brought it home it was quite straight forward to put together. It took quite a while to make sure it was up correctly before he could play on it. Once put together my son loved it. At first he would play on it all day until one day he was bouncing and the two back legs of the trampoline came up off the floor knocking him forward causing him to bump his teeth and lip on the metal bar. He was only just over a year old when this happend so I dont know why they say it is suitable for up to 3 years.

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                  Nothing beats bouncing. Extra padded trampoline for safe bouncing with chunky rail to grasp for balance. For indoor or outdoor use. Easy self-assembly. Age Range: 1 - 3 years