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Best Bounce Houses for Toddlers
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September 14, 2023

Best Bounce Houses for Toddlers

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Best Bounce Houses for Toddlers

Bounce houses bring up nostalgic memories of going to a play space or attending a classmate’s birthday party. But long gone are the days when kids needed an official celebration to enjoy jumping to their heart’s delight. Thanks to bounce houses made specifically for at-home use, toddlers can now jump whenever they want.

Bounce houses aren’t just all fun and games either—these inflatable play structures offer a multitude of gross motor benefits by providing a safe and enjoyable environment for toddlers to move their bodies and test their limits. They’ll work on improving their balance, coordination, and overall physical capabilities all while having a blast.

Whether you’re hosting a playdate, a dinner with friends, or just need a way for your energetic little one to get their energy out, bounce houses are great to set up for guaranteed toddler entertainment and hours of fun.

Babylist’s Top Picks for the Best Toddler Bounce Houses

Best Bounce Houses for Toddlers

Best Affordable Bounce House

If you’ve got a younger toddler (or a smaller indoor space), you’ll love this Jump-O-Lene. A cross between a bounce house and a trampoline, it features a crawl-through door that gives toddlers easy access and reinforced mesh walls so they can bounce safely. In addition to being easy on the wallet, it doesn’t need to be connected to a blower (unlike most bouncers). Simply use a handheld electric air pump to inflate like you would an air mattress.

Additional Specs

Age recommendation: 3-6 yrs
Dimensions: 68.5” x 68.5” x 44”
Capacity: 2 kids; 120 lbs

Best Bounce House with A Slide

Little Tikes is known for classic children’s toys and their indoor bounce house doesn’t disappoint. The mesh walls keep your little one safely contained while bouncing (and allow you to easily supervise their play) and the slide provides an extra layer of fun. It blows up quickly and when you’re ready to put it away, it folds up compactly until next time. It also comes with all the necessities like repair patches, stakes, a heavy-duty blower and a convenient storage bag.

Additional Specs

Age recommendation: 3-8 yrs
Dimensions: 7’ x 7’ x 3.9’
Capacity: 3 kids; 250 lbs

Best Looking Bounce House

This bounce house is proof that toddler toys can be beautiful. Smol x Rylee and Cru’s collab features a classic, neutral checkered pattern with neutral white walls that’ll fit in with any home. It also comes in a few more fun colors and styles. The bounce house includes a carrying bag, repair kit, stakes, mallet, bags to fill with sand and a high-quality blower so you’ve got everything you need for hours of play. It’s made with non-toxic materials (lead, paraben, phthalate and flame retardant free) and also features reinforced stitching that’ll hold up bounce after bounce. You can also use it both indoors and outdoors (weather permitting).

Additional Specs

Age recommendation: 3-8 yrs
Dimensions: 11’ x 8’ x 6’
Capacity: 3 kids; 180 lbs

Best Bounce House With a Ball Pit

This white bounce house is made from durable Oxford-cloth material and is one of the larger options on the list, which can come in handy for toddler parties or play dates. But the best part is the built-in ball pit on the side. This bounce house comes with a storage bag, repair kit, stakes, blower and a waterproof tarp cover but the balls are sold separately.

Additional Specs

Age recommendation: 3+ yrs
Dimensions: 9’ x 9’
Capacity: 2 kids; 200 lbs

Best Bounce House for Water Play

This bounce house is packed with extra features, making it an endless source of fun for any toddler. There’s a spacious area for jumping, a climbing wall, a slide and a splash pool. It is primarily meant for outdoor use but can also be set up inside (without adding water, of course). The Oxford cloth material will hold up over time and the whole thing inflates in about three minutes. This jumper comes with repair patches, stakes and a carry bag, however, the blower is not included and you’ll have to purchase one separately.

Additional Specs

Age recommendation: 3-8 yrs
Dimensions: 11’ x 8’ x 6’
Capacity: 3 kids; 180 lbs

Best Large Bounce House

This bouncer is a great pick if you’ve got multiple toddlers and can even accommodate children up to 10 years old. It’s huge, measuring 12 feet by 15 feet, so you’ll likely need to set it up outdoors. Mesh walls will keep little ones safely contained and the durable, triple-stitched fabric means it’ll stand up to hours of play. Although it’s big, set up is easy and quick; the powerful air blower inflates the whole thing in just minutes. In addition to the blower, this bouncer also comes with stakes to secure the bounce house in place.

Additional Specs

Age recommendation: 3-10 yrs
Dimensions: 12’ x 15’ x 7’
Capacity: 3 kids; 600 lbs

What to Look for When Choosing a Toddler Bounce House

When choosing a bounce house, there are a few features you’ll want to consider to ensure safety and maximum fun. Here’s what to look for:

Size

Bounce houses come in a few different sizes and the options for at-home use are typically smaller than the jumpers of your childhood memories. When you’re choosing a bounce house, be sure there’s enough room around the bounce house for the blower (if needed) and ceiling clearance.

Material

You’ll also want to pay attention to the materials used in the construction of the bounce house since that’s ultimately what makes them safe and durable. Opt for bounce houses made from materials such as commercial-grade PVC or heavy-duty Oxford fabric which will withstand outdoor elements and enthusiastic toddler play.

Safety

Bounce houses should also have built-in safety features—here’s what to look for:

  • Mesh netting and reinforced stitching. Mesh netting provides a barrier to prevent toddlers from tumbling out, while reinforced stitching adds strength and durability.
  • Stakes and sandbags. Securing the bounce house is a crucial step when setting it up, especially when using it outdoors. Stakes firmly anchor the bounce house to the ground when outside and sandbags can be filled and used for both in- and outdoor use. Both help prevent it from tipping over during energetic play.
  • Certified blower. A heavy-duty blower is important since it ensures optimal inflation and stability while your toddler plays.

Bounce houses should always be set up on a flat surface and you can lay a padded mat down at the entrance so little ones will have a soft place to land when exiting. You’ll also want to set some ground rules for safe play, especially when there’s more than one toddler bouncing around.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) doesn’t have specific guidelines for toddler bounce house use but they do for regular trampolines. Here are a few more safety precautions you can take to help ensure your toddler bounces safely: - Parental supervision at all times - Be mindful of capacity and weight limits - Always remove your toddler’s shoes, glasses and any accessories (like jewelry or hair clips)

Bonus Features

Some bounce houses come with basketball hoops, obstacle courses, inflatable slides or splash pools which add another level of fun and excitement to your toddler’s playtime.


Briana Engelbrecht

Assistant Editor

Briana Engelbrecht is Babylist’s Assistant Editor, where she brings her passion for early childhood development and the perinatal period, plus experience as a mom of two to Babylist articles and guides. A former preschool teacher, she loves children’s picture books, cats, plants and making things.

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