Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Mini-Tramps Save The Day!

After reading Brenda's post on mini-tramps I thought I'd pop over here and give a 5 star review of this sanity saving device. A mini-tramp saves the day. We've gone through 3 so far and about to start on the 4th. Usually I can find them for around $20 but the benefits are priceless.

The up and down motion is excellent for brain development (think about bouncing a baby on your knee...this is actually helping a baby's brain develop) and can help a kid, particularly a RAD kid, re-think a situation. It's great exercise that reduces stress and helps the brain work bilaterally, improves balance, circulation, coordination, removes toxins from the body, helps attention spans, moves oxygen through the body, lowers cholesterol and improves motor skills and cardiovascular strengthening.

My only advice is do NOT get one that folds in half as they have been known to snap shut. Make sure that is flat and you add the legs. They are small enough to sit in a corner. It is truly a lifesaver around here. We use it year round but if you live in a cold climate it is the perfect indoor exercise for your kids.

She does about 100 jumps every 10-15 minutes during school and then every hour she will usually do 500 or more jumps. Then she can come back and focus. She LOVES the mini-tramp. It was a requirement in her IEP when she was in a brick and mortar school and the teacher loved it and used it with all the kids to help focus and to get energy out.

So if you're looking for a last minute Christmas present, run out and grab one. It will be a present the whole family will love and the gift that keeps on giving!

11 comments:

Dinah said...

I 100% agree!!! We love our tramp! (that doesn't sound quite right, lol)We bought ours right after we heard Nancy Thomas claim the benifits of them!

Kristina P. said...

I had no idea! My grandma had one when we were kids, but I had no idea it was so beneficial!

Torina said...

I am going to get one!!

Our Family said...

We have ours too! LOVE IT!!! That is a Nancy Thomas idea....great for teens....keeps the hormones in check as well if you know what I mean...it is a GREAT outlet for teens...

Essie said...

I second that. It is true, jumping on a trampoline does all the cool things Lisa said. Swinging is also exceptional for the brains of our kids. I have read it helps the vestibular sense of balance and propriocetion- perception of your body in its external space.

Jillene said...

I hope that you have a VERY Merry Christmas!!

The Leijte's in Vegas said...

I have your back on this one as well. You told me about it, I bought it, and it has helped me stay sane!! THANK YOU THANK YOU.. am glad you blogged about it, to help other mom's..

MERYY CHRISTMAS.. I am not supposed to be online..lol

Kelly said...

Thank you for sharing. We have one that the littles play on some but I think I will move it to their room so they will use it more.

Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

Thanks for your ciber friendship. I have really learned so much from you and receive such wonderful encouragement from you.

Kelly

Torina said...

OK, so I called around in this podunk town and no one has one left the day before Christmas Eve. Oh well. So I might as well investigate a little further...do any of you have safety bars or problems with your kids jumping super high off it? Just worried a little bit because of Tara's cerebral palsy and her total lack of coordination. Trying to think of a way to keep her on the thing without getting hurt...

obladi oblada said...

Hmm...I think I saw one of those in my Mom's garage...Ill have to borrow it and check it out.

Holly said...

We've used one in the past, but have started using a swing for various reasons now. Sometimes I wonder how much better I would have done in school with things like this (and I did fine as it was).