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How do you teach a toddler to jump?

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TheSkiingGardener Mon 29-Aug-11 04:08:13

DS is 14 months and adores trampolines. But since he can't jump he gets quite frustrated on his own on one, I have to do the jumpy bit for him.

I spent 10 minutes today trying to teach him basic jumping on the ground but this just resulted in lots of giggling and him bending his legs then standing up straight, overbalancing and falling on his bottom. Any tips anyone?

nailak Mon 29-Aug-11 04:16:42

they need teaching?
watching older kids might help, since my 1 yr old copies his sisters jumping on the bed, trying to climb up the sofa/cabin bed/using me as climbing frame...

TheSkiingGardener Mon 29-Aug-11 04:22:33

Well apparently he does! He can climb, but will then fall off things into my arms instead of jump. No siblings to copy so he has to work it out I think. One website said they don't learn until 3, but that's balderdash surely.

Gumps Mon 29-Aug-11 04:29:06

PE expert here and jumping is quite tricky. It's also very funny when they think they are getting off the ground and they aren't.
Have you tried going over things? Just start with something like book on the floor so that he won't hurt himself.
14 mo is very little so don't worry. I have seen kids in reception struggle with the concept.

TheSkiingGardener Mon 29-Aug-11 04:33:09

Ah, thanks Gumps. Jumping over things is an excellent idea. I also thought maybe jumping for bubbles. Which means I am going to have to jump for bubbles. (I never realised how much fun, childish stuff I would get to do once I had kids).

He loves trampolines so much it seems worth it to keep trying. He'd get so much enjoyment from it. And you are right, watching him try and just not get it was hilarious.

Gumps Mon 29-Aug-11 04:35:05

Good to know being awake at this ridiculous hour is being useful!

kickassangel Mon 29-Aug-11 04:44:44

hold both his hands & get him to jump off the bottom step onto the floor?

Chundle Mon 29-Aug-11 08:00:14

14 months is way too young to jump most kids learn around 21 months -24 months so you got a while to wait yet

Iggly Mon 29-Aug-11 08:04:39

He'll do it when he's ready. DS learned a few months ago - he's 22 months without any prompting from us (but he probably saw older kids doing it)

MmeLindor. Mon 29-Aug-11 08:06:18

Do you have to teach him?

I don't think I taught my DC to do stuff like that, they just learned.

WhiffOfBath Mon 29-Aug-11 08:09:30

You can't teach jumping. There's some developmental shift that enables them to jump. They're physically incapable of it until then. It happens when they're getting on for two, generally speaking - though, as with everything else, some are much earlier, some much later.

Spagbolagain Mon 29-Aug-11 08:09:43

My 22 mo old can't jump yet. But he loves it when you bounce him on stuff, the bed, gym ball, trampoline etc. I would've thought it's something they just work out one day? smile

mousymouse Mon 29-Aug-11 08:13:21

he's too you to jump.
my 20m dd tries (imitating big brother) but doesn't quite get off the ground yet.
don't worry, he will get there and you will wish he was immobile again (at least for a little time each day grin)

bebemoo Mon 29-Aug-11 08:26:59

With my dd it took her awhile to learn this and she started wanting to jump at abt 12m.
Basically we continued to 'practice' by me bouncing her on the trampoline (at first I held her hands then later I let her stand and bounce by herself while I pushed on the trampoline for her)
We also 'jumped' off of steps or curbs... I would count 1,2,3 then she'd take a step off, but I lifted her ever-so-slightly by her hands when she did it. We graduated to one handed 'jumping' with her bobbing before the step off and then it all came together.
However It was not until abt 24m that she really got both feet off the ground by herself to jump in puddles wink It does take a lot of muscles and co-ordination to jump so it takes a while to learn. I'd say continue practising and praising and having fun. When your lo gets frustrated distract with some other game or play (I had to do this often with mine -with varying degrees of success)

electra Mon 29-Aug-11 08:30:37

You can't teach them - they just do it when they're ready.

duchesse Mon 29-Aug-11 08:39:43

You can't teach them to do something like jumping- they teach themselves eventually. As others have said, they usually do towards the end of the second year.

Robotindisguise Mon 29-Aug-11 08:46:44

DD is 2 and half of our NCT cohort children can jump on our trampoline, half can't. You have a while to go - he'll get there eventually

TheSkiingGardener Mon 29-Aug-11 11:53:21

Thanks for all the responses. Thinking about it, I think the key thing is he doesn't see anyone else jumping, so has no idea it exists as an option. He can run, climb, and loves being walked on his hands and doing forward rolls so he should physically be there or there abouts.

I'm going to have to do a lot of jumping aren't I! Hopefully he can pick it up from that with a bit of support. He will be as happy as a toddler can be when he can jump on his trampoline. grin

WhiffOfBath Mon 29-Aug-11 19:52:56

I'm afraid enjoying being walked on his hands isn't the same as having the neural connections that will enable him to jump! But it will be fun for both of you to try anyway.

By the time you have had four children, you will be hoping they stay immobile as long as possible. grin

TheSkiingGardener Mon 29-Aug-11 20:00:03

Trust me, he is far from immobile.

Anyway, I jumped about in front of him today and he is now trying, and giggling and thinking it's fun. I do think this is something he is ready to have a go at. The co-ordination, clambering, climbing and running skills are there. As I have said, he loves the trampoline, I'm just trying to help him make some connections.

biscuitmad Mon 29-Aug-11 20:33:52

Go to a soft play area with a bouncy castle. I have a childrens cafe with a bouncy castle in. We went one day and an older boy came up took my boy by the hand and they went on the bouncy castle together. He taught my boy to jump. I could never get him to do it myself, they learn from older ones much faster.

Daisy1986 Mon 29-Aug-11 21:53:16

How about the little toddler trampolines with handles? I think ELC do one for very little children. MY LO is only just getting both feet off the floor at 23 months most my friends children have learnt at similar age or later.

TheSkiingGardener Mon 29-Aug-11 22:36:47

That's the one he's got Daisy. But he plays on I by sitting on it and getting me to bounce my foot on it so he jiggles up and down! If he stands and holds the handles he just isn't sure what to do.

Tempted to ask DH to spend tomorrow morning before breakfast jumping everywhere.

rubyrubyruby Mon 29-Aug-11 22:39:04

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

MrsPlesWearsAFez Mon 29-Aug-11 22:42:10

grin ruby

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