The Bouncing Teeter Totter™
Meet The Inventor
Ted Habing of Gym Dandy®
The inventor’s story of the Bouncing Teeter Totter™
In 2002, my 2-year-old daughter and I were in a home improvement store and a playhouse book captured her attention. While flipping through the pictures with her, I noticed a basic teeter totter. Intrigued by the image, I realized that teeter totters had nearly disappeared for safety reasons. This was the beginning of designing an updated teeter totter that was safer for children to use.
After several weeks of prototyping, I had a suspension design, hoop teeter totter with a ball-bearing pivot. It was safer and fun. This was patented and licensed to Impex, which successfully sold thousands.
The teeter totter made me reminisce of two-sided swings, where you face each other, like my grandmother had years ago. I designed and patented similar swings which are now placed under the Sunset Swings® trade name. They are distributed throughout the United States by the Van Dyke family of B&M Distributors at sunsetswings.com.
Teeter totters generally need two children to work. I wanted a single child to be able to enjoy a teeter totter alone, so I tried counterbalancing the teeter totters. My patented, single-sided, Bouncing Teeter Totter™ design has dual springs, adjustable spring settings, adjustable seat height and heavy duty Naugahyde seats that last throughout various child development stages. My daughter and neighbor’s children enjoyed this Bouncing Teeter Totter™ for six years. At age 2, my son started to use it. Sitting in our family room, he still constantly uses it at 6 years old. The Bouncing Teeter Totter™ has been able to adapt to his growth with adjustments for his weight and the height of the seat.
The Bouncing Teeter Totter™ has provided many hours of active play for children since its inception. Parents, grandparents and, in particular, the parents of special needs children have discovered the value of a teeter totter that is well built, doesn’t need two riders and that adjusts as the user grows. It helps children have fun while getting exercise as they develop balance and agility.