Little babies can have a short attention span, so it’s good to have different toys can keep them occupied. One such useful toy is a Fisher-Price Jumperoo.
How It’s Useful
We have the Fisher-Price Precious Planet Jumperoo. One thing I liked about it was that the toys on it were geared toward a younger baby which allowed Nick to get enjoyment out of it earlier.
Jumperoos are great because lots of babies love to jump and bounce around. The Jumperoo allows them to do these things without having to to hang a jumping seat from a door frame. Ours also could be set to reward the baby for jumping by playing sounds and lighting up when the baby jumps. Ours also gave us the option of playing continuous music instead (we used both settings).
Using The Jumperoo
Jumperoos are geared towards young infants. Nick started using his around four months, but I know others have started using them earlier than that. You really can start using it any time as long as your baby is able to hold his head and torso up well (the seat does give the baby some support with holding up his torso though). If your little one is short like mine then his feet might not be able to reach the floor. If this is the case you can help by putting something under his feet. I put an older, and somewhat flat pillow. I tried other items as well, but I found the pillow worked best because if the item wasn’t wide enough then Nick would end up jumping off of it.
Jumperoos are not cheap baby toys (ours was in the $80 range). Yet even though you spend a lot of money on it your child will most likely only use it for a few months. Once kids start moving they don’t want to be contained within toys. Since they aren’t used for long you can often don’t have a lot of wear and tear so you can often find nice ones at sales such as a mom to mom sale.
Another con is that not all babies will enjoy it as much as others. Using a Jumperoo can be exhausting for a little baby that isn’t used to such exercise. Nick liked his Jumperoo, but I wouldn’t say that it was his favorite toy. I think twenty minutes was about the longest that he could handle it. Sometimes he would get bored, but often he would just end up exhausted from all the jumping. My friend’s little one would wear himself out so much from jumping that he would fall asleep practically in mid jump!
A Jumperoo is also quite big. You need an empty space in your house for it. You can’t fold a Jumperoo up and hide it away. Ours takes up an entire corner of our dining room. Personally I just consider big toys around my house part of having a kid, but I honestly don’t know where we would have put it if we still lived in our townhouse.
In the end I’m glad we had a Jumperoo. By four months Nick was showing signs of getting a flat head, so we needed lots of different toys that would allow him to play without lying on his back. He did enjoy it for a time, but for the most part he outgrew it months ago. It is still in our dining room, and Nick has used it a little lately, but overall he doesn’t get much enjoyment out of it anymore. Once we got the Exersaucer out he stopped playing much in the Jumperoo. We’re actually planning to take it down any day now. It’s sad to see another one of his baby toys go away, but he’s getting a new exciting toy for his birthday that needs a big space to be in. As much as I’d like it I can’t keep my baby a baby forever.
Did your little one enjoy their Jumperoo?