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Jumperoo vs Exersaucer: How to make the choice

Updated on August 25, 2011

A Jumperoo or Exersaucer makes a great addition to your toy collection, allowing your baby to play in a new upright position, before they are able to stand or walk. But as both toys take up a good share of floor space, most homes do not have room for both.

With little between the toys in terms of price, parents must look to the different features to decide which to buy.

Rainforest Jumperoo
Rainforest Jumperoo

The Similarities

There are plenty of similarities between the Fisher Price Jumperoo and the Evenflo Exersaucer.

Both are suitable for a baby once they can hold their head up, and consist of a padded seat that supports the baby's weight. The baby is then free to sit and play, or they can stretch their legs out and begin to put weight on them. In this way, both toys let your baby develop their leg muscles, without you spending hours bouncing them in your lap.

Both the Jumperoo and the Exersaucer feature a variety of toys that can be accessed by rotating through the 360 degree swivel chair.

For many babies, playing in an upright position, and viewing the world from a different angle, makes a very welcome change from lying on their back. Both the Jumperoo or the Exersaucer will provide this welcome change of perspective.

Splash Exersaucer Mega Activity Center
Splash Exersaucer Mega Activity Center

The Differences

Whilst both the Jumperoo and Exersaucer allow the baby to bounce, the Jumperoo is certainly the toy most designed for this energetic play.

The Jumperoo suspends the baby in a similar fashion to a door bouncer, and this feeling of hanging or swinging, really encourages the baby to bounce. This is great if you want to give an energetic baby a work-out, but not so great if you have just given her a 6oz bottle of milk.

The Exersaucer has some room for bouncing, but because the baby will be landing on the plastic base rather than directly onto your floor, the bouncing will cause a thumping noise, which can get irritating after a while. Since the Exersaucer does not bounce as freely as the Jumperoo, babies are less inclined to leap about in it, but can still give a little bounce of joy when they are excited.

Whether you choose a Jumperoo or an Exersaucer really comes down to how you envisage your baby using it.

If you are looking for a quiet place to put your baby for some upright play, and an opportunity to strengthen their legs, then an Exersaucer would be the best choice.

On the other hand, if your baby loves to bounce then they will love the Jumperoo. Less troublesome than putting up and taking down a doorway bouncer every day, and quieter than an Exersaucer when baby is doing their thing.

Fisher Price Space Saver Jumperoo

For a more compact alternative, take a look at the Fisher Price SpaceSaver Bounce n Spin Froggy.

Baby's weight is supported by a central post, eliminating the need for a wide base, or outstretched supporting arms.

Baby can play upright, bounce and spin.

Then when play time is over, this is much easier to tuck out of sight than a standard Jumperoo or Exersaucer.

Baby Einstein Activity Centers

If you've decided on an activity center, check out this Baby Einstein Exersaucers Guide for information on their range made by Graco.


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    • profile image 6 years ago

      I agree , jumperoo is and absolute must buy .

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      bayoulady 7 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      Okay ......Don't have a need for baby stuff, but you never know.....Great choices!