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5 Safest Standalone vs Doorway Baby Bouncer Activity Jumpers 2015

Updated on May 5, 2015
Fisher-Price Luv U Zoo Jumperoo
Fisher-Price Luv U Zoo Jumperoo

Babies have short attention spans and therefore often require changes in activity to keep them entertained, occupied, and learning.

I always enjoyed having a few different stations in my house to put my baby into when she would get bored with one or the other.

A baby jumper is a great way to give your baby some movement, entertainment, and education all at the same time.

Stationary baby jumpers are more of activity centers than they are actual jumpers.

You might confuse them with the kind that hang in a doorway and allow your baby to get more physical motion.

However, stationary jumpers often come with a range of activities to keep your baby occupied.

These are made with support posts that include springs to give your baby a bit of motion, though not a lot. The seat is suspended with these comfort springs.

Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Jumper
Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Jumper

Which Kind of Jumper is Best for You Standalone vs. Doorway?

It is true that doorway jumpers give your baby a lot more bounce and can be more physically engaging.

However, standalone jumpers have been proven to be safer.

With a standalone jumper you do not need to worry about your baby swinging or bouncing into a door frame.

Also, not having your baby in the middle of the doorway will make it easier for people to get into and out of the room.

Stationary jumpers also come with toys whereas doorway jumpers do not.

Stationary jumpers are more costly than doorway jumpers, however it has always been worth it to me.

Evenflo Exersaucer Triple Fun Active Learning Center
Evenflo Exersaucer Triple Fun Active Learning Center

Finding the Right Features for Baby Bouncers

I highly recommend finding a stationary jumper that has different height adjustments so your baby can continue to enjoy it as she grows.

I don't think I've ever found one that doesn't come with a washable or a removable seat cover.

Even though cloth covers have to be put in the washing machine, I tend to prefer those because they are softer against baby’s skin than those made of vinyl or plastic.

Make sure you find a jumper to that has spring covers. These will protect your baby's little fingers from getting pinched.

Many of them fold down for easier storage and portability. If you have a small space or travel a lot, this is a feature that is essential for you.

Stationary jumpers that offer more toys with lights and sounds will cost you more than those that don't.

However, it is nice to have an excess of toys so you can remove some and then replace them with others when your child gets bored.

Make sure to check the weight restrictions so you know if it is safe for your child. Most of them have limits of around 25 pounds.

Make sure to inspect each toy that comes on your baby jumper.

Though most manufacturers make these devices to be safe, there can often be small design flaws that could harm your baby.

For instance, on one activity center we had for our baby, there was one toy that would bend back and forth.

However, if she was bending it with one hand and had her other wrapped around the stem of that toy, it would pinch her skin.

Would you recommend getting a activity bouncer?

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Fisher-Price Discover 'n Grow Jumperoo
Fisher-Price Discover 'n Grow Jumperoo

Weighing the Advantages & Disadvantages of Activity Jumpers

Toys like this help your baby develop their motor skills while they identify sounds, as well as stimulating their brains.

When a child is born the nerve cells in their brain are not very well connected.

Over the first year of life the brain gets input from all five of their senses.

This stimulation causes their nerve cells to multiply and form many different connections with other nerve cells.

Visual stimulation is probably the most crucial, although when you add touch stimulation as well as audio, you are helping your baby's brain develop.

Baby jumpers also help develop leg movement. It gives them an opportunity to mimic others that they see in an upright position.

This kind of toy allows you to get some things done. I always enjoyed putting my baby in her jumper while why did the dishes and cleaned the kitchen.

They are often fairly lightweight and very portable so you can take them from room to room.

Stationary jumpers are also considered to be safer than walkers because there are no wheels that allow your child to move from room to room on their own and possibly unsupervised.

Keep in mind that it is best to have your baby in this type of equipment for only about 30 minutes max. Too long can put stress on their joints and bones that is not healthy.

Disadvantages

Since your baby is in an upright position, if you have them too close to other surfaces, they could reach items that you do not want them to get into.

If you put your baby in it when they are too young there will be too much stress put on their neck muscles.

5 stars for Fisher-Price Luv U Zoo Jumperoo

Buying the Right Baby Jumper for You

This Fisher-Price Luv U Zoo Jumperoo is full of bright colors, music, and sounds.

I like being able to turn off all of the sounds and lights when needed.

This device can also be removed from the base so it is easier for transportation.

It is also really lightweight at only 15 pounds.

You might like this Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Jumper that gives your baby 12 different activities to keep him occupied.

I like that the seat rotates 360°which seems to be my baby’s favorite - turning around and around in a circle.

There are six classical music melodies with three different modes of play and parents have access to the volume control.

It comes with non-skid feet and a fold down design which can easily fit under a bed.

This Evenflo Exersaucer Triple Fun Active Learning Center is less of a jumper and more of an activity center.

There are 11 different toys that are accompanied with pleasant music to help your baby develop.

There are also three different positions so you get the best fit for your baby as she grows.

You might also like this Fisher-Price Discover ‘n Grow Jumperoo that features a 360° rotating seat and tends to get a bit more bounce than some of the others I've tried.

It also comes with various toys, lights, sounds, and music.

The Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Jumperoo It comes with a farm theme with a shape sorting garden, a flip book, rattling toys, and a horse that plays peekaboo.

It also has an adjustable seat and folds down for easier storage.

Where do you use your jumper?

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