If you have a rather energetic baby, not satisfied by normal entertainment in the swing or play yard, you can try a jumper which is more challenging and exciting. A jumper works not for long, as it requires babies have enough power to keep their necks and backs upright but not old enough to wrestle out of a jumper. Therefore it is usually not recommended as a must-have. However, the jumper can add fun to exercise. Babies can wave their hands and kick their feet to push off the ground. Babies exhausted by exercise during the daytime can have more sound sleep at night.
- Jolly Jumper Exerciser with Door Clamp
- Jolly Jumper – The Original Baby Exerciser with Super Stand
- Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo
- Evenflo Exersaucer Doorway Jumper
- Baby Einstein Neighborhood Symphony Activity Jumper
- Graco Doorway Bumper Jumper
- Summer Pop ‘n Jump Portable Activity Center
- Skip Hop Baby Activity Center
Jumpers Come in 3 Versions:
Doorway jumper: It is a baby seat hung on the door frame. Babies, harnessed and fastened in the seat, jump up and down in the doorway.
Stationary jumper: It is similar to a doorway jumper, but not exactly the same. The baby seat is hung on its own frame. Your baby can use the jumper wherever you place the jumper.
Activity center: The activity center is a multifunction entertainment facility that features not only bouncing but shaking rattles, buttons to push and other mind-distracted gadgets.
Here are Our Top Picks.
Jolly Jumper Exerciser with Door Clamp
This is a doorway jumper. It is made of high-quality materials and can be attached to any door frame in your house without damaging the door or frame. The seat is comfortable and machine-washable. If you would like to take your baby to jump and bounce outdoors， you can purchase one with a stand. It’s also a good idea to do some outdoor exercises together when the weather is lovely.
Jolly Jumper – The Original Baby Exerciser with Super Stand
This jumper is a stationary jumper. It can be used both indoors and outdoors. The stand eliminates the doorway but offers a sturdy frame and safety strap to keep your baby secure while jumping. However， no matter how safe it is, your baby can only play it under your supervision.
Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo
This is an activity center that can be used by babies who can hold their heads up unassisted and who is not able to climb out and walk. The jumper has a rotating seat and many small toys attached to keep your baby entertained. Every time your baby bounces it gives rewards like exciting lights, music, or sound. It has a foldable base for easy storage and a machine-washable seat pad for easy cleaning.
Evenflo Exersaucer Doorway Jumper
This jumper is a doorway jumper. It has a one-hand locking mechanism and easily attaches to any doorframe without damaging it. The seat is comfortable with an adjustable harness system. It’s lightweight and portable. If your baby has obsessions with jumping, you can pick this and take it anywhere you go.
Baby Einstein Neighborhood Symphony Activity Jumper
This is a music-themed activity center. It has a 360-degree rotation so your baby can explore all the activities around him. The music set includes piano, bongo drum, guitar, and tambourine toys. Among them, the banjo drum is removable and the baby can play it on the floor. It also features 4 height adjustments to grow with the baby. Of course, the seat pad is machine washable.
Graco Doorway Bumper Jumper
This is a doorway jumper that can be used by babies who can hold their heads up unassisted and who weigh at least six pounds. It has an easy-to-use clamp that attaches securely to any door frame without damaging the door or frame. Its height is easily adjusted so it can grow as fast as your baby does. It also comes with a play tray where you can keep toys on it. The seat is comfortable with a high back and machine-washable seat pad for easy cleaning.
Summer Pop ‘n Jump Portable Activity Center
This is a portable activity center for both indoor and outdoor use. It can be folded for easy storage and has a rather stable structure while in use. It has 3 adjustable heights to grow with the baby. There are many small toys for the baby to explore, including a spinner ball, rattle, teether, and mirror book. It is a perfect fit for hiking outdoor as it comes with a canopy and a carry bag.
Skip Hop Baby Activity Center
This is an activity center that can be used by babies who can hold their heads up unassisted. It has a 360-degree rotation seat so your baby can explore all the activities around him. The toys attached to the playing tray are removable. It has a platform with an adjustable height, and when your child outgrows the activity center it can transform into a play table.
Are there any Risks? How to Avoid?
Yes. There are risks when using a jumper. The first concern centers around the doorway jumper as there are obstacles and potential risks around the bouncer. An active baby may hurt his head or body against the door frame. The second is that it may delay the development of motor skills as babies heavily occupied by jumpers may form wrong balancing habits. The last one is about the product structure. Jumpers which is not physically sturdy enough can cause a serious fall hazard.
Here are suggestions to avoid the above risks while you can still have fun with your babies. First, lay close eyes on babies when they are playing jumpers. Of course, they should never be left alone playing. Second, limit time spent in a jumper to 15-20 mins. The third is to get a qualified product. If you get a jumper handed down, please check CPSC.gov to see if it is on the recall list or not before you start to use it. Activity centers may confuse you with baby walkers with wheels. We have mentioned before baby walker is unsafe. Read the product introduction before you make purchasing decision.
In the end, it is important to remember that every baby is different and what works for one may not work for another. So, if you feel like your baby is not enjoying the jumper or not developing properly while using it, stop using it and consult with your pediatrician.
We hope this article has helped you in deciding which jumper is best for your baby. Remember to always use caution and supervise your child when they are using a jumper. Have fun!