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Can anyone tell me about Jumperoo's?

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GreenElephants Mon 28-Jan-13 18:37:40

I'm thinking of getting DS a Jumperoo...he is nearly 16 weeks. I have had mixed information about using them from when they can hold their head straight (which he can) to using them when they can sit up (which obviously he can't do)...can anyone advise? Does anyone have any recommendations of certain ones?

thereonthestair Mon 28-Jan-13 18:43:58

I know lots of people swear by them but there is quite a lot if advice that they are bad for gross motor skills. I believe that is because they encourage tip toes, and split the legs. I am however sure for short periods of a few minutes they are fine. How strong is his middle. Is it just his head he can hold up? Can he stretch reach etc with his hands, roll etc.

peeriebear Mon 28-Jan-13 18:44:44

Are they just a variant of the old fashioned doorway bouncer?

GreenElephants Mon 28-Jan-13 18:46:50

Ahh thanks thereonthestair, I didn't know that. He can roll from back to front, his middle is quite strong but not sure if strong enough to support him in one yet.

Pascha Mon 28-Jan-13 18:53:11

Provided you don't leave your baby in one for hours at a time Jumperoo's are bloody brilliant for entertaining them while you do stuff round the house. About 20 minutes was the longest I ever put DS1 in it but he had an absolute whale of a time bouncing around batting the toys and setting the music off. We put him in it from about 4 months to 9 months when he was cruising instead. He had head and body control but couldn't sit unsupported to start with.

ThinkAboutItOnBoxingDay Mon 28-Jan-13 18:56:40

It was great for about a month but then she got bored. It's an expensive entertainment for 4 weeks.

GreenElephants Mon 28-Jan-13 19:00:32

That was my other concern...the price!

JellyMould Mon 28-Jan-13 19:05:00

I've got one from eBay. I love it!

McNo Mon 28-Jan-13 19:07:34

My DD loved hers. She used until she was a year old. Best buy we made grin

PoppyWearer Mon 28-Jan-13 19:08:23

Excellent. We used ours for two DCs then sold it for £40 on local Facebook group.

tuttavia Mon 28-Jan-13 19:08:47

Mine loved it for about three weeks. He did REALLY love it for those three weeks, but only for about 20 minutes at a time, and it's big and ugly and gets in the way, and I wouldn't do it again.

BikeRunSki Mon 28-Jan-13 19:10:13

We were lucky enough to borrow one. DD enjoyed it occassionally from about 5-9 months. They are absolutely huge though!

Jayne266 Mon 28-Jan-13 19:10:43

My son loves his I tried him at 5 months and just looked at the colours he's now 6.5 months and he loves it he bounces and I have attached extra toys an teethers on it. I just can't put him in straight after a bottle he gets sick. But I may have not got one if I had to pay full price my friend offered me hers 2nd hand.

NotInMyDay Mon 28-Jan-13 19:11:53

I think they are great when used for short periods of time i.e. to let you get the dinner on or have a quick shower or iron a skirt etc.

I second not using them for long periods of time but I think they can help preserve sanity.

gillian88 Mon 28-Jan-13 19:19:00

Love our jumperoo!! Has definately been the 'best buy' in our household. They are expensive but we used it for our first and our second is now in it and they really do last so if there's ever a 3 or 4 they will be in it too!! They are quite expensive but I'm sure you could pick one up second hand for 30/40- I regularly see then on gumtree!

gillian88 Mon 28-Jan-13 19:20:08

Forgot to say- its the fisherprice one i have! Oh- and make sure you have the space because they r huge!!

BouncyPenguin Mon 28-Jan-13 19:27:03

Got a Blossom Hill Activity Centre off ebay for a tenner. Saw it is mothercare for £70! Similar to jumperoo but not as big/bulky etc.Brilliant for keeping DS2 busy and safe whilst doing other stuff. Also know I can leave him in it without DS2 stepping on his head (as when under play gym). He loves it. Started using it at 4 months when he had full head control. NotInMyDay right - sanity preserver. Worth getting but try second hand not worth £90.

GreenElephants Mon 28-Jan-13 20:47:51

That's all lots of help...thank you

sillymillyb Mon 28-Jan-13 20:54:44

saved my sanity - got one half price second hand and it was worth its weight in gold!

FirstTimeForEverything Mon 28-Jan-13 21:01:12

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MakeItUpAsYouGoAlong Mon 28-Jan-13 21:03:33

Mine is fantastic. I put cushions underneath it for DD.
I got the Kiddicare version of it. She loves it smile

sharond101 Mon 28-Jan-13 22:27:01

My DS loves his rainforest fisher price jumperoo. He got his at 4months and put a box under it for his feet to jump on. He is now 8mo and it still is getting lots of use and he has so much fun in it. Try Gumtree.

CoolaSchmoola Tue 29-Jan-13 00:14:32

Ours was the single best thing we EVER bought. DD adored it, and would scream in a rage when we took her out.

It saved my sanity on more than one occasion.

CoolaSchmoola Tue 29-Jan-13 00:15:15

As long as you make sure they can touch the floor/sturdy flat item with flat feet then tiptoes shouldn't be an issue. Certainly wasn't for DD.

LonelyLinda Tue 29-Jan-13 12:54:32

My DS adored it, there are three different height levels so you can adjust it, I was mindful that my son needed to be able to have flat feet when using it so that he didn't learn to stand on tiptoes.

It was amazing, if I was just boiling the kettle or making the tea it was really helpful to put him in for a short while and he did love every minute.

Also, my son had quite severe consipation when a baby and the bouncing effect did seem to help sometime, and thankfully all of the fabric parts can come apart and are machine washable.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.

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