Product Type: Fisher Price baby products
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A jumping good developing accessory/toy
Fisher Price Rainforest Jumperoo
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Fisher Price Rainforest Jumperoo
Advantages: Motor functions; reliable and secure; break for you
Disadvantages: Costs a lot
Buying 'accessories' for babies can be a financially exhausting task, and you're never entirely sure that you've chosen the right thing for your little one. There are so many different products on the market, and you have to balance a few things when making a decision. Is it good for the child? Will it help me when I need it to? Will they enjoy it? These are just a few questions that are inevitable, let alone the quality of design and the safety of the actual product itself.
One product that has won awards is this Jumperoo. We had spotted it when our youngest was still too small to use it, but kept an eye out and snapped one up from one of the facebook community sales pages, from someone we knew for under half the retail price. It currently costs around £80, which is a lot of money when you're trying to save and spend on the essentials as I'm sure a lot of families are.
I guess the question on most people's lips will be whether it's worth £80 or not. It quite possibly is, but as we bought it for less then we were extremely happy with it, and now our child has outgrown it we've passed it on ourselves.
It's essentially a free standing jumper with a cradle for your baby to sit in and practice using their legs with the elasticated straps giving some spring to their step. Nursery staff will always tell you that they know when a kid has a jumperoo at home because they're trying to jump when they're out of it as well! It's very secure, with the seat quite deep. This seat is removable so you can wash the fabric seat itself and give the hard plastic surround a good clean. Bear in mind that any motion like this can induce the occasional bit of sick to come up - especially if it's a bit too soon after a mealtime!
The seat spins around in its housing, and around the edge are a number of different interactive jungle based animals and toys to practice motor functions. We found that there were certain ones that our little one took to more than others, but all of them were used and they've certainly managed to squeeze a lot into the space without crowding it and confusing the child. There are cloth leaves and animals dangling from the support stands, of which there are three, giving a sort of tripod stand housing a ring on the floor. It's very sturdy, we have tried to knock it over and it would take some going to do so.
The enjoyment factor is a thumbs up without a doubt. He loved going in there and would bounce happily away for a good few minutes before wanting some further interaction, cuddles or anything else that babeis need. We're firm believers in spending quality time with our kids, and so we'd sit on the floor next to this encouraging him to use bits of it and interact with the various 'toys' it has around the edge. It's not a long term solution for keeping your baby in somewhere, as it can put strain on their inner thighs and requires them to constantly use their back muscles. Without a support this could be harming them slightly if you leave them in there for too long; or at least we'd rather they had solid ground under them for most of the time!
It does however get them to use their muscles and develop back strength if used in the right balance. You just need to make sure they have a certain amount of neck strength before using this though - it goes without saying that it's not suitable for newborns. We're talking months, not weeks. They can spin round in it, os it teaches them to do that, and I've already mentioned the motor skills bonus it brings. I'd say this is brilliant for developing children physically and helping them learn how to do basic things with their hands and feet.
It's also good for a breather for you. We have our travle cot set up for him, if we need to be doing things, and he enjoys this now, but he's walking and much more able to support himself than when we got the jumperoo. We felt he was secure and unlikely to have any accident in this, and it kept him busy in his most demanding times. It's vital that you as a parent are able to relax from time to time, and letting the toy do the hard work on occasion is no admission of failure, more an efficient use of what's available to you.
It's easy to assemble and take down for transport purposes, easy to clean, safe and secure. It encourages child development and gives you a break. It's essentially one of the most reliable toys/accessories we've encountered and used, and I'd highly recommend it. Is it worth the £80. That's a tough one, but if you can get it second hand from a reliable previous owner or you see it on offer anywhere, then it's certainly worth getting. Highly recommended.
Summary: Excellent yet expensive baby toy/accessory
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