Product Type: Lindam baby products
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Do the dizzy
Lindam Baby Bouncer
Member Name: broxi3781
Lindam Baby Bouncer
Date: 01/09/10, updated on 01/09/10 (88 review reads)
Advantages: Great fun
Disadvantages: common sense required
Age level - I don't think I can give a specific age level for this product, because each baby develops at a different pace. This product should not be used before baby can comfortably support their own head for a period of time.
I chose this product after careful research. One of the main reasons for my decision was that the straps are held well away from baby's neck. I know all of the modern bouncers are meant to prevent the straps strangling the child but this did look the safest. Some of the old bouncers actually did result in some deaths, something to be wary of if taking a very old one out of storage or home from a boot sale. That said, I did my research and found absolutely no evidence of problems with this particular bouncer.
Next we set this up and my husband put all his weight onto the strap to make sure the clamp would hold his weight. It is very important to check as there have been cases ( not with this brand to my knowledge) of the clamps failing. You also have to be certain the door frame is sturdy enough. The knot where the strap attaches to the clamp should be checked with every use as well, and if the straps become frayed or damaged in any way, this needs to go to the bin. Finally, children are not meant to be left alone in this.
The product itself consists of the basic cloth seat ( which is washable - good thing too as cloth nappies do leak at times)., the nylon straps a plastic "Y" suspended by another nylon strap and the clamp mechanism. I found this clamp too hard to open and only my husband could do it, but that is not a bad thing. At least we know it is sturdy. The clamp does do some damage to the paint above the door frame as well. The bouncer attaches with velcrp and a buckle strap in the back.
I always kept an eye on my sons when using this toy, but it was lovely to watch them bounce away while I sat nearby and enjoyed a quiet meal or a bit of telly.
My health visitor strongly recommended this product as a safe model that would help develop the legs. I do not really think any gadget is necessary to develop leg muscles, children learned to walk well before we had such things! But it is good to let them have fun and get some exercise. i did find that my sons both found an unusual way of using this though that soon required i be right next to it to stop little heads from bashing into door frames. They learned to twist around and around until they had completely coiled up the strap, then throw their heads back and spin very very quickly. My oldest called it "the dizzy" and my youngest must have picked it up from him. I have to admit it does look very fun.
While they are both too old for door bouncers now (ages 2 & 5), we do still have this. My husband has rigged to go on and off the swing set and free from anything to smash up against they can do" the dizzy" still.
There are some risks associated with door bouncers, but with a bit of common sense I think they are perfectly safe, especially models like this.
The children love them, and like most Moms, i just love to see the boys happy :)
Summary: A really fun way for baby to get tired out.
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