Product Type: Lindam baby products
Newest Review: ... when I started using it she would tend to fall forward init making her feet lift up ito the air like a flying action, which I didnt like be... more
Bounce Baby Bounce
Lindam Baby Bouncer
Member Name: sandemp
Lindam Baby Bouncer
Advantages: Durable, fun, Saves your knees from bounce bruises
Disadvantages: Awkward to get baby in and out
The door bouncer in question is the Lindam Bounce About Plus Door Bouncer, that I purchased six months ago from Amazon for a very reasonable £19.99 (including delivery), although the price has now risen to £23.95. The question is, was that purchase eventually worthwhile and would I recommend this to the parent of a budding trampolinist?
==Let's Get Ready To Bounce==
Although there are fancier door bouncers available including a Tigger one, I really didn't see the point in paying extra for a bouncer just because it has orange and black stripes and a tail. This bouncer is very basic in colour, being blue and yellow, and is equally suitable for a boy or a girl. On removing the bouncer from the box, I was faced with several pieces that needed to be assembled before Freddy could even try bouncing.
The first thing that needed to be done was to slide the hanger over the covered spring. I must say, that I do like that the spring is completely enclosed, meaning that there's no danger of Freddy's (or anyone else's) fingers getting caught. It was fairly easy to slide the hanger into position, but I did need to make sure that it was lined up exactly and it's also easy for the hanger to be pulled out of position. The next stage was somewhat more difficult and involved threading the strap by which the bouncer hangs onto the door clamp. The supplied instructions need to followed exactly at this point and it's rather fiddly to say the least. But once it's threaded through the clamp, the strap can be adjusted (fiddly again) so that when your child is in the harness their feet touch the floor.
The sprung clamp arms are under quite a lot of tension and I must admit I do struggle to open them enough to place them over the door lintel. But once they are in place the whole bouncer feels very secure and the clamp arms have shown no signs of movement. It's important to note that this bouncer has been designed to be used in interior doorways with a lintel where the wall is between 10cm and 17cm thick. So it's worth checking that doorway you want to use this in is suitable before purchasing it.
If I thought getting the bouncer into place was a kerfuffle, nothing had prepared me for how difficult the next stage was going to be. Getting Freddy into the harness is a job and a half, even now when he's actually more than willing to have it put on him. The harness does fit securely round Freddy, and is adjustable with both Velcro straps and plastic clip to hold Freddy firmly in place. The harness has fitted Freddy really well from when he was a rather petite four month old right up to the chunky 10kg (22lb) ten month old he is now. Once Freddy is in the harness I then have to hold him while I fit the harness straps into grooves on the hanger. While I can do all this on my own, I do find it quite difficult and it's far easy to both put him in and take him out of the bouncer if I have an extra pair of hands available. Removing Freddy from the bouncer after playing is also a little awkward, and involves lifting him while either releasing the straps or undoing the harness, while making sure that I don't hit his head on the hanger.
==It's Time To Bounce==
As this bouncer is promoted as being suitable for babies once they can support their head unaided, I first tried Freddy in this when he was four months old. To be honest, he really didn't look very comfortable, tended to fall forward and would cry to get out after a couple of minutes. Considering that it was taking me between five and ten minutes to get him into the bouncer and how quickly Freddy was getting distressed, we decided that this was probably one of those purchases we were going to regret and so put it away and forgot about it.
But in the last month this bouncer has really come into it's own. Yes it is still quite awkward to get Freddy into it, but Freddy now absolutely adores bouncing in it and gets really excited when he sees me setting it up. I wouldn't say there was an awful lot of bounce in this though, it does seem to be mostly Freddy doing the bouncing as he jumps up and down with a big grin on his face. Freddy also uses this to practice standing, which is rather comical to watch as he literally stands in the doorway, not actually realising that he's standing on his own two feet. Freddy also thinks spinning himself round and playing peek-a-boo is really funny, especially when he lifts his feet off the floor so he spins quite fast. This does make my heart miss the odd beat though, as he's come a bit close to hitting the door frame a couple of times.
Although the instructions do state that this shouldn't be used as a swing, Freddy hasn't read that part and he also likes to pull himself backwards, lift his feet and swing backwards and forwards. I do keep a close eye that he doesn't hurt himself, but I don't have the heart to spoil his fun. The instructions also recommend that Freddy should spend no more than 20 minutes in this at a time, and I would say that this is just about right. Twenty minutes of bouncing is just long enough to tire Freddy out, and although he would love to spend longer in it, doing so would make him a very tired, grumpy little boy.
==Bounce And Learn==
As with every activity your baby does, as well as being fun, this bouncer will also help them to learn new skills. Although there isn't an actual recommended minimum age, I personally would say that a baby wouldn't really get the most from this bouncer until they are about six months, even though they would fit in it before that age. As baby using this they will steadily learn how to coordinate to bounce, swing, twist and even stand in the bounce. Freddy's legs have certainly become a lot stronger, and while his bounces were random to begin with, he is now quite precise in his movements. The bouncer is also a nice way of giving Freddy a different perspective on the world around him, making a nice change from laying down. Unfortunately Freddy won't actually be able to use this for much longer, as the instructions do state that it's only suitable for children under 12kg and is unsuitable for independent walkers.
The Lindam Bounce About Plus does seem very durable, the spring is enclosed in hard wearing plastic and the strap is made of tough webbing, so there's no chance of it rotting. Freddy is at the higher end of the weight limit and I've need seen any sign of the stitching being stretched or coming loose. The harness is also machine washable, and has survived being put through a couple of cool washes looking as good as new. So although, it's had a relatively short life-span for Freddy, this is a piece of equipment that can be put away just in case we ever decide to have another baby.
If you'd have asked me a few months ago, I don't think I would have really rated this bouncer. But, that's really just because Freddy was too young when I first tried him in it. In the last month, this bouncer has become indispensable, not only to save my knees from bounce bruises, but also because Freddy absolutely loves spending time in it. Ok, it is a pain getting him into the harness, and then attaching the harness to the hanger, but the look on Freddy's face makes it so worth it. So, I am going to recommend this bouncer for parents of babies from six months until walking and am giving it four stars out of five. (With the one star being lost because of the difficulty in getting baby in and out).
Summary: A fun way for baby to exercise