Product Type: Lindam baby products
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Bounce, Bounce, Ouch!
Lindam Door Bouncer
Member Name: Lools_24
Lindam Door Bouncer
Advantages: Entertaining, compact and easy to store, helps tire out a baby
Disadvantages: Short babies can't reach the floor; baby can hit off door frame
Once my twin boys got to around 5 months old they became very demanding and wanted entertained constantly. Although they were happy to sit in their bouncing seats and play with toys they wanted to be upright and like to feel they were standing. When on my own with two babies it was simply not possible to hold two babies in this way nor way it practical as carrying my boys around was starting to hurt my back. So when a friend suggested a door bouncer toy I decided to buy the Lindam Bounce About Door Bouncer.
***Lindam Bounce About Door Bouncer***
The Lindam Bounce About Door Bouncer is described as "as much fun for parents to watch as it is for children to use". The door bouncer attaches to an internal door frame by a large clamp. A large spring is attached to the clamp which then has what looks like a large yellow plastic clothes hanger attached to this top section. Attached to the plastic hanger are two cords straps which are attached to a washable fabric "saddle" where your baby fits into. This is padded and adjustable for babies of a different size and the straps which are attached to the hanger aare also height adjustable depending on the height of your baby.
Lindam claim the product has been tested to "1 million bounces". The bouncer is suitable for a baby to use once they can fully support its head unaided and for a maximum weight of 12kgs (26lbs).
The Lindam Bounce About Door Bouncer is widely available and is sold by retailers including Argos, Mothercare, Babies R Us, Tesco Direct and Asda. The RRP for the bouncer is £19.99. The price varies between retailers however we purchased this toy for £14.99 from Asda during their Baby Event. I felt for £15 this was extremely reasonable, especially as static bouncing activity station toys were priced around £70+ .
As new parents when we purchased the Lindam Bounce About Door Bouncer it did seem quite a frightening concept that we essentially would be hanging our children up via a contraption connected to our doorframe so Mr Lools and I studied the instructions that came with the bouncer very carefully to ensure we fitted the product correctly. The instructions that came with the bouncer are clear and easy to follow although when we took the bouncer out of the packaging for the first time it did look quite a strange "toy".
What holds the bouncer to the door frame is the large metal clamp which looks very much like a large metal claw (think of the machines you put coins into to win teddy bears). This sprung clamp opens up when pulled and the arms fit on either side of your door frame gripping the wall, and the doorframe on either side of the wall holds the clamp in place. It is surprisingly easy to fit and can be done in a matter of minutes however I found at 5ft 5 in height I required a chair to stand on to reach our door frame. The clamp arms are quite heavily sprung so it does take some force to prise them apart to fit over the door frame but I did feel confident that the clamp was secure. Lindam do state that the bouncer should only be fitted "in internal door ways only the door frame must have a permanent secure architrave at least 1.5 (0.5 inches) wide. Wall must be at least 10cm (4 inches) thick and no more than 17cm (6.75 inches)"
Once clamped onto the doorframe the bouncer is almost ready to use. On the first use you will need to adjust the straps on either side of the hanger section so that the bouncer is the correct height for your baby to reach the floor once inside of the saddle. This is very easy to do and adjust and it's a simple case of sliding the straps in the same way you would to adjust a handle on a bag. To remove the door bouncer you simply pull the clamp arms apart wider than your door frame and it comes off. The bouncer will not come off on its own and you do need to use quite a lot of force to open the clamp arms wide enough to remove. You do need to take care to ensure you open the arms of the clamp wide enough otherwise the metal arms will dent wooden doorframes and I managed to chip and put marks in our doorframe on the occasions I did not open the clamp enough.
Once you have adjusted the bouncer to the correct height you are ready to put your baby inside the saddle. On the first attempt I did find this quite awkward as you need to slide you baby through the leg holes so they are held inside of the saddle. This is quite difficult as your baby wriggles and the bouncer swings away from you although with a bit of practice it does become easier. Once inside the baby is held in because their legs are inside of the saddle so they are held like they are in a padded harness. You then secure your baby further by using the Velcro straps on the side of the saddle harness which then holds them in at the sides securely and you can adjust the correct size. Your baby is then ready to bounce.
We started using the bouncer at 5 months old for both of my boys. At this age both my boys could hold their head supported and liked to be in an upright position so I felt they were ready to use this style bouncer. It will be based upon individual babies when they are ready to use this type of toy; some it may be from 4 months old others it could be from 6 months old. At this age although my boys found the toy fun, we did limit use to 15 minutes at a time which seemed to be the general advice given by my health visitor as babies muscles and limbs are not strong enough to be using for long periods of time.
At 5 months old my boys were small babies both weight and height wise but my first surprise was that they could not reach the floor in the bouncer even on the lowest setting. I was slightly disappointed with this however we found putting two changing mats underneath their feet worked until they had grown a few centimetres so they were able to touch the floor properly. By around 6 and a half months old they were able to reach the floor themselves however I was very disappointed that the bouncer did not cater for smaller babies considering it was an adjustable product.
Entertainment wise, both my boys really liked the door bouncer. They liked all bouncer type toys and baby walkers which I put down to them being very active children, even now as toddlers they have a preference for toys they can run with or bounce on. I think it is dependent on the individual baby as I have heard some babies hate door bouncers where other love them. At 5 months old when my boys first started using the bouncer they both would only bounce lightly and a lot of the time I found I would help them and encourage them to bounce. After a few weeks of use they had fully grasped the concept of bouncing and would spend their time trying to bounce as hard as they could which created a lot of giggles. When baby bounces the door bouncer at the top where the main clamp and spring is does make some noise, and was a lot louder than I expected it to be.
This was fun to watch however by 6 months old I started to feel extremely nervous as even though we had used on a wide door (we lived in a house with wider than average doors and had to buy specialist doors) my boys were getting very close to the door frame. I never left my boys unattended when in the bouncer but when you have two babies I often found myself having to take my eyes off the baby in the bouncer for a few seconds. After seeing how close my sons could bounce to the door frame I did not feel comfortable leaving them in the bouncer whilst I was doing nappy changes etc. We also owned a static bouncing activity station (a Fisher Price Jumperoo) and I felt a lot happier and confident that my child was safe inside of this and could turn my back or feed the other child whilst they were inside of this, whereas with the Lindam Bounce About Door Bouncer I just felt nervous the entire time my sons were inside of the bouncer. At almost 7 months old one of my sons did managed to hit the door frame (luckily the bump to the head was more of a shock than an injury) and after this time play time in the bouncer was very limited. The more fun a baby is having in the Lindam Bounce About Door Bouncer and the higher they jump it can cause the bouncer to spin around so you need to be at arm's reach to ensure they stay away from the door frame as they bounce about so manically!
We stopped using the toy at around 8 months old. Lindam suggest the bouncer is so longer suitable once children can walk and cruise along furniture unaided but from the experience I had and when I spoke to other parents, babies usually let you know when they are bored of this toy. At 8 months old both my boys had completely lost interest in the bouncer and because they were able to crawl and had become mobile, the concept of being static and in one place frustrated them. One of my boys would cry if even placed near the bouncer and my other son would go in the bouncer for a minute or so then scream to be out and he preferred to be let loose on the floor to make his own way around and find his own entertainment. My boys were nowhere near the maximum weight range at this age and I feel most babies are likely to lose interest or developmentally not be suitable for the bouncer before they reach the maximum weight range and "outgrow" the door bouncer.
Durability wise our door bouncer is in very good condition. The yellow fabric saddle is light and looks like it could become stained however because it can be put in a washing machine it is very easy to keep clean. One of my boys was sick whilst in the bouncer however after popping in the washing machine, all marks and smells of this incident could not be traced! The saddle can easily be wiped if you get small marks on the fabric however I found my boys only tended to really drool when they were in the bouncer as they were never given food or drinks when inside of it.
This was not the worst baby equipment purchase we made and we did get some use out of the Lindam Bounce About Door Bouncer however it did not live up to my expectations and I probably would not recommend it as an "essential" baby item or toy.
What I liked about the Lindam Bounce About Door Bouncer was that it not only was reasonable at £15 it also was very easy to store as it is not bulky like many baby toys. When not in use it easily can fit in a cupboard or drawer and then it clips on and off a door frame without any permanent fixings. The Lindam Bounce About Door Bouncer is fun for a baby and my boys both got a lot of enjoyment bouncing up and down which tired them out and meant I got 5 minutes peace when they fell asleep.
Personally, despite being bulky, the static baby bouncer toys like the Fisher Price Jumperoo or the Baby Einstein Activity station are in my experience are more fun for babies that like to bounce and as a parent make you feel less nervous and do not require constant supervision in the same way a door bouncer does. Although I never left my boys in their static bouncer unattended I felt I could turn my back for 30 seconds and knew they were safe, whereas with the door bouncer I felt very uneasy and could not really take my eyes off them.
A bouncing baby toy that may leave parents a nervous wreck!
Summary: A reasonable priced door bouncer from Lindam
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