Product Type: Lindam baby products
Newest Review: ... once the child can walk this item is a no go (but I am sure the child won't want to be restricted then anyway). The bouncer itself is a... more
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Lindam Door Bouncer
Member Name: redhead78
Lindam Door Bouncer
Advantages: Keeps baby very happy, secure and sturdy, easy to clean, easy to store
Disadvantages: Difficult to get used to putting baby in it by yourself at first
Enter the Lindam door bouncer - or Jump About, as they call it. There's only so long you can hold a baby for and keep him occupied yourself, especially if you're trying to wash up or do some ironing or get dinner started at the same time and I remembered my brother being in one of these when he was little (or remember seeing photos of it anyway) and decided to hunt one down. Lindam is a fairly well known brand in the baby market so they seem to be quite widely available (and you can pick yourself up a bargain on eBay, although I didn't think of that at the time) and I actually got mine through my Next directory for £20. Ordering this way can also incur delivery charges but I always get mine delivered to store for free then get my husband to pick it up on his way home from work as he has to pass it anyway.
The bouncer comes in a box about nine inches wide, seventeen high and four deep and has a picture alomost identical to the one shown above except it's a different baby. The box tells us that Lindam have been making baby products for over 20 years, that the bouncer can be used up to 12kg, has been tested to one million bounces and can be washed at thirty degrees (the fabric part, not the plastic bits, obviously!). It also tells us that it comes complete with a strong and secure door frame clamp and has adjustable shoulder straps and dual safety fastening.
Our bouncer is just like the one in the picture except that the straps on ours seem to be quiet a bit darker blue than the one shown. I think it's quite a gender neutral bouncer but if you have a baby girl and like her to be really girly then it probably wouldn't suit you.
The bouncer clamps easily to internal door frames (it's not supposed to be used on external doors) and the guidelines given on the box say that the walls must be at least 10cm thick but no more than 17cm and that the clamp should only be attached to permanent, secure architrave at last 1.5cm wide on each side. Having said all that I don't think anybody looking after a baby would be foolish enough to attach this to something that wasn't a permanent fitting or secure structure.
The clamp is easy to fit to the door frame and does feel nice and sturdy so reassuringly strong. My 6 foot 5 husband can do it much more easily than I can but I find that I have to stand on a stool to attach it properly. From this then hangs a large spring which in turn it attached to the piece of fabric strip (I'm sure there's a technical word for it but I can't seem to bring it to mind at the moment) that attaches to the coathanger like frame for the bouncer. The strip between the spring and the frame is adjustable so you can change the height of the bouncer. The straps that hang from the frame to the seat are also adjustable. These are both coloured blue, whilst the seat part is a nice yellow colour. There's also another blue strap which fastens behind baby, securing them in the seat better.
I have been putting James in this since he was about 5 months old (I suspect he could probably have gone in it even younger, but that was the age he was when I first bought the bouncer) and - as he was quite late to crawling although he did master quite a funky commando style manouvre instead! - he has used it every time he's come to visit until very recently when he suddenly got much more mobile and went from crawling to walking in about 10 days! But it did last him a good 6 months before he started being unhappy to be confined to it and wanted to be more involved in what was going on.
Whenever he was in it though he absolutely loved it and either giggled happily or screamed with joy every time he was in it from start to finish. It turned out not to be such a great invesment in terms of me being able to get other stuff done while he was in it because invariably I'd end up just sitting watching him enjoying himself! He didn't like being in it for huge lengths of time as he, like most babies, has a short attention span and gets bored easily, but he would happily sit bouncing for ten or fifteen minutes at a time.
In use I was never worried that the bouncer itself wouldn't stand up to his bouncing and kicking around and the clasp always remained strong on the door frame. Some other minor issues I found with it though were that, firstly, I had to make sure that the immediate area around him was clear as he could sometimes build up a bit of a swing and a spin and secondly, as both of the door frames I hung it from were above wooden floors I always threw his blanket down underneath as well for some padding for his little feet. That could just have been me being overly paranoid and totally unnecessary but for peace of mind, especially with somebody elses baby, I think it was worth doing.
Whilst this was in use it stayed out as we have a double open doorway between the living room and dining room so it could just be put to one side of that out of the way. Now he's outgrown it, however, it has gone neatly back in its box and put away in the cupboard for any future nieces or nephews to use when they visit. I washed the seat, as it recommends, in a cool wash before I put it away and it came out fine, although it took some drying as I didn't want to tumble dry it. I also frequently used a damp cloth to wipe down the whole unit when it was in frequent use, so it's very easy to keep clean.
The only slight niggle I had when using this was that it is definitely much easier to get James into it when there's someone else there to hold the bouncer steady. When it was just me it could be quite a fiddle and I often found myself contortioning into some precarious yoga position and trying to hold it steady with my foot whilst balancing on another foot and trying to get James into it that way. Until I realised that if I just sat on a dining chair in front of it it was a much easier task!
All in all I have been very happy with our Lindam Jump About and I think for the price I paid it was an excellent investment. It has had a good 6 months of use and has been safely stored away for further use in future by new babies. It's secure and sturdy and never once caused any concern in regards to its safety and little baby James absolutely LOVED being in it. His sqeals of joy were testiment to that and it was extremely satisfying to watch him bouncing around in it gurgling happily away.
I'm struggling to know how to rate this as it did have a few little niggly things, but they were mostly due to lack of experience on my part with things like this so I can't really blame the bouncer itself so I think, on reflection, I'm going to be awarding it the full five stars.
Summary: My nephew loved being in this and I loved watching him in it!
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