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I Baught this for my son when he was about 8 months old and he absoloutely loved it! I think i paid roughly about £20 for it at the time, however it was money well spent.
It was fairly easy to set up, i simply attatched the door clamp above the door frame. Put my little one into the blue body harness- which i altered for his hight and waist, attatched that to the T bar and clipped him on!
At first i was a bit dubious and concerned that he may bash his face or somehow hurt himself on the door frame, infact i even worried that the bouncer may comeaway from the door frame but neither happened. He was perfectly safe and perfectly happy.
To begin with he didn't know how to bounce, so he would just sway about looking very impressed with himself and i must admit it was very odd to see my son stood up! After a few times in the bouncer his confidence grew and he began to bounce, it was brilliant to watch him so happy and active and he was really content to coo away as he burnt off some energy. I found putting him in the bouncer for 15 minutes before nap time really worked a treat, no more tired baby fighting the tiredness- he would just peacefully nod off and seemed to sleep a lot better for it too. As he got heavier i did have to adjust the harness a few times for his safety, but this was fairly easy to do and took no time at all.
The bouncer allso doubled up as a walking aid, you can clip the T bar from the door clamp whiles baby is still attatched and walk them around like a 'puppet' our son loved this and i found it helped him learn to move his legs ready for walking. It can be a bit difficult to lift a heavy baby up to clip onto the door clamp on your own, but i allways managed it so i should imagine everyone else can.
The only negative i found with the bouncer is that i just couldnt relax for a while when he was in it, you hear lots of horror stories of babies harming themselves when in door bouncers- we always supervised our son closely on his and as a result had no accidents, so rest assured providing you watch your child closely they should come to no harm.
I got this as a gift and if I'm honest it's not the sort of thing I would have purchased myself but it is FANTASTIC!
My son has been happily bouncing away since he was about 4 months he is now nearly 8 months old and still loves it. Whenever he goes in it he laughs hystrically. It keeps him entertained for long enough for me to do the ironing or have a quick pick up in the room. I've also found it a great distraction when he has been teething.
The bouncer feels very secure when it is attached to the door frame. It is a bit tricky to get my son in and without my husband to help but this is the same with any door bouncer.
The bouncer rolls up very small which is great when you have lots of toys and is fantastic to take with you to relatives/friends.
I would say this is one of the best baby toys we have, unlike other (more expensive) toys my son has never tired of it.
There are cheaper door bouncers available but Tippitoes is a well know brand and this bouncer seems very secure.
The bouncer retails for around £24.99 and is suitable from about 4 months when the baby can hold their own head well.
It is comprised of a navy harness with a colourful pattern, it goes in between the baby's legs and up around their waist and chest, it is secured using an adjustable buckle clip. The baby's arms go in between two straps which then attach to a horizontal bar above the baby's head. This is then hooked onto a rubber bungee which is attached to a strap. The bouncer comes with a mechanism which the hooks around the architrave of a door; if like me, you live in a house without suitable architraves you can call customer services and they will send you out a hook which you screw into a joist, this was easy for mean as I have a cottage with exposed beams, not so easy if you have to find the joist and drill through the ceiling!
I bought this from John Lewis for £21.99 online, with free standard delivery. Although this says it is suitable from 3 months, when I bought it for my 4 month old baby he did not know what to do in it and just cried hysterically. I tried a few times to put him in it but he hated it. However, from about 6 months he absolutely loved it and now 'dances' hilariously when in it, and jiggles with excitement whenever he sees me get it out.
It is really well priced, as it was the cheapest door bouncer I could find, and it is extremely easy to fit onto the door frame (you literally pull apart two scissor-type bars and clip it round the top of the frame) and baby is completely secure in it.
The harness is attached to a lilac coloured bar with a clip above it and this whole bit detaches. You fit baby into the tummy harness then pick him/her up by the bar and clip it onto the elastic bungee bit that is attached to the door frame clip. Sound a bit complicated but essentially it is in 2 bits - the crocodile clip metal bit that clips on the door frame with an elastic bungee hanging down and the harness bit which baby fits into and then attaches to the end of the bungee.
I easily manage to get my son into it when I am at home alone and it keeps him occupied for 20-30 minutes while I get some housework done. The elephane motif on the front is very cute and the harness washes well. I would prefer it to be more colourful though, as navy is not very exciting.
Leah does not sit. She has been anti-sitting since she was three months old, where I realised the only way I could burp her without her complaining was to put her over my shoulder. I think her issue is with bending per se - she seems to have a rather large tummy, and bending in the middle probably just isn't comfortable. Either that or she is just awkward like her mother. Whatever the reason, she prefers to stand, and preferably to bounce. This is fun for both of us for about ten minutes, and then your arms begin to ache...
Hence the bouncer. This is, quite simply, a way for her to stand or bounce without me having to hold her up all the time. She can bounce around with her toes just touching the ground, and her weight supported in the harness. All the fun of standing, with none of the exhaustion factor for her mother.
She got the hang of it after two or three trys, and is now content to bounce herself around in circles and thinks it's hilarious. She's probably already too heavy to make it as a ballerina, so this tippy-toe stuff is probably the closest she will ever get!
You attach the bouncer to the middle of an internal doorframe, get baby into the harness (a bit like putting on a pair of trousers, but with a snap clip) and then transfer the baby in the harness onto the bouncer. There are two loops that you put arms through, and then simply slot the top of the loops into the balancing bar, which is hanging from your doorframe.
I do find it easier with another person around to help me, but it's not that hard to manage it yourself, which is a plus point compared to some other bouncers which look like they require a technology degree to set up. The whole thing comes apart into sections, and stores neatly away without taking up too much space (i.e. you can shove it under the sofa and forget about it.)
The harness is padded with foam, which keeps baby comfortable and also makes sure that he or she cannot overheat if they get carried away with a big bouncing session! I was initially a bit worried about the safety aspects of bouncers, which is why it was important to me to choose a well known and respected make. The tippitoes one has passed lots of strict safety tests (for example, the straps are not close enough to ever come in contact with your baby's face.)
It is suitable for up to 20 minutes at a time, or until baby gets bored, whichever comes first. It's NOT safe to leave your baby in the bouncer unattended.
When your baby is old enough to find bouncing a mediocre hobby, you can use the bouncer as a baby walker by holding the balancing bar and letting baby practise their first steps!
The harness is washable at 30 degrees.
Best price I could find: Tesco, £19.99
Technical info: check before you buy:
This bouncer is suitable for babies of 3 months plus, if they can support their own head, up to a weight of 12kg/26lbs. Leah grew out of hers at about 7 months, but she has always been a large baby so I imagine on average you would get slightly longer than this out of it.
The bouncer must be used on an interior doorframe only. The walls must be at least 10cm thick and no more than 17cm. The doorway opening must be a minimum of 75cm. There must be a permanent secure level architrave at least 1.5cm wide on each side.
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Like most babies my daughter loves bouncing up and down on my knee. This is fine, but the only problem is that after a while you have to stop to give your arms a rest! Then someone told me about the Tippitoes door bouncer. After a quick trip to the shops I had brought one. This bouncer is suitable for babies over 3 months old, as long as they can support their own head. It can only be used for babies that weigh between 12bs and 25lbs It is important not to use this once your baby can walk. Obviously you do not want your baby to act like a catapult while trying to walk around attached to the door frame. The harness and the saddle are fully adjustable, for complete safety and comfort. It is easy to assemble – fits most doorways. It has a supportive and washable saddle. The bouncer comes in three pieces and is really easy to assemble. I must admit I was a bit unsure about hanging it on the doorframe, as it doesn’t look safe! Of course, it is. I did check by pulling really hard on it once it was set up. At first my daughter was not quite sure what to do, she just stood there twiddling with the straps. It did take 3 attempts before she actually got the idea! She is now quite happy to bounce away to her hearts content while I have 20 minutes free time. It is recommended that you should only leave your baby in the bouncer for up to 30 minutes. If you have a baby over 3 months old then this bouncer is a must. You could always put it on your baby gift list! The only problem I have is when I try to take my daughter out of it!!
I have a happy cat. It is watching my baby, as she dangles enticingly from the kitchen door frame. My thoughts start wandering at this point as to whether I could build a harness for the cat, and suspend it from the door frame, thus affording my baby the hours of amusement she, apparently, is providing for the cat. Reality strikes. I'd be reported to the RSPCA: "Woman in Feline Bouncer Scandal". So why on earth am I encouraging my precious infant to behave like an oversized yoyo? I have no particular gripe with the Tippitoes bouncer per se. It's just that I'd love to know just who came up with the notion that to suspend our children on long pieces of elastic from the ceiling was a Good Thing. I think it may have been the idea of a particularly spiteful 5 year old who simply hated his younger sibling. That, or someone was researching the Spanish Inquisition and needed some extra cash. When you purchase a Tippitoes baby bouncer you are issued with a useful instruction manual. This starts by telling you to measure your doorframes. Yes, up and down the country , mothers-to-be are at this moment carefully standing on chairs measuring the width of their architraves. If you don't have the right sort of doorframe, you can send off for a large meat-hook type thing to attach to the ceiling, thus ensuring you funny looks from visitors for many years to come. Assuming you have the correct width of door frame, you clip on to it a huge metal spring thingy, to which is attached a large piece of elastic, and another dirty great metal clip. Super. That bit was easy. Now for the interesting bit. You are provided with a nice bright parachute harness, that you undo and place baby in, being careful to place baby centrally in the harness, otherwise the eventual bouncing will be carried out with a slight list, which may propel baby into the door frame. If baby wiggles, this is difficult. You then faff around a bit w
ith the shoulder straps. You then...and now we come to the really fun bit.... clip the shoulder straps on to either end of a horizontal foot-long metal pole. I'm sorry. This is just plain weird. Gingerly, you pick up the foot long metal pole, and holding baby before you in the manner of a tightrope walker carrying a trussed chicken, you clip the pole on to the piece of elastic. If you have a baby of a particularly timorous nature, your progress may be further impeded by his/her efforts to cling to your legs during the walk to the doorframe. Assuming that by this point, baby hasn't decided that it wants a feed/nappy change/cuddle, you adjust the clips on the webbing so baby is positioned at exactly the right height to bounce. Brilliant! baby can now bounce. That is, if baby wants to bounce. Mine didn't. Mine wanted to propel herself as far as possible either side of the door frame. She achieved quite alarming trajectories on a good day. "BOUNCER MUST NOT BE USED AS SWING" That is what the manual said. How do you explain this to a six month old - particularly when what she's doing looks a lot more fun that the gentle up-down movement recommended. What you do, or at least what I did, is Hover, occasionally seizing baby by its ankles, and singing: "boiing....boiing" in an encouraging, and possibly slightly insane fashion. I don't want to spend my day doing this, I really don't. The neighbours think I'm weird enough as it is. I have a theory. Yes, babies like bouncing, but they like to bounce in the safe, loving embrace of a pair of arms - not attached randomly to a ceiling. I know that lots of people find bouncers really useful, and that lots of babies really enjoy being in one. I know that bouncing a heavy baby makes your arms ache. But I found putting a baby in a bouncer made my arms ache more. Honest. We've found a better solution, anyway. I take her,
come rain or shine, to the swings in the local park. The cat? Well, it just has to make do with Teletubbies.
I bought my first one of these with my first baby and he loved it so much it seemed only apt to give my second the same pleasure. As it turned out Jack loved it even more! He first went into the door bouncer when he was about 3months old and he loved it, he took to it like a duck to water, instinctively knowing what to do straight away - he even bounced himself to sleep in it! on the rare occasions he had trouble going to sleep I'd bring him down stick him in his bouncer and he'd start off laughing, 5 minutes later being fast asleep again - we'd unclip him carry him to his cot and he'd sleep soundly. Luckily he didnt seem to notice too much when he had grown out of it and although I have heard on occasion it has slowed down the walking of some children this certainly wasnt the case for my 2, walking at 13 months and 11 months respectively. This is certainly one product I would recomend to anyone, perfectly safe as far as I can see and they are really cheap compared to how much fun they give!
I brought this product for my first daughter and she loved it.I saw a friends little one in it and asked where she got it from.I went to mothercare and they had all sorts,chickens,planes and just ordinary door bouncers.I chose this one. When I got it come,it had 3 pieces to it.The metal clasp that fits onto the door frame and attached to it a rubber bungie.A plastic bar and a harness seat. All you do it fit the clasp around the door frame,put your baby in the harness seat and ajust the straps above the shoulders and around the waist,connect it to the bar and the attach it to the bungie.They is an ajuster for height and babys feet should just be touching the floor. I must admit I wasnt sure at first but after attaching it to the door frame I gave it a good tug and it was secure enough. Its suitable for babies over 3 mths and has a weight resriction of 25lbs.Jess at first just hung there and twiddled around then after a while started bouncing.I used to give me 10mins of her out of my hands to make a cuppa or washup.She really enjoyed it and you can see for yourselves if you go to her website which is; www.babiesonline.com/j/jessicalouise. I will be using it for my second as its sturdy,safe and rather amusing for you as well as for babies. Further to a comment that was letf is really important that baby ha good neck control and most babies get fed up after 10mins so it is a short time,but I have had no troubles at all
My baby loved her tippitoes bouncer! It was real fun to see her bounce along to her favourite music. This bouncer is simple to attach to any doorway, and the height can be adjusted to suit too. The weight range means that this bouncer will last a while too. The seat is really supportive, as it comes right upto the chest on a young baby. The bouncer is really safe to use, and offers a useful outlet for all that energy! Of course, you do need a suitable door frame to put it, but that's the only disadvantage I can see. I wouldn't recommend leaving a baby unattended though. My daughter did tend to twist the bouncer round and round by bouncing on one foot!
From a very early age it became very clear that my baby really didnt like laying down and that sitting up is was more fun as there is so much to see. We decided to buy the tippitoes door bouncer as it seemed a reasonable price and a big name. It is suitable for babies from approx three months or when baby can support her head. There is no assembly as it simply hooks over the achitrave of you door frame and the harness is washable. It is safe and strong and has provided many hours of entertainment for my baby and us! Well worth every penny.
We decided to boy the bouncer with a frame to go with it so you are not having to rely on a door to put it on. (we have got very small door openings) With the frame for the bouncer you can use it 3 ways. As a bouncer (set up where ever you would like) as a baby gym (it comes with 3 toys) and as a baby chair rocker (you need a baby seat with a solid handle to use it like that - like Britax Rock a tot) We started using the bouncer for our now 7 month old when she was 4 months old and she loved it from the very first time. She still loves going in the bouncer but is now rather tired of the rocking chair bit.. so we have not used that for a while.. she can also do some great big leaps and bounces in the bouncer now and she loves it that much that when her 20 mins is up (it is not reccommended that you have them in it for more than 20 mins) she gets upset when we take her out. As we already had a baby gym we have never used it as a gym but the toys that came along with the bouncer has been chewed and played with endlessly.. Only thing "wrong" with this baby item is the fact we didn't buy it for our oldest daughter ;o)
I brought one of these for my son when he was about 4/5 months old. For the first few weeks he really wasn't big enough to bounce (his toes only just touched the floor), but he enjoyed being able to move it around in circles. However, I used to hold his hands and bounce him up and down gently to give him the idea and as soon as he learnt to do it himself, he loved it!! I used to attach the bouncer to the dining room door and from there I could keep an eye on him whilst I prepared his food in the kitchen. He'd be quite happy in it for about 15/20 minutes and I knew that he wasn't getting into mischief. I think it was good exercise for him, helping him to use his legs and he obviously loved being able to move without having to rely on someone else. One word of caution, as he got older, better at bouncing and heavier, the bouncer wasn't so good as we couldn't shorten the length enough to get a really good bounce. Plus it did damage the top of the door frames slightly, but nothing that a tiny bit of filler and lick of paint couldn't remedy. All in all I think they are a really good idea.
This bouncer is superb, I cannot complain about it at all! Its safe and easy to use, and best of all my baby Dylan loves it in there. It's nice to put your baby in there because you can sit down or wash up without worrying if they're rolling around the living room! Its also very good exercise all that bouncing and another plus is it makes them feel very tired after going on it. I would highly reccomend it to anyone with a small baby I forgot to mention its washable too how great does this product get!
Tippitoes Door Bouncer / Medically Approved / 1 Product - 2 Uses / Suitable from 3 Months until Confidently walking / Smooth, fluid Bounce, Rubber Bungee, no jolting unlike metal coil spring / Machine Washable Supportive Harness - No Assembly Required / C