As the mother of a newly mobile and curious baby, I am always looking for ways to keep her entertained and in one place. Otherwise, I would never get anything done. The Graco Baby Jumper is a classic tool for this. It mounts to the doorway and allows baby to jump and play and strengthen her legs and core—all while allowing you to get things done.
The jumper assembles with no trouble at all. It has a play tray that is already attached to the spring and door mount. All you have to do is clip the cloth seat to the tray. (The seat can easily be unclipped and is machine washable, and the rest of the jumper can be wiped down if messes occur.) Next, you clip the top of the jumper above your mounted doorframe. It is spring-loaded and designed to support your baby’s weight up to 25 pounds. Finally, you should adjust the height of the seat so that only your baby’s toes touch the floor.
Getting the height right was a little tricky for us because our daughter is very tall and the strap needed extra adjusting. The manual explained this, but not as clearly as I’d have liked. Eventually we figured it out, though. The strap still needs to be readjusted after she’s been playing for a while.
It is recommended that babies be able to hold their heads up and support some of their own weight on their feet before using the product. The weight requirements are between 5.5 and 25 pounds.
The jumper seat is jungle themed and comes with little hippo and zebra toys and rings on the straps to clip them to. My daughter quickly pulled them off the clips and dropped them on the floor. I had some other ring toys I clipped on instead, so you can always swap them for your tot’s favorites or something new and exciting.
I put the jumper in the doorway between my bedroom and bathroom, so I am able to get ready each day with out worrying what my baby is getting into or stopping what I’m doing every few minutes to entertain her. When I’m done, I just pop the jumper off the doorframe (by opening the spring-loaded clamp) and place it in my closet. We’ve been using it for a while and haven’t noticed any marks above the door.
We recently took a trip and brought the jumper with us. It took up very little space in the car and made staying in a not-so-baby-safe house much easier. My daughter has stayed in the jumper for up to 30 minutes before she’s ready for a change of scenery. It may not seem like much, but for her that is a really long time!
We have gotten so much use out of this baby jumper. It really is a lifesaver.
Where to buy online: amazon.com