A baby jumper is, at its most basic, a chair attached to a stretchable strap. When seated, your baby can use his toes or feet to push off the ground and bounce up and down. They can be as basic as a simple hanging seat from a door jamb to a toy-packed activity center.
There are four major components that any parent should take into consideration before purchasing a baby jumper portability, centralized toys, music/light features offered, and affordability.
Baby jumpers vary greatly when it comes to portability. On one end of the spectrum is the doorway jumper, a seat with easily reachable toys attached to a spring cord that is hung from a door jamb.
Doorway jumpers are an excellent option if you are staying in one immediate location and need your child to as well. Once they are securely fastened into the jumper, they will not be able to run off until released. However, they may not be the best available choice if you are planning on moving from room to room, as each time you relocate you will need to disassemble and reassemble your baby jumper.
If you are planning on moving around more, an activity center jumper may be a better bet. These self-contained activity centers are more easily moveable, and give your child the chance to practice standing and walking.
For those days when you're running around and need to be able to pick things up at a minute's notice, the incredibly popular Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo is a highly recommended pick.
Every baby jumper is different, but most contain attached and easily reachable toys. Some, such as the Fisher-Price Woodland Friends SpaceSaver Jumperoo focus on simplicity, with just a few (albeit very well-made and detailed!) attached animal toys. It's a solid option if your child has shown a preference to one kind of toy and little interest in other ones.
Meanwhile, the Fisher-Price Luv U Zoo Jumperoo is filled with so many toys that the product description can't even list them all! It's the perfect option for the child that constantly moves from one toy to the next and frequently grows bored playing with the same thing.
Note that jumpers with a lot of attached toys are a bit less portable than their counterparts and frequently less affordable.
Before settling on a baby jumper, observe how your baby plays with their toys. Do they focus on just one, or prefer a variety? Do they show a special preference to ones that rattle, or are cuddly? Knowing how and with what your little one enjoys playing will narrow down your options considerably.
Music/Light Features Offered
Just like the variety found amongst the quality/quantity of toys attached to a baby jumper, the same applies to the music and/or light features available. Some babies prefer peace and quiet and will have their senses overstimulated if exposed to too much noise or light. In this situation, it's best to go with a simpler jumper, such as the Summer Infant Pop N' Jump Portable Activity Center. It's packed with plenty of toys to keep your baby's interest while scaling back on some of those more distracting and intrusive features (for both your baby and you!).
For those who thrive on sounds and light, there are plenty of baby jumpers that don't just incorporate music/light but embrace it. The Baby Einstein Neptune Jumper is easily adjustable and teaches your baby numbers and colors in English, French, and Spanish, proving that music and lights can be used for education as well as entertainment!
Again, finding the jumper with the right balance of music and light features offered is best discovered through observation of what your child likes. Is he or she drawn to bright, noisy toys? Does he or she prefer a quieter, more sedate playtime? Tailoring your baby's jumper to their individual preferences will go a long way when it comes to their satisfaction in the long run.
While every parent wants the best for their baby, there are also price limitations to take into consideration, especially for a product that will only be used for brief amounts of time before it is outgrown. All of the features mentioned above vary greatly when it comes to pricing.
On average, you'll find that portable baby jumpers tend to be more expensive than their doorway hanging counterparts.
The same applies to jumpers with larger quantities of toys and music/light features. In a perfect world we could all find the perfect jumper for the perfect price, but in reality, you might have to slightly settle, for example, picking three of the four discussed main options. Just remember that as long as your baby finds something to enjoy with their jumper, they will be more than satisfied.
- Top Recommendations : I've put together a list of my eight most recommended baby jumpers. My criteria involved analyzing portability, centralized toys, music/light features offered placed against Amazon's listed price and community rating. All are great options and are highly recommended.
Best Jumper for Your Baby
1) Baby Einstein Neptune Jumper
This ocean-themed jumper is focused around an electronic turtle toy station and adjusts for your baby's growth. Your baby will learn numbers and colors in three languages (English, French, and Spanish). The seat is easily rotatable, more toys can be attached via a link loop, and it comes with an attached storage tray and machine-washable seat cushion.
2) Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo
This jungle-themed baby jumper incorporates music, lights, and sounds into one convenient package. Easily adjustable, portable, and storable. The sturdy steel frame supports a fully-rotatable seat and a wide variety of toys.
3) Fisher-Price Discover 'n Grow Jumperoo
This jumper comes with a variety of animal toys, a roller ball, and an interactive piano. The steel legs fold easily for storage, and the features are specifically designed to teach babies cause and effect.
4) Evenflo Exersaucer Bounce & Learn, Zoo Friends
This jumper is specifically designed to be a safer alternative to walkers. It focuses on helping babies develop their legs, back, and neck muscles.
5) Baby Einstein Activity Jumper Special Edition
This jumper focuses heavily on music. It comes with an electronic piano and spinning rattle drum, along with prerecorded classical melodies. It also helps your baby learn basic words and phrases in English, French, and Spanish.
Picking out a baby jumper can seem overwhelming at first, but once you know what you're looking for it's not difficult at all. Finding the perfect balance of portability, centralized toys, music/light features offered, and affordability is key.
I highly recommend the options above, particularly the Baby Einstein Neptune Jumper.
Is there a baby jumper that you swear by that isn't on this list? Do you have any questions or suggestions of your own? Please make sure to comment below with any thoughts you might have!