What Age Can a Baby Use a Jumperoo?

Medically Reviewed on 2/26/2021

Baby using a Jumperoo

Jumpers or jumperoos are the combination of swing and spinning of the baby seat.
Jumpers or jumperoos are the combination of swing and spinning of the baby seat.

Jumpers or jumperoos are the combination of swing and spinning of the baby seat. It may be additionally equipped with some toys, music, and some other entertainment for the baby. It keeps the baby high from the ground and allows them to bounce. Now the baby who uses a jumperoo will obviously spend less time crawling. Crawling helps in the development of the baby’s spine and its proper curves, which are essential for a good posture in later life. Therefore, it is important not to rush into a jumperoo before the baby has learned to sit (4-5 months).

A parent may also give a jumperoo around 4 months provided the baby can hold their head straight without any kind of support, but do not give it for more than 20 minutes. If they can keep their head straight and sit comfortably for 10-20 minutes, then that may be the time for getting the best jumperoo. Experts suggest not to introduce a jumperoo to a baby if they can’t hold their head up without any assistance because their neck is not strong enough. Usually, kids reach neck supporting age at 4-6 months. Jumperoos are designed for very young kids.

A jumperoo allows a baby to jump up and down (instead of in a doorway bouncer). Normally, they play music and have lights and toys that a baby can play with.

Advantages:

  • Jumperoos have a lot of toys that kids can play with. They are fab for entertaining babies, but they are also great at helping babies reach developmental milestones.
  • Baby jumper doorway is used as pre-motor skills that can help a child use half of their lower limbs to improve functionality and learn to stand upright. They are simply standing and balance their work habits.
  • A baby jumperoo helps develop eye and hand coordination of the baby. The different shapes of the objects stimulate the visual senses of the baby, and they can be able to choose the colors. The music of the jumperoo enhances the auditory senses.
  • Jumperoos have toys such as spinners that are good for developing the fine motor skills of a baby.
  • It is good for entertaining young babies who love jumping up and down.
  • It gives your baby a taste of independence. After many months of being carried around or placed in a crib, babies love it if they can try something new and exciting. A jumperoo can give them such feeling while being on their own.

Disadvantages:

  • They usually don’t last long, and a baby may grow out of it within 11 months.
  • If you have a heavy baby, they may reach the weight limit quite early on, so it's a good idea to buy a jumperoo early on.
  • Baby jumperoos are designed to allow a baby to bounce by using their toes to push off from the ground (a motion that delights most babies). Unfortunately, it is not in your baby's best interest to let them use a jumperoo for long time because they can negatively affect the development of the hips and pose a safety hazard. The maximum limit would be 10-20 minutes and thrice a day.

Research and verdict:

  • Research did not confirm whether baby jumperoos are beneficial in the development of the child. Yes, they are fun, but their importance is still being argued. Equipment that replaces the need or desire to crawl and takes time away from lying on his tummy and practicing to crawl should be kept to a minimum if used at all.

Safety tips:

  • Never leave your baby unattended. You must remain in the same room with your baby when they are using a jumperoo.
  •  Prolonged use of any device such as a jumperoo can delay learning how to crawl or walk.
  • Keep the jumperoo clean and tidy.
  • Check if the jumperoo padding is sufficient for your baby.

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Medically Reviewed on 2/26/2021
References
Childhood Development – Do seats, jumpers and walkers help or hinder? https://cheadleosteopathy.co.uk/childhood-development-equipment-help-hinder/