Most baby jumpers need to be adjusted before they can be used in a safe and healthy manner.
Even the best baby jumpers on the market can be dangerous unless adjusted correctly, as explains the Georgetown University Early Intervention Professional Development Center, “Concerns have arisen regarding the safety of these devices. Injuries have been reported related to the device itself such as pinching fingers and toes in device hardware and injuries caused because the child is more mobile. Increased mobility in these devices has led to burns when a child can maneuver close to a hot stove, poisonings when a child can bring themselves closer to cabinet sinks and other storage areas, and falls downstairs when a child gets too close to the edge (AAP 2001).”
In response to the high number of baby jumper-related injuries, mandatory standards that were implemented in 1971 addressed the incidence of pinch injuries and, as a result, those injuries have decreased. Baby jumper manufacturers have also implemented a host of voluntary standards to address many other understandable concerns of parents who would like to give their children a fun activity that’s also safe and engaging.
These days, it’s basically unheard of for a baby jumper to come without a detailed instructional manual that describes in clear steps how to adjust a baby jumper. Typically, the steps are similar to these:
1. Hang or assemble your baby jumper according to the instructions.
2. Put your baby in the jumper and see whether he or she can reach the floor.
a. If your baby can’t reach the floor, lower the seat until he or she can reach the floor if his toes.
b. If your baby can reach the floor even with his or her soles, raise the seat until your baby can reach the floor with his/her toes only.
3. With your fingers, find out whether your baby’s legs aren’t too close to either the inner or the outer edges of the leg holes. Some baby jumpers are suited mostly for larger babies, while others will be more comfortable for smaller babies.
With these three simple steps, you should be able to adjust just about any baby jumper for maximum comfort and safety in a matter of mere minutes.
Why my baby still doesn’t want to use his/her baby jumper?
Have you followed our instructions and made all the above-described adjustments but your baby still doesn’t want to use his/her baby jumper? In that case, you may have a baby who simply doesn’t get along with jumpers and never will. Yes, it’s a bummer to spend money on a new baby jumper only to discover that your child doesn’t want to use it, but that’s just one of many “joys” of parenting that you shouldn’t dwell too much on.
Instead of a baby jumper, you can try borrowing a baby walker from a friend or relative to see whether your baby will like it more. Stationary activity walkers are another great option, although those are more suitable for older babies.
Don’t be afraid that just because your baby doesn’t want to use baby jumpers. He or she won’t develop all the necessary cognitive and motor skills as quickly as other babies. Baby jumpers are in no shape or form necessary for the healthy development of babies. While baby jumpers have been around only for around 100 years, babies have been learning how to walk, run, and jump since the dawn of mankind.
How can I keep my baby jumper working for a long as possible?
To make your baby jumper last for as long as possible, you should keep it clean and stick to the manufacturer’s instructions when disassembling it for storage. While some baby jumpers are designed to be easily foldable for storage, others can be disassembled only with tools. Such jumpers are sometimes better left assembled because frequent disassembly may cause too much wear and tear, greatly decreasing their overall lifespan.
How can I make my baby jumper even better?
Many baby jumpers these days come with attachment points for additional toys and accessories. While companies such as ExerSaucer, PlanToys, Baby Einstein, and many others already ship their baby jumpers with an assortment of fun, educational toys, there’s always room for more toys, as any baby would surely tell you.
Great toys for babies are as fun as they are beneficial in terms of cognitive and motor development. Some toys teach babies about colors and sounds through discovery activities, and others help them develop dexterity through various simple, mechanical puzzles. The chances are that your baby already has a large collection of toys that he or she loves, so why don’t tether them to the jumper to make jumping, even more, fun than it already is?
Try to put yourself in your baby’s shoes and imagine what it must be like for him or her to jump around in the bouncer. You will most likely come to realize that the jumper is like a little office for your baby, so it only makes sense to make the office as inviting as possible.
Just be careful to always attach only toys that don’t represent any choking hazard. Toys purchased from well-known manufacturers who always specify the age of children their toys are indented for are the best option. Besides toys, you can also customize your baby jumper with drawings and stickers and other fun personal touches.
To make your baby look forward to jumping even more, situate the jumper somewhere with a nice view so that your baby always has something to look at. Keep in mind that what you consider interesting may be vastly different from what your baby considers interesting. You might be surprised by just how much your baby enjoys looking at you as you prepare a meal in the kitchen or do your laundry in the bedroom.