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Cast Your Vote:

    • Jolly Jumper -- Votes: 11
    • Exersaucer -- Votes: 10
Baby exercise toys- which is better? Ms.Melody(NDP) 2 kids; Toronto, Ontario 10612 posts
18th Feb '08

So im debating wether I should go for a Jolly Jumper or exersaucer.. see my little sister loved her jolly jumper.. but i'm scared as hell that they are going to fall down, so i was looking at the exersaucers instead. So anyone have any feedback on what is better or your experience with either would be great thanks! Also, when did you first let your child use either??

♥kaylees mommy 2 kids; Fort Irwin, 2096 posts
18th Feb '08

jumparoo you wont have to worry about it falling and my little girl LOVES hers.kaylee was in a exercacer at two months she could hold her head up right away. and at 3 1/2 she got her jumparoo

Mommy2022 34 kids; Applewood, Pa, United States 9644 posts
18th Feb '08

they now have jumpers that work as a jumper and a exersaucer. We have the baby enistine one and love it.
This is the same thing but a differant desgin (i could not find the one I have)
http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2508003

Ms.Melody(NDP) 2 kids; Toronto, Ontario 10612 posts
18th Feb '08
Quoting kmcenery:
Ms.Melody(NDP) 2 kids; Toronto, Ontario 10612 posts
18th Feb '08
Quoting ♥Amber♥:
♥kaylees mommy 2 kids; Fort Irwin, 2096 posts
18th Feb '08

they say that you should start to use them at 4 months but kaylee held her head up really good so i just put her in it and she loved it and if he is a little wobbly you can put a blanket in there to keep him from moveing so much. i would say get it and just let him see if he likes it yet

Andrea... 2 kids; Gold Coast, Qld, Australia 638 posts
19th Feb '08

I didint use either with my daughter nor will i with these ones ... i am to concerned about the risks of injuring the pelvis the leg joints and muscels... they also delay walking as well..

It you like it though its your decision... i personally dont think the risks out weigh the benefits

as i tell people my child was a 'free range baby' the house was totally baby proffed she had the full range of the house there was no need for me to use something like this

Mommy2022 34 kids; Applewood, Pa, United States 9644 posts
19th Feb '08
Quoting Andrea...:
Cowgirl♥Up 1 child; Illinois 12563 posts
19th Feb '08

I have a jumperoo and Emily hates it. I would have your child try it out first before purchasing. I wish I would of because I blew darn near $70 on the jumperoo and it doesn't get used.

sooz the formula guru 2 kids; Indiana 19552 posts
19th Feb '08

We got both. Max loves both, but he likes the exersaucer a little more. More toys on it to play with.

Ms.Melody(NDP) 2 kids; Toronto, Ontario 10612 posts
19th Feb '08

hm, thanks for the opinions.. i'll probably take him to toys r us/ babies r us and hopefully they have some set up that he can try, i thought they would be good for building leg muscles- how do they hurt baby, if they get tired they can stop when they want right? i woulkdnt leave him in it all day of course

Andrea... 2 kids; Gold Coast, Qld, Australia 638 posts
19th Feb '08

i found this really ood article which helps to explain it a litte more balanced view on the issue so i will post it below as it can explain it al la lot better than i could ...lol



WALKERS
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against using walkers, but primarily because over 8,000 babies are injured in them each year. (See "Injuries Associated with Infant Walkers," American Academy of Pediatrics: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/abstract/108/3/790 and "Baby Walkers:" http://www.aap.org/pubed/ZZZZDGTUP5D.htm )

These articles primarily stress the safety concerns of baby walkers, but the Academy also says "walkers do not help children walk sooner. Walkers can delay normal muscle control and mental development." ("Baby Walkers:" http://www.aap.org/pubed/ZZZZDGTUP5D.htm )

Some doctors think that even short amounts of time in a walker might be harmful. "Because the babies can get around too easily, their urge to move across the floor is satisfied, and many of them will not undertake the important task of crawling, creeping, scooting, or hitching. This stage is important for developing strength and coordination." ("Baby Walkers," Dr. Greene: http://www.drgreene.com/21_810.html )

State University of New York at Buffalo and Case Western Reserve University studied 109 infants; "about half had never used a walker, about a third used newer-style walkers with large trays that blocked the infants' view of their feet, and the remainder used older-style walkers that allowed them to see their moving feet and grab at objects around them." It's important to note that all the infants scored within "established norms," but those using the new-style walkers "sat upright, crawled, and walked later than infants who had never used a walker." Infants using older-style walkers learned to sit and walk at about the same age as the infants who did not use a walker, "but they learned to crawl at about the same age as the children who used the newer-style walkers." (Newer style walkers have large trays, preventing children from seeing their feet move, and making it difficult for them to grasp objects around them.) ("Baby Walkers May Impede Child Development," Center for the Advancement of Health: http://www.cfah.org/hbns/newsrelease/babywalkers10-12-99.cfm )

Other doctors see no harm in walkers, as long as they're only used for short periods of time. "A few minutes spent and a few steps safely taken in a walker each day won't harm baby, but too much time in his first little car is neither safe nor healthy.," advises Dr. Sears. ("Walkers," Ask Dr. Sears: http://www.askdrsears.com/html/10/t110235.asp ) But even his more moderate view ends by saying "We discourage the use of walkers or any device that encourages baby to rely on outside assistance for locomotion rather than on his own creativity or initiative."

EXERSAUCERS
"An exersaucer can be a nice alternative" to a walker, says Dr. Greene ("Baby Walkers," Dr. Greene: http://www.drgreene.com/21_810.html ) Exersaucers allow children to spin, rock, bounce, and sit upright, and are considered safe. Dr. Sears says "Parents often ask if these are safe for the child

♥Melis♥ Due October 7 (girl); 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Rancho Cucamonga, CA, United States 1366 posts
19th Feb '08

My son had a jumperoo and absolutely loved it. He didn't have any trouble walking either. He was walking independently at 8 months. I've never heard anything bad about jumperoos before.

Ms.Melody(NDP) 2 kids; Toronto, Ontario 10612 posts
20th Feb '08

well i went to walmart today they didnt have a jumperoo.. but they had jolly jumpers and excersaucers.. my bf being as inpatient as he is.. he wanted it now.. so i gave in and bought it the evenflo excersaucer mega.. we set it up and quickly realised.. xvier is too young but it looks great maybe next month lol