|Fisher Price Jumparoo||Evenflo ExerSaucer||Skip Hop Explor and More||Jolly Jumper|
|Classic Staple Loved By Millions
||Classic Look With Updated Features
||Sleek Look and Folds Flat||Most Portable but Less Entertainment|
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Keeping our growing babies happy is one of the biggest challenges of parenthood. Soon after holding up their heads, babies may not be satisfied for long in their baby chair without something to do. Jumpers are a perfect solution for babies who want to explore the world and develop coordination, but the options can be overwhelming. Here are some of the pros and cons of four popular jumpers to help you decide which is right for your little explorer.
The Fisher Price Jumperoo is a well-known and trusted brand (makers of the lovely Rock ‘N Play), . The Jumperoo comes in several varieties, including the Rainforest model which is priced at $104.99. The Jumperoo is a portable, free-standing jumper where your child can sit, jump, and spin in a 360-degree circle. No doorway is required.
Around the Jumperoo are toys at five locations, including an toy at the front which uses motion, lights, and music to keep baby’s attention and reward jumps. There is also a toy bar above baby’s head with soft sides and dangling toys and spinners. The Jumperoo requires 3 AA batteries, has a 3 position height adjustment, spring covers to keep little hands safe, and the removable seat pad is washer and dryer safe.
The Jumperoo can be used appropriately from the time children can support their own head until they are 32 inches and weigh a maximum of 25 pounds. The Jumperoo is portable, however it may be cumbersome as the jumper weighs 18 pounds. The Jumperoo is also wide, but does fold into a nesting position for storage when not in use. However, even folded, the Jumperoo is still big so make sure you have space to spare.
The Evenflo Exersaucer is another popular name in jumpers, and comes in several different models including the Jump and Learn Jumper in Jungle Quest. The Jungle Quest model comes in at $109.99 and is also a free-standing jumper requiring no doorways. The Exersaucer has three position height adjustment, a 360-degree rotating seat, and a soft landing pad under the bouncer for baby’s feet to hit, creating a comfortable base for jumping.
The sides of the Exersaucer are lined with toys. The Jungle Quest model has 58 learning activities for baby, including toys on the sides as well as hanging from above. The Exersaucer can be used safely until the child can stand flat at highest position or climb out of the unit. The Jungle Quest model requires 6 AA batteries, weighs a hefty 19.5 pounds, and doesn’t fold down.
The Evenflo Exersaucer also comes in more basic models, such as the Bounce and Learn, which can be found in multiple colors and comes with individually themed toys. These models are lighter (around 8 pounds) and do not require batteries. They are also more affordable at $49.38, which makes the Exersaucer a versatile choice.
The Skip Hop Explore and More Jumpscape is a sleek take on the free-standing jumper. The Skip Hop model is for children 4 months and older, includes a 360-degree rotating seat where baby can sit, swivel, and bounce, and has five height adjustments for growing babies.
The Skip Hop includes twenty-plus developmental activities, including a light-up cloud bounce-counter that rewards baby with applause at 100 jumps, as well as a parent reminder at both the 10 and twenty minute marks to track usage. The unit requires 3 AAA batteries, and includes clip-on movable toys and teethers that can be rearranged, used separately, or removed for easy cleaning.
The Skip Hop Jumpscape does have a hefty price tag at $129.99. However, one of the biggest advantages the Skip Hop has over other models is its fold-flat storage feature. The Skip Hop folds down flat until it is only 6.5 inches tall. This allows for storage under sofas, beds, or other low spaces when not in use, and it comes with a strap that secures the unit together for travel.
The Jolly Jumper is a long-time favorite in jumpers and has literally been going through the ups and downs with parents since 1948. The Jolly Jumper comes in three models: the Jolly Jumper Exerciser with Door Clamp ($104.05) which attaches to door frames, the Jolly Jumper on a Stand for Rockers ($79.99), and the Jolly Jumper Original with Super Stand, which comes with an extra tall and sturdy stand for the jumper.
All Jolly Jumpers can be used from as soon as baby can hold his or her head up until around 28 pounds or walking age, and offer easy, no-tools-needed assembly. The Jolly Jumper comes with a saddle seat that is designed to firmly support your baby’s spine in a correct, upright position and has a spring for extra bounciness which is great for babies who love to move. The Jumper stand folds flat when not in use, can be used indoors or outdoors, and claims to help babies improve balance, strengthen muscles, and develop rhythm and coordination.
The Jolly Jumper is unique in this lineup since it does not come with toys for baby to play with while jumping. This may be a pro or con depending on what you are looking for for your child.
Final Verdict: Jumperoo vs Exersaucer vs Walker vs Skip Hop vs Jolly Jumper
If you have space and are looking for a solid, dependable jumper with lots of options to entertain your child, both the Jumperoo and Exersaucer offer models at a moderate price to suit your needs. If you are looking for a sleek or modern jumper with easy storage, the Skip Hop costs a little more, but may be right down your alley. If tried and true, compact, or simple is what you want, the Jolly Jumper offers models that are diverse enough for any need.
So while choosing a model that’s right for you and your baby’s needs may take a little careful consideration, enjoying the joyful jumps of your baby (and your two free hands) will be worth the while.