Willow has always been a very active baby, from just a few weeks old she was interested in toys and rattles and could hold and play with toys herself from much earlier than we expected. With our downstairs living space being open plan, she has quite the play area to herself and we have everything from sensory toys from Lamaze to books, a ball pit and one of her most favourite toys, her Fisher Price Roarin’ Rainforest Jumperoo.When we started looking into activity centres and walkers, we knew we wanted to go for a Jumperoo. Not only did I want to save my feet from being run over by Willow in a walker, but for us, the Jumperoo is a great space saver. It can be popped out whenever she wants to have a go, without chasing us around the house, and when not in use it folds away and slots in perfectly under our stairs. It can be quite big when put together, but we make sure that if the Jumperoo is out, other toys are tidied away so that we still have space to live as well as play.
The Roarin’ Rainforest is bright and colourful and has lots of interactive and sensory toys to occupy Willow. It has light, sound and music with a lovely array of toys themed around animals in the rainforest (and a few animals you wouldn’t expect to see in a Rainforest!). The seat is able to rotate 360’, meaning she can move around to reach whichever toy she wants to play with, with a removable and washable padded seat. It does need batteries – 3 AAA’s – for the music, light and sound trays, with volume which can be adjusted on two levels as well as the option to have continuous music or music which only starts when she is jumping.
Advertised as suitable for use from 6 months plus, Willow was actually been getting use out of her Jumperoo from 4 months. I did a lot of research into whether it would be safe for her to use before 6 months and the consensus was that if she was able to sit up and hold her own head, she was good to go. The most important thing however with activity centres of this nature is how long you let your baby play in one. Any activity centre of this type should be used in small doses; when Willow first started using hers it was in 10-minute spells, once or twice a day. Now she is older we will let her play in her Jumperoo for 15-20 minutes at a time, but again, only once or twice a day. It’s important not to go overboard with the usage of any activity centre such as a Jumperoo, to prevent potential hip dysplasia.
Jumperoo’s are more on the pricey side when it comes to activity centres, but I think the design and level of sensory play is definitely worth considering if you’re looking for the perfect activity centre to invest in. You’re set to get a lot of use out of a Jumperoo, too, as they are suitable for your little one to play in up until approx. 15 months, depending on the size of your baby. The Jumperoo itself is adjustable to three different height levels, so as Willow grows older we simply pop her up a level to ensure her legs aren’t squashed below her and she can easily stand and jump around, which she does with much joy! Often on offer at Mothercare and if kept in good condition can be sold or handed down to another little one in the family when your little one is older, or like we plan to do, tucked away for next time there’s a new addition to the family!
For us, Willow's Jumperoo has been wonderful and I don't see her outgrowing it anytime soon. She adores her Jumperoo and now that she is crawling and trying to walk, she will crawl over to it, hoist herself up into a standing position, turn on the music and let me know she's ready to start jumping! It's also handy for popping in the kitchen doorway for her to play whilst I cook dinner, which is always helpful!
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