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There aren’t many things cuter than seeing a little baby bounce around in a jumper. They’ve been so used to being immobile, so at first they’re unsure as to what on earth is happening as they start to push off of the ground with their toes. Both of our boys loved their jumpers, so we knew it was something we’d definitely want to get for this baby.
ExerSaucer has been known for their baby activity centers for a long time now – we had one of their traditional models that we used with the boys. Now, though, they’re extending their products to also offer stationary jumpers with the new ExerSaucer Jump & Learn line. There are three models to choose from – Safari Friends, Jungle Quest and Jam Session.
Each model introduces new spin and jump actions that provide baby with plenty of exercise to strengthen leg, back and neck muscles. They offer a variety of age-appropriate toys developed with Child Development Institute that help baby achieve important developmental milestones.
We received the Safari Friends model to review. A few facts about this model:
- Features 45 fun learning activities to help baby achieve important developmental milestones
- Extra jump allows baby to exercise legs while being entertained
- Take With Me Toys provide for customizable learn and play experience
- Promotes physical exercise to develop baby’s neck, back and leg muscles and improve gross motor skills
- Features removable, machine washable seat pad for easy and convenient cleansing
- Requires six AAA batteries
- Available at Target for $89.99
Let me tell you right off the bat that this is pretty easy to assemble – it took us about 15 minutes, and part of that is because the boys wanted to help us with the screwdriver – there are 15 screws, which you’d need to remove to take the unit apart for storage, but again, it’s a quick process.
I love the stability that the bars around the base provide – you don’t have to worry about this tipping over if the baby gets a little exuberant with his or her jumping. The design is both stylish and practical – it’s great to look at, but there are also features like fabric-covered springs that are designed with safety in mind. The seat is really cute with the leaf pattern, and I think everyone can agree that it’s a huge deal for it to be removable and machine washable. We had a, um… diaper “incident” with J and his jumper that shall not be mentioned again (trust me, you don’t want to know), but suffice it to say, washable is good. Very good.
The jumper can grow with your baby, making it something you can use for a long time. There are three height settings that are easy to adjust. The instructions mention that your baby should just be able to touch her toes to the floor when seated in the jumper and should not be able to stand flat-footed.
Of course, these are all of the elements parents worry about. But the babies? They’ll just care that the jumper is fun. With 45 activities, there is a lot to keep the baby engaged, and the seat is easy to spin around 360 degrees for full access to everything. There are two elements that require AAA batteries, and then provide light and music with interaction. And I can report that the activities are interesting to 3 & 4-year-olds too, because we kept finding the boys standing over at the jumper checking out the different toys.
All-in-all this is a piece of equipment I’d highly recommend. Your baby won’t start using it until she’s 4 months old, so it’s not something you have to have right away (although I’d definitely add it to my registry if I were you). If I were picking one activity center, this would be what I’d choose. It’s got the fun activities like a traditional ExerSaucer with the added benefit of the jumper. I think the toys are bright and engaging, and it’s nice that some toys hover from overhead for an added dimension. I will say that the elephant is a little unique looking with his yellow trunk (the boys think it looks a little like a beak) but both the trunk and tusks are rubbery and pliable, perfect for a baby to play with (and a better option than a hard plastic trunk would be, admittedly). Some of the toys are also what ExerSaucer calls “Take With Me” toys, meaning they’re easy to remove and bring along for use without the jumper.
Keep up with Evenflo Baby on Facebook and Twitter for updates on the Jump & Learn and their many other products – sometimes they even run fun contests that you’ll definitely want to be a part of! If you have any questions about a feature or element I didn’t mention, just leave them in the comments and I’ll be sure to answer. And once the baby arrives and is big enough to start jumping, you better believe I’ll be posting some videos! Seriously, cutest thing ever.
Note: I received an ExerSaucer Jump & Learn to facilitate my review. I was not compensated monetarily for this post. All opinions provided are honest and are those of myself and my family.