I am a little overwhelmed. I have about 30 amazon tabs open right now and do not know where to begin. Hila is nearing the four month mark and so it is time to introduce to her the next necessary toy in her developmental range: The Exersaucers. Or the Jumperoo.
Definitions: Exersaucers are big round plastic playgrounds. The baby sits in a seat, can swivel around to different activity centers, can rock, bounce, and spin, and can activate lots of annoying lights and noises. Jumperoos either hang from a door or from two ends of a metal frame and provide lots of bounce for the baby, lots of good leg and core exercise, and often also have lots of toys and lights and noise (but usually less than the exersaucer).
So how to choose? Well, I’m not really sure. At first glance, I like the jumparoos better. They seem less….creaky. All that plastic on the exersaucer makes the whole experience seem a bit clunky, whereas the ride on the jumperoo seems smoother and quieter.
All that being said, I’ve still pulled out a few of each that have caught my eye.
1. Evenflo SmartSteps Exersaucer Entertainer – This is your classic saucer with lots of music options, removable and replaceable toys, and a compact fold.
2. Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Jumper – This jumperoo has a little mini piano on this. Of course, all the reviews on Amazon say that it breaks, but that Baby Einstein is good about replacing parts. And while I don’t usually like overly musical and busy baby things, this one seems cute and if the baby is actually “making” music and not just hitting buttons that do all the work, then it actually seems productive. Swivels 360 degrees, just like in an exersaucer. This is a jumparoo that is set in a frame, not on the door. That seems like a safer, more secure option.
3. Fisher-Price Galloping Fun Jumparoo – This one has none of the bells and whistles of the other jumparoo/exersaucers, but is definitely the cutest. It’s a jumping rocking horse! Also, in a frame, not for the door.
4. Johnny Jump Up – The old-fashioned, door-hanging jumparoo. I had one of these when I was a kid. There’s a picture of me somewhere. I look pretty happy. This one is by far the cheapest ($20) and has no added toys or electronics.
Do you have one? Do you recommend it? Why or why not?