What is your take on Jumpers for a 4 month old?

Brianna - posted on 02/16/2010 ( 37 moms have responded )

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I've heard that you should wait to introduce jumpers until 6 months because it can throw off the way the babies spine grows...is this true? I would like to get one for my son, he is 4 months old next week, I think he would really enjoy it. And if I do get one should I get the kind that hangs in a door or the kind that sits on the floor? What works better and how do the hanging ones attach? Do I need a special door way?

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Deondra - posted on 02/19/2010

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I've had a jumper since before my daughter Sirianna was born. A friend gave it to us. and She loves it....for the standing factor. She's 5 months and i think as long as they have good head control they can be placed in there for short periods of time. She's been in there since she had head control so around 3 months! hope this helps

Renae - posted on 02/19/2010

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I thought the reason some doctors and physiotherapists don't like them is because of how it makes the muscles in their feet and legs develop? I wasn't told anything about it being bad for their spine? Basically, anything is ok in moderation. A few years ago there were a lot of news stories about babies having trouble learning to walk because their muscles had not developed naturally because they had been left in a jumper for hours and hours every day. If your baby is using it for 15 or 20 minutes a day while you get some peace and quiet to have a shower, for example, it wont cause a problem. Just dont put him in it all the time.

Miranda - posted on 02/19/2010

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I have heard the same thing but when my daughter was between 3-4 months we had put her in the walker...not expecting her to walk anywhere and she loved it!!! We then later moved to the jumper and she loved the walker because she could later get where she wanted to go!!! She didn't care for the jumper once she got use to walking around in the walker!!!

Brianna - posted on 02/19/2010

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Wow cool, ok well I'm definitely going to look into getting one and start pricing around, I will let you guys know what I decide to get! :-D thank you so much!

Amber - posted on 02/19/2010

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i had one for my 4mo old and he is 3 now all i did is put blanket around him
my lil boy loved it

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Chet - posted on 11/20/2014

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My experience is that when a baby is ready for a jumper it's obvious - they love it and jump like crazy. If they aren't ready they don't know what to do, and look kind of uncomfortable.

I've definitely talked to physiotherapists who hate them, but we still used one. I found that it was great in the bathroom doorway while I had a shower, and also good to entertain the baby for a few minutes if we were in a house that wasn't very baby friendly and I needed do something for a few minutes and couldn't be holding the baby or following them around.

If you use it the way your supposed to (for 15 or 20 minutes every now and then) it's not going to impact the growth of a healthy baby. That said, it isn't something a baby needs.

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We also used the excercauser, I would place blankets in it to fill the space if there was too much when they were young.

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I can't remember how old they were, but once they held their head up (maybe 3 mos) I put them in the jolly jumper. They have so much fun and it only last maybe 20 mins then it was time to take them out. It's nice to watch their jumping feet and the smiles on their face. The only hard part is sometimes getting them into the jumper. Have fun. My jumper had the door jam attachment but somehow it just didn't seem safe to me, so I bought an eye hook and screwed it into the top of the door jam, then attached "swing set" chain to that and the jumper. Some people wouldn't like to screw into the wall, but once you take it out no one really notices the hole.

Theresa - posted on 02/19/2010

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I put my daughter into one when she was old enough to hold up her hear, about 3 months. She loved it, it was something different. I had the kind that has a stand on the floor for her. I like those much better. My boys are quite a bit older, both by over ten years, than her. They didn't have those kind for them.. I had the type that hang in the doorway. They're OK, but fingers can get bumped between the jumpy and the doorway. The other bad thing about them is they have to be in a doorway that has a frame. Our livingroom doorways don't have frames, so I had to hang it in the hallway in a bedroom doorway. I didn't like that and they didn't as well either because they couldn't see me, unless I was folding laundry. I still have the hanging one and the only time I used it with my daughter was when we were outside. It was easier just to hang that in the poarch doorway than to try and drag the floor one outside. I think the newer floor ones are much better and well worth the money. A hanging one is nice for traveling. The floor ones also have toys on them for entertaining. The hanging ones that have a tray you can put toys on, but they always fall off then you have to keep picking them up.



As far as the neck injuries my daughter didn't really jump in it until she was closer to 5-6 months. She just liked that she could sit up in it until then.

Miranda - posted on 02/19/2010

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Oh, if he can't touch put something like a pilow under his feet...that is the biggest thing, you want his feet flat on the ground!!!

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My six month old would jump in it all day. He just loves it! Everything I read that there is more concern with head control. If the back and next aren't strong enough - don't use one until it is. (think whip-lash injuries)

Cheryl - posted on 02/19/2010

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Ask your doctor if he is too young to have one..Your doctor will know how strong his neck and back is.

Kellie - posted on 02/19/2010

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I started putting our daughter in a walker at 4mo. old and she loved it. Also, I know people who put their babies in jumpers around 4mo. old and they are fine. I say try it out and if doesn't like it try it again later.

Amanda - posted on 02/18/2010

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i have 1 that hang from the door way and i started puting him in at about 4 mo and he just stood and swayed but now he is 8 mo and who ever invented that is like the smartest person alive..my son loves 2 jump in it..for at least a hour every day and he has had no problems with his spine he is crawling just fine and every thing

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Hey Brianna. :-)

My daughter used one of those 'hang-from-the-doorway' jumpers from about 4 months old. She had an absolute blast every second she was in it and I've got some fantastic video footage of her just laughing like crazy when she jumps... I'd recommend it to anyone. I don't think neck injury would be a problem as long as the child has good head control.. I certainly wouldn't put a kid who couldn't hold his/her head up in a jumper.

The Johnny-Jump-up/Jenny-Jump-up from Walmart or any other baby-type store is cheap and robust. My daughter got a real swing up by the time she was abut 7 months old so I know they stand up to the punishment!.

You don't need a special doorway as long as it's got a standard frame around it (just fyi: some hotels don't have standard door frames in the rooms if you're travelling with the jumper... I found that out the hard way when I was travelling and wanted to entertain my daughter for a bit)... the metal clamp is spring loaded to just clip around the edges of the doorframe and stay secure.

Hope this helps ... would love to hear how you go with what you decide to do. Keep us posted!

PS .. as for all the info about jumpers delaying walking growth ... my daughter is just over 8 months old and is cruising around the furniture no worries ....

Gina - posted on 02/17/2010

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I don't know about jumpers. and spinal growth. I have a hanging jumper for my 3month old daughter and she loves it! For this kind of a jumper,all you really need is a good sturdy door frame,with trim. The hanger locks onto the trim and keeps the whole thing from falling.
I also like the idea of the floor styles too,for homes without door frames or parents that don't want to gently swing the baby out of their way to walk thru that door,like I have to do. I think a jumpy thing is fine,but that's just my opinion,ask your doctor if your concerned. And as far as what kind you get,it's totally up to you on what you would be most comfortable with. Also keeping in mind that any toy is fine in moderation,I don't advise keeping your baby in it for extended periods of time.

Jess - posted on 02/17/2010

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My daughter is 6 months old and loves to be upright, standing or jumping. She has been like this since she could hold her head up. My daughter hates sitting down. We have an exersauces and a jumper and we rotate between the two of them. She loves it and our doctor is very happy with her development. She has great balance and she can stand up right when holding her hands and can even take steps. She loves it..... Happy baby.... Happy Mummy !

Shannon - posted on 02/17/2010

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I read that it delays their ability to walk because they use and strengthen a different set of muscles and balance themselves differently than necessary for walking. They said it was ok to use it 30 minutes or less a day. I personally don't think the walking delays are significant though.

Megan - posted on 02/17/2010

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My daughter started in a jumper at 4 months and she loved it. Prior to that she would love it when we would hold her hands so she could jump. After 2 months she was able to stand by herself!!! I attribute that to the jumper!!! Our was actually a jumperoo from Toys R Us. We did not have any door frames to hook a jumper on and it is just as good much better then an exersaucer.

Jo-Ann - posted on 02/17/2010

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My son loves his doorway jumper. He laughs and spins and has a great time. However, I do have a friend whose daughter did have hip problems from using the jumper too much. They had to take her to a pediatric orthopedic. That being said, buy one, your baby will love it, just use it in moderation. My 4 month old got tired in it pretty quickly anyway, he wore himself out.

Jeni - posted on 02/17/2010

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You dont need a special door way it an opening springy clip that attaches.

Its a pile of crap that it throws off their spines ( just like leaving them in carseats for longer than 40min)

My son LOVES his jolly jumper he started in it when he was 3 1/2 months just for short periods.

To make it extra fun for bubs i put a mirror up so he can watch himself jump around, he thinks all his christmases have come at once :)

Jennifer - posted on 02/17/2010

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It is a lifesaver. I used one with my first child when he was around 6-8 months old. He did really well with it. After I had my daughter I started using it when she was 4 months old and she loves it. I have it between my kitchen and living room so when I cook she can see me. It really helps me get things done. I have not had any problems with either childs growth. Like someone said earlier make sure if you have the hanging one that it is on something sturdy to keep it from falling.

Ashlee - posted on 02/17/2010

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i got a floor jumper for my daugher, it was the greatest thing for a little while, i got it when she was around 6 months, because i heard it wasn't good for the babies neck. and once she started jumping i completly understood why...they go nuts in them, my daugher loved it, until she learned to walk then she didn't want to be in it anymore.
but she loved it right before bed and right before her nap time, cause it would wear her out, she is now almost 14 months and sometimes still randomly goes into her room and wants to be put in it.
my suggestion its a success and i would get one, makes life easier if you want to do the dishes you can put in in the kitchen with you, or if your doing laundry or something. i dont know how the door way ones work, i couldn't use it cause my doors dont have the frames, but i know plenty of people who swear by them, and they are MUCH cheaper

Amy - posted on 02/16/2010

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Our jumperm saved my life. I had it when my son was 4 months and it helped so much because he liked to stand ALL THE TIME and it wore me out and I never got anything done. I have never been told anything bad about them. I didn't use the kind that hangs in the door because those looked kinda scary to me but to each their own. My son is 9 months this friday and still loves his jumper and I use it when I need to take a shower and it keeps him happy and me clean!

Laura - posted on 02/16/2010

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At four months my boy liked swaying in it but by five months they are so great. I would have body builder arms from the workout of holding him with how much he liked jumping if it wasn't for my johnny jumper.

Jessica - posted on 02/16/2010

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I would let you son use a jumper. My son is also 4 months and he loves his jumparoo. Just go with you own instinks.. I was told to wait also but, if your son is going to sit in it with out fussing then use it!!

LauraBeth - posted on 02/16/2010

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My son was 3 1/2 months when we got him the floor jumper and the LOVED it, he has no problems what so ever and he out grew it at 6mo!! My son is now 9 mo and absolutley LOVES to jump (we went out and bought the jumper for the door way) and I think he would stay in it all day if he could!! I would try it out!!

Jodi - posted on 02/16/2010

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Baby needs to have excellent head control before putting him in any kind of jumper, also, my pediatrician told me that the spine is not the problem it's the hips that can get misaligned and start to grow funny, so short periods of time only! I had both kinds of jumpers for my now 1 yr old daughter, but I barely ever used them, we played too much for her to really need them! lol Good luck!

KENYATA - posted on 02/16/2010

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MY SON WAS ABOUT 4MTHS WHEN I USED THE JUMP JUMPER AN HE LOVED IT
I HAD THE ONE THAT HANGS IN THE DOOR WAY,I ALSO TRYED THE SIT JUMPER AN HE DIDNT LIKE THAT AT ALL,IS WAS LIKE HE COULDNT FIND A WAY TO JUMP. AS FOR THE OTHER JUMPER IT GAVE HIM MORE ROOM AN SPACE TO JUMP AN WALK, HE STAARTED WALKING AT 7MTHS SO I WOULD SAY TRY IT!!!!!
MY SON IS NOW 1YR OLD AN ME JUMPS ALL DAY LONG ITS FUNNY CAUSE I NEVER SEEN A CHILD THAT JUMPS AS MUCH AS HE DOES, HE'LL JUMP FROM THE HOUSE TO ALL THE WAY DOWN THE STREET......LOL I TOOK HIM TO SEE AN ORTHOPED ANY SHE TOLD ME THAT SHE NEVER SEEN A CHILD THAT HAD CAVS N THEIR LEGS AT A YOUNG AGE..... FUNNY RIGHT..SO I WOULD TELL U TO TRY IT THATS ALL U CAN DO......

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I have both and 4 months is the youngest that she really enjoyed it. Never heard about spine problems. I was in one 27 years ago and my spine is fine.

Andrea - posted on 02/16/2010

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my son has both we introduced it at 4 months and we put a blanket behind him so incase he threw his head back in a tantrum he didnt hit the bar and i do have to say the jumpers help build their little leg mucles too and yes head control is very important... Jasen absolutly loves the door one and will not go in his floor one because he cant move around in it

Raven - posted on 02/16/2010

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I have the rainforest jumperoo. They should be able to touch the ground when you put them in it. My daughter is tall, so she has been able to touch since she was 3 months old. They shouldn't be in there for long periods of time, but no 4 months is not too young. I should also add that they need to have good head control too.

April - posted on 02/16/2010

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I got my son a jumper around 4 months. Although, he never really liked it too much. He didnt like being confined. I got him the floor model one too , Baby Einstein. It had a mini piano on it and lights and dangly things and all types of stuff to play with on it. It cost me about 80 bucks though. They don't really jump too much when they are this young but they can move around and sway a little. The one that i got had a swivel seat on it so he just sat in it and spun around in circles.

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iu got my son a floor jumperoo a little before he was 4 months old an he loved it an new how to jump in it with-in the first week an i loved watching him fall asleep in it an still be jumping, the whjole spine thing im not sure if thats true or not ive never heard of it but my son spine is ok i think, i personally am against the jumpers that hang from a door way i just think there very unsafe .

Jaci - posted on 02/16/2010

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i loved the doorway jumper for my godson when i babysat him starting at around 4-5 months. and i plan on buying one for my son when he gets here and is ready for one.

They are a life saver, especially if you can put one near a TV or a stand up toy for the baby.

Just make sure like Meghan said, that the doorway you attach it to has a sturdy legde or something to hold the clamp in place so the baby doesnt fall.

Meghan - posted on 02/16/2010

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we had a door way one for my son- it has a clamp like thinkg so you need to have a door way withsomething to stop it falling off- a ledge per say. he had his at 4 months, and has done nothing to him, at that age they dont understand how to "jumpp" they morel ike it for the standing factor, and they can sway them selves, my son got the jumping around 5ish months :)

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