Over the line.........JOLLYJUMPERS!!!???

Amber - posted on 04/06/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 5 month old now, a month ago I started putting her in her jolly jumper/ jenny jump up.
I haven't put her in it much, just maybe 5-10 times.

Now my cousin who has a baby that is 3 month younger than mine and her mom (my Aunt) were making a big deal that it is wrong for me to do it.

1st they have never been here once since I had my daughter.
2 she is supporting her head perfectly fine so I feel it is right
3rd I do know what I am doing with past experiences, and since my boyfriend has a daughter that is 3 AND I have a nurse and a family home visitor that comes by monthly (nurse), weekly (family H.V) and if they think that there is something wrong with what I am doing I am sure they would have said something.

They say it will hurt her? Really? She doesn't seem in pain! She seems to enjoy it very much until of course when she starts to get lazy and does not want to support her head up anymore that is when I take her out!

They kept going on how immature I was because I got upset about it. Well why not.....it seems that because I am only 21 they think that I do not know what I am doing with my child and like I said before on top of that, they haven't been here once, so how do they know how she is doing. And on top of that my cousin is only 18, so clearly she only says what her mom tells her, so there for she thinks she know everything. So of course I am going to get offended but they didn't take it as that, like I have mentioned!

Like come on, we all know babies grow differently, I even started her on baby cereal and she loves it, eating it fine, and until she is 6 months that is when I will start with the others.

It just didn't seem fare to me, and all because I posted a picture up with her in it on face book!

Uh!

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Celestial - posted on 04/15/2009

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I put all my kids in the Jolly Jumper at that age (I have 3). They LOVED it! It's gives them a feeling of independence & the opportunity to move around since they can't crawl at that age. There is nothing wrong with it :-)

Schollin - posted on 04/15/2009

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My son had a jumper roo (a johnny jump up w/ lights and sound) he lived in that thing until he was too big for it hes 2 now and does perfectly well and no harm was done to him...and if you take her out when she gets tired all your doing is encouraging her to be independent which i cant figure out how thats bad.



Oh and i worked in a daycare when my husband was stationed at FT. Campbell and jumperoos were plentiful and used by any infant that could hold up there head so all your doing is making her physically stronger and helping her develop strength. just ignore them.  People think if your young (im 22) they automatically assume you dont know what you're doing.Also I  put my son in his at about 4 months he loved it and could hold his head fine..and my mom an RN is the one who bought it for him at such an early age.lol

Amanda - posted on 04/11/2009

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I know it's frustrating when family tries to tell you that you are doing something wrong, bc I have a father-in-law who always says that I'm doing everything wrong, but you know best ,so just try to ignore what you can and defend what you must and just worry about you and your baby. And you also have to think that they are trying to help (hopefully). My son also loves his johnny jump up and he is 5 and a half months old and has been in it for about a month now and he's just fine and I have a four year old who did the same thing and he's just fine. So, let them know a friend told you that from experience it's fine.

User - posted on 04/09/2009

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Other people are always putting there 2 cents in where it is not asked for. I see no reason for them getting upset with her being in the Jolly Jumper. My nephews used a "Johnny Jumper" which is basically the same thing. They were 3-4 mos old when they went in it. They would play in it and fall asleep in it while playing. My son has an activity center that I started putting him in at 2 mos old. He was supporting his own head and loved being in it! The bottom is a saucer and the seat turns in circles. Like you said, each child develops differently. My son was sitting on his own at 3 mos old...

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Everyone will always have an opinion on what you should or shouldnt be doing with or for your daughter. As her mother your opinion of whats right for her is the only one that matters. You know your baby better than anyone else so therefore you know better than anyone whats good for her and whats not. If she likes it and its not hurting her let her jump all she wants.

Heather - posted on 04/09/2009

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You are her mother and if your daughter is hlding her head up by herself and she is enjoying it then go do your stuff!! All children develop differently and you are going to get critiqued and good advice but when it comes down to it that your child and you know whats best so to me it doesnt sound at all like your doing anything wrong you know your child no one else!

Amber - posted on 04/09/2009

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see i figured, and like i said its not like I put her in it all the time! when I sit her down now she loves trying to sit up! I am so happy, so yeah I dont understand how they can go ahead and say that crap to me!!

Liz - posted on 04/06/2009

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i put my son in the jolly jumper wen he had just turned 3 months but thats cuase he could support his head and also i found that it has helped alot with his strength. He has just started crawling and now his trying to walk and he's only 7 months. I say the jolly jumper is fine for any baby. you aunt is one crazy woman

Amie - posted on 04/06/2009

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Gotta love family! Isn't it great. =) If baby is supporting her head fine though just ignore them. Everyone will have something to say at one point or another, if you let them get to you all the time it will drive you nuts.

Raven - posted on 04/06/2009

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Ugh... I'm sorry that they are trying to pull this on you. We have one of those jumpy activity seats made by Baby Einstein and we have been putting our daughter in it since she was 4 months old. lol

Jamie - posted on 04/06/2009

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I dont see a problem. I mean if you put her in other things what makes this different. im not sure but isnt a jolly jumper something that your baby would have to jump in order for it to work, shes not going to jump if its hurting her. We used to have a jumperoo, i belive its the same thing except the jolly jumper goes over the door frame right? My daughter would jump her self out, lol, she would fall asleep in it. Plus most things like that have a age on the box. what does the box say? If she enjoys it I say put her in it.

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Don';t worry about the bad comments... Your daugther supports her head and seems to enjoy herself. Why wouldn;'t you let her play then??? Trust your mom instinct that's the best advice I can give you. Keep your confidence up.

Lisa - posted on 04/06/2009

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I think as long as your baby can hold her head up by herself then you have nothing to worry about.  Every baby grows and develops at different stages.  What is good for one baby at four months, may not be good for another baby the same age.   People are always so quick to judge and add their two cents.  You are her mother and you know what is best for her.

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