The Jumperoo: So Good I Bought Two

fisher price jumperoo review

I find myself with another metal-and-plastic monstrosity in the living room (though it’s a different living room, as we’re still in our temporary house in Bath): the Fisher Price Roaring Rainforest Jumperoo*. A nightmarish jumble of primary colours, it’s the Frankenstein of baby gyms. Part-bouncer, part-activity centre, it has a wraparound table with shaking, spinning, dangling things – mission control for a lunatic with a jungle fixation.

fisher price jumperoo review

But, my God, the Jumperoo is possibly the most useful piece of equipment you could ask for if you have a baby at the age when they will not sit still, want to stand up constantly but are too wobbly to support themselves, cry from boredom if they are left lying on their backs, even for thirty seconds, or roll halfway across the continent every time you take your attention away from them. It’s like a holding pen, but fun. It’s an extra pair of hands, but ones that offer up constant morsels of distraction and interest – a rattling elephant here, a crinkly butterfly there.

fisher price jumperoo review

One reader named the Jumperoo the “circle of neglect” when I last mentioned it, which did make me laugh. I suspect the keyboard warriors will be out in full force about the dangers of using a bouncer, but I really only rely on it for a few minutes at a time, so I can’t see where the problem would lie. I suppose the temptation to leave them in there, chilling out, is pretty strong, especially when you’ve got a nice hot cup of tea to drink and Grand Designs is on the telly, but if you are strict with the timings then SURELY IT’S FINE.

(Please don’t shatter my one hope for getting things done/staying sane/being able to sit down for five minutes.)

fisher price jumperoo review

Warning: the Jumperoo takes up quite a phenomenal amount of space. If you have a small living room then try to imagine what it would be like to put an extra armchair in it. Do you have the space for an extra armchair? No? Then you don’t have room for a Jumperoo. It’s gargantuan. You’d think it had been designed to bounce Hulk Hogan about, not a small baby.

Another warning: the music will drive you mad. Luckily it has a switch, and babies can’t get their little fingers around switches. Toddlers, however, can. I don’t know how many times a day I say to Angelica “please turn the Jumperoo off, PLEASE TURN THE MUSIC OFF!” but she seems to take a perverse pleasure in watching me slowly fall apart as B-I-N-G-O plays on a continuous loop. Sometimes she does one of her bizarre dance routines to the music, which admittedly is very funny, but still. I hear those tunes in my dreams. Nightmares. What short dreams and nightmares I actually have…

I bought my Jumperoo (again!) from Amazon here* – it was £70. I’m pretty sure the first one I bought was the same price, and really I should have kept it but I couldn’t be bothered to dismantle it and it was SO HUGE I JUST WANTED IT GONE and so I eBayed it and got £60. Not bad, eh? A tenner for about four months’ use! Best tenner ever spent, if you ask me…

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10 Comments

  1. Maurissa
    October 23, 2017 / 3:32 pm

    There is a *slightly* more compact version – animals of the world i think its called. we got that one as our flat is tiiiiny.
    x

  2. Helen Ruth
    October 23, 2017 / 5:53 pm

    The jumparoo was hands down one of the best things I bought when my son was a baby. He absolutely loved it, it was pretty much the only toy (can you call it a toy?!) that got a giggle out of him! I was so sad when he grew out of it as he is always on the go. Enjoy the few months worth of pleasure Ted gets out of it and the precious minutes it give you x

  3. October 23, 2017 / 7:19 pm

    Bought this for my kiddo when she was small. She hated it. I was gutted! I thought it was going to be my answer to having 5 mins hands free. But nope. Anything that constrained her, be it high chair, car seat or jumperoo was met with sheer outrage.

    But what I did discover is that it folds up – sort of. Our one had hinges at the bottom so if you disconnected two pieces of the ring, they swung inwards and you could sort of stuff it down the side of a sofa. It was still huge but better than having it fully assembled all the time. It was super quick to snap back into place when you wanted it. Very handy as the footprint of that thing is about the same as a small car!!!

  4. Laura Ryan
    October 23, 2017 / 7:51 pm

    Jumperoo totally saved my sanity Ruth on baby number 1, and it will be dug out of the attic for baby number 2who is due in a few weeks. So useful for when baby gets bored easily ,when the baby gym doesn’t entertain them any more or when you need a few minutes to eat/ run to loo/ get dinner on( or restore your own sanity)! Definitely one of the best items I bought,a hideous contraption but an essential nonetheless! I think once you don’t leave the baby in it for prolonged periods,what harm can it do. My little boy loved it and so I chose to ignore any negative remarks about it.

  5. October 23, 2017 / 8:15 pm

    I was so anti the jumperoo, until a friend turned up with one and changed my life. The ability to drink a cup of tea! It is obscenely large, garish and noisy, but for those sweet few months it was totally worth it.

  6. October 24, 2017 / 6:32 am

    Anything that keeps them occupied for five minutes is good. Don´t listen to the Keyboard warriors, they would probably not be able to type that if they hadn´t put their kid in a Jumperoo first.

  7. Linda
    October 24, 2017 / 11:04 am

    I bought one to have at my house for my grandson and let me tell you, it has been a LIFESAVER! Yes, it is large and the music does get on your nerves after a while, but he loves it, I know he is safe in it when I’m doing stuff in the kitchen. We even drag it into the truck to take it to friend’s houses so I can put him down and know he’s happy and safe. Great post.

  8. Sarah
    October 24, 2017 / 10:51 pm

    ‘Circle of neglect’? No, it’s called the ‘circle of independance’!!

  9. Karen
    October 25, 2017 / 11:14 am

    They are a lifesaver!!
    I visited the UK so the summer with my then 10 month olds and they were going crazy with all that pent up energy without it!
    So I got on a local mums Facebook page and begged, and a lovely lady on Facebook lent me hers for a month, best lend ever!!
    Now they are starting to stand it is losing appeal… I’m looking forward to getting my living room back!!!
    And (for the keyboard warriors) my boy would sometimes fall asleep in it, but he finds it so difficult to go to sleep that I would leave him in it for 20 mins (supervised)
    I have twins and am a single Mum so eff anyone who criticises! Haha!
    You do what you need to to have have happy rested babies!

  10. October 27, 2017 / 8:00 pm

    Our daughter loved her jumperoo, it was brilliant! She loved bouncing about and playing with the things on it. I felt a lot happier with her in that than a door bouncer.
    We bought the space saver one which folded away as our house at the time was small and it was just as good as the big one like yours that they had at her nursery. I would definitely recommend the jumperoo to anyone! Great post Ruth!
    x

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