In regards to baby toys, there has been on item that I have been recommended over and over again by fellow mums and that is the Fisher Price Jumperoo. “It gives me my hands back for a little while.”, “I can enjoy a hot drink.” and “They have so much fun in it!” are all quotes that have had me hovering my mouse curser over the ‘Add to shopping basket’ button on Jumperoo Amazon page. I have come close to buying Jasmine one so many times but I’ve always talked myself out of it. Why? Because they are blummin’ massive!
Our (shall we say, modest?) house is already so full of toys and other baby paraphernalia, that at times, I feel a tad suffocated by it all. I just couldn’t bring myself to add another large object to an already overcrowded living room. Sorry Jasmine, you were just going to have to go without, my love!
BUT then I get an e-mail telling me that those clever folks at Fisher-Price have listened to mums like me and come up with something clever – The SpaceSaver Jumperoo! It still resembles the same Jumperoo that parents and babies know and love but now it’s foldable – making it easier to store when not in use and much easier to move around. When I was offered the SpaceSaver Jumperoo to review I just had to give it a go, I could finally see what all the fuss was about. I absolutely couldn’t wait for it to arrive and put it to the test!
When it was delivered it came boxed in around 5 or 6 large pieces, which took me less than 5 minutes to put together ready for use. When I told a friend how quickly I managed to put it together she exclaimed: “What?! It took me all night to put my Jumperoo together!” (She has the original Fisher-Price Jumperoo.)
What I was most curious about was whether Jasmine, at 10 months old and pretty fond of crawling around, would even enjoy using it. However, as soon as I placed her in the seat, her face lit up and I could tell I needn’t have worried about her not enjoying it.
What we loved:
Across the ‘dashboard’ there’s lots to grab, spin, poke and nibble on! Jasmine is particularly fond of the light up musical keyboard and the clicky caterpillar.
It was super easy to adjust the Jumperoo’s height to suit Jasmine’s. It has 4 height adjustments so this will grow with your baby.
It’s very lightweight (5kg) which is great for portability. I will often fold it up and carry it to another room for Jasmine to use when I’m doing chores around the house. For example, I’ll pop it in the kitchen when I’m making lunch or doing the dishes.
The keyboard has a good variety of sounds and music which is always a good thing when it comes to musical toys – otherwise they drive me a bit bonkers very quickly!
It’s easy to pop Jasmine in and out of the seat – she also looks pretty comfortable when sat inside it.
I love the lifespan of the Jumperoo – you can use it from when your baby is able to support his/her own head (around 6 months) until your child can walk (or reaches the weight limit of 25lbs).
Things that weren’t quite so good:
For the musical keyboard to work you need to use 3AA batteries (not included). Things that use an odd number of batteries always annoy me.
I find it quite difficult to squeeze the buttons to collapse the main folding arm. Stephen has no trouble doing it so I think only those with erm, petite hands, would struggle.
Even when folded the Jumperoo still takes up a considerable amount of space. I suppose if you want all the the bells and whistles that the original Jumperoo has then it’s never going to be tiny but at least it’s slim enough to pop behind the sofa or in the cupboard under the stairs when not in use.
The toy arch is quite difficult for Jasmine to reach, she can just about do it but I’m not sure if a younger baby would be able to.
Final thoughts: I am chuffed to bits now I know that there’s finally a space saver version of the Jumperoo available. I know it won’t be too long before Jasmine is walking so she’ll probably only get another few months out of it but I will definitely be keeping this for Baby No.2! Whilst there are a couple of things that I think could be improved (see above) on the whole it is a brilliant product, one I wish had been around when I first thought about purchasing a Jumperoo for Jasmine.
Where to buy: You can find find the Fisher-Price Jumperoo on Amazon for £80.43 (price as it stands at time of publishing).
I was sent this Jumperoo for the purpose of this review but all opinions are my own.
Does/did your baby have a Jumperoo? What are your thoughts on a SpaceSaver version?