Fisher-Price SpaceSaver Jumperoo Review

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!

First impressions:

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?

 

{ Find me on: BloglovinInstagram and Twitter }

 

Our ‘Big Scream’ experience (Bury St Edmunds)

As much as I love spending all day, every day with Jasmine, I’ve started to realise the importance of getting out of the house and doing ‘normal things’. I think it’s vital for new mums to break up the monotony of nappy changes and feeds with other activities. I’ve made it my mission to try and discover as many local mum and baby friendly activities as possible.

As an avid film enthusiast I was pleased to discover that a cinema in my town, Abbeygate Cinema, has it’s very own ‘Big Scream’ club. Every Thursday morning parents have the opportunity to go along to the cinema’s ‘Big Scream’ film screening which welcomes mums, dads and babies under the age of one. How brilliant is that?!

Our ‘Big Scream’ experience (Bury St Edmunds):

Last Thursday I took Jasmine on our first ever mummy/daughter date to the movies! The film being shown on that particular day was ‘Tracks’ – a drama based on the memoir of Robyn Davidson, the woman who walked solo across 1,700 miles of Australian desert.

It was absolutely pouring down with rain that morning so I was very glad to get inside the building which is tucked away down Hatter Street in Bury St Edmunds. I parked my buggy in the lobby (next to a huge array of other prams and pushchairs) and then had a mooch around the place as I was a little early for my film.

abbeygate-picturehouse (1)

After a quick nosey around, the girl and I headed upstairs to find our screen. I had my e-ticket already which I had printed out at home – no queueing for tickets is definitely a bonus. I simply showed my printed ticket to the member of staff waiting outside the screen and went in to choose my seat. We were the first ones there so we had our pick of where to sit. I decided to sit on one of the little two-seater sofas at the back of the room. That way I could sprawl all of mine and Jasmine’s bits and bobs out and be able to reach them easily whilst the film was on. The sofa was so comfy and Jasmine stayed snuggled to my chest the entire time.

I noticed on the way in that there were several changing mats laid out and a bin for dirty nappies so you could deal with any stinky messes mid-film and not miss a thing!

Gradually more mums and dads appeared with their little ones (most of which were fast asleep!) Crying babies throughout the film (Jasmine included) was inevitable but it honestly didn’t matter. Once I got over the surreal experience of changing a baby’s nappy on the back seat of a cinema screen, I really felt relaxed and thoroughly enjoyed the film. I’m happy to report that it’s the first film I’ve managed to watch to the end since Jasmine was born!

abbeygate-picturehouse

I loved my first mummy and daughter date at the movies. I mean, who else can you go to the pictures with, accidentally drop popcorn on their head and not hear any complaints?! (On that topic, even though I’m fully aware as to where my mouth is, why is it so hard to eat popcorn in a dark room?!)

The morning gave a whole new meaning to ‘smooching in the back row’ as I was able to give Jasmine kisses and cuddles until my heart was content whilst still enjoying a ‘normal’ activity that I really didn’t think I’d be doing just 4 weeks after Jasmine’s arrival.

I can see these trips to The Picture House being a regular occurrence from now on. I’ve since found out that the local NCT Bumps and Babies group also meet at the Picture House on Thursday mornings (before the Big Scream film) and perhaps if I’m feeling brave next time I’ll pop in and say hello!

NCT Bumps and Babies meet up: 10:00-11:30am (Free of charge)

Big Scream movie starts at 11:15am every Thursday – tickets cost £7 per adult (Babies go free)

I’d love to know what activities you enjoy doing with your babies in your local area?

 photo sugnatrue_zps37c179db.jpg

{ Find me on: BloglovinInstagram and Twitter }