I like the way that everything in the Fisher-Price Rainforest range has the same theme, yet offers different features and options. This review is about the Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo. It is more than just a baby bouncer and Fisher-Price show how they are top of their game with yet another very popular product.
When we bought our Jumperoo our first daughter was 7 months old. She was so comfortable in it that she fell asleep after just a couple of minutes. We knew at that point she would love it and love it she did, getting a lot of use from it until she was old enough to walk. At that point, she wanted to get about by herself and not be restricted.
The Rainforest jumperoo is suitable for babies who can hold their own head up, through to a maximum weight of 25 lbs. The weight limit is quite important because the jumperoo will restrict a child’s size, rather than age or ability. We had tried a door-mounted baby bouncer with our first daughter then moved on to the jumperoo. She was probably a little more developed than the minimum requirement, however, our second daughter was just 5 – 6 months when we resurrected it and she is getting such benefit from it. She is not quite able to crawl yet so she is getting to use her legs in the jumperoo, gaining strength and coordination every day.
The jumperoo was very easy to put together and the assembly instructions were easy to follow. As with any product of this kind, everything comes as individual components that need attaching in some way. This doesn’t make it complicated, it just makes it take a little longer.
The base is made up of three green feet with curved metal tubes that interlock in a circle on the floor. I do not recall that any tools were required when putting this product together. The tubular sections slot together and are held in place by a metal button that protrudes through a hole in each tube. To disassemble these parts you simply push in the button and it releases the tubes.
Three upright sections clip into the feet and it is from these that the main cradle is suspended. The cradle that baby sits in is where the fun is. There is a control unit, which houses batteries and provides the operating controls. There is also a spinning sun, a spinning lizard, two hanging animals to play with as well as other interactive features.
Overall it only takes around 20 minutes to put the jumperoo together and it is easy enough for anyone to have a go.
The three woven straps that suspend the cradle are all adjustable to three levels to suit baby’s height. This height adjustment is an important element of the Rainforest Jumperoo. Depending on the size of your baby they may be able to put their feet flat on the floor when sat in the jumperoo. When this happens the height of the seat must be adjusted upwards so that your baby’s feet are just touching the floor with their toes. In this position, they will get the full benefit of being able to jump up and down without their feet stopping them each time.
The seat itself is made from a soft material in the design of a frog type creature. The back is padded and the seat has two leg holes for baby’s legs to go through. If you are wondering how to clean the seat cover, it’s very easy; just unclip it from the mainframe and put it in a washing machine at 30°C. The ability to use a washing machine for items such as this is always a benefit.
The Rainforest Jumperoo provides the following benefits:
The purpose of the Rainforest Jumperoo is to provide a comfortable and fun environment for a baby to sit and bounce for a short time or for longer. The seat in the center rotates through 360° so baby can turn to see and touch any of the toys fixed to the product, as well as being able to follow you around the room if you move. There are no sharp edges and nowhere for small fingers to get trapped or hurt.
There are five places on the main cradle for a baby to grab, spin and play with. There are two music settings which provide different tunes and noises, along with two volume settings as well. To accompany the music and sounds there are flashing lights that keep baby amused and entertained. A nice feature that I like with this bit is that all sounds and lights go off after a short time but can be reactivated by further movement. This means that baby stays entertained and engaged for longer when each time the fun starts all over again.
The batteries (not supplied with ours) are housed within the main unit on the Jumperoo. This is where the switches are for operating the lights and sounds. Also on this part are some animals that spin, swing, and rattle. The benefit of having the lights and sounds time out is that the batteries aren’t run down too soon and you don’t have to keep turning the Jumperoo off to preserve them.
As you look around the circular section you will see more fun and games; a spinning sun above a rainbow and a pop-up tiger, rotating lizard with noisy balls around him, a bee on a flexible stalk and a rotating disc of bright colors. Above baby’s head are soft leaves and hanging animals that they can grab or swipe at.
The Rainforest Jumperoo has been designed to encourage healthy development. Large motor skills are enhanced by spinning, moving and jumping. There are different textures on the Jumperoo toys that provide tactile stimulation, while colors that are bright and fun music engage baby’s visual and auditory senses.
The resulting sounds and movement from baby reaching out and touching allow them to understand cause and effect. Reaching out and grabbing the fun toys also develops hand-eye coordination.
The product description says the Rainforest Jumperoo is quick to take down and portable; the frame folding into a nested position to be tucked away when not in use. I haven’t yet been able to simply tuck this thing away somewhere discretely. No matter how you look at it, the Rainforest Jumperoo has a large footprint, much like the Chicco Polly Highchair. Although a great product with many features and benefits, neither is particularly subtle.
I actually hadn’t realized the Jumperoo folded into a nested position until recently. When I tried it, there was very little benefit other than being able to carry it through a doorway. We just keep ours set up in one room for occasional use, which suits us. We have to walk around it and it does take up room but what a brilliant product for keeping a baby happy and content.