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Blog: Don’t sweat the small stuff: Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Jumperoo Review By »

November 15th, 2016

I love routines. I also consider myself a very disciplined individual. I always believed that sticking to a routine was important if you wanted to be able to accomplish things, and to be successful in life. I am now learning that this is not always possible, or necessary for success. Ethan has taught me that it is good to be flexible, not so ridged in my thinking, and that routines are great, but being versatile is also important to overcome obstacles that may arise and challenge those routines you wanted for yourself and for your baby.  If you can’t be versatile how are you going to be able to handle when things do not work out exactly to plan? Looks like Ethan is not the only one growing!

While I was pregnant, I told myself Ethan would be on a routine; sleeping in his own crib, set bed time, designated nap times and sleeping in his crib for those nap times…. Ya none of that is currently happening. Each baby is unique, and you have to do what is best suited for you and your baby needs, not necessarily what you “should” be doing. I read that babies love/need a routine, that co-sleeping wasn’t recommended, and these things should be established in the beginning. Well after many sleepless nights, a colicky baby that never wants to be put down, you make adjustments and you become flexible in your routines. We let Ethan sleep with us when he was just too fussy/gassy to sleep alone in his own crib (he would sleep like a rock with us), Ethan takes daytime naps in my arms, and/or beside me during the day, and sometimes he goes to bed for the night at 6pm, and sometimes 8:30pm.

We learn to celebrate the small wins, and measure success that way, like the nights we can get Ethan to sleep all night in his crib, or go to bed at a reasonable time. We are just adjusting, being versatile and trying our best to find our way as new parents–to me this is all small stuff– we will get this sleep thing figured out–maybe just not as quickly as planned.

The one consistent thing that I can have Ethan doing, is playing in his Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Jumperoo!

Every morning after breakfast, Ethan loves to be in his Jumperoo that I received from Babies“R”Us. This is a routine that I am thrilled has worked out right away, it gives Ethan his exercise, play and educational time.

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What the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Jumperoo offers:

Music and Learning: The Jumperoo has 3 options: 1) for constant music, lights and sounds; 2) music only when baby jumps and lights and sounds; 3) a learning option where the Jumperoo speaks alphabets, counting, animal names/sounds and sing along songs.

Colourful toys with a variety of features and textures for baby to explore:

  1. 2 playbars where baby can move items back and forth
  2. Many buttons that light up and play sounds/music when pressed
  3. Book where baby can flip the pages to activate music
  4. Bar with animals on it – when pressed animal sounds and names are activated
  5. Mirror for baby to look at themselves
  6. 2 rolling options – baby can roll pictures, and a ball that when rolled moves makes noise
  7. Textured tree with shapes on it

Lots of toy options to keep baby busy! Also, these toys help to boost motor skills.

Bouncing: Exercise and jumping fun for baby, 3 height settings to grow with baby, no need for a door frame!

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Stable, safe, rotating seat: Baby sits in seat that is long and sturdy so baby’s back is supported when in the upright position for bouncing, you can also spin the seat around to have baby playing at different areas of the jumper

Designed for early learning in mind: Bright, vibrant, colourful seat that is red with alphabets all over it, there is a mobile bar in the shape of a rainbow with numbers on it, there is a tree with shapes on it, along with the fact that the Jumperoo will be speaking language for baby to hear, lots of learning components for baby to be exposed to, baby also learns hand and eye coordination, cause and effect, all these features help to stimulate baby’s development

Cool features: The Jumperoo has a volume control, low, high and off, so you can adjust to whatever suits you and baby, also the Jumperoo can be played in 4 languages.

I also like this Jumperoo because I can monitor my dog and baby interaction time, the dog can go visit baby but I am able to monitor their exposure, and ensure that dog is not overwhelming or smothering baby (I have a huge dog – more like a small pony in the house) he is overly curious about baby and can be a tad too hyper at times, constant supervision is necessary until Ethan grows bigger, so the Jumperoo has been helpful to start introducing them to each other in safe setting.

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Very important safety notes: Baby needs to have strong head control before using this toy because there is nothing to assist the head and neck. Check with your doctor and/or the manual for more information determining if baby is ready for this. There is no minimal age for this Jumperoo, but there are height and weight restrictions.

Downside: It is very awkward to try to get baby into the seat, because it is so long you need to make sure that you are watching baby’s legs and feet as you slide them through the feet/leg slots without hurting their legs, I just find when Ethan is squirming around this can be challenging as he will crunch up his leg and I have to fuss around with 1 hand to get his legs through the slot. I also wish that the mobile bar/tree lit up, it looks like it was meant to, but doesn’t offer a light show to emphasis counting and shape learning as I had hoped.

Tip for new moms:

I find that Ethan does get sleepy if he has a warm bath before bed, or even when he is super fussy and will not nap, try this if you are having trouble with your bedtime/nap routine. The warm water relaxes Ethan, and I extend the bath to have playtime, letting him play with his toys to get him even more sleepy.

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