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Why we bought the Fisher-Price Jumperoo
Honestly? Because all the other parents (or rather babies) had a Fisher-Price Jumperoo. It’s not the first time this has been the driving force behind a purchase, and it’s unlikely to be the last.
So, what had we been missing? Let’s find out in our thorough test and Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo review (updated for 2022).
What is the Fisher-Price Jumperoo?
OK, so it’s basically a baby-jumper thing. Like a trampoline for babies. Or one of those giant swings you see at carnivals that shoots people into the sky (only to bounce safely back to the ground). Alright, maybe not exactly but you get the point.
These apparatuses are also referred to as active learning centers which allow manufacturers to charge a higher price. Thus one is a combination jumper + activity learning center.
In reality, it’s still a baby-jumper thing but with some bells and whistles (literally).
The baby sits suspended in the seat, hovering slightly over the ground which allows them to jump by initiating tip-toed lift-offs. All the while being surrounded by a swarm of “sensory” objects that they can jab, roll, pull, bite, or whatever they are in the mood for.
Touching some of these objects sets off sounds or tunes. And because this is the rainforest version, the sounds are rainforest-like (most babies probably wouldn’t know but it’s cute).
It’s not cheap
First off, it’s not cheap. Currently, the rainforest version is a little over $100. There are several themed Jumperoos to choose between and honestly, we don’t think the theme matters. So go for the cheaper one (at present the cheapest one at Amazon is the Fisher-Price Pink Petals Activity Jumperoo at $89.97).
Is the Fisher-Price Jumperoo worth it?
It probably depends on your child. Our daughter is somewhat impatient and quickly grows tired of toys (or whatever she gets her hands onto). She was probably a tad too young for it too when we initially acquired it and would only sit in it for 5 minutes per session. She also didn’t fully take advantage of the main feature, the jumping (due to age-related leg-shortness).
Now, when she’s older and more elongated she loves jumping in the little thing and also engages with the sensory gadgets much more. The accompanying tunes excite her to jump and she’s all smiles all the while.
The build quality, being made by Fisher-Price, is convincing (we’re fans). It’s sturdy and the only issue has been our daughter’s ability to prune the forest by grabbing the overhanging leaves. They luckily snap right back in.
The thing is both pretty heavy (sometimes a sign of quality) and takes up a bit of space. It’s also not the prettiest thing (babies and perhaps some parents may disagree) so it may be preferable if you have space to stove it away (we don’t).
Didn’t some pediatrician warn against it?
Yeah, that is true. There are enough pediatricians out there to cover the whole spectrum of opinions so unsurprisingly you can find someone not liking it. The main problem is probably that babies are being left in it for too long. It shouldn’t be used as a pacifier/sleeper/please-for-the-love-of-god-just-give-me-a-minute-of-peace contraction but instead solely as an entertainment (+learning) center while being monitored (when in use only).
In our Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo review, we find that the fun, features, and build quality outweigh the price tag (even if somewhat inflated by the lofty promises of active learning).
We give the monstrosity our thumps up and buy clear recommendations. Just get the cheaper version of the Fisher-Price Jumperoo (currently that’s the linked pink petal version).
Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo
We’ve already mentioned it but we recommend any of the Fisher-Price Jumperoos so pick the cheapest one:
We’ve already mentioned it but we recommend any of the Fisher-Price Jumperoos so pick the cheapest one – it varies so do a quick search for Fisher-price Jumperoo on Amazon.
Baby Einstein Neptune’s Ocean Discovery Activity Jumpe
Baby Einsteins activity center has almost 12,000 raving reviews on Amazon. It’s a great product and fairly similar to the Fisher-Price Jumperoo.
Want to save space – and money? Then this is the Jumperoo model for you. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles not sturdiness of its larger cousins but still a great product, a great buy at $69.99 and less of an eyesore.
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