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I was in this place called lil' kidz & stuff (and big people too) where I got our dining room table, her music thing that goes on top of the crib and her high chair.... but we were looking at walkers vs jumperoos. When asking if we can have her try out them both.... she tried the jumperoo first. The store employee there stated that her doctor said to her now 9mo old but at the time 5-6 months, if you start them in a jumper first, and they haven't learned how to use the walker yet, their legs can deform (bones). Is this true? When we put her in the jumperoo she was SO HAPPY!. When we took her out... she cried hystertically.
I put her in the walker, and because her feet didnt touch, nor did it bounce her to the ground, she cried...
We had both for Claire, and got a LOT more use from the Jumperoo. The walker was fine in an open space, but she got easily frustrated banging into things and became bored quickly. The jumperoo was her favorite place to be...she'd play with the toys or just jump around all day long if we let her. We would set it outside and she loved that, too. If I could only have one, I'd definitely get the jumperoo, but I'm sure every baby is different.
Melissa & DH
IVF babies Claire (4), Abigail (2) and George (2)
Is it safe for their legs though? Like it won't deform the legs or make the joints out of rack? The only reason I ask is because that jumperoo was a awesome price.... and I love seeing her so happy with the things she loves.
The PT we see for George says "NO" to anything where they bear weight (so jumpers, jumperoos, walkers, etc.) until they can pull themselves up to a standing position. She says it will create muscle imbalances, ruin their hip joints, and possibly screw up their bone structure.
I still don't know what to think. I can't imagine waiting that long...Claire started in her Jumperoo probably before 6 months. I'm leaning towards the thought that if I only do it for small spans of time (15-20 minutes) here and there it will probably be fine, but I'm looking for other input as well.
I'm surprised they still make walkers, it was my understanding that those had their own set of dangers, like babies getting in to too much trouble. I don't see how a jumperoo would be an issue in moderation. No more than an hour a day broken up, I would think would be ok.
As you all know I have had 10 children. Some in the 1980's,90s, to the present. with every generationthe so called "experts" go back and forth with their advice and so called scientific findings.Don't even get me started on when to start solids!! GEESH!
1. When to start solids
2. To let them sleep on their back or tummy
3. To boil bottle and sterilize or not
4. When a baby is old enough to go out in the "crazy, scary outdoors"LOL
5. Don't let a baby bear weight on their legs before 7 months, or they will be bow legged for life. LOL
You see where I am going with this? We had in the "olden days" the ole Jonny Jump up. That is very close to todays version of the jumperoo. My kids had the type with the springs above it and not the strap kind. They had a blast.Soo funny to watch them jump up and down and swing themselves.
I don't know any children with legs or hip issues from that thing. And that thing had a wide leg spread,not like todays better made toys and what not.
I really think every thing must be used with common sense and moderation.
And every parent must do what they feel is best for their kid and not care what anyone else negative has to say.....I have a jumperoo my grandson lived in and he's fine and we are going to use it for Emma.
I know you were just asking a question about the babies hips and thats smart.
Always do research first. I just don't want anyone to have an expert push their ideas on people or any mamafeel guilty fr going against a "expert" opinion and I had a little more time today on the computer and felt like typing.....LOL
Luyando already uses dd1's. She doesn't jump or anything; just plays with the toys and drools on them or gnaws on them. She probably doesn't stay more than 10 minutes at a time and not for more than 25 minutes per day. I think all things in moderation is ok for the average baby.
With Nora's hip dysplasia, I've read up a lot on hip health and development, and the orthopedic community seems to give a big resounding NO to jumpers/bouncers/walkers because they can all promote unhealthy hip development.
I'm sure that in moderation, as with anything, either are okay. We won't be using them because of Nora's hip problems, though.