What would one do to get a few minutes back to do your chores knowing very well that your baby is enjoying his or her time while also getting a full body exercise and some serious sensory stimulus – this is where baby exercise machines are such a help. Babies like to bounce, walk, spin around and play with toys with their hands, in the process they strengthen their legs and learn cause and effect relationships.
Here is what I would not do – Baby walkers. More on that later.
Here are my recommended exercise machines
1. Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo – The absolute bestseller infant rockers and bouncers and not without reason. Both my sons loved it – albeit at different stages. One of my twins loved it from 3-6 months but after that it was a little uncomfortable for him as he was on the heavier side. The other one initially did not enjoy but grew to like it as he grew around 6 months old – just as the other one got tired of it. Thus strangely both of them never liked it at the same time. Pretty easy to assemble and the prices can be as low as 72 dollars. Baby can spin around in his seat and jump off the ground with his feet; this Jumperoo is incredibly popular with little ones.
- Rotating seat allows baby to explore 360 degrees of fun
- Removable, washable fabric toys
- A less imposing frame than similar products
- Various lights, sounds and music options
- Music can be set in short- or long-play mode
- The seat pad is machine washable and dryer safe
- Requires 3 AA batteries (not included)
- Plenty sturdy, but not as rock-solid as the ExerSaucer styles
- A couple less bells and whistles than similar styles
The Fisher-Price Luv U Zoo Jumperoo is also decent though it looks a little less sturdy that my favorite one. Like that unit, this activity center adds a “jumper” with elastic supports that allows the baby a fun jumping/bouncing experience. These are very bouncy and you will find you baby go crazy jumping – and enjoying the cause and effect relationship.
2. Baby Eistein Musical Motion Activity Jumper – This one is great too and is priced slightly higher. Similar to the Fisher Price one – it has tons of activities allowing the baby to spin around 360 degrees to reach all the different toy stations including the piano. Its music isn’t as loud and irritating as the Fisher Price options and has 5 easily adjustable height settings which obviously extend its use. It also has a small tray where you can put some finger foods for the baby. The customer support from baby Einstein is amazing as well.
- Not as bouncy as the fisher Price option which can reduce the enjoyment extracted out of it by some babies.
- Seat opening is a little too wide an dnot snug enough like the Fisher price options.
- The assembly process has some hitches due to presence of warped parts.
- Piano breaks easily in many cases- but they will send a replacement.
This is another great option which you can start using around the 4-6 month mark. The only problem is that they are trying to pack too much into one thing. It can be used as playmat when they are very small and then transitioned to the exersaucer and finally can be used as table once they are capable of finding their way about. As a playmat there are better ones around and so would not recommend it. The table format is not sturdy enough so is likely to fall down taking the kid down with it. Here is another option without the playmat . The table format is good but this or this is a much better option once teh baby starts walking.
When to Stop – If your baby seems to be getting close to climbing out, then we don’t suggest using an activity center anymore!