At four to five months, your baby is likely able to hold her head up without assistance and may be getting tired of laying around all of the time.
A swing or bouncer might be fun for a little while, but since this is also the age when infants can bear weight on their legs, it can make trying a jumper a lot of fun.
A baby jumper or doorway bouncer used to mean a device that included a seat, some straps, a spring and clamps that you attached to a doorway frame. Your baby then jumped and bounced and could play with the toys that were attached to the seat.
And while these types of baby jumpers are still available, the newer jumpers are more like entertainment centers and don't have to be attached to a door frame. The Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo, for example, has a spinning seat, lots of toys, and can be placed on the floor, so you don't need a doorway.
Baby Jumper Safety
To use a jumper safely with your baby, be sure to:
- always supervise your baby in the jumper.
- wait until your baby is able to hold her head up without assistance and can bear weight on her legs before putting her into a jumper.
- don't leave your baby in a jumper if she doesn't seem to like it or after she gets tired or bored in the jumper. Most babies should only be allowed to use a jumper for 10 to 15 minutes at a time anyway if they are actively bouncing for most of the time.
- stop using the jumper once your baby is walking, is able to climb out, or reaches the maximum height and weight (usually about 24 to 25 pounds, depending on the manufacturer) restrictions.
- check your door frame measurements to make sure it meets your jumpers requirements and that it is secure if using a doorway jumper.
- make sure that only your baby's toes can reach the floor when using a doorway jumper. Her feet should not be flat on the floor.