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Best Baby Jumpers
February 22, 2024

Best Baby Jumpers

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Few things make babies shriek with joy like jumpers. While floor play is always best, according to pediatric therapists, a jumper can buy you a few minutes to get something done. (And can put your baby in a pretty good mood.)

Babylist’s Top Picks for the Best Baby Jumpers

Babylist’s Picks for the Best Baby Jumpers

Best Baby Jumper

This freestanding, foldable jumper from Fisher-Price is a popular registry pick among Babylist parents. It features a rotating seat for 360 degrees of fun and includes toys like spinners, clickers, a bead bar and a mirror. There’s also music, lights and sounds.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Up to 25 lbs
Dimensions 34.6” x 34.6”

Best Doorway Baby Jumper

Affordable and fun, this baby jumper turns your doorway into an activity zone. The jumper is light and compact and you won’t need tools to install it. The seat cushion pops off easily and can be cleaned in the washing machine. Just note: to use the jumper, your wall thickness must be between four and five inches and your trim thickness needs to be at least half an inch.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines When baby can sit upright unassisted (approx 6 mox), up to 26 lbs
Dimensions 13.8” x 16.9” x 76”

Best Baby Jumper for Small Spaces

Don’t want to stare at a baby jumper in your family room every day? Skip Hop’s Play & Fold Jumper folds flat for storage and travel. It also boasts a more neutral, minimalist design than most other jumpers on the market. It features a 360-degree rotating seat and 20+ developmental activities, including lights and music. And it’s height-adjustable to accommodate your growing baby.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines 4+ mos
Dimensions 34.65” x 33.5” x 28.75”

Best Doorway Jumper with Built-In Bumper

Let your baby bust all the moves they want without damaging your doorframe thanks to the built-in bumper that surrounds the entire seat of this doorway jumper. Another bonus: The no-mark door clamp is easy to install and won’t scuff your moldings. The jumper features a play tray and two clip-on toys.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Up to 25.5 lbs
Dimensions 17.5” x 17” x 80.5”

Best Affordable Baby Jumper

If you don’t want to spend over $100 on a baby jumper, check out this one from Baby Trend. The bright, cheerful design will keep your baby’s attention and there are plenty of toys to keep them entertained. (The toys can be removed for on-the-go fun.) The jumper is height-adjustable and features a 360-degree rotating seat.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines When baby can sit upright unassisted, up to 26.5 lbs or 32”
Dimensions 29.38” x 29.25” x 27.75”

Best Interactive Baby Jumper

Your baby will never run out of things to do in this jumper, that’s for sure. It’s packed with tons of sensory-stimulating toys, an electronic drum, lights, music and sounds (in multiple languages) and even a removable toy station you can use for floor play. The seat rotates fully so your baby has easy access to everything this jumper has to offer.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines 6-12 mos, up to 25 lbs
Dimensions 34” x 36.7” x 36.7”

The Original Jumper

Making kids smile since 1948, the Jolly Jumper also makes parents happy with its slim profile and sturdy construction. Unlike other doorway jumpers, this one doesn’t have a molded seat but instead has a fabric saddle that provides a safe and snug fit. It’s perfect for those who need something that doesn’t take up too much space and can be easily stowed away. (Jolly Jumper makes a stand version, too.)

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Up to 28 lbs
Dimensions 18.25” x 8/5” x 2.5”

Best Baby Jumper for Disney Fans

Disney lover? Then this Nemo-themed jumper is a great pick. There are over 13 toys and activities (all Nemo-inspired, of course) as well as lights, music and sounds. The extra-high seat back supports your baby and the seat rotates 360 degrees. Two of the toy characters are removable so you can take them on the go.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Recommended age 6-12 mos, up to 25 lbs
Dimensions 24.5” x 34.1” x 30.5”

How We Chose the Best Baby Jumpers

  • We analyzed results from Babylist’s Best Baby Products survey, which polled 6,000 Babylist users and asked them to share the baby products they love the most and why.
  • We utilized insight from the Babylist editorial team, including Gear Editor Jen LaBracio, an expert in the baby space for over six years and a mom of two who has written hundreds of baby gear guides and personally researched and tested hundreds of baby products, including many baby jumpers.
  • We reviewed customer reviews from hundreds of real Babylist parents.

What Is a Baby Jumper?

A baby jumper is a device with a suspended, elasticized seat that lets your little one use their feet to push off the ground and jump. Jumpers come in two versions:

  • Doorway jumpers have straps that clamp to the top of the doorway. They take up less space but can be inconvenient if you need to walk through said doorway regularly. (Tip: If your house has really wide moldings or other unusual features, doorway jumpers might not work with them.)
  • Freestanding jumpers are all-in-one structures with straps that attach the jumping portion to built-in rods. They can be placed anywhere in the house, but they tend to take up more room.

What age can babies use a jumper?

Your baby shouldn’t use a jumper until they can hold their head upright unassisted. This means you’ll likely get the most use out of your jumper when your little one is between six months to one year old.

Are Jumpers Bad for Babies?

Many pediatric therapists don’t recommend baby jumpers, especially when used for long periods. “The issue with jumpers is that they encourage babies to focus a lot on using their legs before they are developmentally ready,” says Marielle Marquez, a pediatric occupational therapist with a specialty in babies and toddlers. That’s because it can lead to over-strengthening the wrong muscles and lead to tightness throughout the legs, she explains. It can also place too much stress on their developing joints and cause toe walking due to overuse of the ankles and feet needed to push off surfaces to jump.

“Babies need variety and fluidity of movement to stimulate their developing systems,” explains Elizabeth Russo Putnam, OTR/L, an occupational therapist. “They need to roll, swing, be rocked, spin etc. Jumpers don’t allow for a variety of movement patterns—in fact, they restrict all movements other than jumping.”

How to Safely Use a Baby Jumper

“As a parent myself to an infant and a wild toddler, I understand needing to put baby somewhere safe while you take a shower, fold the laundry or make dinner,” says Marquez. If you do decide to use a baby jumper, there are some key safety recommendations to keep in mind.

  • Limit your baby’s time in a jumper to 15 minutes per day.
  • When your baby is standing still in a jumper, be sure their feet are flat on the floor.
  • Avoid using a jumper altogether if your baby has increased muscle tone.

And remember that a baby jumper should never be the only piece of play equipment you own or use with your little one. “Freedom of movement is key,” explains Marquez. “It’s wise to have a few different areas or pieces of equipment to put baby so they are not always in the same position.”

“Floor time play is best,” says Russo. “By incorporating floor time early your baby will quickly learn to enjoy their time there. And the floor is where children will learn how to move independently,” she explains. She recommends a play gym, playmat or playard for supervised floor time.

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