Bounce, jump, and jiggle... We are in that in-between stage; Baby Girl is no longer considered an infant, but she's barely a toddler. She's a love bug and a sass monster. She needs to be nurtured, but also wants to exert her newfound independence.
I can barely keep her still and calm. She wants to scoot around the house, exploring and discovering and getting into all sorts of naughty trouble. I can't contain her in a high chair or a carseat--girlfriend wants to move.
It's an amazing developmental phase, but it's completely exhausting keeping up with her constant comings and goings, and making sure she's safe. I can barely get anything done when she's in active mode. And in-between naps she is always in active mode.
But there is one way I can snag a solid 10 or 15 minutes. I put her in her exersaucer or jumper for a quick cardio session. Of all the gear, it is the one item that she still loves--because she can jump and play and dance around like the energetic bunny she is. She can work out her energy, but remains stationary--making it a win for both of us!
She's been using this thing since she was six or seven months old--so it's gotten plenty of play. She still interacts with the toys and attachments, and so it's worth the small splurge.
I've rounded up a few favorites that will keep your infant happy and your teeny in-betweenie not-quite toddler happily entertained.
Most Tricked Out Jumper: Baby Einstein Neptune's Ocean Discover Jumper, $110
Best for Your Money Buy: Evenflo Exersaucer Jump & Learn Stationary Jumper - Safari Friends, $69
Sleekest in Your Home: Evenflo ExerSaucer Lightweight Activity Jumper, Woodland Wonder, $100
Most Versatile Option: Tiny Love Meadow Days 4-in-1 Jumper, Walker and Mobile Activity Center, $100
Best for a Small Space: Fisher-Price Woodland Friends SpaceSaver Jumperoo, $70
On-the-Go Portable Option: Summer Pop ‘n Jump Portable Activity Center, $54
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