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A Jolly Jumper is a great invention to help your baby develop strength, coordination, and muscle tone. There are guidelines on when your child should be using a jumper, so ensure that your child meets those guidelines before continuing. You can find them here. If your child does meet those guidelines but won’t jump or bounce in their Jolly Jumper, these may be some reasons why.
Everything is a new discovery to a baby. Even if they seem to be bouncy when you are playing and holding them, they probably do not understand what they are supposed to do in a Jolly Jumper.
A baby may sit in the perfect position in their Jolly Jumper, and either twist themselves around or just hang there but never fully grasp the concept of jumping.
Keep in mind that this is a new device for them and a new sensation, so it may take them some time to get the hang of it.
While your baby may attempt jumping during play, they typically may just like the sensation of hanging in their Jolly Jumper and never try to do anything past this.
If it has been a few weeks and you’ve tried to show your infant the ropes, but they are just not jumping, there is nothing wrong with them. Many babies are content with hanging in the Jolly Jumper or twisting around.
It is completely fine to let your baby discover what works best for them and what feels good, even if it isn’t what it is supposed to be used for.
It will take time for your baby to discover how to use their legs to propel themselves up.
Make sure their feet aren’t flat on the ground, and just their toes are touching; this will help them to get the momentum they need to start bouncing.
You can put on music, dance, and jump around with them to show them how it was done.
Once they get excited and start to discover a new range of movements while sitting in their Jolly Jumper, they may start to jump. Some babies are just not interested in jumping at all, so if this seems like the case after a few months, it’s not a big deal and won’t hinder their development in any way.
If your infant has shown interest in jumping by doing little hops when you help them stand and bounce around in your laps, you may think that the Jolly Jumper is the perfect next step.
A baby’s mind doesn’t work like that, though, and they may just discover completely new motions in the Jolly Jumper that don’t include jumping. Some babies like to just stand in it stiff-legged or just hang there.
You can help them bounce in their Jolly Jumper to show them how it works. Remember to be mindful that it may take a few weeks for them to grasp the concept of the movement and how the device works.
How should a baby sit in a Jolly Jumper?
Your baby should be seated in a Jolly Jumper as per the manufactures instructions, which can be found here. Typically their toes should be touching the floor with their heels, and the balls of their feet raised.
What age should a baby go in a Jolly Jumper?
A baby can go into a Jolly Jumper as early as three months as long as they can sit unaided and hold their head up with full neck support. After that, they can continue using their Jolly Jumper until walking age, but it is not recommended for babies heavier than 28 lbs (13 kg).
Does a Jolly Jumper help the baby?
Yes, Jolly Jumpers do help babies with the development of their coordination and muscle tone. However, putting your baby in a Jolly Jumper for more than 15 minutes at a time or more than twice a day is not recommended.
Jolly Jumpers are a great way to help your baby use and strengthen their bodies through different movements. While most babies love them, some won’t but remember- even just sitting in them is a new, exciting experience for your child to discover more of the world, so it’s still a win.