DS LOVES his jumperoo and his activity center. I 'try' to not give him too much time in them because I've heard they can cause issues with their legs or something, so I try to give him as much floor time as I can. We try to do other things like read, sing, dance, go for walks, play with a toy etc., but he's getting to the point when we're home, he'll actually start getting fussy until we put him in either his jumperoo or activity center and then he's all giggly and happy as a clam....jumping like a maniac. Even when he's in them I still sit on the floor and play with him and such, so it's not like I'm using them as a constant babysitter lol But now he seems to spend a lot of time in them (as intermittently as I can).
How much time does your LO play in theirs? Should I keep letting him have his fun or am I only causing him harm later down the road?
i think its fine to keep your lo in there as long as he is happy with it. Im wondering if what your saying about the legs is kinda what i heard. Like if you stand them up to ealry before there legs are ready it can cause there feet to curve i guess could be the word. like go in. But your lo as the support of the chair so is not putting full force on his legs so i think he would be ok. i say go for it!
It's not true that letting them stand causes bow legs- that's an old wives tail. Bow legs are caused by rickets.
Jumperoos are not supposed to be used for more than 20 minutes a day because they dangle the baby's hips in an unnatural position, and can cause issues with the hips. The advice is the same with anything that holds the baby in that position such as Baby Bjorn- type carriers. They are also hard work on developing neck and back muscles, so physiotherapists will tell you to limit their use.
Isabella doesn't use her jumperoo much these days, but when she did I always limited it to around 10 minutes twice a day.
^^wss!! If you think of it developmentally a 3month old baby wouldn't naturally be on their feet for a long period of time, so while short bursts are no harm, it's not good for their development to leave them in for too long.
Of course baby enjoys it, but they rely on us as parents to know what's good (or not!) for them. The way I'd describe it is- a baby would happily guzzle a whole bottle of calpol 'cause it's sugary and yummy, but it would kill them! So not everything a baby enjoys is good for him
Hope your LO won't give you too much grief for curtailing his standing time x
I would ask your LO's pediatrician, as s/he will know best. I call my son's doctor whenever I have a question like this, since I have found that there is much debate, even in the medical field, about many different baby-related topics. Does the instruction manual state a time limit?
I have read that leaving LO in the jumparoo for extended periods of time can cause hip dysplasia.
I don't have the manual because our neighbor is loaning it to us for a while, but if we keep each session within a 20 min. time frame, how much time a day would he be allowed to play in them? I'm going to see what the pediatrician says too, just trying to find a consensus to go by...thanks ladies!
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