Baby jumpers have become the subject of controversy and recall in the past several years. There is a vast array of baby equipment in department stores and baby specialty shops just ready for you to purchase for your baby. Keep in mind, however, that some of these purchases may not be the best choice for your baby.
What Are Baby Jumpers?
The baby jumpers that some manufacturers have issued recalls for are bungee baby jumpers. They actually work like a bungee rope. They have a seat attached to spring-loaded bungee rope, and the rope attaches to the top of a door frame.
The jumper is meant to be used in a doorway. Babies are placed in the jumpers, which can be adjusted to suit the size of baby. As baby kicks his feet, he learns that he can jump up and down and forward and back. Most babies love this item, but just how safe is it?
What Are the Safety Issues?
The problem with many of these jumpers is that they can possibly fall, causing baby to injure herself. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, several manufacturers, including Fisher-Price and Cosco, have recalled certain models of their baby jumpers.
Head injuries, tailbone injuries, bumps, bruises, and cuts have occurred when the springs on the jumpers have broken or the attaching hooks that fasten to the top of the doorway have fallen, causing babies to fall. These companies have voluntarily recalled these products. If you already have a jumper, you can check out the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's list of recalls by calling 1-800-638-2772.
What If My Jumper Isn't On the Recall List?
You'll still want to use caution when using this jumper. Although your baby will probably love it, and you'll get a kick out of watching him bounce himself repeatedly, you don't want him to be injured. If you want to continue using your jumper, keep a close check on it.
- Be sure you check the springs to make sure they are connected securely to the suspension strap or bungee cord.
- Never leave your baby unattended!
- Be sure your baby is firmly seated in the jumper. Once he is old enough to start walking, you'll probably want to stop using it.
- Make sure your door frame is sturdy and secure.
- Make sure the hooks at the top of the jumper fit securely on the door frame. Give the jumper several tugs to check it before placing your baby in it.
- Finally, be wary of buying used jumpers at yard sales, consignment shops, Internet auctions, etc. Although your baby may love the jumper, his safety is the most important point to consider.