Suspended baby jumpers

Learn how to keep your child safe with correct installation and use of a suspended baby jumper.

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About suspended baby jumpers

Suspended baby jumpers are also known as suspended baby exercisers or bouncers. They're hung from a doorframe or from a free-standing frame. The device holds a baby upright in a seat or harness so only their toes are touching the floor. The baby can then bounce up and down.

Health risks

Head injuries are the most common type of injury linked to suspended baby jumpers. Serious injuries can occur when a suspended baby jumper is used incorrectly or malfunctions. Such injuries can occur when:

  • your baby:
    • bounces too hard
    • falls forward or out of the jumper
  • the jumper:
    • is damaged
    • has parts that do not work the way they are supposed to
    • is not properly secured to a doorframe
    • is attached to an inappropriate doorframe

Buying a suspended baby jumper

Before buying a suspended baby jumper, consider safer alternatives. Look for bouncers that are not suspended, such as a stationary activity centre.

If you decide to buy a suspended baby jumper, check the manufacturer's instructions to make sure:

  • the jumper is suitable for your child
  • your doorframe meets the size requirements

Tips for safe installation and use

Correctly installing your suspended baby jumper can prevent serious injuries. This includes:

  • reading and following all instructions carefully
  • supervising your child when they're in a jumper
  • taking your child with you if you have to leave the room
  • taking down and storing the jumper when it's not in use
  • installing a jumper on a doorframe that's large enough to keep the clamp in place
  • checking the doorframe to ensure it's secure and meets the manufacturer's requirements
  • adjusting the jumper so that your baby's toes are touching the floor when they're not jumping

Your child should only be placed in a baby jumper when they can hold their head up on their own. You should stop using the jumper when your child:

  • can walk
  • is heavier than the manufacturer recommends

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