Do you let your LO use a jumperoo? I've heard conflicting theories on if its bad for their legs/spine or not. What are your thoughts?
We have one, too, and DS loves it:
JUMPERSAccording to the Children's Hospital of San Diego, "Babyjumpers...promote movement patterns that are not useful in normaldevelopment including tiptoe standing and fast uncontrolled movements.The exercise your baby gets does not promote the development of trunkand leg control or the balance needed for walking. Additionally, itmay limit time your baby spends on his tummy developing the valuableskills for crawling." ("Frequently Asked Questions," Children'sHospital of San Diego: http://www.chsd.org/167.cfm )On the other hand, after an exhaustive search, I've found that otherreliable sources (including The American Academy of Pediatricswebsite) remain silent on the subject of jumpers. One can assume,then, that they don't consider jumpers harmful--as long as they areused in moderation.(As an aside, I can tell you that my infant's physical therapist saysthat jumpers are fine as long as they aren't used for longer than 20minutes a day and the child shows no signs of toe-walking.)