My baby loves it.
Plus, there's a lot of accidents and emergency room visits resulting from that sort of toy.
Maybe try getting one of those swings where baby sits in it? If her weight it on her bottom, not her spine, then it's okay.
I think, if you limit his time in it, he will be fine. How much his his spine going to develop in ten minutes?
And it is my understanding there is no way of knowing how quickly the damage could occur. And it's not just the sitting in that position with weight on the spinal base, it's the jumping motion can lend itself to even more damage. Does that make sense? I feel like I'm not explaining myself very well here. Hopefully some other mama can give a clearer explanation.
I guess the bottom line for me is I'm a fan of some things in moderation, but risking back problems for life isn't one I'm willing to mess around with. (And FWIW, I've also heard of those things causing damage to little boy's scrotum area, so if my child were a boy, I'd be even less inclined to consider using something like that.)
That's just me though. I understand other mamas may not share my concern (just like some other mamas think it's okay to feed solids before 6 months or whatever). It's a personal decision, but one I definitely would say no to.
I havent read anything about spinal development on these things, and dh turned out all right, he actually hurt his back a few years ago due to work (he slings and inspects luggage all day) nothing could have prevented that but the lack of the activity. And Ds has been eating solids since about 4 mo when he threw a fit about me eating a banana, so we give him solids on no regular schedual just when he wants them. And thats how most things go, only time he dosent get his way is in the car seat because its the law and thats about the only reason.
If these things can cause spinal injury, can wearing my boy in the moby wrap with his feet hanging down also cause injury? He really is not a fan of the froggy position so I started letting him hang is feet, then I thought it seemed like a very similar position to what he would be if in the Bjorn. Thoughts?
The way I remember to do it is put baby on my side hip for a second first -- the way her legs are there is the way they should be if I'm carrying her in front of me in the mei tai -- as I sadi, I don't have a Moby, but I have a FreeHand that is pliable enough so I can carry her in front of me, facing out, with her legs still up enough so she's seated on her bottom.
I have chronic back problems, and I don't want to do anything that could even POSSIBLY cause back problems for my son. I didn't like the idea of jumpers, and my chiropractor confirmed my suspicions.
I never needed anything other than a very basic bouncy seat and the floor to entertain him. I know not all babies are so content and independent, I'm very lucky!
Still, even if I had to resort to something to keep him occupied, I would use an Exersaucer before I used a jumper.
Mom to two amazing boys, C (July 2005) and D (May 2010)
Founder/leader of a Babywearing group, and loving it!
Brandy; Mother to Aspen (7/1996) and Ky (5/2006) and partner to Ryan
What about baby trekker? Is it also bad? We usually wearer her on the front. If so, what is a good baby carrier?
So I agree with he pp that mention that it not the duration of time but rather the resulting effects on the spine that are a concern. Also, let me add that your pediatrician is more specialized in non-back related medical issues and only know how to prescribe medication or send patients for surgery for any type of back problem. It is not something they spend a lot of time studying. So their intention is good but is based on limited knowledge.
Should I get rid of my jolly jumper and exersaucer? Or should I hang on to them : will they be useful when she gets older? She's now 6 month old.
Well I don't allow chiropractors into my house, they cause cerebral vascular accidents while doing spinal manipulations. As far as Jolly Jumpers go, I spent a lot of time in one as an infant as all of my mother's photos will prove. I went on to become a National Team skier then bicycle racer, now at 40 I'm probably the healthiest I've been my whole life. No back pain, no aches, nothing. But maybe that's due to lack of chiropractor visits.
26 years old. Central PA. Married to a medical student. DD1 - Valentine's Day 2013.
I thought it was supposed to be bad for the hips, not the spine? Hip dysplasia, I wanna say? But that's if you use them too much? I think what I heard was 10 minutes at a time was okay. You just don't want to overdo it. That said, we don't have one. My son just wanders around on the kitchen floor, or before he could crawl, he would sit and play with a toy. Before that, tummy time on a blanket while I did whatever I had to do. Being able to move around and react to objects in their environment is best for their cognitive development. There is only one way they can go in that thing....(well, two)...up or down. That said, sometimes mama needs a break. So do what's best for you. I am actually thinking about getting something like a jumperoo for when we have babysitters here, so they can run to the bathroom if they need to. I am okay handling/watching my son, but I worry about newbies. You can also look into those baby gates, and make a circle out of it on the floor.
Also, with the exersaucer things, you don't want their feet flat on the floor (someone mentioned that on page 1). You want them to only touch with....it's either the toes or the balls of the feet? Its bad for the ankles, etc, to support that kind of weight before they are ready. Also, don't push them to stand or walk until they are ready, same reason.