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a friend of mine is concerned that her almost 10 month old is not sitting up. she asked the ped and he said it wasnt a big deal and that he was glad to hear that the child was spending over 2 hours a day in the johnny jump up because that would help his development.<br><br>
i was always under the impression that babies really shouldnt spend more than like 20 minutes a day in those things. im not looking to start a debate on the topic, i have my own opinion and i dont need to be convinced of anything <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
i am, however, looking for specific examples of research stating that 2+ hours (or any long period of time) is NOT beneficial to babies or that she should really try other things to help his muscles develop properly. i tried searching on google but i couldnt really find anything good.<br><br>
thanks in advance!!
 

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WOW! 2 hours a day?! That's crazy. My dd won't even spend 10 minutes in it and she actually likes it too. I don't have any advice, except that I would point out to her that because his body is being supported like that for so long he's not gaining any back or tummy muscles thus making him not able to sit up.
 

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See if your friend can get into see a pediatric occupational therapist to evaluate her son. I guarantee you that she or he will not say that two hours a day in a jumper is a good thing! My partner is a pediatric OT, and she hates seeing kids spend lots of time in jumpers, plastic baby carriers, exer-saucers, etc. Also, if her kid is 10 months old and not sitting, it would probably be a good idea to get a professional with more expertise to check it out.
 

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I agree with Diane B. The pediatric PT who evaluated my DS at 3 months said he (or any baby) should not spend ANY time in a Jolly Jumper. She felt that limited time (ie, no more than 20 minutes at a spell) in the exersaucer was okay, but that babies should only jump on their parent's laps.
 

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We used one with our ds and I'm pretty sure it states right in the directions that you're not to use it for more than 10-15 minutes at a time.
 

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It's funny this thread reminded me of my own experience with those jumpers and my son who is now 2.<br><br>
The packet reccomends using the device for no longer than 20 minutes a turn, but I'm not sure I can help you with the research bit of whether it's good or bad.<br><br>
When I was pregnant with ds, my friend would use the jumper with her youngster and he would be in it for most of the day. That's ridiculous! I'd never do that with my child! I remember watching the kid even fall asleep in it and thinking to myself that this friend is over using this jumper thingy.<br><br>
None of the mother's in my mother's group ever put their kids in one!<br><br>
Then for x-mas what did we get given? A jumper thingy. Ok, read the packet and I decide to let ds try it out - would not be 20 minutes or anything like that!!!<br><br>
Yes, my ds was the last one in our group to sit or walk or pull up but he was never far behind the others. Problem was he was OBSESSED with this jumper! He would howl to get in it, would howl if you took him out of it and would hover in the doorway where it usually hung and point to the empty void where usually the device goes ... literally begging for me to bring it back.<br>
I caved in on too many occasions (he would make such a hullaballu!) and it was often hard to watch the clock - at the end of 20 minutes he had only just warmed up and would scream the house down if I dared even suggest another activity. I was beginning to curse this bloody device, as he was manipulating me into letting him go in it for more than 2 hours a day (to my shame, no lectures ladies!) although never more than 30 minutes a go.<br><br>
My health nurse originally said that this wasn't a huge problem as kids are all different and my son obviously just likes jumping lots. But I kept asking her for help on how to wean him off it and asking her if it has anything to do with delayed walking/sitting etc (ds has always had very refined motor skills) She could never find any evidence against it but did say his obsession was not a healthy one - so I went home and thought why stress about weaning him out of it when I can just GET RID OF IT!!!<br><br>
It took him months to accept that his jumper was "GONE!" but as soon as I gave it away he became more interested in getting up and walking by himself. Hooray!!!<br><br>
On a last note, please down come down on me like a tonne of bricks for overusing the jumper!!! I share this story not so much for critisism but to share with you guy's my (and my son's) experience with this toy. If you are strong enough to only use it on occasion, that's wonderfull! Especially if your little one isn't as obsessed with it as mine was. But if you do use this product too much ... get rid of it. It does nothing to enhance muscles etc and must be cautioned about. I wont be buying one for my bun in the oven!!!<br><br>
Hope this experience has been enlightening for someone out there.<br><br>
With love from starlite.
 
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