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Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Center Verses Fisher Price Jumperoo
on December 18, 2006
We have a 5 month old active baby boy. He has enjoyed standing and jumping since he was about 3 months old, so his grandparents purchased the Fisher Price Jumperoo for him when he was about 4 months old. The Jumperoo stays at his Grandparents' house so that he can play in it during his visits. After seeing how much fun he was having in the Jumperoo, we bought him the Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Center for him to play in at home. Here are our observations about each jumping center:
BABY EINSTEIN MUSICAL MOTION ACTIVITY CENTER
-My husband & father-in-law thought it was easy to put together.
-Easy to adjust to fit baby's height (6 point height adjustment)
-We like the color scheme
-Baby can rotate seat 360 degrees to 4 different activity centers
-Activity centers include:
1. a sunshine water-filled teether
2. a caterpillar play station with beads that rattle & knobs that spin
3. a piano station with two musical modes & lights
4. a bead chaser with a spinning frog & mirror
We like all of the toys. Our son seems most interested in the teether and the bead chaser with the frog. He is not coordinated enough to turn or push the knobs on the caterpillar. One of the knobs is pretty difficult to turn, so I'm not sure that he'll be able to manipulate the caterpillar station until he's a bit older. But, overall, the toys seem age appropriate and stimulating. When we put him in the activty center, he laughs and acts like he doesn't know which toy to visit first.
-seat pad is washable
-There are toy bars that arch over the baby's seat. 10 links are included so that you can attach additional toys to the links. This is my favorite feature, because it keeps the activity center "fresh." If your baby becomes bored with a toy, you can attach a new toy to the link. This has also encouraged our baby to develop better hand-eye coordination as he tries to reach, grasp, and explore the hanging toys.
-Springs are fabric covered so the baby does not pinch little fingers
-I like the music. The musical selections are classical and they all play for a decent amount of time.
-The Musical Motion Activity center folds up easily for storage & portability. It does not fold completely flat, but it is nice that it at least folds up a bit so that it can fit in a closet and through doorways.
-Overall, the activity center feels sturdy and seems to be made of durable materials.
-The activy center is heavy, which is good because it is also sturdy. But, I am a pretty small woman, and I find it to be a bit heavy to move around from room to room. Honestly, I'm not sure I would want it to be lighter since our baby is jumping around in it.
-The springs on the Baby Einstein Center are not as bouncy as the springs on the Jumperoo. Our son really gets moving in the Jumperoo. He definitely jumps in the Baby Einstein...just not quite as much. He seems to enjoy the Baby Einstein more for the toys than the jumping.
-Music and lights are not automatically activated by the baby's jumping or motion.
FISHER PRICE DELUXE JUMPEROO
-The Jumperoo is still easier to find in stores. Amazon, Walmart, Target, Babies-R-Us, and other major retailers all carry the Jumperoo. The Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Center is only carried by Babies-R-Us (and Amazon of course) in our area.
-My father-in-law reported that the Jumperoo was easy to put together. (He did not feel that the Jumperoo was as easy to assemble as the Baby Einstein Center.)
-The Jumperoo is heavy to move, but not as heavy as the Baby Einstein Jumper.
-Springs are fabric covered to protect baby's fingers.
-Seat cover is washable.
-The springs in the Jumperoo seem to be quite a bit more bouncy than the springs on the Baby Einstein center, and our son likes a lot of motion, so this is definitely a good thing.
-The Jumperoo has one toy station that includes a bouncing kangaroo rattle, spinning toy, and a bead chaser toy. The toy station can be removed to reveal a snack tray underneath.
-Music and lights can be mom controlled or baby-motion activated. In mom control mode, the music and lights play when you flip the switch. In baby-motion control, the kangraoo lights up and plays music when the baby bounces. Our son really likes the baby-activated mode. He giggles and squeals when he gets the kangaroo to turn on.
-There is a backup support inside the spring cases in case one of the springs breaks. I don't know if this would really happen, but it's nice that the protection is there just in case.
-The Jumperoo does fold down for easy storage and portability.
-Frame and materials seems sturdy and durable.
-The Jumperoo only has one activity station, and the included toys are cute but not that interesting.
-The seat does not rotate.
-It only plays one song.
-We do not think that the height adjustment is as easy as the Baby Einstein.
-There are no links for additional toys, and there is not a convenient place to add any links that are reachable for the baby.
The Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Center retails for $79.99. The Fisher Price Jumperoo retails for $69.99. We feel that for an extra $10.00, the Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activty Center is worth the extra splurge. The fact that the seat rotates to four stations and the overhead arches allow us to add toys makes the Baby Einstein Center seem more interesting and engaging. However, if you are really most interested in a jumper (and not so concerned about having an activity center), I would definitely go with the Jumperoo due to the bouncier springs. Our son seems to really enjoy both, so I think a little one would have lots of fun in either center. But, if we had to select one or the other, we would select the Baby Einstein product because it combines the best of both worlds.
UPDATE: Our son is now 17 months old. He is very small for his age, so he still fits comfortably in his Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Center. He is moving around on his own now, so we only place him in the Baby Einstein center when he is watching a Baby Einstein movie and we need to get some chores completed, prepare dinner, etc. (he will not sit still, so we can't just sit him in a little chair or anything he can fall out of). He happily watches his movie and plays with the toys. Around 8-9 months old, the piano station became his favorite feature. Around 10-11 months old, our son became really active and didn't want to be confined in an activity center anymore, so he stopped enjoying the Baby Einstein (unless he is watching a movie, of course). I've washed the fabric seat at least 5-6 times, and it looks brand new. The toy stations are relatively easy to wipe down (there are some raised pictures on the toy stations, so it can be a little tedious to clean all of the little crevices in between the toys and pictures, but it's certainly not terrible) Overall, our son got a lot of use from the Baby Einstein Musical Motion Activity Center from 4 months-11 months, and we still use it as a safe "seat" during movies, so we feel that it is a great toy.