Somewhere around four or five months, babies start to tune in more intently to the world around them. Meanwhile, those leg muscles just keep developing. Suddenly, lying around on a mat or sitting in a bouncy seat just doesnt cut it anymore. The Evenflo Classic Johnny Jump Up is, indeed, a classic. Your bouncing baby boy (or girl) will truly start bouncing! Who says exercise cant be fun? Just slide baby into the padded seat, making sure only his toes can touch the floor. He will immediately sense the spring action and start pushing off with his toes. Instant entertainment!
Build on Babys Milestones
In addition to being a source of exercise and almost endless amusement, the Johnny Jump Up also contributes to the development of several important milestones.
Gross Motor Skills
The legs are pumping, the arms are waving, the head is bobbing baby doesnt know it, but hes working on his gross motor skills. Figuring out how to use those large muscles, then practicing and building their strength, is a key step in babys development. Next thing you know, hell be running and jumping and throwing balls!
Cause and Effect
"Hey, when I push down on the floor, I bounce! Lets see what happens when I push this way or that ?" Okay, the Johnny Jump Up wont get your kid speaking full sentences, or even his first word (unless its "Wheee!"), but this is the gist of his thought patterns once he settles into the seat. Cause and effect is a nifty concept that your child will experiment with for the rest of his life, from dropping food off the high chair tray (gravity!) to seeing what happens when he grabs a toy from his friend (she doesnt like that!) to discovering whether his parents really mean it when they say his high school curfew is 10:00 p.m. (oops! They do.).
Balance and Coordination
Being upright must feel strange at first to someone who has spent the first few months of life lying in someones arms or in a crib. Its going to take some work to figure out how to keep upright (although the Johnny Jump Up wont let him flop over, of course) and going in the direction he wants to go. Hes going to have to find the floor with his toes, push away, then find it again and again, all the while keeping his torso strong. Whether the Johnny Jump Up is springing up and down or front to back or side to side, baby will go along with it, keeping his balance all the while.
Easy to Install
After assembling the seat and attaching the toy loops, pull open the clamp arms and hook them over any doorway trim that meets the size requirements (wall thickness must be 3 to 6 inches, and the flat surface on top of molding must be at least ½ inchand firmly attached. Do take these measurements seriously!). Slide baby into the padded seat, and watch his face light up as he discovers he has the power to make this thing move!
Important Note to Parents
Please dont let baby spin, swing, or sleep in the Johnny Jump Up, and read the instructions and warnings very carefully before using. --Emilie Coulter