There are three kinds of babies: Ones that go with the flow (the "easy" baby), ones that sometimes go with the flow (the "50/50" baby) and ones that never, under any circumstances, EVER, go with the gosh darn flow (the "OMG help me, this baby is HARD!" baby). I've had two of these babies. The first and the latter. I'm not here to talk about the "easy" baby. I want to discuss the "OMG this baby is HARD" baby.
For me, thankfully, it was my first baby and I didn't know any different. But I DO remember all of the gifts I received for my baby shower and how excited I was to use them and how cute they were and all that. THEN my little guy arrived and hated about 90% of the cutest baby gear gifted to him.
Play yard? Nope.
Floor gym? LOL!
High chair? Occassionally...if he was really hungry.
Excersaucer? Yeah, um...no.
You get the point. But there was one thing that always worked. ALWAYS.
Our Johnny Jump Up. Oh man, we had a gross motor genius on our hands and this jumper made ALL of the difference. Suddenly, when my baby was 5.75 months old, I could do a sink full of dishes with no problem. I could vacuum the floor. I could...wait for it...I could go to the bathroom ALL BY MYSELF. All because of the heavenly creation that is the Johnny Jump Up. Hallelujah!
Now, I know that most babes are not yet ready at almost six months like my ninja baby was but as soon as baby has really good core, head and neck control, the jump up is a great addition to the entertainment of your little one! I could preach all day long about this. Especially for those babes that fall into the "active baby" category.
Can I get an, "Amen!"?
Did you have a Johnny Jump Up? Did you love it? If not, was there an item that instantly soothed your baby or made them happy? What was it? Links welcome!
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