TGIF, friends! I’ve been totally slack this week about blogging, only because I’ve had about a million things going on! Including this fun little thing for our grandson. Come check out his “new” Fisher Price Standing Jumper! Let me know what you think!
We’ve started keeping our seven month old grandson once a week (which we LOVE!) while his otherwise full-time nanny is in classes. My husband and I jumped at the chance to watch him, and often we keep him at our house. And while our son and daughter-in-law have virtually everything their baby needs at their house, we hate for them to lug the bigs things back and forth. One thing they have at their house that I thought would be nice to have at our house as well is a standing jumper. Our grandson is able to sit by himself, but sometimes he needs a little extra support. So, I started looking on FB marketplace for one. And I found a TON of them!
I wanted to find a jumper that was similar to the one our son and daughter-in-law have, but different enough so it would hold our grandson’s interest. And I wanted to find one nearby. I found one that was only a few miles away. The ad said it was used/like new for $40. When you buy one similar new, they run about $100 so I thought it was a fair price.
Well, it was pouring down rain when I picked it up so I didn’t examine it too carefully. I paid them, and just stuck it in my car and drove home. My plan was to clean the jumper with antiseptic wipes and it should be good to go. Upon closer inspection, I noticed the cloth seat was a little dirty, as were the rest of the plastic parts of the jumper. It looked as though it had been stored for a while in a garage. Not exactly the “like new” description advertised. And I wasn’t about to have our grandson sit in anything that wasn’t clean to my (and their) standards.
So, I flipped the jumper over and found that the seat can be popped out and the cloth cushion could be removed. This is the underside of the jumper. See all of those colored clips? Those are where most of the toys can be removed for cleaning as well. I took out the seat.
This is the plastic seat. Once I removed it from the jumper and took off the cloth cover, I cleaned it well with disinfectant wipes.
You can see these plastic “buttons” where the cloth cushion fastens all around the seat. There is an obvious front and back to the seat.
Once removed, I sprayed the seat cover front and back and inside and out with OxyClean and then hit it with CLR which removed any stains from the fabric. I let it soak for about 30 minutes, then washed it several times with detergent, more Oxy Clean and some Bleach. (The instructions said not to use bleach but I felt like it was a must.)
I tumble dried the seat cover on the delicate cycle. Then I fastened it back on the plastic seat form and popped it back into the jumper. I cleaned all of the toys with disinfectant wipes and popped them back in too.
NOW I think it’s safe to say the jumper is in “like new” condition! Oh, and I also found you can adjust the height of the seat to the floor quite easily from underneath as well. I adjusted it to the number 2 setting but we will see how it fits him when we keep him next.
I replaced the dead batteries with new and it works like a charm! It’s clean, sanitized and ready for our little prince!
NOTE: I would like to point out that I am very careful about what we purchase used for our grandson. We did buy a used crib, but it was a newer model from Pottery Barn and meets all of today’s safety standards. Naturally we cleaned it very well and bought a new mattress, new sheets, etc. For toys such as this one, I make sure they are sturdy and safe, and I clean them obsessively. I do wish I had taken more time to look at the jumper before I paid for it because I may not have bought it since it wasn’t as “new” as it was described. Or, I probably would have asked if they would have taken less. In hindsight, I didn’t know if the music and sounds worked either, but trusted they did. But all’s well that ends well! The jumper cleaned up very, very nicely and I am happy with the result. Now I have no qualms about our grandson playing in it. (I’m just passing along my thoughts and suggestions in case you choose to buy something used too.)
Here’s a picture of our grandson in his jumper at his house. And his “big sister” Belle. Aren’t they so sweet? Best pals.
For now, I’ll store the jumper downstairs. It does take up quite a bit of room, but I think it will really come in handy for our little guy.
Well, friends, I hope you have a lovely weekend. And I hope you are dry and safe with the storms. Let’s chat again next week, shall we? xoxo Dell