Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Last weekend (the one before Father's Day) my parents were talking about how much Whitney loves to bob up and down and bounce around and wondered if we should look into getting Whitney one of the "jumping things" for babies. We never had one for Anne (although, we did borrow one of the doorway ones from a friend, and Anne loved it!) but we had been thinking the same thing, that Whitney would probably love one, and maybe it would encourage her to "bear weight" on her legs. I know there are some physical therapists who do not think "jumping things" and "activity centers" are very good ideas for kids with Down syndrome, but I checked with our therapist, and she said they are just fine, as long as you do not put your child in one for any long period of time. So... while we were in Lafayette on our way home from Chicago 2 weekends ago, my mom said she and my dad would like to get one for Whitney. I ran to Babies R Us and found a cute Fisher Price Jumperoo and Whitney absolutely LOVES it! We do not put her in it for any length of time, just a little bit here and there throughout the day. Her legs still are not quite long enough to touch the ground completely when she is in it, but if she bounces around enough, her feet do touch and she can "jump" around a little bit. Above are a couple of pictures in the jumperoo and below is a video clip of Whitney enjoying her new toy!