Yes, it’s that time of the baby again… the time for the jolly jumper! Once they have enough head control and seem interested in doing more than lying down or sitting propped up, I try to find new ways to keep them engaged without holding them in my arms for hours on end.

Brioni, 2yo, Calista, 5 months, Aisha, 3yo, September 2008
The bossy big sister (Aisha) tries to organise everyone and everything. Later, after I had removed Calista from the jumper, she put her baby-sized doll into it, leaving it hanging and spooking me out on several occasions when I saw it from the corner of my eye.

Brioni, 2yo, + Calista, 5 months, September 2008
Brioni loves to play with Calista whenever Calista is up, giving her toys and cuddles.

Calista, 5 months old, September 2008
Cali's happy to explore a new sensation.

And here’s a photo of the other two girls at about the same age and in the jumper for comparison.

Comparison of Aïcha and Brioni, each shown at six months old