Victorian London - Childhood - Babies - 'Elastic baby-jumper'


An the babies are up in arms at the new machine called the Baby Jumper, in which every parent may "swing up a child in the way he should go," or suspend him by a hook in the ceiling to keep him out of mischief. We, however, do not see why the infant population should enjoy the exclusive privilege or penalty - whichever it may be - of getting themselves into full swing by means of the new apparatus, which might, we think, be applied with advantage to a variety of purposes. To the chairman at a public meeting, the Baby Jumper would be of infinite service, for it would enable him to advance into the midst of the assembly from time to time; and it would also place him in an appropriate position as a person presiding over a multitude, for he could be suspended above their heads by means of the new invention. As a method for facilitating the embarking or disembarking of steamboat passengers, the Baby Jumper would be found of great value at the various wharves, and would obviate the risk run by the public in taking those terrific leaps that are sometimes necessary in the hurried transit between the shore and the steam-boat.

Punch, Jan.-Jun. 1848