We have a fairly small house by today's standards - just a hair over 1000 square feet. I love our house, and it has a great history. For the moment we are content to stay here, it's perfect for our little family. However, baby stuff takes up A LOT of room, and it honestly stressed me out going shopping for swings, bouncers, high chairs, etc. I was afeared there would be no floor space left in our abode.
I had intentions of buying one of those jumpers you install in a doorway - however, there were only a few doorways it would have worked on, and they weren't in the best locations. Then there were the free standing jumpers. I wanted to get one of those, but after seeing how big they were at the store I didn't buy one. Plus it was over $100, and I didn't even know if he would like it.
Enter super awesome friends with a baby just a tad older than Ian. They had bought one for their little girl, only to have a family member let them borrow another one. So, they let us borrow it instead. Yay!
Bottom line, worth every inch of floor space. We put him in it, and he new exactly what to do. Admittedly, he's got to be in the right mood for it, but it's hilarious to watch him. He sometimes gets so enthusiastic I think he's going to bounce right out of it. He watches the lights flash and plays with the toys. It does have some horrible music that may indeed drive me to the brink of insanity, but that's okay. We have nicknamed the thing Baby Vegas.
Now if only I could program it to play James Brown . . .