Hans Jansma, 32, was sentenced Tuesday in Grand Rapids District Court. A jury in November found him guilty of fourth-degree child abuse.
Jansma on April 22 allowed the girl, secured by a rope, to crawl out on Blue Bridge opening over the Grand River during record-setting flooding. A photojournalist gathered footage of Jansma's daughter on the bridge.
"My daughter and I have a fun relationship," Jansma said in a TV report shown to jurors. He said the two were on an "adventure."
"I'm not going to put my daughter in any harm," he said. "That's crazy. ... I felt comfortable with the ability of the rope to support the weight of my daughter. I feel comfortable supporting my own weight with that rope."
Jansma's attorney, Kathryn Klemesrud, tried to have the trial moved to another court, saying publicity would taint a jury, but the judge refused.
A week after the conviction, a judge ordered that the child's mother, Gwen Higby, receive primary physical custody. Jansma received temporary supervised parenting time.
Higby testified at the trial that she was "pretty livid" when she found out about the April incident.