05 March 2006

Bumbo Seat: a better infant chair

BumboDave (of Rollyo and Davenetics fame) hears the Bumbo Seat is tops.

It's great for that in-between time when the neck works but sitting doesn't. Also, my sister says she knows folks who use it as a booster chair at restaurants because it's light and works well. She's used it for newborns, but her 2 year-old loves sitting in it, too.

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The Bumbo, like all other baby seats we've tried, is better to borrow than to buy. Holden "enjoyed" it for less than a week before arching his back, going all rigid, and sliding (or flopping) right out of it. I would consider it a highly dangerous booster unless the child was very docile and willing.

unless the child was very docile and willing.

I was definitely curious, looking on the Testimonials section of their website, why most of them are special needs children. (They do say that they find those particular testimonials especially touching.)

It was interesting and useful in that narrow window when our girl had enough muscle tone in her neck to hold her head up, but not enough vigor to want to be out and about. Say, 4-7 months? Granted, we did a lot of travel in that period, and it was very useful then, but she eventually just wanted out. Fortunately, we could quickly pass it on to a slightly younger, much more docile cousin.

I love the bumbo -- in fact I just did a posting on it at my blog. It's worked great for my 3 month old -- he loves it. We use it at home and we've taken it out to restaurants. He's never once tried to get out of it (yet)...and I can't see how he could, once I get him in there. It's pretty snug around his body. I posted some pics on my blog if you're interested.

My son just fell out of his chair this morning and landed with a scary plop on the counter. Thank God he didn't land on the floor. I was standing right in front of him when he did it. He reached over for a toy. I can just imagine what would have happened if I was not right there.

I bought one of those for my daughter when she was about 6 months old. It worked great. We took it to my mother-in-law's to use as her booster seat there. I could put her right on the dining room table and feed her easily, or keep an eye on her there while the rest of us ate. She enjoyed being eye-level with everyone. We've used it up to about 13 months. Fortunately, she never tried to escape from it. Her 2+yr old cousin likes playing with it too (and gets in and out easily), so she uses it occasionally as well.

As a mom of twins I can't say enough good things about the Bumbo Seat. If you have multiples and don't know what the Bumbo Seat is then check out this site:

http://www.brightideasbaby.com/Scripts/product_bumbo.asp

The Bumbo Seat was super helpful when we went to our friends for dinners etc.

As long as you're vigilant (which all parents should be anyway), then this is a great tool. Our three-month old does try to slowly wriggle out, but I just adjust him. It's great because he can watch me make dinner at his eye level and be part of our family dinner at (on) the table. We just started using it (now that he can hold his head up) but I foresee getting a lot of mileage out of it, both at home and on the go (it's super light and no straps to mess with).

My boys (21 months and 5 months) were too chubby for the Bumbo. Their little legs had a hard time fitting in the openings and once in, they looked so uncomfortable. I was really excited about the Bumbo, but it was a disappointment for us.

We love our Bumbo chair, but we never leave our daughter's side if she's in it on the counter or on a table. She's almost 8 months now and I can tell our days are numbered with it (she keeps trying to get out). But, like previous posters have said, it's great for eye contact when you're making or eating dinner.

In my head I've invented a cross between a high chair and a bumbo. Bumbo on a stick, I guess, where the Bumbo fits snuggly in a high chair-like contraption, but it can be removed so you can use it around the house and take it away completely when the child grows out of it.

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