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A disadvantage of having twins is that when they are only young babies finding somewhere for them to sit during play time can be tricky when you are on your own. Unlike when you have one baby it's very difficult to sit behind them and support them whilst they play. Because my boys suffered reflux lying them down was uncomfortable therefore I was advised by my health visitor to purchase "Bumbo" type seats which allowed small babies to sit upright as they are a moulded type seat . After speaking to some of the mums at the baby group I attended I was given some bad reviews of the Bumbo therefore decided to shop around and look at other alternatives which is how I came across the Summer Infant 3 Stage Super Seat.
***Summer Infant 3 Stage Super Seat ***
The Summer 3 Stage Super Seat is described to offer a baby "360 degrees of floor time activity fun" in addition to acting as a booster seat. The seat is basically a circular green bucket type moulded seat with a three point safety strap/ crotch strap to hold your child in the seat. Inside of the seat there is an orange foam moulded insert to support smaller children and babies within the seat.
The 3 stages of the Summer "Super" Seat are for babies from 4 months old. The first stage is as an infant support seat which aids a baby when learning to sit up. The second stage is as a floor time activity seat which can also be used alongside the first stage from 4 months old. This includes the 360 degree rotating tray with 5 attachable toys or can be used as a snack tray. The third stage is as a booster seat for older children which allows the seat to be attached to a normal dining chair and has two chair straps to attach underneath the super seat and behind the seat for added security. Because the foam insert comes out of the seat to accommodate older children.
Summer states the seats are suitable for children age from 4 months to 4 years. If using from 4 months old your child should be able to support their head.
The Summer Infant 3 Stage Super Seat is available from Argos, Kiddicare, Boots and Amazon. Prices for the seat vary however the seats are priced around £45.
I purchased my seat from Kiddicare.com for £40 each including delivery. I received a multiple purchase discount of £1 for purchasing more than one of these item bring my total to £79 including delivery for two seats. If you compare this to a price of a Bumbo product it is slightly more expensive as a Bumbo with tray is priced around the £35 mark although the Summer Infant Seats are a lot more versatile.
I started using this seat from my boys being 4 months old. My main reason was at this age my boys wanted to be sat upright and amused, however because there was two of them I could not hold more than one baby at one time. I did find that because they were small babies they looked a bit lost in the seat but as a support seat it was brilliant. Both boys did not look slumped they looked quite comfortable and were sat able to hold toys and see what was going on around them but were securely fixed into the seat with the 3 point crotch harness. As a parent this was very helpful as it allowed me to have the boys in the room with me but I could get on with necessary tasks like washing up or putting washing in the washing machine because they were amused.
At this age however babies should not be sat in this position for long periods as they are still developing therefore periods of around 20 minutes is advisable until they are able to sit up unsupported which for us were around 6-7 months old.
The second stage of the seat is a play time activity with the detachable tray and 5 toys which come with the tray. The tray its self is a little fiddly as you need to screw 3 sections of the 360 degree tray together then slide and lock this onto the seat in the correct ridges. You then have to slot in the final piece of the tray onto the front of the seat but ensure your child's hands are out of the way as you could catch them in this part of the tray. This front section removes simply by pressing a button on the front of the tray whilst sliding forwards then you can take your child out of the seat.
I started using the playtime activity tray from 4 months. The 5 toys that come with the tray are interesting for young children as they spin, make noises and are brightly coloured. These are firmly attached to the tray so you do not find you have to pick the toys up constantly as your child is throwing them off the tray. The tray spins so once your child is bored of playing with the toys on the tray on the section in front of them you can spin it around giving the option of different toys to play with.
We have used the booster seat around 5 times now however personally I prefer just feeding the boys in the support seat which still can be done at 14 months old. To use as a booster seat you need to use on quite solid dining chairs in order to ensure the chair is stable. You simply thread a safety strap through the back of the super seat and around the back of the dining room chair. You also have another safety strap which threads through the bottom of the super seat and then around the seat section of the dining chair. I have used on leather backed lining chairs and although safe I did feel that I needed to tie to safety straps quite tight in order for them to place on the leather backed seat.
A downside to using as a booster seat is that the "Super Seat" only has a 3 point crotch harness which goes through the child's legs and around their waist so there are no straps around their shoulders. For younger children you need to supervise constantly that they do not throw themselves forwards. With older children this makes it easier to climb out of the chair. Using in all of the three stages you do need to ensure with the clip on the harness that the two waist sections have fully clicked into place otherwise it will not be secure. On a few occasions when using as a support seat I have noticed the seat come undone at the clip but this is because I have not pushed the waist clip fully into the main clip. You know you have done this correctly when you hear the clip make a loud click, if it is not in place it does not make a sound.
An issue many other mums had stated was that the Bumbo seats they are a standard size and adopt a one size fits all approach and with children this is not always the case and for larger children they will outgrow Bumbo's quickly. With the Summer Super Seat it has an insert meaning it supports smaller children but the seating area has room to expand to accommodate larger or older children. At four months old my boys were particularly small, about the size of an average 8lb newborn baby therefore did look quite lost in the Summer Super Seats but I could put a blanket behind them to give them further support. At 14 months old my boys still fit comfortably in the seat with the insert in but most children their age would probably be ready for this to be removed, whereas in a Bumbo the product would be no longer useful.
Cleaning the seat is extremely easy the plastic seat and tray and the foam insert can be cleaned easily using a damp cloth or soapy water. The straps on the seat can also be removed and washed in hot soapy water if they suffer food stains. The food tray does not have lots of ridges therefore you do not get lots of food stuck in it if you use it in this way.
This is a brilliant piece of equipment which I find is excellent for feeding on the go. We take the Super Seat with us when we stay with Mr Lools' parents who do not live in the area and use it as a feeding chair. Although we have started using it as a booster seat, it has been used not only as a support seat but as a seat we can feed the boys in since they were 6 months old. The design of the seat means it is compact and transportable. The seat is light and does not take up much room as the tray can be removed. We simply take the support seats with us and stack two seats on top of each other which fit in the boot of the car alongside the double pushchair. I also take the seats with me if I am visiting friends over feeding times as it means I can keep my boys contained in one place as it is simply not practical to take two highchairs with me!
The Summer Infant 3 Stage Super Seats have in fact been super and probably one of the top three purchases we have made in terms of baby equipment. The seats have been used daily since my boys were 4 months old and I can see that we still will get a lot of use out of these products for a long time to come. It is perfect for using to support children to sit up and also as a portable highchair.
For parents looking to purchase this type of seat I would definitely recommend the Super Seat over the Bumbo brand. Although very slightly more expensive the seat is more versatile and it has more uses for example as a support seat but also as a transportable booster seat. It is also very compact and can easily be stored and the seats stack on top of each other, taking up less space if like us you have to purchase more than one. The insert inside of the support seat means that this can be used on babies that are smaller than average and also larger than average children meaning children are not going to be swamped or outgrown the seat in the same way they will with a Bumbo.
A great purchase and definitely worth 5 stars!
I bout this for my son when he was 4 months old, like other mums i needed something for him to sit in keeping him upright as he was getting frustrated lying down.
I looked at other alternatives like the bumbo but was put off by how much they were and the fact that it was just a seat. When i saw this one i had to get it as it had an activity table which could be taken off when not needed.
The activity tray has 5 different toys including rattles and spinning mirrors with ladybird prints, there is also 2 trays to put finger food in for when they are a bit older.
The inner soft seat can also be removed so is ideal when your baby gets a little bigger.
The only downside of this seat is that it takes up quite a lot of room, if you have a small house with hardly any space i would recommend something a little smaller. Otherwise this keeps my son amused for a long time and will last a good few months yet.
I bought mine at toys r us for £34.00 reduced from £55.00 which i thought was a great price.
Hope this helps with choosing a seat. xx
I purchased this seat for my son when he was around four months old, as we needed some form of high chair or seat to feed him properly. We have quite a small house with limited storage so a traditional plastic high chair was out of the question. I looked at the bumbo seats but as my son is quite big for his age I quickly realised that they weren't going to last him long and so opted to spend the extra money on the Summer Super Seat. I certainly haven't been disappointed.
As other reviews have said, the seat was quite fiddly to assemble with screws to hold each section of the activity tray together and to hold the supportive base plates onto the actual seat. Each of the toys also needs to be 'clicked' into place and I found this quite tricky although I think this may be as I'm not particularly strong. I think this may be a little awkward if you don't have much strength in your hands. However, once assembled it's really easy to use.
The seat base has a strong foam insert for when your child is small which can be removed as they grow, thus, your booster seat should last a lot longer than some of the others on sale (i'm a first time mum so can't guarantee this, although this is my impression). We use ours primarily for feeding our son and it is usually securely attached to a dining chair. Our son loves being able to sit at the table with us watching us eat and is able to sit in close. He is still a little low for actually eating from the table himself although he is still only young and cannot feed himself yet so this is not a great problem. Although for some this may be an issue if your baby is on the smaller side.
The seat has a safety harness to stop your child from falling out, which is really useful for the peace of mind that they're not going to escape. However, I sometimes find it tricky to locate the straps once my son is in the seat and feel that they aren't quite in the right place to keep him in securely. I'm not sure if this is because he is still using the foam insert or not but to me they seem to go over the tops of his legs rather than near to his waist where i'd imagined the harness should be. Again, maybe this is a new mum thing as it seems to do the job.
I agree with another review of this product that the supportive base plates are fiddly as you need to screw them into place to use this as a place station on the floor. However, I do admit that at times I have placed this onto them without screwing into place and also used it without these. The seat has never tipped although there will probably be a first time! My baby is still quite young and therefore I don't think he has the weight or strength in his movement for it to tip at the moment although this will more than likely come with time. It has not been a significant problem for us as he has other seats that he can play in although I do admit that this feature did disappoint me.
The variety of toys on the play tray is quite good,with a butterfly and bumble bee for them to grab onto, and a lady bird and another bee inside a ball for them to spin. The spinning ball also has beads inside that rattle when moved. My son has his favourites and it is easy to spin them round so his favourites are within reach!
As an update to this review, my son is now 16 months old and is still using the main body of this seat at his grandma's house as his main seat there for his meals. He has quickly grown out of his high chair that he used regularly but he still fits in this perfectly. Overall, we're still getting our moneys worth. He also still loves to play with the toys!
While this seat does have a few fiddly aspects I find that I can easily overlook these and would 100% recommend this to others as the look of pride on my babies face when he realised that he could sit up at the table with us on Christmas Day was well worth the extra money spent.
I bought this as a replacement for my highchair as it can be used as a booster seat at the dining table. My highchair was just to big and very difficukt to clean after a baby has been near it so I thought this would be an ideal replacement. When I looked further into it I also realised that it was similar to a bumbo which I had but you could strap them into it which would stop my daughter escaping and it also had an activity tray.
On opening it it comes in lots of separate parts which you need to screw and clip together. The instrustions are not the best either but it is simple once you get the idea. It consists of a seat which sitson 4 separate plates which all screw into it. It has a very large surface area so is fine if you have the space, it is a lot bigger than the bumbo and not as easy to move around becasue it is so bulky. Saying this though the large base prevents it from tipping which is common with the bumbo. Another 4 plates attach to the top of the seat in which the baby can play with the activities on it but I think my daughter was too old for this as she got bored very quickly. You can use it without the to tray on though.
To use it as a booster seat you have to take the base plates off and strap it on to your chair which is very easy to do but not so easy to convert it between the two constantly with all the screwing involved in it. It should not be used on the floor without the base plates attached.
My only use for it now is as a booster seat and it is great for this purpose. It is very easy to clean and looks comfortable for her to sit in.
I bought this for £44.99 out of Littlewoods catalogue which is a lot more expensive than the bumbo but with the different uses and the improved safety features I think it is good value especially as it can be used from the age of 4 months up to 4 years.
I was considering buying a Bumbo or Bebepod as my little boy wanted to sit more and I couldn't get my hands free while doing this! While doing some research I came across this product. Though about double the price of other support seats, I consider it worth the investment.
It is recommended from 4 months, but I began using it with my little boy from about 3 months as he had very good head control. Initially I put him in it as a support seat and his face lit up with a smile ... for about 5 minutes before he started to struggle and look bored. I'm so glad that I got this seat, because with a Bumbo or Bebepod, that would have been it. We quickly assembled it into an activity station. In this mode, the rotating green ring has four toys on, as well as two cups to place feeds on. Take care to ensure fingers are out of the way before rotating the tray. The tray can be locked so that the feeding portion is held infront, this portion also comes away to easily get your infant in or out. My son can't reach the toys when they are straight infront of him yet, but can if they're slightly to the side. There is plenty of space between the toys provided to add your own toys so that your child doesn't get bored. The seat is stable, with a wide base, and additional wings to attach when in activity station mode. Your child is held inside by straps. Bryn arches his back and throws his arms out when he wants to come out, but these hold him secure. As your child grows, you can remove the yellow foam insert for them to fit in. Also, the seat can be strapped to a larger chair as a support seat for at the table, but I haven't had a chance to try these yet.
Helps baby when learning to sit up. 4 interactive toys rotate making this gym a real thrill! Thanks to the removable foam insert baby can use this through various growing stages.