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This is essentially a moulded plastic baby seat which offers the dual benefits of supporting the baby and restraining them. For such a simple design and concept, it is brilliant. It is light, durable and easy to wipe clean. It comes in a range of bright colours and you can buy a white tray attachment which is a useful accessory for putting toys on. We found the bumbo very useful for feeding our baby during weaning. He was too small for most traditional high chairs and we didn't want to cart a highchair around every time we went anywhere. The bumbo was the perfect solution to pop in the car for a day out. We tried our son in the bumbo from around 5 months, but until he was able to sit up himself, he wasn't too keen. I would guess that his muscles were not ready to sit in this position. Once he was able to sit up however, he loved it and used it up until his legs got too chunky to fit in the gaps. I don't know anyone who has not been happy with their bumbo and would highly recommend them.
I bought the Bumbo booster seat as a product to help my daughter transition to be able to sit up unaided. The Bumbo is a nice squashy material, obviously very comfortable for baby with lots of padding for support. The fabric is thick and durable, but also easy to clean with a cloth and hot soapy water. It isn't a particularly attractive looking product - it is a dull blue colour with a dimply look to the fabric, but it is much more of a practical item than a pretty toy. It is a small product so easy to store.
The tray which can attach to the Bumbo seat is also easy to clean, and is a white plastic. Unfortunately I found the tray really difficult to attach and remove, and getting baby into the seat with the tray in place was impossible as she would just stand on the seat. When I removed the tray and put baby into the seat it was then incredibly difficult to attach the tray without throwing baby around.
Our daughter didn't really like being in the Bumbo seat - she would try to wriggle out of it and there isn't enough security in the Bumbo to prevent this, so she would end up with one leg dangling out of the front and one bent leg underneath her while leant to one side. She also didn't like the fact that she was much lower down than everyone else, and prefers being in a highchair so she can see what is going on. I can imagine this would be a really useful product for some parents but unfortunately for me, our baby is a little wriggler and needs more security.
I bought my bumbo from mothercare back in 2010 and would advise parents to pick them up second hand from NCT sales etc for less than £10 as they are a well made product but very over priced for the amount of use that you will actually get out of it. The only issue with the product is that you would want your baby to be able to support their own head before they can start to use the product but by the time they can confidently sit up they are trying to push themselves out of it. Both my boys are at the top of the percentile scale and they grew too fast to make use of this product before their chubby little legs got squashed between the holes designed for their legs. I did try to use it for weaning, but he always looked so squashed and uncomfortable!
Firsty this product as been reviewed many times and i just thought i needed to ad this. The seat supports your baby in a upright position strengthening the neck and back muscles, they are available in a number of diffrent colours and even have covers available to buy to place over to make them to make them more comfortable, they are often used in a lot of nurserys for the younger kids that can not sit up by themselfs so they dont have to be constantly attached to ther carer. This product as had a lot of bad press lately but really it is an amazing product if used properly, and baby is not left unattended, for everyone that as got one or has heard the storys of babys falling out of these, bumbo manufacturers r now offering free saftey straps all you need is your code from the sticker on the bottom and to go to the website which i will give you below. Please dont let the bad stories put you off purchasing this product they are great to have expecially if you have more than one child.
Anyone buying one or already has one that doesnt know about this please order your free safty straps for this seat from here http://bumbo.com/ordering-restraint-kit/ :).
I bought my Bumbo back in 2009 just after my first son was born. Not thinking much of it and that it would probably be quite gimmicky i put it away until we was old enough to use it. When he was about 3 and a half months i pulled it out to give it a go and was pleasantly surprised.
He was at a good age to start using it and spent about 20mins in it on his first sitting and he really seemed to enjoy it. He spent a lot of time in his bumbo over the next 6 months until he outgrew it at about 9 months of age when it was put away for baby no.2 and has now come back into our lives again and is seating our daughter (baby no.3).
The bumbo comes in 3 colours, green, pink and blue (we had the blue one), we got it from boots and paid £29.99 for it but it now retails at about £39.99. You can also but a little tray that clips onto the front of the bumbo which costs about £10 but this is something we have never bought. It is made from a foam like material and is very light and easy to carry about.
Because the bumbo is suitable from such a small age i found it great when weaning baby when they need to be sat up to eat their first solids as a normal high chair just doesn't provide enough support when they are so tiny. This is where i found my one and only problem with the bumbo, because of the foam like material i found some foods do stain the chair (like spag bol) and things do get very messy when weaning a baby but the chair is very easy to clean (i always give it a once over with some anti bacterial spray after meal times).
Another slight downside to the bumbo is a few times both boys managed to kick themselves out of it so for this reason I've only ever put them in it when i've been within arms reach and never on a raised surface. I think the new bumbos are fitted with a safety belt to prevent this though.
My daughter has just turned 3 months and once again i've got the bumbo chair out of storage (the only baby item we had of that's lasted all 3 of our children and that's a pretty good achievement) and she loves being able to sit unaided without me or hubby holding her but yet still supported.
A very good product and gets a very BIG thumbs up from me and all 3 of my little monkeys.
I purchased the Bumbo when my little man was 3/4 months old after hearing raving reviews and them being a must have item!
First of all, the item is made from a strong kind of foam and it extremely lightweight so easy to maneuver about. It holds weight up to 10kgs so can last until the baby outgrows it.
The bumbo holds the baby upright teaching them how to sit unaided and can also be doubled up as a baby highchair.
My son personally loved this and so did we! He was an early weaner (4 months) but was obviously far too small at that age for a full size highchair so we attached the baby tray to the bumbo and fed him his baby rice/food in there.
We never used the chair for prolonged periods of time as it was said that babies then rely on something supporting their back rather than doing it themselves.
In my opinion i would personally only used it in short bouts of time to help with sitting unaided or eating rather than being a regular 'baby chair'.
I also think they are a little expensive for what they are but we were lucky and were passed this down from our niece so we have no complaints about the cost as it didn't cost us anything!!
I never had one of these for my first child but thought with my second it would be a sound investment since it would be nice for my little one to sit and interact with my older child.
The seat is designed to aid your child to sit upright; it is made from a soft plastic foam moulded for comfort of your child.
My daughter has owned this seat for 2 weeks now and can now sit on the floor for short periods of times. I think the bumbo has helped her develop this.
I never leave my daughter alone in it as I do worry if she was to get upset or jump about she may come out of the chair. My daughter is now 5 months old and I think she will still have some more use out of it as you can also get a tray for these seats which attached to the seat so you can put toys on there or feed them off it.
The bumbo is very easy to clean as there are no cracks or nooks dirt can get into. A wipe over with an antibac wipe is more than adequate.
My 2 years old also finds it great fun to sit in this chair.
I would recommend this chair as it aids development for them to sit on their own but I think it's a short lived item. I will probably only use this till my little one can sit confidently on her own.
We bought a Bumbo seat for our baby who is 4 months old. I mainly bought the seat because our baby has a flat head at the back and I did not want her to lay on her back for a very long time. I also bought the tray that comes with the seat.
The design of the seat is very good and it helps my baby seat up and I suppose it make her back muscles stronger helping in time to support herself.
I cannot see the point of the seat belts that come with it. It is very hard for a baby to get out of the seat if you do not help her, so I think these seatbelts are pointless and uncomfortable for my baby. It would be more useful if the seat belts would be outside of the seat so the seat would be attached to a normal chair and become a high chair for when the baby is ready for weaning.
The tray that comes with the seat is very good but it is very inconvenient to install. It can only be installed it whilst the baby in in the seat meaning that you have to lift the seat from the floor. This is very hard to do especially if the seat is placed on the tiled floor on wooden floor as it is almost impossible to slide you fingers underneath the seat.
Apart from this I am very happy with the Bumbo seat and it helps my baby and me. I would recommend the seat for anyone that has a baby that is over 4 months old.
I have a theory about Bumbo's. There are, I believe, actually only about one thousand that have ever been made. Of this, I am convinced. This finite group of seats simply spends it's time circulating, and re-circulating through the homes of Britain and under the bottoms of babies. Let me explain...
The Bumbo is a floor seat that claims to be for babies between 4 and 14 months (more on this later). It is made in a soft foam like material and comes in a variety of attractive colours (pink, aqua, blue). A tray is available to purchase seperately. The Bunbo retails at around £28-£35 with the tray adding an additional £6.99. The key benefit of the product is that it provides a safe, upright, seat for babies who are otherwise unable to sit unaided. The design is based on ergonomic principles of baby physiology. The product has a tag line of 'sit.explore.play.'. It is claimed on the Bumbo website that:
(1) the seat aids baby's development by strengthening their neck and trunk.
(2) it positions the baby's hands in the right position for play
(3) it improves the baby's field of view
(4) it improves respiration and breath control
(5) it helps baby's who suffer from reflux
I can also add that the product looks super cute (that's a technical definition by the way ;-)) and that you are guaranteed at least one photo of your little one looking so adorable that they will soar off the top of the 'aaah' scale ..... so far so good
The Bumbo is produced by a South African company who make a range of bottom related products including a booster seat for dining and a toilet training seat. When the product was orginally released it was hailed as a huge innovation and won a number of awards. There was a set back for the company in 2007 when it recalled seats to add a label warning against using on raised surfaces and a second recall in 2012 when the company started to add a restraint harness to new models and offered a retrofit for older models.
I admit I was attracted to the Bumbo in part because, once you realise this isn't a giant potty, it is as cute as a baby's bottom and looks ideal for one to reside in. I was also keen to get one as little Loz has reflux and I thought that the upright position might help him. Little Loz is just short of four months but he has had a strong neck for a good many weeks now so I thought the time could be right to get a Bumbo. He loves his bouncy chair but does get bored of it after a while so the Bumbo seemed like it could add some variety for him and give him a different view of the world.
The price tag new was too steep for me so I took a look on e-bay and found huge numbers of these items for sale at about one third to a half of the price new. There seemed to be a particularly large number available (many not selling) in pale pink. Having heard about the safety issues I decided to only bid on Bumbo's with the safety belt. I also decided to get one with a tray. I bid on an item close to me to avoid postage costs and secured it for £15.80. Within an hour I had collected it and rushed home to give it a try.
So what did little Loz make of his new throne? This is where we return to my theory of finite numbers of Bumbo's in the UK ...Well, little Loz measures in at the 50th centile and he is at the youngest end of the age range this item is intended for. Looking at the seat, it seemed a little 'snug'. He was game enough as I popped him in and forced his little thighs through the gaps for the legs. He fits ... but only just. There is no way he will be in this seat for longer than another month or two. So, after that, back on E-bay this will go. Not so much ownership of a Bumbo, more of a short term loan. Thank goodness I didn't pay full price. Every child is different but I think only the smallest or longest of children will fit in this for very long. I think the seat is secure without the restraint which is a good job as there is no way I can reach in and fish around to do the harness up - there's simply no room for my hands to rummage between his bottom and thighs.
Once in the seat little Loz soars off the cuteness scale. He relaxes with the tray off in front of the TV arms planted on the Bumbo sides looking like his late great grandad. With the tray on (and this is a struggle to get in place) he looks like he is ready for a day at the office processing some important paperwork. The first time I saw him upright without my support I felt like I had seen in to the future. My little baby, a boy! He is completely happy in there... for ten minutes. Maybe twelve. Then he cries and wants to get out. I would never leave him unattended in this as I think sitting like this is tiring for him. Most times he sits like this he holds his head up really well. Sometimes, after a long day, he really flops and I think he is simply worn out and shouldn't be left in the seat. Google images has some really distressing pictures of very young babies flopping around in Bumbos as they are simply too small to support themselves. The seat makes not a jot of difference to his reflux - fountains of milk are ejected with it and fountains of milk are ejected without it.
So, the Bumbo is for me a paradox. A baby needs to be old and big enough to support their own head in order to safely use the product. However, as soon as a baby can do this, they are likely to be too big for the seat itself. The sweet spot when this product is suitable is very narrow. And this is the reason why the UK only needs about 1000 of these items to support the bottoms of the nation's baby's. Buy one, by all means, but consider the item a loan.
A bumbo is like a little moulded hard foam chair for babies. It can be used from as young as 4 months when baby is holding their head comfortably on their own. They come in a range of colours/ patterns and have an optional tray so babies can either just sit in it and watch what's going on around them, have the tray on to have some toys to play with whilst sitting up or use the tray to have some food and eat in it. It is also a wipe clean surface so good for those messy little fingers!!
I have heard mixed feelings about bumbos and it seems babies seem to either love it or hate it! I had a pink one for my daughter and she loved it, she held her head from a very early age and has always been very nosey so just loved sitting in it watching the world go by or loved being able to play with her toys sitting so she could still see what was going on. As she got older we sold hers and bought a blue one for my new son.
My son was not quite so keen but still got some good use out of it. My son has always been very active so would sit in his for a little while but would quickly get bored and want out. Where my daughter always felt safe and reassured snuggly sat in hers, my son always seemed as though he felt confined and restricted. We also found out as my son has always been quite 'a big lad', he couldn't fit in his half as long as my daughter did so didn't get quite as much use out of his.
Not long ago The Bumbo company also announced that they had found they are not completely safe and needed a safety harness which are now supplied with all bumbo seats. So if you are thinking about buying a second hand one make sure it has one of these or if not if you just contact Bumbo's customer support and say you have an older one they will send you a pack out in the post to fit yourself for free. Although I never had any problems with them, and it's just common sense, don't leave your baby in one unattended on a raised surface!
Overall I think it's a good buy but just be aware that some babies really take to them and others not so much!
These look great, sit your Baby in one, add the tray and they can be fed or play or just sit and watch the world..a great idea and loved by many. Sadly as we discovered the more 'cuddly' Babies cant use these!
We got one in blue with a tray for our Son, when he had good head control by 4mths we attempted to use it..only we nearly needed the fire brigades help by the end of it!
The seat has leg holes to support the Baby-Only our Son has chunk legs that you see on Babies, the cute rolls and all and these super cute legs that Mummy loves to squeeze just wouldnt squeeze in! We ended up with one leg half in the hole and stuck with me picking Baby up and the bumbo following him as it was stuck to his leg! We got it off and took a breather-we needed it! We had a little go again and nope, no way would he fit in there! However the 3yr old then bounded over and promtly plonked himself in the seat in front of the TV! He fits as at 3 he has none of his leg fluffyness now whereas Baby is still brimming with it!
I have kept hold of the bumbo in the hope he would fit in but now at 8mths he still wont fit and can sit alone now so I have now given up hope!
Great Baby item but not for the chubbier ones I would say!
Colours Pink,Red,Blue, Aqua and green
mothercare - £29.99
amazon - chair (£29.80 ) tray (£7.99) together £39.99
cover accessory - £9.99
asda - together £39.99 chair 36 tray 10
Tesco- 29 pink, aqua £32.92 tray 9
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(my friend has this for her son who is the same age as my daughter and she is very happy with this product and would rate it 5 out of 5. She said it is a Soft seat, easy to take off and put on the tray. Ideal for babies learning to sit up and strengthen neck, also ideal for weaning babies )
So best to shop around and feel the material used in store
The Kiddicare version is slightly harder than the bumbo and I feel like it didn't mould as well to my child so she would be more uncomfortable.
I have worked in nurseries for over 8years now and have seen plenty of children's toys and accessories to help me get ideas for my baby and what she may like.
I first came across the bumbo few years back and thought it was a very clever idea. I have seen many babies in them in this time and they all have seen very happy.
The Bumbo is a piece of moulded plastic that is designed to help your child sit upright it also comes with a straps so extra security for your piece of mind after the incident last year where The South African company behind Bumbo Baby Seats recalled nearly four million seats in response to scores of reported infant injuries including two dozen cases of skull fractures as children were falling out of them from tables or kitchen counters.
IT IS NOT TO BE USED AS A BOOSTER SEAT, ON THE FLOOR ONLY.
My daughter has just started to lift her head up (4 months) so I went to buy one. I shopped around to look for the best offers as it is rather expensive (current prices listed above).
I bought mine of amazon and bought the tray separately as that was cheapest way to do it.
The chair is perfect for her as she loves sitting up on your lap or trying to stand and is just like her mummy and is very nosey and loves tele so when she is in chair she can get a different view on things around her and I no she is securely seated.
The chair is very portable so perfect if visiting or day out in the park and not ideal to sit on the grass/ floor. We are going away end of September and she will be weaning so this chair will be perfect to help her eat and throw into the car for a day out.
The chair is also easy to clean just get some spray and a cloth and wipe.
No doubt the weather will change soon but it will be perfect in a little pool or bath so she can fell her feet in the water.
There is a maximum weight of 10kg (around 22lbs) but does not mention a minimum weight. My daughter is currently around 11lbs and is very slim so there is a bit of room around the leg but she will get a longer use out of the chair 😊 It is easy to lift her in and out of the chair . It is durable and long lasting and hopefully when we have had all our children we can pass it on to other family members who may have children.
Yesterday I added the tray and built a tower out of her big soft blocks and played peekaboo and she enjoyed the blocks being at eye level as they are brightly coloured (will be a review on these)
She also like listening to the sound of my nails and palms tapping on the tray. When she is older the tray will be perfect for putting snacks on, toys on and for creative activities.
The tray come in 2parts and clips onto the seat. the tray is rather difficult to clip on and then attach to the seat itself which is difficult as the child is already sitting in it. Luckily my daughter is slim but in past when used it in work you have to be careful not to pinch their skin. So the tray is a bit of a disappointment. It easy to clean so perfect when have little ones.
I have listed prices in a variety of well known stores and colours you can get. Kiddicare also sell it and a version of their own but could not find it.
I am marking the chair down by one just for the fact of the tray
Until you have a baby you never really understand all the associated stuff that comes with the little creatures! One such thing which wasn't even around when I was a young one is the slightly controversial Bumbo.
*WHAT IS IT*
A bumbo is a piece of moulded plastic that is designed in order to help a baby sit. The theory behind this is that it helps to "teach" a baby how to sit but I still think that babies will still do their own things in their own time no matter what gadget or gimmick you buy to assist them. In my mind it looks as though they used took a cylinder of clay, sat a baby in it and then removed the baby leaving you with the resulting seat.
A seat designed to be used only on the floor - and herein lies the controversy - a recall was made to fit a waist strap on all models as it had been reported that babies were falling out and being injured. It has since transpired that a lot of these cases were due to incorrect use of the bumbo. The waist strap is fiddly and awkward to use and involves a lot of fishing around and squishing your child.
Available in a range of colours, pink, blue, green there is something for everyone!
*WHEN TO USE IT*
Designed to be used when the baby is desperate to sit but not able to hold themselves unaided a baby will need good head control and reasonable back strength. We started using ours when our little one was 4 months old and I still use it now (he's now 9 months old).
There is a maximum weight of 10kg but no mention of minimum weight. I mention this namely because our son is a smaller baby (25th percentile for those who follow growth charts) and has also inherited daddy's skinny legs. This meant that when we first put him in the bumbo he had a lot of wiggle room and could twist and turn. At times I was worried he was going to arch himself backwards out of the darn thing! This risk has reduced now he is bigger and it fits snugly as intended, now I am just waiting for the day I have to contend with him throwing himself forward out of it!
Now my little one is bigger getting him out isnt as easy as it used to be because his little legs, whilst still skinny, are chunkier. I now have to pull him to a standing position (oh how he loves to stand...) where he's stood with the bumbo on his bum, then I have to pull it off. Quite an amusing sight.
*HOW WE USE IT*
In the beginning; it was namely my tool so I could get in the shower. I used to pop him in, jump in the shower and play peekaboo with the shower curtain. Kept him entertained, meant I could keep an eye on him and of course the old "it helps them learn to sit"
Moving onto solids; it became my portable "highchair" easy to chuck in the car and it meant we could feed on the go when visiting those without kids. It also comes in handy on play date days when there is a queue for the highchair and crying hungry babes.
Now he can sit on his own; I still use it to feed in situations where the highchair isn't available. I find that although he can sit when I try and feed him without the bumbo he tends to lunge forward to try and practice his crawling, or to pull my hair, or get the spoon...you get the picture. The bumbo means that he is held in an upright position and I can actually get his dinner into him.
Going forward; I think this will still be a useful tool, especially because we have a way to go to the 10kg weight limit. I will only be able to use it to feed, especially as he is getting more mobile and does not like being confined.
With an RRP of £39.99 this is not cheap, especially as that comes without tray. Though mothercare currently have this on offer (July 2013). The problem with paying £40 is the limited time span you can use it for. We are able to go longer than most I would say because my son is smaller and because he is quite happy to be popped in and fed in it. We have had 5 months use out of it, but realistically I would say you'd probably be pushing your luck to still put your 9 month old in. On top of that, it is used infrequently (if it is used)
*CLAIMS ON HELPING TO SIT EARLIER*
We've used this on and off with my son since he was 4 months old, he only became a happy confident sitter at 8 months which I don't think is early at all (he much preferred to roll about) so I personally don't think it makes any difference babies do what they want when they feel like it!
I think they have their place and they are good to own. However if you can borrow one or buy it second hand do it that way instead due to limited shelf life!
~~~ Background ~~~
Our daughter is now three years old, toilet trained and finally sleeping through the night on a regular basis.
Subsequently, this means that I now have the time, energy and inclination to reflect on which baby-related products I recommend as near necessities, those that would be "nice to have", and those that one could really do without. I wish to note that parenting-related suggestions can bring out the best and the worst in people, and that my experiences really are my own and which may completely differ to others'.
I'd never heard of a Bumbo until one was lent to us, along with another 15 or so infant products. We were (and continue to be) very fortunate to have such generous friends.
~~~ The product and my thoughts ~~~
The Bumbo Baby Seat is a foam concave-shaped floor seat as seen in the picture above. It is designed for infants who can support their own head but cannot yet sit up unsupported. It comes in three colours: green, pink and blue. The Bumbo website explains that this seat is ergonomically designed to give the child pelvic stability that allows them to get their hands into the midline to play.
This product is supposed to be used on the ground and never on a raised surface. We bought a Bumbo Play Tray separately. This tray is made of a shatter-resistant food quality plastic, and meant that Millie could easily play with a few small toys. Both the seat and the tray are very easy to clean. The seat can be wiped clean. I always hand-washed the tray; I am unsure if it can be placed in the dishwasher.
Now for an obvious word of warning: no baby should be left unattended in a Bumbo. There is also a multitude of safety suggestions regarding it's use; all of which can be found on the company's website www.bumbo.com
We liked this seat for several reasons. Firstly because it gave Millie a different view of the world - she could see her surrounding much more easily. Secondly and most importantly, the Bumbo provided a very safe and useful situation that enabled me to shower in peace and with ease. I simply placed the Bumbo in the bathroom and then Millie in it, facing me. We were therefore within each other's eye sight so were both happy.
Millie always enjoyed using the Bumbo. We stopped using it regularly once she was able to climb out of it.
My one real concern about this and similar products relates to the environment. There must be swathes of Bumbos languishing unused in lofts, cupboards and sheds; what happens to them? Where do they go?
Recommended? Yes - ideally a pre-loved version.
A Bumbo is basically a seat for little ones who are learning to sit. It holds them firmly but comfortably in position and is suitable from 4 months old until baby weighs 10kgs. It is lightweight and made from foam material so it is also very easy to wipe clean. The bumbo seat should only be used on a flat surface. We have only ever used this on the floor.
It can be brought in a range of colours including pink, blue and lilac. Prices vary from £35 to £45 and also depends on whether or not it is brought with or without the table. The table can also be brought separately should you originally decide just to buy the seat. Some versions of the seat also come with a strap to secure baby- ours doesnt have this and I have not found it to be necessary.
My daughter absolutely loves her Bumbo and so do I. She started to use it at about 5 and a hald months old and I can see her using it for sometime to come- simply because she finds it so comfortable.
She will quite happily sit in it with a favourite toy and play or sit in and watch Baby TV (channel 623 on sky for the uninitiated). It makes her feel like a big girl, and gives her the support she needs to sit, as she is still learning and often over balances.
The design of this is extremely secure, it will not topple over even if baby is leaning and reaching. My daughter finds it very comfortable to sit in, and I am confident she is secure and safe whilst using it.
I love the fact that you can also buy a table as it helps to stop toys being dropped and out of reach, but is also a great way to encourage baby with finger foods. I think it is an extremely useful addition to the Bumbo and would recommend purchasing this also. It costs 7.99 on the Amazon website shuld you buy it separately. The table itself is white and very easy to wipe clean.
It is also a great item to take with you when visiting friends or relatives as it is a great place to feed baby when there is no highchair present, and it is certainly smaller to fit in the car than the average highchair.
I would highly recommend this it is extremely long lasting and durable so would last for use with several children easily. It really does become one of those products that you end up wondering how you ever managed without.
This review also appears on CIAO under the same username.
The Bumbo Seat is a new product with world wide patent rights that is loved by moms and babies everywhere. The Bumbo's unique design positions babies comfortably while enabling them to sit up and interact with their surroundings in ways they never could b