Product Type: Bumbo kids equipment
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Bumbo Baby Seat
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Bumbo Baby Seat
Advantages: Comfy, secure, well designed
Disadvantages: Can't leave them unsupervised, expensive
The Bumbo at first glance looks like a soft foam potty. It's a concave seat with high sides and two curved grooves at the front for the legs. The idea is that you sit your baby in it once they are able to hold their head up. The bell bottom interior is secure to keep your baby in it, and the sides are high enough that it is perfectly safe for them to sit in. They're not likely to fall out of the side because it's too low, for example. The gaps at the front for the legs are just right, with a pommel like central piece that is quite good for the baby to hold onto.
Its base is very solid and well designed. The textured rim underneath means that this won't slide unless your floor is greased up. It certainly stays firm on carpet and lino, which is what we have at home. It's soft and cushioned inside and out, so unlike a highchair which would have harder elements to it, this is soft all over. We don't worry that our son would hurt himself by banging any part of it.
Our son is 11 months now, although he was 7 weeks early so we have to work on around 9 months in terms of development. We've had the Bumbo for about 4 months, so we were looking at 5 months of development when we got this for him. At this point, he was holding his head fine, and was relatively happy with using the Bumbo. We sat him in it, and he wasn't strong enough to pull himself forward, so we were confident about leaving him in there as long as we were with him supervising. This is not the sort of seat/accessory you could put your baby in and walk away - it's just not worth the risk as far as I'm concerned.
We found that this was great for encouraging independence and also for developing strength of body, at least with balance of core muscles and back, whereas doing this on the floor, for example, you'd be constantly picking them up when they fall over. We saw developments in sitting up pretty quickly I must say, and now we don't use it much as he's on the floor and crawling and trying to stand and walk as well. When we do use it now though, we have to be so much more careful. The thing about this is that it's not very big, so once your baby has reached a certain size and strength, they could use their body weight and their legs, if touching the floor, to move this a bit. It could topple, if they wanted it to, and it's not unheard of for babies to lean forward and get down on all fours, crawling with this still attached to their bum!
Now he's 11 months, it's not used as much, although what we do find is that it's a handy alternative to his travel cot or the jumparoo or just sitting on his rug with some toys. There's a handy table that slots onto the front of the Bumbo - you can buy this as an extra. The only problem with the Bumbo is actually the price - you're looking at well over £20 for the Bumbo itself and more for the slotting table, and this is the cheaper end of prices to be honest. I've seen the Bumbo for £40 and the table for £15, a hefty price indeed. We were lucky and used our local facebook sale page and found someone living nearby who wanted to sell theirs and we got it for £10, a complete bargain.
Would I part with near on £50 for this? Probably not if I'm honest, but that doesn't stop it from being an excellent product. Certainly something worthy of winning an innovation award, as it encourages self development as well as providing a safe environment and some interaction with the table and whatever you'd liked to put on it for them, including snacks should you wish, turning it into a mini highchair in a way. I'd recommend this, but it's certainly worth hunting around to get the best deal you can on it.
Summary: Quality secure seating for babies
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