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I have to admit to not liking the bumbo play tray one bit. We bought one to go with our Bumbo seat from Ebay for £8.99 as friends had told us both were indispensible. I have to be honest, this was a hassle and one which really was dispensible into a bin fairly quickly.
In theory this is an 'easy to install tray for your baby to sit upright in their bumbo seat and either eat or play with small toys on. in practice, it is incredibly difficult to install and I found myself not using it, as you have to place your little one in the bumbo seat and then while they are seated, place a clip over the lipped area holding your babies arms away from the area to avoid trapping them, then clipping the bottom end of the tray attachment under the chair entirely (which involves lifting the chair), whilst holding the child and ensuring you aren't squashing the childs legs.
Lifting a seat with an unsecured child in it whilst trying to clip a niggly clip is difficult enough, ensuring you then have baby in the right position to ensure they aren't being trapped by the tray is another, the saga continues when you want to take the tray off, as you try to unclip it from the bottom lifting the seat slightly, whilst little one wobbles uncomfortably around. Instructions are sent with the item, but they don't help you.
With two people this is possible, with one it is uncomfortable and not necessary, I really didn't like it at all. The clip is fairly simple to fit, but finding the element to clip it to isn't.
We didn't get much out of this because it is a tight fit and our little one simply felt restricted and cried most of the time it was in place. The Bumbo seat holds a child in place, the tray simply seemed to add a further layer of restriction, unfortunately for us when little one was small they were unable to eat independently from the tray, when they were bigger they found this restrictive.
Our child rallied against the tray, for those who don't I can see it being useful as it is white cleanable plastic which you could put small foods of toys on for baby to push at. My partner found it just as difficult to fit this easily each time, on occasions it was hassle free but most of the time it involved putting baby in unwanted positions and generally upsetting them.
For me it is simply a shaped piece of plastic that can take a bit of space in the cupboard, I found it fairly useless and couldn't wait to get rid of it. Irrelevant and restrictive, we have found much more interesting alternatives that are less restrictive and better designed.
Available for £6.99 on Amazon, it appears others have enjoyed the product far more than we did whilst some have experienced the same difficulties fitting the item. With baby products the key elements are that they are safe, easy to fit when alone and practical, I had my doubts about all three of these areas so we got rid of our bumbo tray and if we have more kids we will definitely use the easy bumbo chair again but definitely will not even consider buying another tray.
We bought a Bumbo when Hope was a baby but we never had a play tray with it. When we bought another one for our second baby it came with a play tray. Although it was far from perfect I can see what potential it has and it did prove to be quite useful.
A bumbo is a hard foam seat for a baby which helps them to sit up before they are old enough to sit up unaided. They can sit up happily and comfortably. The tray helps to give them a surface to put their toys.
The tray is plastic and white and only small so it means that your baby should be able to reach everything on the tray. With our highchair the tray is so large that it's difficult for our baby to reach things if he pushes them away by mistake at least with this tray it's in proportion with the size of the baby.
You attach the tray by fitting it onto the middle of the bumbo which the baby's legs go either side of and then stretch it down so that the bottom of the tray hooks underneath the bottom of the bumbo. This means that it is secure in place... however our baby at just 10 months old was able to push against this with all his strength and it manage to come off which would often result in him almost toppling backwards because of the sudden force! So if you are using it and your baby is strong and active like this then you do have to be careful!
I found it quite hard to put the tray on. If i did it before the baby was in then I found it hard to get the baby in as there wasn't much room and I felt like I needed another five sets of hands! If I did it once he was in I struggled too as to get the tray secure you have to lift the bumbo up a bit and I was afraid he would fall out. It definitely isn't well designed.
The tray is only small which has it's benefits like I mentioned earlier but it also has it's downsides- you can't fit much on and it's easy for you rbaby to knock something off which then, i found, encouraged him to lean over the side of the bumbo to try to reach it and that would sometimes make the bumbo tip up.
Although I can see that this tray is useful I didn't find it to be all that well designed. For Hope it probably would have been good as she was content to sit there and would have played happily with a toy on the tray but for more curious babies this tray isn't very good and it's really poor at attaching and taking off.
It is wipe clean which is very practical for babies but I don't really recommend this.
We bought our Bumbo seat when our eldest daughter Sophie was a baby but we found that she was happy to sit in the seat and play with her baby gym so she was never an issue. When our youngest was a baby we tried sitting her in it but found that at first she didn't like it, we tried again a while later and found that she wouldn't reach to play with toys and was trying to use her feet to push herself out of the seat so we decided to buy a tray for the seat in the hope she would sit and play in it for a while.
The tray cost us £10 from our local Mothercare store and is only available in white. The tray is basically a piece of flat plastic with a lip around the edge which pushes onto the Bumbo seat.
The tray is really easy to clip onto the Bumbo seat and it is really durable too, the tray is easy to keep clean with it being plastic it simply needed a wipe over after use.
Emily was pretty pleased with the tray and she would happily sit and play with toys while sat in the seat which was great as that was what we were hoping to achieve by buying the tray in the first place. It was quite funny to watch her play as sometimes she would try and push her toys off the tray when she was getting fed up but because of the lip couldn't always get them off the tray and she would get a bit stressed with it.
The tray of course is also suitable for using for feeding and we would often sit Emily in the Bumbo when we were trying her on new finger foods as it was easy to put the seat on a plastic mat and as she was at a low level if she didn't like the food and threw it she couldn't get it very far therefore hitting the plastic mat.
If I had known how good the tray was I would have bought one when I had my eldest daughter in the Bumbo seat and I would say they are certainly worth the added cost to buying the Bumbo itself.
The play tray clips onto a Bumbo seat. When I first bought a Bumbo it didn't have a play tray.
My grandchildren would sit quite happily in their bumbo and hold toys themselves but when they dropped them they couldn't reach them again so it was a little awkward for them. We mainly used the bumbo for weaning them though so the lack of a tray didn't really matter, in fact my grandchildren used to balance biscuits on the ledge between their legs.
My grandson, however, is a different matter. He hated sitting in his bumbo so we bought the play tray to go on it. This cost us about £8.
The tray isn't too hard to put on but is a little fiddly. We found it easier to put on once he was already in else it was hard to get his legs through, you needed 2 pairs of hands! You have to tip the seat back a bit to put the ledge of the tray underneath it and then pull it up and over the ledge that sits between their legs. It's a little difficult and I admit I did struggle a bit.
The tray is then in place and you can put food and toys on it. This still didn't stop my grandson from dropping things off it anyway and it also didn't keep him in place either! He would stretch right out and manage to somehow flip the tray off and then he would manage to flip himself out of the seat. I never thought a 10 month old baby would have the strength to pull the tray off but it shows that they do! So I think this tray is actually quite dangerous as when it would snap off the seat itself would shake a little.
I don't really think this tray is all that good, I can see it's positive points but don't think it's great.
WHAT IS IT?
A tray that clips onto any Bumbo baby seat. It can be used for play, first craft activities and feeding. The tray costs £10 from Amazon.
It is a white curved tray and looks very small but is proportionate in size to the babies that sit I. Bumbo seats. The tray has a small lip around the edge but it is too shallow to prevent things from falling off. It is easy to clip into place but you need to apply some force so should make sure your baby's hands are not in the way, your baby needs to be sitting in the Bumbo seat before you attach the tray.
WHAT I THINK
I first bought this Play Tray when my older daughter was a baby and I have recently taken it out of storage for my new baby. It feels sturdy and the clip holds it secure until an adult removes the tray so your baby cannot free themselves. I like how easy it is to clean because there are no crevices for dirt to collect, I wash it in the sink after every use and then spray it with antibacterial spray because it is too large to sterilise.
My older daughter was a large baby but the tray didn't dig into her, her baby sister is much slimmer so she will have lots of room. My daughter liked having something to bang down on the tray and when she was older I used crayons with her to draw pictures, if she missed the paper the crayon wipes off the tray very easily.
It is nice to feed your baby while they are sitting in their Bumbo seat because they can interact better being in such an upright position. If your baby starts eating finger foods early on the tray is good for putting pieces of toast or fruit on, the lip halts the food enough to help their fingers pick it up. I don't put the feeding bowl on the tray because it can be too easily knocked off.
The Play Tray is a very good idea and it helps babies to interact with the rest of the family as well as teaching them to be independent from a young age. The only thing you have to be careful of is your baby leaning over to pick a dropped toy up, my daughter tipped the whole Bumbo over leaning over and that was when I put the tray away because it became a danger to her safety.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
The Bumbo play tray is designed not surprisingly to be used with the Bumbo seat. The play tray is designed to give the babies a surface for them to have some toys on to play with and to aid with weaning as a small table idea. My son is 20 weeks and we have being using the Bumbo on and off with him for the past 4 weeks and using the play tray alongside it.
The tray itself comes in two pieces a white upright section that fits at the front of the Bumbo and goes up the section that divides the legs. The tray itself slots into this section and covers part of the top of the Bumbo seat and juts out at the front. I actually find this very awkward to put together when my son is sat in the Bumbo. I end up having to lean him to either side to see I am putting it in to the correct slots rather than the tray just resting on the top of the Bumbo seat itself. The awkward design immediately makes it unappealing to me as I find it so fiddly to do and trying to sort it out makes my son unsettled in the chair.
The main difficulty I have with the tray is that even when I get it into the correct slots my son seems to be able to pull the tray out of the holder very easily and then this ends up being thrown or knocked to the floor with all the toys on. Now I don't know if my son is particularly strong for his age but do know my nephew who is 28 weeks old is also able to do the same which has resulted in some of his food ending up on the carpet which makes me disinclined to use the seat and tray to aid weaning. What happens when the toys end up on the floor is that my son gets bored and frustrated in the seat without the tray and wants to be lifted out of the Bumbo.
The tray is not huge but can easily take several toys for my son to play with and size wise it is easily suitable for a few small toys or a weaning bowl and a child's mug.
The tray never seems to dig into his legs but there is very little room between his legs and the tray making me wonder how long it will be that he can use this.
Keeping it clean is easy to do with wipes and clothes as the tray is a nice curvy design meaning that there are no corners for bits to get stuck into. Equally it is dishwasher safe so would be great for getting rid of food stuff if being used for weaning.
Overall I am not very keen on the tray as it is fiddly to set up and most play sessions is pulled of several times by my son and hence defeats its purpose of being there to help him sit and play. As it is so easy to remove I am also disinclined to try it when weaning my son. At around £10 I personally don't think it is a great or essential buy only 2 stars from me.
I recently reviewed the 'bumbo' seat that you can buy for young babies to assist them with sitting, and to aid them in playing etc. Along with the bumbo you can buy this baby play tray that slots onto the seat.
I work with children a lot and am currently looking after two 5 month olds for two separate families. I've used bumbos in the past with other babies I have looked after, and both of my current children are getting to the age where they are using it more and more. Having used the bumbo tray with one family I advised the other, who weren't aware of it, to purchase a bumbo tray as it makes the seat even more versatile.
If you are not familiar with the bumbo seat it is essentially a rubber seat moulded to the shape of a baby. You slot them into it and it holds them in a sitting position. It is extremely easy to use and in my experience young children love it because it gives them a little more independence. It can be used for play and also, my favourite usage, for weaning babies onto solids as a stepping stone to a high chair.
The product is a white plastic tray which slots onto the bumbo with relative ease. I say relative because I've had different experiences with different babies I look after. To slot the bumbo on you have to lift it under the seat itself. This is easy in theory but there are a couple of issues. You obviously have to put the baby in first, otherwise it is extremely difficult to bend their stubborn little legs round the tray and into the bumbo. Once the baby is in the combined weight of baby and chair is quite heavy and therefore pretty difficult to lift the chair and get the bottom part of the tray under. I've found with younger or smaller babies this is far easier but once they get bigger this gets increasingly difficult.
Other than this flaw I have found the tray to be super versatile and durable. The plastic of the tray is very good quality and though it is white it is easy to keep clean. The plastic is wipe cleanable - you can use a baby wipe or a wet cloth and get it clean in seconds. If you've been using it for feeding it is best to detach it and then clean it all over to make sure you've got any excess food.
The tray can be used for loads of different things but here are a few things I find it most useful for:
It is really good for play time, if you stick the baby in the bumbo and then attach the tray you can provide the baby with any kind of toy and they'll be pretty content.
If you take your baby out with you, and are able to travel with the bumbo, it is pretty useful when out and about. If you know you are going to a restaurant, friends house or cafe then you can take it and the tray and give the baby snacks or toys to keep them entertained. Beware that the bumbo is bulky and heavy though, ad it might be cumbersome to travel long distances with.
The thing I like using it for the most is the beginning weaning of young babies (onto baby rice and purees). The bumbo is great for this alone but the tray secures the baby in and with one of mine it prevents her from leaning to the left, which she has a real tendency to do. Once you start to introduce solids and finger food this will be even more useful as you can lay out an array of culinary delights on the tray and they can pick and choose at their leisure.
The tray costs £9.95 from John Lewis and is around £14.00 on Amazon. If you can find it cheaper on ebay, or in combination with the bumbo, then I would opt for this. The tray and the bumbo are both very durable so even if you buy used I can bet it would still be in good condition.
Overall, a very good buy especially if you are weaning your baby.
When Lauren was born, a friend recommended a Bumbo seat and tray as she said that they were great at encouraging your little ones to sit up and ideal for weaning so I decided to buy one.
The snack tray costs around £10 and is available from baby specialists like Babies R Us, Mothercare etc. It is only available in white which I think is a little disappointing considering the nice range of colours the actual Bumbo seat comes in. I also find that despite not using it much, it didn't stay white for long and showed stains/marks up really easily however because the tray is made of hard plastic so it was easy to wipe clean. The plastic is quite hard too, there were occasions when my daughter would hit the tray with her maracas or rattle with some force and it never chipped or looked like it would get damaged. The tray has a slight lip around the edges meaning items placed on could not be pushed off easily.
The tray clips onto the Bumbo really easily and you can do it one handed which I found handy is I was carrying my daughter around. It can also be removed easily (although not too easy so my daughter could remove or I had concerns about it coming loose). When fitted is also didn't restrict Laurens legs movements which was good.
The problem I had was that my daughter didn't (and still doesn't) like to sit in one place for longer than 5 minutes, so the Bumbo seat itself was not a good idea for me. I did find that when I used with the snack tray, she would sit for a little longer, but as soon as she had lost interest in whatever item was on the tray (whether it be a snack or a toy), she wanted to get out.
Would I buy again, no, but that is mainly due to the fact that I didn't really get on with the Bumbo itself and found it didn't suit my needs, however I do think that the tray is a really good idea and should you find a Bumbo useful, I would recommend having the tray too and I would give the tray 4 out of 5 stars.
Thanks for reading.
We were lucky enough to have bought the Bumbo second hand and it came with its own official tray, this hard plastic tray that fits perfectly onto the front of the award winning baby accessory/seat. The Bumbo is essentially a solid but soft foam based seat, durable enough for your child's weight to be taken as they sit in it, but soft enough that any contact won't bruise or hurt them like a hard plastic seat would or could. Our son's highchair for example is great but it has hard bits that he'd hurt himself on if he fell onto them.
The tray itself usually comes as a separate item, and you should be able to get hold of a new one for £10 or under. It's designed to fit perfectly with the Bumbo, and it does. The Bumbo has a pommel at the front and the tray has a similar shaped dip on its underside that the tray can slot onto the Bumbo with. This makes it solid and less likely to move around once on. The clever design continues with the base. The tray has a sheer drop from this dip, that snugs the front of the Bumbo, and there is then a lip that tucks under the Bumbo itself in order to provide the final secure element to the tray. The child's weight in the Bumbo keeps it under the Bumbo, and the measurements are precise enough that it's more than just a snug fit when you're putting it under the Bumbo - you have to actually use a bit of force to get it attached.
All of this shows careful and clever design techniques used, and it certainly pays off with the use. Our son is coming up to a year, but was two months, so we're operating at just under 10 months of development age. The Bumbo is only recommended for use once your baby can hold its own head, and we're well into this stage, but as our son is still relatively small, there's plenty of room in the Bumbo for him. The tray allows for more interactivity as opposed to the Bumbo on its own, which is just a seat in all honesty. The tray does have the added bonus of a platform for play, which when your child is developing at such a fast rate, is brilliant. The tray has a large enough area that there can be a few things on it and our son can play with one or two things while the others just sit there, although I'm sure I'm not alone when I say that his favourite thing to do is to throw most things off and then look at me accusingly as if it's my fault that there's nothing left on there to play with!
It's secure as well. As my son gets older and more aware of the use of his hands, he grabs the edge of the tray and pulls, but the way it's on very securely without the need for locks or tags means that he won't pull it off. Again, his weight in the Bumbo adds to this element.
This is the official Bumbo tray, and will come with a Bumbo symbol on the front at the base and a couple of Bumbo details in print on the underside of the tray. Apparently there are copies or not official Bumbo created versions of this. I wouldn't like to risk getting one of these instead as the dimensions are essential to the function of this accessory. High quality product at a decent price. As I said, we were lucky enough to acquire a perfect condition one for a really low price, but this price reflects the quality. Recommended.
As you may see from a previous review when Jayden was born some of my closest friends clubbed together and bought us several gifts for both me and my husband and Jayden, one of the things they purchased Jayden was a Bumbo Seat (previously reviewed) to go with this they also bought him the Bumbo Play Tray. I was extremely pleased to receive the Play Tray to go with the Bumbo seat as this allows Jayden to do more than just sit in the Bumbo seat.
The Bumbo Play Tray comes in a rectangle box, the left hand side of the box is pink and white and has the Bumbo logo and elephant on it and the words Play Tray, these are written in pink writing within the white section, just above this is a picture of a Bumbo Seat with the Play Tray attached so you know exactly what the whole thing looks like when put together. The majority of the front of the box is taken up with a picture of a little girl sitting in a pink Bumbo Seat with the Play Tray attached, she has building blocks on it to play with. On the top of the box is the same Bumbo logo and the name Play Tray with the words "for the genuine Bumbo Baby Seat only", this is repeated on the two sides of the box as well. The back of the box is very similar to the front, the only difference is that there is a warning section on the back of the box, the majority of this side of the box is also taken up with a picture of a little girl sitting in a green Bumbo Seat with the Play Tray attached. The Bumbo Play Tray inside the box is not assembled and comes inside a clear polyphone bag for extra protection.
The Play Tray
The Bumbo Play Tray is basically a plastic tray which fits onto the front of your baby's Bumbo Seat, it cosmists of two parts, a stem which has a lip on the bottom that sits just under the edge of the seat, the stem is slightly wider towards the bottom and has the name Bumbo on it along with the Bumbo elephant. The second part of the Play Tray is the tray itself, this is basically a curved tray which has a groove in the underside that the stem slots into, the tray edges are rounded but slightly raised so that things do not roll off of it. All of the edges on the whole of the Play Tray are smooth so that they cannot cause any injury to your baby. The idea of the Bumbo Play Tray is so that when your baby is sitting in the Bumbo Seat they can keep toys and snacks within arms reach, you child can sit and play safely and securely.
Assembling the Play Tray and fixing it to the Bumbo Seat is very easy, the instructions come on a small leaflet inside the box and include
* Seat your baby before positioning the tray
* Insert the stem into the slot on the base of the tray
* Position the cup of the tray (curved piece on the underside) over the pommel of the seat
* To remove the tray you simply pull the whole thing away from the seat using the stem of the tray.
Fitting the tray to the Bumbo Seat literally takes a few seconds and is simple even without the instructions, the two pieces simply slot together and then the whole thing fits onto the front of the Bumbo Seat, this closes the front of the seat in but will not restrict your babies movement or alter their seating position.
The warnings come on the same leaflet as the assembly instructions included inside the box with the Bumbo Play Tray, these consist of
* Seat your baby before attaching the Play Tray
* Keep your babies limbs clear of the attachment area
* Detach the Play Tray from the Bumbo Seat before removing your baby from the seat
* Do not allow your baby to sit or stand on the Play Tray
* Dispose of damaged items
* Clean with mild soap and water after every use, due not use scouring agents
These are quite self explanatary and really just common sense, but adhering to these warnings will keep the Bumbo Play Tray in excellent condition and also prevent injury to your baby.
Price and Availability
As I have mentioned we did not purchase the Bumbo it was part of a gift, however as I have been so impressed with the Bumbo products I have done a bit of research into what other items are available and also where they are available. I noticed that the Bumbo Play Tray is available in a variety of department stores and children's shops such as Mothercare, I also noticed that it was available in Boots and being sold for £9.99, the price does vary a little depending on where you purchase it from. I would definitely say that this is well worth the money, it is also not over priced so should it need replacing it is not going to be too expensive.
I would definitely recommend the Bumbo Play Tray, this allows your baby to do more than just sit in their Bumbo Seat, you can allow them to have toys on the tray to play with, even though Jayden is still young he enjoys sitting in his Bumbo with a toy or two on the tray to move around and look at. The tray is also useful as your child grows as they can even sit in it to eat small amounts of food, the seat keeps them in a position which is good for their posture so they can happily sit and play/ eat. The tray keeps toys and food within arms reach for your baby and at just the right height. The Play Tray is made from a tough plastic so I know that it is going to be strong even if it gets a bit of rough treatment as Jayden bangs toys up and down on it, the fact that the whole thing is plastic also means that it is extremely easy to keep clean, I can simply wipe it down with soap and water and dry with a cloth ready for its next use. The Bumbo Play Tray is very reasonably priced and definitely worth the money. This is certainly an item that I would recommend and an accessory to the Bumbo Seat that you have to have, I would definitely have gone out and purchased this myself to go with Jayden's Bumbo if I had not received it as a gift. An item that is well worth the money and extremely useful for both you and your baby.
We bought our bumbo when my daughter was around fourteen weeks old and as we loved it so much we decided to buy the play tray, which is the only accessory available for the bumbo. This retails at around £10, however we managed to get ours a little cheaper - £8.50. I'd quite happily of paid the couple of extra quid though had it not been reduced as it is well worth the money in my opinion.
This is a really handy accessory as it transforms the bumbo into a mini highchair; really handy seeing as my little girls highchair is incredibly bulky and a pain to set up! The tray is a little awkward to attatch to the bumbo seeing as my daughter needs to be in the bumbo before I can attatch it - when she was smaller I was able to put her in once I'd set it up but now she's bigger and more wiggly it's awkward getting her at the right angle to put her in!
I always make sure that her hands are out of the way and then slot the play tray on the front of the bumbo. It clips on securely and it's not too much effort as it's not heavy or bulky. Taking it off is quick and easy, however storing it inbetween uses is a bit of a pain as it looks out of place amongst my daughters toys and it's too big to store in the kitchen cupboards, so we stick ours in the spare bedroom whenever we're not using it.
The play tray is only available in one colour; white, which I find handy as dirt/food/drool etc shows up prominently so I am able to make sure that every bit of dirt is wiped off. Cleaning it is really quick and easy as it's made of plastic and the surface is smooth so bits of food etc can't get stuck in any crevices. The edge is slightly raised meaning rusk crumbs tend to end up gathered around the edges but it's easy to wipe down; I use either wet wipes, a damp sponge or a j cloth.
The play tray is really sturdy and durable and it is ideal for introducing new toys to my baby as she is able to see them at a better level than she would on her stomach or back and she has both hands free. It also keeps the toy in one place - whenever she has tummy time I find myself up and down every 2 minutes because she's always pushing toys away from herself by mistake, where as in the bumbo she is able to play with them properly as it keeps her reasonably still and the toys are easy to reach.
The smooth, even surface makes the tray ideal for playing with toys that have wheels and as the tray is so easy to clean, messy play, eg painting with Mummy isn't out of the question either. I also find that the play tray comes in handy whenever Erin needs to entertain herself for a short period, for example when I'm in the shower. Without the tray there, her toys would fall onto the floor, whereas with the tray it helps to keep the toys all together and in easy reach of my baby.
When we were looking at Bumbo baby seats for our twins we thought that the play tray looked like it would have lots of uses. As we were buying from Ebay we kept our eye open for Bumbos that were being sold with a play tray and we were soon owners of Bumbos with play trays. They trays are made of white plastic so they go with any colour bumbo.
The play tray
The instructions state to sit baby in the bumbo and then attach the tray. I found this quite tricky as the tray slots onto the bottom of the Bumbo so you have to lift it slightly with baby in. You also have to be careful of little fingers getting in the way where the top of the tray fits tightly against the bumbo. As my twins were small I found it easier to leave the tray attached and sit them in round it, this obviously depends on the size of your baby whether there is room to sit them in with the tray in place.
Uses for the play tray
Our twins were 4 months (which is the recommended from age for this product) when we first got the bumbos, at this age without the tray they would have to hold onto their toys to be entertained sat in the seats. My little ones wouldn't hold onto anything for more than a few seconds so the tray was ideal for putting a few toys on for them to play with. I found the highchair toys that have a suction bottom great as these couldn't be knocked off and they would happily sit and play with them.
When I started weaning at 5 months my girls were too small for their high chairs, the bumbo gave them the support they needed to sit up for eating. Any spills if they knocked the spoon would normally fall onto the play tray making cleaning up after much easier. I always found it really easy to clean with antibacterial spray to keep it as a hygienic area. The tray is also made of a shatter resistant plastic so you don't need to worry about it breaking and hurting your little one.
Price and Availability
I paid about £20 each on Ebay for the Bumbo and play tray. A new play tray costs £9.99 at Toys R Us if you already have a Bumbo but you can buy the Bumbo and play trays in sets which are better value.
Would I recommend?
Yes, both my little ones liked playing with toys on the tray and so it got plenty of use. It was also really handy to have when I was weaning. The Bumbos would have been used far less without the trays. I have only given 4 stars as the tray is quite difficult to attach to the Bumbo.
We were given the bumbo seat second hand and as i have written in my review on that thought it was pretty pointless and not essential. Beings as we had it though i thought i would make use of it by buying the play tray to go with it to use as a portable highchair when we were starting weaning, also we were going camping when our daughter was 7 months old and thought this would be ideal to feed her at which was the main purpose for buying the tray.
I got a used one off ebay for around £7, i think they are about £10 new, as i knew it was not going to be used that often i was not worried about it being second hand.
The tray comes in 2 pieces in a slim box so is ideal for transporting around, it's very lightweight and made from plastic. The tray support clips under the bottom of the seat and then into the underside of the play tray itself, which sits over the moulded bit between babies legs. We found this ok to put onto the bumbo first and then slide our daughter into the seat just about, i think with a bigger baby (our daughter is quite small for age) that you may struggle to do it this way and would have to put baby in seat first then attach tray around then which could be a little tricky.
This was good to enable us to feed our daughter when away from home as she would sit in it quite happily and could pick things off the tray, it did mean we had to sit on the floor with her which wasn't a problem for us but could be for others.
However when she had had enough she was strong enough to stretch her body out and lift her bottom up trying to get out, the seat and tray are not very heavy so she could have knocked the tray off had we not been there and pushed herself off the floor with it.
This is a handy addition for portable feeding but nothing else i feel.
After owning 3 different coloured Bumbo's . One for each of my children. I have recently purchased the Play tray as i thought it looked good and would make life slightly easier with weaning, seeing as i am now a busy mum of 3. I need all the help i can get.
I picked this play tray up from my local Mothercare store for just under £10. Luckily i had some vouchers and a staff discount card, so in the end it cost me nothing. So i suppose its a bargain. But you can purchase this from many places such as Tesco, toys r us, amazon and eBay.
The play tray comes in a cardboard recyclable box with instructions on how to fit together. It is simple and just clicks together. But once together it's virtually impossible to detach the top from the base.
It's made of a strong easy to clean plastic. It is very strong and i can't see it snapping or breaking. So it's certainly child friendly as its unlikely to become unsafe.
Once clipped together is easy to attach to the Bumbo. If you place the top over the moulded Bumbo (the part that goes between your little ones legs) and the bottom just slides under easily. But ones you try and do it once your little ones in its slightly more tricky. I worry about it slipping and knocking my little one. Luckily i have started to master putting it onto the Bumbo while my little ones in it.
I wouldn't recommend putting your baby in it once the play tray is on as there is no way of getting babies legs into it comfortably.
As i said before it's easy to clean with a damp cloth. I like to use mine for finger foods, such as goodies crisps and slices of carrot. As it is quite right onto the Bumbo and around your child it stops small chucks of food falling into your child's lap. but this does mean they wont land on the floor.
Overall i think this a good product but i much prefer to place my baby in her highchair for snack time and the novelty of the item is starting to wear off.
But i do think its goo to take to friends and families houses for weaning rather than taking a highchair while they are so young.
We bought a Bumbo play tray as it seemed a good idea for our little man to use for toys or food.
Especially around the age of 6 months when we started weaning onto solid food, we could leave the food on the tray for him to pick up. The tray is nice and close and also provides a good shield for the legs to minimise mess. Coupled with the nice upright position the Bumbo encourages, we found the play tray absolutely indispensible.
We found the tray easy to clean and didn't stratch easily (even with toys being ferociously slammed down on to it!)
There are a couple of drawbacks however. Once the play tray has been assembled, it is vistually impossible to take apart which means it is quite bulky to transport and store. It is quite awkward to attach and remove from the Bumbo itself, necessitating the front of the seat to be lifted.
Overall though, a very practical and helpful idea that I would recommend to friends.
Clips onto the Bumbo babysitter for playtimes and mealtimes.