Product Type: Bumbo kids equipment
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Is a tray or a Frisbee?
Bumbo Play Tray
Member Name: jillycat
Bumbo Play Tray
Advantages: easy to clean
Disadvantages: easily removed so toys and food end up on floor fiddly to set up
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.
Summary: Not an essential buy a bit fiddly to set up and my son can remove ti very easily