There are so many baby seats on the market. Seriously, when I had my first child, I spent a good 3 hours online trying to figure out what the best seat would be to get my little one.
I’m pretty sure my partner thought I had finally lost it from the lack of sleep. And I will admit, that may be part of it!
I think of it more as doing my research to pick out the best for my baby! And that’s what I will repeat for the rest of my days with no questions asked.
Anyway, I remember seeing photos of myself as a baby, sitting in my little Bumbo.
These seats have been around for longer than you think and are an excellent option for baby seats.
Today, we are going to talk all about when can baby can sit in Bumbo and some important safety tips you need to know. Let’s get right into it today, shall we!
What is a Bumbo?
If you aren’t familiar with a Bumbo, the name itself is enough to make a parent go, “huh?”
And trust me, before I actually started looking for baby seats, the name would have gone right over my head if I didn’t have a photo reference!
So, what exactly, is a Bumbo?
A Bumbo seat is a one-piece seat that is made entirely out of a low-density foam. It has a super deep seat with a high back and sides with little leg holes.
Essentially your little one sits in this seat, and they can help the baby sit upright while providing them with the perfect back and neck support. The seat also comes with a buckle to make sure your little one is safe the entire time.
The Bumbo brand markets these seats as perfect for babies who cannot sit up by themselves quite yet but can support their heads on their own.
When your baby sit in bumbo, they can interact with toys and people around them instead of being on their backs the entire time.
When Can Baby Sit in Bumbo?
Now you guys know that I love being as transparent as possible on my blog.
So, I am going to tell you that the company has experienced some controversy in terms of the benefits they have you’re your little ones.
While many people say they love the chair, others say that it is not the best for your child’s development. It depends on who you ask.
As I said before, the seat is designed to sit your newborn when they are able to hold their heads up by themselves, which is around 4 months.
However, it is not until around the 6 month period where your baby’s muscles should be strong enough to hold up their head without having to worry.
Nevertheless, some babies can begin to grow their neck muscles around 3 months old if you provide them with enough tummy time where they are taught to lift their head up.
Now, would I suggest putting your little one in a Bumbo sooner than 5-6 months, probably not.
I know it can be tempting to seat them in the Bumbo to have your hands free for a couple of minutes while you try and clean up around the house; however, I personally don’t think it is the best solution.
How to Use Your Bumbo Safely
While it is entirely up to you whether or not you wish to make your baby sit in a Bumbo, here are some safe ways to use the seat without jeopardizing your little one’s safety!
- Wait until there can hold their head and neck straight (around 6-7 months)
- Use the three-point harness that is on the seat when you are using the chair.
- Do not put the seat on any surfaces other than the floor. There have been instances where the chair has fallen and injured the baby.
- Do not leave your little one unattended
Remember, the Bumbo is a chair, not a babysitter so keep this in mind before purchasing one for your own child.
If you are still not convinced about whether the chair is the best option for your baby, that is totally okay!
It is entirely up to the parents to choose whether or not they would like to purchase one!
My parents used one for me, and I am completely fine. However, it’s always better to be safe than sorry!
Alternatives to the Bumbo
As I said, there are so many options for baby seats and Bumbo alternatives on the market!
Instead of buying a bumbo, you could always keep your little one on a playmat that is on the floor.
This will not only help them develop their neck and head muscles, but it will also allow them to build their motor skills.
You can also purchase a bouncer seat that my child really loved when they were a baby!
Using a baby carrier is also an excellent option for freeing up your hands while still caring for your little one! There are endless options, so do your research before committing!
As you can see, the Bumbo doesn’t come without its controversy, so the choice is for all you parents out there. At the end of the day, you guys are the ones that know what is best for your baby.
Suppose you are thinking about purchasing a Bumbo. In that case, I suggest doing your own research into the product and become as informed as you feel you need to be before making a purchase!
There is so much information online these days, so make sure you get your research and shopping fix in!
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Until next time parents!