(Closed) Bumbo Chairs

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

Um yeah, a bumbo should never be placed anywhere but the floor! beyond that obvious point 🙂 – we had one – honsetly, I used it a bit, but not for very long periods at a time and only for a couple months.  It was helpful when he wanted to sit up but couldn’t very well on his own but by 6 months he was sitting great and i think before 4 months he would just slump over in the bumbo….i just felt it had limited use.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

I got one for my shower too and have my doubts but my cousins swear they are wonderful things.  But that when they’re legs get strong they can push themselves and the chairs backwards so it can’t really be used after that point. 

We got a few repeat things at our shower, and of course no gift receipts, so I ended up just giving duplicates to one of our parents since I’m sure we’ll visit them some. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee

We have a Bumbo.  I bought it because Kayla loved to sit up from very early on and it gets really tiring to hold them up all the time (same reason I recently bought a standing toy).  That being said, we don’t use it a TON.  I’m also a Physical Therapist (not a pediatric therapist but I have a few friends that are) I’m not sure WHY it would be detrimental but I’ve heard a few people say that too.  I will ask my friend to see what she says and let you know.  I’m getting off track, but we only leave Kayla in it for short periods when she gets tired of being in all the other positions on her activity mat.  It’s hard to keep her happy for a prolonged period and I constantly have to change her position so I’m glad I have one. 🙂

 

Sorry the photo may be huge, but it’s from when we first got it…she was almost 3 months old.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2008

They are really nice to have when your baby gets tired of laying on the floor, or too tired to stand in the exersaucer. I like to use it when I cook dinner.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

@KellyV: Its so personal and obviously all babies are different!  Looking back, I would have returned mine.

Once their legs get strong, they can just push back and topple backwards – not good even on the floor! The things I thought were super useful in terms of what to put baby in/on were the playmat, the rainforest bouncy chair (useful from weeks old – and still using a bit at 9 months!), the baby carriers, stroller and now a jumperoo…and i know some people swear by the swing, ours got very little use – but I am still happy we had that one, because I know it can be hugely helpful.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

They are very useful for a short amount of time- when they can sit supported but cannot otherwise control their movement by tipping over, crawling out, or ejaculating themselves from the seat by any other means. ALWAYS leave it on the floor. I used it to feed my daughter when she was old enough to sit up and start taking baby food and it was really useful during that time. Then, of course, she grew out of it and figured out how to escape and we quit using it. 

If you’re putting your kid up on a counter in it, that’s just asking for trouble and is not the Bumbo’s fault! It’s the parent’s fault for being dumb! 

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

We never used a Bumbo with Addie; I felt like it was something I could only use for a really limited time period.  Instead, we alternated between the floor, play gym, bouncy seat, highchair, and jumperoo.  Also, a lot of my mommy friends used their Boppys to help support their semi-sitting babies.  It seemed to work well, and kept the baby in the supported sitting position without having to add another piece of baby equipment to your house.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I liked the concept of the bumbo but I feel like it has limited use. We chose the Summer infant seat instead. Libby-Jane is too small to use it yet but I think we’ll get more use out of it than a bumbo. Thought I’d throw it out there in case you’re looking for a different option.

http://www.target.com/Summer-Infant-SuperSeat-Activity-Seat/dp/B001NJC5QY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&searchView=grid5&keywords=summer%20infant%20seat&fromGsearch=true&sr=1-1&qid=1305758384&rh=&searchRank=target104545&id=Summer%20Infant%20SuperSeat%20Activity%20Seat&node=1038576|

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I have babysat for my nephew when he was at an age that the Bumbo was great.  They did use it for everything (on the counter, in the bathtub, etc).  

I don’t know that I would have wanted to pay $50 for it, but I’m happy to have one for $10.  

Another mom friend of mine said the tray is helpful as they start eating rice cereal. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I was also gifted one for my shower and I am debating on keeping it. If it is only going to be helpful for 3 months then I’d rather not.

How long did you all keep your bumbo? Was it useful from 3 mos to 6mos only? Or at what age was the baby when they outgrew it?

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

return them either way…if you decide you want one, get one off of Craigslist…I kid not, there are so many things that barely get used…why pay full price?  We have one, but we don’t leave kiddos in anything too long – swing, bouncy, etc.  It is nice when you need to pee or something, lol…not kidding, though really!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

My son is 1o months old and I still use and Love our bumbo. Yes at this age he could push out of it if he was left alone long enough but we don’t use it for that. Honestly, ours sits on our kitchen island. He sits in it, right in front of me, while I am cutting up food, cooking dinner, putting dishes away, etc. We also put it in the dining room chair and use it as a high chair. We have the table top that goes with it and we use it constantly. 

As so many other things this is just up to what works for you and your baby. No we don’t leave him alone in it but it works great for us and they way that we function in the kitchen with him. You got two for free so why not keep one and see how it works? 

 

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