What do you guys know about the The Bumbo Baby Sitter? It's designed to enable a baby between 3-6 mos to be seated unaided in a upright sitting position.
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10/1/06 at 5:43pm
I had no idea it was "developmentally inappropriate". A friend of my mom's gave ds one. He is 3 months old and it basically molds to them so they can sit. How is it any different than sitting upright in my lap leaning against me??? He uses it maybe 10 minutes a day and he gets the proudest look on his face. Then he lets me know he is done and we take him out of it. I usually sit him in it when playing board games with my older son and I think Nathan thinks he is part of the action. Then when tired of it, he sits in my lap. You can actually see him sitting in it *just fine* in a pic on the link below.
My silly, skinny 6 year old also thinks it is really fun to sit in as well!
There are some people on here who will come down pretty harshly on people who use the Bumbo, to the point of saying "I'm amazed that someone on MDC would use this" (translation, if you use this you aren't good enough of a mother to be posting here) :
I have it. I used it from about 3-6 months. It was convenient item for those inbetween months where she wanted to be upright and wasn't physically capable yet. I used it for brief moments occasionally...10 minutes when doing something I couldn't sling her for, like the laundry or cooking on the stove.
It did not lessen my attachment to her, it did not lessen her attachment to me, and it did not cause horrible back and hip problems.
Used IN MODERATION it is a cute, handy little thing, but not necessary by any means. It's pricey. I'd recommend borrowing from someone before you spend 40 bucks on something that will only be good for a few months.
I have one. I think it's "developmentally inappropriate" for my (almost) 4 month old baby right now because his head is still a little wobbly when he sits in it, but I look forward to using it in the future. He likes sitting up a lot when we pull him up, but he still slumps over in the Bumbo.