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This question is just for those who have the seats - I don't want to get derailed by a conversation on whether they are evil or not. We don't have one but are thinking about it.<br><br>
-How old a child would able to wiggle out of a bumbo or tumble it over? Can babies fall out of them?<br><br>
-Would it work to put the baby in a bumbo on the kitchen counter so she can watch her parents cook? Right now she watches us from the stroller but we'd like to get her closer to the action. (We don't think it's safe to be cooking with her in the sling.) But I am worried if squirming could easily send the bumbo onto the floor?<br><br>
-Along the same lines, is the bumbo safe to use as a booster seat - my concern is it doesn't actually attach to a chair, so if DD is squirmy...?<br><br>
Obviously we would be supervising closer regardless, but would want to be safe...
 

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Hi Mama,<br><br>
1) DD was 7.5 months when learned to wiggle out.<br><br>
2) I wouldn't recommend putting her in the bumbo on the counter. Do you have a portable booster seat that can be strapped to a chair?<br><br>
3) I wouldn't recommend it as a booster seat.<br><br>
Sorry so short...DD is sleeping in my arms...
 

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DD loved her Bumbo. She is 7 months now and we don't use it very often because she sits on her own and has a booster seat style high chair. We did use our Bumbo on the kitchen table if one of us was right there with her at all times. It takes a lot for a baby to be able to wiggle out of one. The box does say that Bumbo is happiest on the floor, but I felt it was safe enough. There are no latch restraints on the seat, but again it is designed for them not to be able to get out of it. The place where their rear goes is very deep, and the leg slots fit comfortably snug. I feel Bumbo helped my baby sit like she had wanted to do from the time she was 3 months old. She sits perfectly on her own now. Bumbo is also designed to help babies strengthen the muscles they use to sit. Personally, I think it is a really cool thing. I used it too when I wanted to blow bubbles for my dd and she couldn't sit yet.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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My dd is 6.5 months old and has been able to actually get out of it onto the floor. Do not ever put it any where but the floor seriously!
 

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We borrowed a Bumbo from my best friend, and I'm so glad we did. DS will be 5 months next week. He has always flung himself backwards, but has not come completely out of the seat. This is the same kid that can kick Robeez off in 2 minutes flat. We take the Bumbo out to restaurants and put him on a chair. There are always plenty of people to keep at least one hand on him if he gets too antsy. And <gasp!> we put the Bumbo on the kitchen counter so he can watch us cook. I give him a BIG spoon to hold and he is one happy baby! We are constantly talking to him and always have a hand on him, so I feel perfectly confident using the Bumbo in these situations.<br><br>
Here's a picture of him helping me mix cookie dough. And, no, the stove is not ON. duh<br><br><a href="http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e305/tschifo/bakingcookies.jpg" target="_blank"></a><a href="http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e305/tschifo/th_bakingcookies.jpg" target="_blank">http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e3...ingcookies.jpg</a>
 

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my ds was able to flip out on purpose at 6 months. thouhg it takes some work. i find it the most handy these days as a place to put him when i am in the bathroom or grabbing laundry or another quick task. a high chair would be better for the kitchen.
 

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We have a MeToo clip on chair that I have on our kitchen counter - it is great for babe watching us cook. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I love our Bumbo! DD started getting out on her own at about 6.5 months. We used to take it to restaurants and everything, and yes, we would sit her on the table or counter but only when somebody was right next to her- she loved being part of the action! DD is too wiggly right now to sit in it, but I look forward to the day when she calms down and uses it as a chair to watch Baby Einstein or Disney movies because it looks comfortable, LOL...
 

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I bought the bumbo because ds is one of those babies who doesn't like to be in a sling and I wanted to keep him close to the action still. He first learned to flip out of it at 4 months old. He was sitting alone the day he turned 5 months, so he was pretty strong I guess. I still felt safe using it on the table as long as I was right there next to him. We used to bring it to restaraunts and set it right on top of the table in between us, which he loved and so did everyone walking by. It takes a lot for them to flip out of it, so you can stop them from doing it before they fall. I still use it as a place to feed him when we are not at home and I have used it on chairs with no problems as long as I am right there next to him. I wouldn't put it up on something and then walk away though.
 

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Our DS could wiggle out of it, if he got too excited, at about 4 months I'd say. He is 6 months now and we still use it. We have ours sitting in the bathroom and he sits in it and watches us for the few minutes when we're in the bathroom. We can always reach over and push him back into it if he starts to wiggle out.<br><br>
I wouldn't use it on a counter or table unless you are right there all the time with your hand on your babe. We use a high chair in the kitchen which works a lot better because you can move the high chair to the center of the kitchen where DS's long arms cannot reach anything no matter how much he tries <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Also I don't think it would work at all as a booster seat on a chair, because its base is hollow and needs to spread out on a flat surface to give proper support -- if part of the base gets squished in, the seat can sort of collapse (you'll see what I mean when you get it).
 

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I am a Bumbo lover too!<br><br>
My ds is 6 1/2 months old and he is a very strong little boy. He has never tried to wiggle out of it and I don't see how he could unless he could push himself out with his arms. He is such chunk that it takes a little work to get him out myself!<br><br>
I put the Bumbo on the counter all the time when I was preparing food. As long as I was going to be standing right there. It is designed so that it won't tip over and ds never even attempted to move very much in it.<br><br>
We actually use the Bumbo on TOP of the table! I can't see the bumbo scooting if it were sitting on top of a chair, the rubberized material sort of makes it slip proof. I'm not sure about the booster idea though.<br><br>
My ds sits up strong now at 6 months and I have had several comments about how great his posture is. I really think that the bumbo helped him to build his muscles from a young age. he has been in his since 3 1/2 months when he could hold his head and neck up really steadily.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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I mostly used the bumbo with my special needs daughter. But my son was able to get out at 4mo, and could rock that thing at about 3.5 months! He is super active though. I would not put it up or use it as a booster.
 

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My son was able to arch backward out of the Bumbo from the day we first put him in it. I think he was about three months old. I rarely used it because I was so paranoid that he'd propel himself out and hit his head. I absolutely would not have used it on a counter. I did try it briefly as a booster seat before getting the Fisher Price Healthy Care Booster Seat, which I love. You'd certainly have to be eagle-eyed if you decided to use it as a booster seat on a regular basis.
 

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Thanks, ladies. You have given me the info I was looking for, I really appreciate it!!
 

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My ds is just now figuring out how to wriggle out of it at 7 months (adjusted age). He hasn't been able to get totally out of it yet. We do use it on the kitchen counter and took it to restaurants before ds was big enough to sit in the high chair. Of course, we are always right there to supervise.<br><br>
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