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Anyone use one of these? I want to get one for my 3.5 month old. He's got pretty good head control and I wouldn't be leaving him unsupervised or anything. We tried one at a friend's house while we were eating dinner and he seemed to really like it.<br>
My concern is if it's developmentally appropriate. He doesn't even roll over yet--I think he's almost there, he just hasn't thought of it yet. So maybe it would be ok to use on a limited basis? I have him in a carrier as much as possible, but I'm starting to have back problems..<br>
I know that you're not supposed to have kids in carriers facing outward because of spinal alignment or strain or something or other and I just wonder if this seat could cause any issues like that. Anyone know?
 

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I've heard that they can lead to hip problems, but I'm not sure if that has actually been studied or was just someone who didn't like them making an excuse not to use them.<br><br>
That said, if you want to get one, check out any second hand baby stores in your area. These things only have a short use span and are always available second hand.
 

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I have one. It appears very comfortable and my baby seemed to enjoy it. That said, she is skinny and extremely mobile and by 4 months old she could flip herself sideways out of the thing. I don't think there's anything more inappropriate about sitting them up in the Bumbo (for short periods) than sitting them up in your lap.
 

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We used one for about a month while ds really wanted to be sitting all the time but wasn't quite able to on his own yet. Not worth the money for a brand new one imo (we borrowed one).
 

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It's my opinion that they are very hard on the spine. Our chiropractor (trained in pediatrics and totally AP) agrees with me.
 

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They really don't last long for an individual child, a waste of money IMO.<br>
Much better off to get a beanbag chair or boppy if you want them sitting more upright.
 

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<span style="font-family:Georgia;">I think that anything that goes against the normal course of development is counterintuitive and potentially harmful. They just don't seem right to me.<br></span>
 

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I used to do EI and working with special need toddlers, we used a larger version of a Bumbo for children with low core tone so they can be up and part of the group. It certainly could be abused if a child was left in one for long periods of time regardless of age. I think that really tells you what they are good for, short bursts, like any other baby containment device...however I don't think there is any substantiated evidence that it will retard physical development in a typically developing child or harm them in anyway unless they buck themselves out of it...babies don't need to have their bodies activated at all times to develop perfectly fine. It is when it is abused that it can be harmful.
 

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They are used by therapists who work with kids, so I don't think they're inherently bad.<br><br>
As long as you don't abuse them (leave babies in them for extended periods of time), they're fine for the very short period of time they're useable.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><span style="font-family:Georgia;">I think that anything that goes against the normal course of development is counterintuitive and potentially harmful. They just don't seem right to me.<br></span></div>
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Wouldn't any kind of baby gear, including slings and carriers, nursing pillows, carseats, go against the "normal" course of development though?<br><br>
Cultures all over the world dig out a little hole for their babies to sit in before they can sit up, just like how a Bumbo is shaped. And that's probably been since the beginning of time.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Wouldn't any kind of baby gear, including slings and carriers, nursing pillows, carseats, go against the "normal" course of development though?<br><br>
Cultures all over the world dig out a little hole for their babies to sit in before they can sit up, just like how a Bumbo is shaped. And that's probably been since the beginning of time.</div>
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This is my point of view, as well. My main problem with Bumbos is that for many kids, you only wind up being able to use it for a month or two, before they're strong enough to either sit on their own, or flip themselves out of the Bumbo. These are WAY overpriced for the time they get used.<br><br>
But I think they're fine, if used in moderation, in that short window of time. If you can get one handed down or used, some kiddos enjoy them. DS was a twin, and fussy, and liked to be upright. When I had to tend to his sisters, and needed to put him down, he enjoyed his Bumbo, from about four months to about six months. Then he started arching his back and making himself fall out of it.<br><br>
If you do get one, KEEP IT ON THE FLOOR, away from anything that could potentially harm baby. These can fall off an elevated surface, and even if the seat doesn't fall, some kids do arch their backs and flip themselves out of it, and you don't want baby falling from anywhere higher than the floor, or falling on the floor and then being hurt by something else, like nearby stairs or something.<br><br>
Some kids also go back to using them later. My cousin's kids both got re-interested in the Bumbo once they could walk; they liked to sit in it just for fun, even once they were mobile.
 

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The bumbo seemed fine from a posture standpoint. Especially given that we never used it for more than a few minutes here and there. Everything in moderation and all that.<br><br>
We started around 4 months and stopped at 4.5 when DD managed to stand up in it. Thankfully she was on the floor and I was only a couple of feet away trying to get some cooking done because at that age she would have still hit the floor hard if she toppled over from standing. I got there just in time. I did try again on a carpeted floor just to make sure it wasn't a fluke and she managed to stand up again. Way too dangerous for my particular kid.
 

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I sued one for my son. He had low tone and was developmentally ready to sit up but did not have the strength to do it. It was wonderful to have a way to help him sit and play and not mis out on using his hands. I think the "fit" was nice since it allowed him to wobble a bit but not all over. He was able to practice using his core muscles to hold himself upright.<br><br>
For a typically developing child I would think the amount of time that it would be appropriate to use it would be really short. Something like about a month or so. As it was, my son only used his for about 3 months.<br><br>
I personally would not routinely use one for a typically developing kid. I think 3.5 months is to little to be sitting up in anything but a person' arms. The Bumbo is not going to be as responsive to a baby's fatigue as a person is, KWIM?
 

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I borrowed one, and didn't see any major issues with them, if you use them with good sense. DS didn't really like it though, so we didn't use it much. He preferred his swing and bouncy chair. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 
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