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My mil bought my sil a Bumbo. It is a foam seat that the baby sits in. It is supposed to help them learn to sit up.<br>
I have never heard of it before. They bought it at Target. It seems to work, but I don't know if it is a good thing or not.<br><br>
Any thoughts on this thing??<br><br>
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yep...lotsa people around here have them. some folks love them, some dont.<br><br>
i think the biggest concern is that youcan put a really young baby in it...as long as they have head control. And some folks think there's a reason babies dont sit up until a certain age. so....use your judgement. if your baby loves it, then go for it!
 

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It doesn't help a baby learn to sit...it just props the baby in the same way that you would if you were holding a baby in your lap.<br><br>
They were developed by an OT for that purpose and are developmentally appropriate.<br><br>
I find it very handy when I am doing something that I can't put DD in sling whilst completing the task. For instance, she loves to sit in her Bumbo (on the counter which is totally not where it should be <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: ) while I'm making dinner. She can make eye contact with me up there and see around.
 

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OK. Thanks for the quick replies. <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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uh oh, someone said the B word. prepare for a debate <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nono.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nono">
 

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We love ours! DD usually chills in it while I'm on the computer if I'm not NAK'ing. It's great for the "inbetween" stage when they're too big for a "bouncy seat"/get sick of floor time all the time and before they can sit on their own!<br>
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ds2 loves it. we are just borrowing ours from a friend, but sometimes it just isn't convenient to sling, or i need to set him down so i can chase after ds1 a bit faster (he's 16.5 mos and has just figured out climbing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: ) or if i am having to cook or give ds 1 a bath or what have you. and unlike ds1, ds2 is NOT a cuddly baby so he gets tired of being worn or being held which made me really sad when he was a newborn and refused to sleep while touching me let alone on my chest. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> i say as long as the baby likes it and you aren't just using it all the time as a baby sitter or something, it's okay. basically like everything else- good in moderation.
 

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I didn't hear about these till James was around 7 months old. I would have loved to have had one when James was in that 'too big for a swing not big enough for a high chair stage'. I don't sling while I'm cooking, I just won't do it...so cooking is sometimes a major chore.<br><br>
If your kiddo likes them go for it!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">It doesn't help a baby learn to sit...it just props the baby in the same way that you would if you were holding a baby in your lap.<br><br>
They were developed by an OT for that purpose and are developmentally appropriate.</div>
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actually, no. a child sitting on a living breathing person's lap is an ACTIVE process. the adult who is holding the baby is constantly making small adjustments to provide proper support and input to the child's trunk to facilitate upright posture.<br><br>
the bumbo is completely passive.<br><br>
imho it's really bad for the babies spines to be placed in a passive babyholding device. i'm, a pediatric pt and i strongly disagree with it's usage.<br><br>
quite frankly i am quite surprised at the # of mdc mamas who use bumbos<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">actually, no. a child sitting on a living breathing person's lap is an ACTIVE process. the adult who is holding the baby is constantly making small adjustments to provide proper support and input to the child's trunk to facilitate upright posture.<br><br>
the bumbo is completely passive.<br><br>
imho it's really bad for the babies spines to be placed in a passive babyholding device. i'm, a pediatric pt and i strongly disagree with it's usage.<br><br>
quite frankly i am quite surprised at the # of mdc mamas who use bumbos<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:</div>
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<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/clap.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="clap"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/clap.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="clap">
 

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I do not have one, but I am ok with the idea of one. If your baby does not want to be held at the moment and doesn't really want to play on the floor... Its an alternative to a swing or whatever. I don't feel it is safe to cook while having a baby attached to me. DH really appreciates a hot meal cooked when he comes home from work. He used to get hot breakfast in bed every morning, a nice lunch packed for work, etc. Now he gets cold cereal (by himself) in the morning and PB+J for lunch. I dont want to not make him dinner. I usually put her in her exersaucer while I cook. (the only time I use it) Like I said, I do not have a Bumbo, but I do think my dd would have liked one. I would not use one when a baby is little, but I would starting at about 4 months or so. She would have been able to see me easier if she were on the countertop. I will get one for next time. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:
 

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I used one when I was cooking...It worked well for us as I could put her on the floor in the kitchen and my older daughter could play with her while I cooked. If I lay her ont her on the floor instead she was at risk of getting trampled by the dog or her big sister<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
I dont believe in using it alot...butt hen I dont believe in using any baby gear (except a carrier) a lot. babies thrive on physical contact.
 

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They particularly great for babes who have bad reflux and need to be sitting up more. I was a nice for dd to sit in the bumbo instead of in the swing, bouncy, or the pumpkin seat when I wasn't able to hold her.
 

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furthermore, i will be very curious about what happens to the rate of scoliosis/kyphosis and spondylolisthesis in the population as a result of the use of passive baby positioning devices such as the bumbo.<br><br>
this thing is not benign, people.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: again.
 

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I don't understand why it surprises you.<br><br>
It's not like she's in the thing all day...just a few minutes here and there, like when i'm doing a chore that I can't sling her for, like cooking. It isn't safe.<br><br>
She doesn't like being on the floor alone, and the swing and bouncy chair are so low to the ground all she can see are people's kneecaps. That's no fun. I really don't see how it could possibly hurt her to prop her up on the counter top for the time it takes me to prepare a meal. It makes her happy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">They particularly great for babes who have bad reflux and need to be sitting up more.</div>
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My neice does have reflux. My sil uses it as a high chair sometimes too. She doesn't use a baby sling.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I bought her one but she wouldn't use it.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
Thank you guys for all the input. I'm not haveing anymore babies so I don't have to decide to use one or not but I was concerned for my niece.
 

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The bumbo (if I am right on my facts here) was designed and used by OT during therapy. I even saw the OT's using them when my dd was being evaluated. I don't see a problem with their useage...if your baby likes them. Like all things that babies have, I can't see a kid being content to sit in one for too long, so alas, it rules out the issues that seem to be popping up as concern.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">furthermore, i will be very curious about what happens to the rate of scoliosis/kyphosis and spondylolisthesis in the population as a result of the use of passive baby positioning devices such as the bumbo.<br><br>
this thing is not benign, people.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: again.</div>
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Really curious here. Is the concern the angle of the baby's back?<br><br>
I just looked at one and I don't really see where the support much different than being on a lap. I know you talked about the constant adjustments we make when we hold a baby. When my daughter was in PT one of the exercises was her sitting on a ball on the therapist would move the ball to help her learn balance and catching herself. My daughter had to learn that she could control her body and sit without assistance.<br><br>
It seems the issue is more a concern of overuse or using it with very young babies (which I agree is not good). If the parent is using it sparingly it wouldn't become an issue.
 

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i guess i come here because most of the mamas here are into natural family living and the tenets of attachment parenting. thus my surprise at how many mdc mamas use the bumbo.<br><br>
imho there is nothing nfl about the bumbo. just because the babies 'like' it doesn't mean that it's good for them.<br><br>
again imho, it seems the bumbo has become an 'acceptable' alternative to a playpen/crib. just because you can put it on a countertop and feel relatively safe about having your child up on a high surface (which i believe is expressly contraindicated on the bumbo's packaging anyways).<br><br>
and also, just because it was designed by an ot does not make it a marvelous contraption. quite the opposite, i am appalled that there are therapists out there that aren't properly using their manual skills to facilitate upright trunk posture during therapy sessions. without getting too technical, the bumbo is molded in such a way to use the passive qualities of joints and muscles to have the child maintain an upright position. and they are 'locked' into the chair because of the hip flexion and abduction, external rotation and posterior pelvic tilt. come to think of it, even though i am personally vehemently opposed to playpen type devices, if i'm given a scenario of having to choose between a bumbo and a playpen, i'd choose a playpen because at least the child isn't forced into this unnatural posture and at least they would have some opportunity to move around.
 

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I'm curious too. I have one and use it occasionally; dd is good for about 5 minutes at a time in it, so I mostly put her in it on top of the dryer and she watches me fold clothes. I don't want to use it if it's bad for her, though!
 
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