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I love sitting and cuddling with my sweet little baby. Sometimes I purposely avoid my to-do list just to snuggle her for a few minutes (or hours). I just don’t want this time to slip away without holding her as much as I possibly can. I know she won’t let me hold her for very much of her life, so I have to take advantage of it.
But there are times when I am so grateful for my Bumbo baby chair, because I am able to have her close to me while I get things done. Out of all the baby positioners I use during the day for Claire (swing, bouncer, jumper, crib, bassinet, play mat), the Bumbo chair is the one I use the most! These are the reasons I love it so much.
#1- It props her up after a feeding so she is less likely to spit up.
Not sure if all babies are this way, but whenever I lie Claire down flat directly after a feeding, she spits up, every time. If I want her to keep her milk down, it’s best if I have her propped up for at least a few minutes after a feeding, and the Bumbo chair is much safer than sitting her in the corner of the couch. I love that the chair holds her in a sitting position if I don’t have time to hold her after a feeding.
#2- It teaches her to hold her head up and use her sitting muscles.
Tummy time is great for this as well, and I make sure to get plenty of tummy time in, but the thing about tummy time is it can be a little too comfortable for her… she often falls asleep after a few minutes. The Bumbo chair is a great way to keep her awake and using those muscles for longer.
#3- It allows her to learn to grasp and reach for toys.
Toys can be set on the tray within her vision and reach, or even without the tray, the toys stay in front of her pretty easily. This is how she learned to reach for a rattle the first time! When she accidentally drops the rattle, it usually falls in her lap or on the tray rather than the floor.
If I gave her the rattle while she was in the swing or the bouncer, she would forget it was there because it would fall below her vision. While a high chair could offer some of the same benefits, most high chairs are built to fit babies that are past the stage of learning to grasp objects.
The chair would be great for babies who are starting to eat solids as well. Here is a Bumbo chair that has a tray.
#4- It’s easy to move around the house.
I love this baby swing and use it a lot when I’m in the kitchen area (read my full review on it HERE), but it is pretty bulky and not very easy to move from room to room. The Bumbo chair only weighs a couple pounds and is small enough that I can carry both the chair and the baby at the same time to another area of the house.
I like taking the Bumbo chair down to the workout room and setting her in it while I exercise. If I’m doing a workout video, she usually stays pretty happy because she is already a TV magnet (not sure if that’s a good thing at four months old, haha!). Neil and I sometimes put the Bumbo on the couch so that she can sit next to us while we watch movies. It puts her in a sitting position so she can see the TV, and it gives our arms a break. I also like having the Bumbo in the bathroom while I shower so that I can keep a better eye on her; it’s the only positioner small enough to fit comfortably on the counter or floor.
#5- It’s perfect for taking to a get-together or friend’s house.
When I first started taking Claire other places, I found it very difficult if I was staying for longer than an hour because there was nowhere to set her down. My arms got tired, and I didn’t always trust the floors of the place I was visiting. Pretty soon I learned to take the Bumbo with me. It can be set down anywhere, and baby is happy having a view of the room and the goings-on. The Bumbo is also small enough that it can be set in the car’s passenger seat or on the floor for easy transportation.
#6- It doesn’t necessarily have to be on the floor.
Most of the baby positioners out there have to be kept on the floor for safety, and sometimes I don’t like having Claire on the floor. She feels more involved when I can set her right on the counter with me while I prepare dinner, or on the table next to me while I eat. She’s in the stage where she’s observing everything around her, and she becomes fussy if she’s kept away from the action. The Bumbo chair is very stable and will not tip over if the baby rocks or moves, and it is also strategically built so that as long as the baby is not in the crawling stage, she will not fall out (although it looks like they now build the chairs with buckles so baby can be strapped in). It’s like when an adult sinks into a very low recliner and has a difficult time standing up. If it’s difficult for an adult, then a baby who hasn’t even built those muscles yet will not be able to wiggle out. Of course, it’s still a situation where I never leave her unattended. Also, once the baby gets older, she will eventually build the right muscles to be able to fall out, so I don’t like to get too relaxed about leaving her in the chair alone.
#7- It’s easy to clean.
I love the soft foam/plastic material because it is so easy to clean when she spits up or has a mess in her diaper. I don’t have to wait for it to go through the wash before using it again, I can just wipe it down and call it good! As you might have seen in my article about how to organize your day planner, I usually only do laundry on Fridays, so if the bouncer or bassinet gets messy, I just don’t use them till Friday! Just a couple weeks ago, she had a blowout right after we put her in the carseat to go to a family event. AND we didn’t realize it had happened till we had carried her all the way to the car, so there was a trail of baby poop from the kitchen to the car! We had to rinse out her clothes, scrub her off, rinse out and wash the padding in the carseat, wash underneath the padding, and wash the floors. It was not Friday. I did not want to do laundry that day… Why couldn’t she poop while she was still in the Bumbo?!
It’s an all-around effective baby product.
There are seriously millions of baby products, and so many of them turn out not to be that essential. I will say that the Bumbo chair is one of those products that is not essential, but it WILL make your life so much easier! Someone definitely did some research before constructing the Bumbo. It has so many qualities that are perfect for babies old enough to hold their head up but too young to crawl or walk. I have loved watching Claire hit milestones and developments while using this chair, and I definitely recommend it to moms who have babies between the ages of two and five months!
Do you have a Bumbo chair? Has it worked well for your baby, too? What are the baby positioners you couldn’t live without? Leave a comment below!