One of Z’s godmothers gave him a Bumbo Chair last Christmas. She had it shipped from the US that’s why we just got it on February. The timing of the gift’s arrival was just right since Z was starting to hold his head steadily.
The main concern in using the Bumbo was if his thighs were going to fit! Needless to say, my baby boy’s gifted with BIG THIGHS! And we were so happy that he fits, maybe a bit snug, but he does!
Aside from the orthopedic issues and accident reports, we like the Bumbo Chair for the following reasons:
- It gives Z a new view. After months of lying down on his back (and occasional tummy time), he can now see his environment in a different perspective.
- It can be Z’s feeding chair! We’re still unsure if we need to buy a high chair given our very limited space so this could suffice for the meantime. There are legs that can be attached to it to make it look like a high chair but it doesn’t look safe to us.
- We can interact with him face-to-face. I really like it when I see his face when I’m showing him a book or singing nursery rhymes with him. These moments just melt my heart <3
Of course, with any baby paraphernalia, utmost caution and care is required. We never leave Z alone in the Bumbo. And to be safe, we put pillows around him in case of any incident now that he’s gaining mobility.
While it is a great innovation, I don’t deem the Bumbo to be a necessity. Babies will learn to sit on their own so there will be no need for support anymore.
Z seems to enjoy sitting on it (but only for less than an hour!) and anything given is well-appreciated in our household!