Featured Product: Bumbo Chair
The Bumbo is a lightweight, foam chair designed to support a small baby. The chair is designed with a high back and sides to support the infant. While there are no straps or restraints, the openings for the legs do taper at the top to help prevent the child from wiggling free. A variety of colors are available.
Average Cost: approx. $40
On the one hand...
For infants who can support their own neck, the Bumbo chair gives them a method for strengthening those muscles while providing a change of scenery. The snugness of the chair can give a sense of security away from being held. The chair is lightweight, making it easy to transport inside or outside the home. It is also easily washable.
A tray can be purchased separately and attached to the front of the chair. This can be used for toys for a child who cannot sit independently yet, or for feeding a child who is not quite big enough or strong enough for a regular high chair.
On the other hand...
A child may outgrow the Bumbo chair quickly--a child who is mobile may not like being confined, or a child who has become stronger may be able to tip the chair over and/or pull themselves free. Some children are put into the chair too often for convenience's sake and do not gain the mobility or diversity of movement they would if they were on the floor. There are also safety concerns. If they chair is used on an elevated surface such as a table or counter top, the child may accidentally move the chair and fall to the floor, potentially causing serious injury.
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