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I don't know why I never sprung for a Bumbo seat because every time I saw a child use one I thought how cute and convenient they looked.   I'm adding a link that makes mention that some parents may be rethinking the product. - Bumbo Seat Scaring More Parents

****This post was corrected to add the official website for Bumbo. Click in to read more about their product.  

About.com has a Bumbo Seat review up if you care to stroll there for those thoughts, but I hope you will add yours here, too.   Have you ever used the seat?  If so, for how long (age range of baby)?  Did you love the seat?   Have you ever wanted one and never made the purchase plunge?

What do you think of the price range of the seat?  They can average around $40.  Are they overpriced to you?  Do you think you're getting what you're paying for?

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Here is a great article on why BUMBO and other such products are HORRIBLE for your BABY!!! 

"...the baby really has nothing to do while sitting in there.  It is yet another detachment (from parents) device.

http://stayathomepapa.com/2010/12/bumbo-not-good-for-babies-develop...

We used one and I LOVED it. I think it is common sense to not leave your child unattended or on a high surface while your baby is in one....but for those that lack in this area, there are now large warning labels on every Bumbo reminding them of such dangers. No baby product is made for your child to be left unattended (except for a crib).

As for the price, yes I think they are a little overpriced. But that is why it is worth it to buy them second hand. You can find them all over craigslist and ebay. At the last Just Between Friends sale in Lakeland, there were TONS of Bumbos for under $20 (some even with the tray accessory!). www.lakeland.jbfsale.com

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I would't have splurged on it but I received it as a gift, I loved it. When my daughter was first able to hold herself up, I would use it and place toys in front of her on the tray. She loved it too. But when she started moving and crawling about it ended up being thrown in the closet. The one I received was sturdy and held her even with tiny movements but it isn't for kids who are more mobile, which is why it went into our closet. It only lasted us for 2 months, possibly 3.

I think they are overpriced. When my daughter was born, a friend gave me one, so I didn't have to pay for it. I used it all of the time instead of the high chair. In fact, we never bought a high chair because by the time my daughter grew out of the Bumbo, she went right to sitting in a booster seat. Of course we never left her unattended in the seat. We sat her right in the middle of the table at feeding time and spoon fed her her meals when she was old enough to eat cereals, etc. I loved it. Now, if you're ignorant enough to leave your child unattended in the seat then that is your own issue, in my opinion. But if your child is supervised, I think the seat is wonderful and I will get another one with my next child and future children to come. Beats spending the $$ on a highchair and its way more convienient.

The Bumbo came out after my children were older. Having used it in the church nursery however, I wish they were around when they were little. I hated the phase when they wanted to sit up and couldn't and the Bumbo seems like the perfect thing for that. I would have gladly paid the $40.

My kids were older when this came out but I can see the benefits of it. However, like so much else, there needs to be some common sense. Like not putting it on a table or counter (same goes for the carrier car seats - it makes me crazy!) and if the kid really doesn't have head control yet - not really a good idea to use the seat yet. But there's that time frame when the kid is just about sitting up, but not quite on their own, that I can see the seat being used. It's not a babysitter though, adult supervision is needed.

I didn't use them for my kids - I have to admit I used to cringe when I'd see very small kids in them - kids that are obviously too young for them - parents would put children in them because they looked cute sitting up 'all by themselves' - there's a reason kids don't sit up until a certain age - because before that they are not developmentally ready - I just have to wonder about the effects on spine and neck in a child that's put in one who is too young for it.

I'm with you on the carrier seats.  Oh how many times I've seen this...drives me nuts too.

I'm 11 years older than my sister and when she was about 5 months, my mom put her down on the table in the carrier she started kicking and would have kicked her self right out of the carrier and onto the floor if I hadn't come around the corner - she was already hanging half out of it!

As for a bumbo, never had one didn't want one, I did have a generic boppy pillow and my little man loved that. 

Alicia (Alsan) said:

My kids were older when this came out but I can see the benefits of it. However, like so much else, there needs to be some common sense. Like not putting it on a table or counter (same goes for the carrier car seats - it makes me crazy!) and if the kid really doesn't have head control yet - not really a good idea to use the seat yet. But there's that time frame when the kid is just about sitting up, but not quite on their own, that I can see the seat being used. It's not a babysitter though, adult supervision is needed.

It looks like our topic found it's way back to Bumbo media.   They were nice enough to point me in the direction to their official website and also asked me to consider adding their safety stance.  This is what their email to me said:

The Bumbo baby seat is a safe product for infants when it is used as intended: on the floor and never on an elevated surface. Children should always be closely supervised when they are in the Bumbo seat.

Bumbo International Trust is working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to educate parents on the correct use of the seat. Since 2007 when Bumbo International began placing an additional warning on the front of the seats and packaging, we’ve seen a marked decrease in falls from elevated surfaces. Bumbo is committed to help ensure the safety of children who use the seat.

Thank you.

I completely agree with this. If parents would watch their children and not just leave them unattended there would be a lot less recalls.

Heather said:

We used one and I LOVED it. I think it is common sense to not leave your child unattended or on a high surface while your baby is in one....but for those that lack in this area, there are now large warning labels on every Bumbo reminding them of such dangers. No baby product is made for your child to be left unattended (except for a crib).

I read some off the article attached and I have to disagreed that it will delay development in babies  maybe some but not all.  My daughter had the bumbo seat and she was sitting up at 5 to 5 1/2 months. My daughter had a walker/play disc center and was walking by 8 1/2 months. (Not trying to walk, full blown walking). No delay for her.

Also, I am all for attachment parenting.  Loved breastfeeding, had my daughter in the bassinet right next to me until she was 7 months old but there are just times when you have to put the baby down and I feel this was okay for that.  Parents have to decide for themselves and their baby what is best.  I would never have left her in it for any length of time but she never minded it.

I get really tired of hearing about recalls on baby products when the accidents could have been prevented with more involvement from a parent. Lets recall strollers because parents don't properly strap the child in. Lets recall bumbo sets because parents but them on high surfaces and leave them unattended.  Should we recall grocery carts because I allowed my 3 yrs old at the time stand in the back and she reached for something and almost fell out. No that is my fault for not keeping my daughter safe at ALL times. Manufacturers can only do so much it is up to us as parents to keep them safe.

Seems all anyone wants to do is sue someone for their neglience. Off the soapbox now. Have a great day.

Michael Stratton said:

Here is a great article on why BUMBO and other such products are HORRIBLE for your BABY!!! 

"...the baby really has nothing to do while sitting in there.  It is yet another detachment (from parents) device.

http://stayathomepapa.com/2010/12/bumbo-not-good-for-babies-develop...

We used one with our younger son and it was AWESOME.  I passed it to my sister when I was done with it, so I see it as $20 per kid.  WORTH IT

And I agree that most of this stuff could be prevented with a little common sense and parents being more watchful.  (as I look around at my walls covered in crayon)

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