Bumbo was one of the gifts we received when Aina was born. It was given by a family of 2 kids, and they said they love the product so much that they want to give it to us that early… (Bumbo can only be used by a 3+ months old infant, or when their neck is strong enough to support their heads).
Honestly, if it weren’t given by them, whose first child was a very happy and active 2 years old at that time, I wouldn’t have bought it… 3 months infant in a sitting position? my parents and parents-in-law would’ve yelled at me for “ruining her spine”…
But Aina couldn’t be happier when we first put her on the Bumbo chair. i think she would’ve said, “Yay, i can see things other than ceilings!”
We loved it, too. Seeing our baby laughed and looked at things in a new perspective, with her eyes widen and her jaw opened (along with lots of drool coming out), we think Bumbo is one of the best invention for baby, ever!
Since then, she hangs out with us in sitting position: out in the balcony, in front of the TV, in the kitchen… and we always vouch for the chair by letting other babies trying it out at our house.
However, if you decide to get this cute chubby little chair, keep one thing in mind: DO NOT USE IT ON RAISED SURFACES. don’t place the Bumbo on a chair, to replace a high chair. don’t place it on the kitchen counter, or any counter for that matter, with your kid sitting on it. it really can fall… really.
It happened to us once. It was my fault for neglecting Bumbo’s warning on never put the chair on raised surfaces. I was cooking and i put Aina on the kitchen counter, sitting on her Bumbo. I was looking one way, and when I looked back, I saw my husband pretty much flew and caught the Bumbo mid-air, with Aina still attached to the chair… my heart literally stopped for a second or two and my legs turned spaghetti-ish… we were *this close* to lose our one and only child.
It turned out that she tried to lean forward while sitting. At that time, she was tall enough (exactly 1 year old) to tip the chair forward. The front part of the chair folded in and the whole thing went off-balance. Aina plunged head first to the ground.
So, please, if you have the Bumbo chair (or any children products), don’t disregard their warning labels. I’m not saying it’s a bad product. We still love Bumbo. In fact, we still recommend it to friends and family… with emphasis on the warning label.
And just like with other children products, keep an eye on your child all the time…
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