Bumbo Chair Review
About the same time that my son was born, the first Bumbo Chair (RRP £36.99) also arrived in the world. If you have a child aged under six years then you're bound to have seen one. They seem to appear in all the product pages in the baby magazines, and on all the baby and mother websites that I visited anyway.
The design makes it look a little bit like a potty. However, it is made of much softer and sturdier stuff (they're actually quite heavy), there's no hole in the seat, but there are two holes for baby's legs to go through. This supposedly helps them sit.
I say supposedly because my son never sat in it. He hated it. The Bumbo is the 'Marmite' of the baby product world. I asked all my friends and acquaintances. Either your baby will love it, and the Bumbo chair will be the best thing you've ever bought. Or your baby will hate it and it will be a colossal waste of money! The problem is, you've no way of knowing which baby you have in advance.
The only photo I have of my son sitting in it (above) is when it is back in the box ready to go off to its new owner! However, other people raved about it. PlayPennies mum Heidi sums it all up with her experience.
"It was a god-send with my first, now five. I weaned at 4.5 months and it was perfect to feed him in too, as he was too titchy for a proper high-chair. I was also worried about the back of his head flattening out because of the position he slept in and the Bumbo was a brilliant way of taking the pressure of his head for a while during the day."
All well and good but then as Heidi explains "My second hated it. Back-flipped out of it and screamed on sight of it! By that stage my youngest was potty training and was confused by the sight of it so it had to go!"