Thursday, July 19, 2007

It’s Not Really a Baby Sitter

It’s a baby chair. More specifically, it’s a sit up chair designed especially for infants.

It’s called the Bumbo Baby Sitter (again, a bit of a misnomer), and we bought one last week.

You’ve probably seen one in the aisles of your local Target; it’s got a picture of an infant sitting in one of the chairs, looking uncomfortable. The sides of the hat-shaped box have a staged picture of three babies at a faux birthday party.

They, too, look uncomfortable.

So, as you might imagine, I was a little reticent to purchase this item for The Squeaker. If I want to see my daughter with a prickly look on her face, I’ll simple introduce myself as her father.

But my sister swears by it. She says the Prince of Wails loves the Bumbo. My sister also likes Markie Mark and the Funky Bunch, Vanilla Ice, and a host of other white ‘80s rappers, so you have to take her recommendations with a grain of salt.

Since Squeaker was getting bored with her bouncy chair, and we were already spending money on the Jumperoo, P.Pie decided we should pick up the Bumbo too (again, based on my sister’s recommendation).

My initial thoughts were to avoid the rush and start hating it immediately. Unfortunately, I couldn’t.

Once I actually held the Bumbo in my hands, I decide it probably wasn’t as uncomfortable as the babies on the box made it look. Apparently the Bumbo is made in South Africa, which might explain the odd marketing materials.

Perhaps the images scored high with SA test markets. Or maybe SA’ers are just a little strange. Who knows.

Anyways, the Bumbo chair is made of a soft polyurethane, much like the material of a life preserver (not that you should take it the lake and use it as a flotation device). The raised back help support the infants back so they don’t slump over like a wet noodle.

Both the box and the website tout that it is approved by pediatricians and orthopedists. Of course they don’t list these pediatricians and orthopedists… I imagine these are the same type of doctors that recommend Trident to their patients who chew gum.

What is most important, is that The Squeak seems to enjoy it. She’s able to look around unimpeded by hanging toys or distracting blips and beeps.

So we’ve decided to keep it, but where we’re going to keep it another story.

I can see in the not-to-distant-future, the house exploding from toys. But that’s a post for another day.


Blogger Librarina said...

I never got the Bumbo seat because my son was *so* into the Exersaucer thing. Hope it works out for Squeaker, though.

7/20/2007 8:50 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

I had one for my youngest and she loved it too!!

7/20/2007 12:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not to be a downer but very soon she will be able to arch her back and get out of the Bumbo. It happened to us way too soon.

7/20/2007 1:30 PM  
Blogger b*babbler said...

Ha! There is no escaping the inevitable creep of baby gear/clothing/toys/burp cloths/etc into your previously ordered existence. I know, we desperately tried.

They actually make a tray that clips onto the Bumbo, so that you can put a couple of toys on it. Very useful, as you will find that eventually The Squeak will likely twist herself sideways and attempt to throw herself out of the Bumbo after whichever toy it is that she has dropped.

7/20/2007 8:16 PM  
Blogger Archana, mama of twins said...

ours loved their bumbos from month two.5 till almost 8 or 9 months. I used to put them on the counter and have them watch me do dishes, cook, see the rain. I am sure my kids IQ is up another notch because of the fab bumbo. ;) Oh, craigslist is the best for getting rid of your gently used "stuff" or pawning everything off to a newly pregnant family. They wont know to say NO till they learn to figure out what they really need vs what their friends don't want in the

7/20/2007 11:04 PM  
Blogger Gidge said...

I looked at those too, ended up not getting one but wondered how it would work out.
Maybe if we shoot for #4 I'll get that him or her one.

Glad to see the squeaker likes it.
The question is, does it make her squeak more or less?

7/21/2007 10:37 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

These are new since my girls have outgrown them. I think its a great way to keep babies from lying on their backs all day. Who knew when you became a parent all the silly things that would worry you.

7/22/2007 1:32 AM  
Blogger Lainey-Paney said...

First & Foremost: your sister rocks. Not only is she correct about the Bumbo seat (I share her cheers for this device), but she also has AWESOME taste in 80s/90s music.

Vanilla Ice is awesome.
And so is the Bumbo seat.

7/23/2007 8:18 AM  
Anonymous L.A. Daddy said...

Oh, the house will explode from toys. It gets us all.

This looks interesting. I'll have to run it by LA Mommy to see what she thinks about it. We've got the next one coming along at the end of the year... Hmm.

7/23/2007 5:32 PM  
Anonymous golly/lolly said...

egad! she looks just like the gun slinger!

7/24/2007 4:25 AM  

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