The Bumbo Safety Test..Part 2! What Age Is It Safe? Worth The Loot?
The BumboTest. Is 3 Months, A Safe Age? Are Bumbos Worth The Cash They Cost?
6/15/10- Now 15 ks. on the nose!
Helloooooo, I am back as promised, to continue the Bumbo experiment. I did one back at 10 weeks, and the girls were not ready. So how did it go this time, at 3 months of age now, and almost 14 weeks old? Better. It DOES have something to do with your babies size. No doubt at this point. If you have a skinny baby, even at 3 months or more, they may not be ready for this product. If your baby is chubby yet under 3 months, at this point, I would say, don’t use it. Their necks get tired easily, and the heads can go limp. I mean, who wants to give their poor child a stiff neck?
Some babies do have more control then others, at different ages, so best to use your discretion, and ALWAYS supervise your child in this. It is not something to ever leave them alone in. If their necks get tired, you can take the baby out, in a second’s notice, as long as you stay in the room with them.
At 3 months, my 9 lb. 12 oz baby girl Annie, is still a bit to thin, to ‘fill out’ the seat, as nicely as her chunkier sister, who has nearly a pound on her. You have to put in a little towel and try and rig her to sit up straight, and quite frankly, in this mom’s opinion anyway, if you got to do that, it isn’t right…it’s not safe. That is ME, I’m only one human being on the face of this planet, you need to make your own judgement calls, as the mom of your home.
Allie, my 10 lbs 10 oz, chunky monkey, is filling out the seat nicely now, and will tolerate a few minutes of it, at this point. The Dr’s always say, ‘Do tummy time’, so they can strengthen their necks, and avoid the ‘flat head’ syndrome, so this is another way to help do both of those things, but much like tummy time with newborns, it doesn’t last long. It’s good for a couple minutes. **Please do note in the video the babies ARE on the bed, which is a soft surface, and not recommended. I just needed them up there for the appropriate video angles, my hubby was there at all times, standing guard.**
Single babies, usually are heavier at birth then twins, and sometimes, advance slightly faster, so, your child by 3 months be very willing, able, ready, and happy to be in the Bumbo, for a little while, but even if your child was 10 lbs at birth, I would NOT recommend using the Bumbo, before then. Give them at LEAST 3 months to lose the bobble head, and gain more upper body/ neck strength.
Is this product worth the $40 it costs? In my experience and opinion..NO, but some mom’s love them, but then again some babies love them, and some do not, so for me, I think the price is inflated for what you truly get here, with the Bumbo. Now they want you to slap on another $12.99 for a tray? That should definately be included.
Regardless, a baby would much rather feed in a high chair or bouncer, with a back, in case they feel like resting their noggin, if you ask me. Make a Bumbo with a high back, and maybe it’d be worth it. Nah, even still it wouldn’t be, in my book, because bouncers are $40 some even less, and have lights and music, even vibration, some of them. They are much more worth it. What does this do?
If you have twins, put the $80 towards college tuition, or use it to buy 2 more bouncers for the downstairs, so you don’t have to keep moving them. The bumbos for us, are just pieces of plastic, that will soon end up, piled high in our garage, like many useless items before them.
3 mo. Bumbo Video Below
From my living room to yours…this is Shelly, signing off!