The 'Bumbo” baby seat is designed to help your little one sit upright when they can't on their own. Which can be great for mom and dad who need to feed the little one or do other things like wash dishes. But doctors say making babies sit up before they're ready and limiting their movement can interfere with natural milestones.
The seat is made from low density foam. The company that makes Bumbo says your child is ready to use it when they can support their own head; which is usually between three to five months.
Dr. Renée Felver-Christensen of Active Family Chiropractic in Rib Mountain explains why the seat should be used when baby is ready to sit on their own.
“When you're trying to get a kid to stand before they're ready or sit in an upright position before they're ready... it can actually do a disservice to your child because your muscles and joints aren't ready to have that type of control,” she says.
Christensen says not only are their muscles not ready. The seat stabilizes their bodies so much infants can't activate many muscles to make them stronger.
The Bumbo is not all bad, but parents are advised to use it sparingly and only when baby is ready to sit on their own.
It's also important to keep the seat on the floor and keep as watchful eye when baby is in it.
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