Yesterday we learned from a pediatric physical therapist that Bumbo seats are a no-go because they can compromise babies’ safety and overall development. (Read that informative post by clicking here.)
So what are some good alternatives to the Bumbo seat?
Here are some ideas that can be used for playtime and/or for those times when you just need to put your baby down in a safely contained space in order to protect your baby from a pet or sibling or to complete tasks such as carrying groceries into the house, doing the dishes, eating your dinner, or being able to go to the bathroom without holding your baby (yep, we’ve all been there).
Click on the links in the list below to read posts and see pictures explaining more about each idea:
- Play time on the floor, including time spent on tummy, back, and both sides.
- Tummy time! Try including an easy homemade sensory bag for added exploration and entertainment.
- Play time in a baby gym.
- Play time with a baby play table.
- Play with your baby on an exercise ball.
- Dance with your baby.
- Wear your baby in a baby carrier.
- Create a “yes” space for your baby.
- Create a safe play space within the limits of a circular baby gate.
- Fill a Pack ‘n Play with ball pit balls (so fun!).
If for some reason you need to use baby equipment in order to attend to the above-mentioned tasks, try using a bouncer seat placed on the floor instead of using an exersaucer, baby jumper, or baby walker. Bouncer seats at least allow babies to initiate their own sense of movement while keeping them in a safe space without compromising the position of their joints and overall posture.
Try to only use these “equipment” alternatives for the minimum amount of time needed to get your stuff done, then transition your baby to some other type of surface (floor time is best!).
And, of course, avoid using the Bumbo seat.
I hope this list gives you some helpful ideas for how to realistically get stuff done during the day while also encouraging the appropriate development of your baby’s sensory and motor skills.
What are some other alternatives to the Bumbo seat that you like to use and that don’t involve baby equipment?
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