Bumbo Instructions

Made of low-density foam material, the Bumbo Baby Sitter Seat allows young babies to sit upright before they can sit on their own. These seats are popular with parents because it gives them a place to set their babies down while they work on other things. If you purchase a Bumbo, make sure you use it correctly to prevent injuries.

Determine if your baby is old enough to use the Bumbo seat. Bumbo's website says that most babies can use the Bumbo seat from around the ages of three to 14 months. Your baby can use the Bumbo seat when he can hold his head on his own, which can be as young as eight weeks for some babies. In addition, though the seat can be used until a baby is 14 months or 9.98 Kilogram, keep in mind that once your baby can sit on his own or is mobile, he can wiggle out of the seat and might prefer freedom of movement.

Place baby in the seat. Her bottom should be in the centre of the seat, with the centre piece of foam covering her crotch area to keep her supported.

Supervise your baby at all times and avoid placing the seat on an elevated surface. In 2007, the Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled about a million Bumbo seats because of a reported 28 injuries from children falling out of the seat when it had been placed on an elevated surface. Because the seat doesn't have any straps, babies can arch their backs and flip out of the Bumbo seat. If they're on an elevated surface, falling to the floor could result in serious head injuries, such as skull fractures. The CPSC says that the seat should only be used on level floors, as the seat doesn't have a mechanism for keeping the baby restrained.


Bumbo manufacturers also make a tray attachment, which allows you to feed your baby wherever you are. You can also place toys on the tray to keep your baby entertained.


Make sure you're also giving your baby enough tummy time to encourage her to sit up and move naturally. After the CPSC recall, the manufacturer started placing warning labels on its seat, reminding parents not to use them on an elevated surface. If you purchase a seat used, make sure it has that stamp so that others know to keep the seat on the floor.

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Katie Tonarely started writing professionally in 2008. Her work appears in the Springfield "News-Leader" and she provides consumer-related content for various websites. Tonarely received a Bachelor of Arts in English education with a minor in journalism from Evangel University in Springfield, Mo.