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Therapists see no developmental benefits from seats

Chairs inhibit movement, which is what babies need, experts say

March 15, 2012|By Julie Deardorff, Chicago Tribune reporter


Like other gadgets that confine babies, including walkers, exercise saucers and bouncy seats, the Bumbo Baby Seat is not popular among physical therapists.

Bumbo's website says its product — which props up an infant in a sitting position before he may be physically ready to do it on his own — has developmental benefits and enhances posture.

But the position actually teaches babies incorrect postural alignment, with a rounded back and the head leaning forward, said Mary Weck, clinical coordinator of physical therapy atChildren's Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

Rather than using a chair, parents looking for developmental benefits should play with their baby and encourage movement, said physical therapist Colleen Harper, director of developmental, rehabilitative and child life services at Chicago's La Rabida Children's Hospital.

"No equipment enhances a child's motor development; equipment is a 'baby sitter' so that a parent can cook dinner, eat dinner or take a shower," Harper said. "A gross motor skill like sitting is achieved through movement and practice. Children fall out of Bumbo seats because they do not yet have the requisite strength, balance and coordination needed for sitting."

And though many parents say their children look happy in the Bumbo, Weck says babies can be equally happy in many other positions. Here's how Weck assesses statements found on bumbo.com:

Bumbo says: "The seat stabilizes the child into slight hip flexion, placing the pelvis in a slight anterior pelvic tilt which facilitates lumbar extension."

Weck says: "Actually, it does the exact opposite. It puts the baby's pelvis in a posterior tilt, which facilitates lumbar flexion, not extension. That puts the baby's chest behind the pelvis. Then the head has to come too far forward. It's no longer positioned directly above the chest."

Bumbo says: "The chair allows a child the pelvic stability needed to get the hands into the midline for play."

Weck says: "Children don't need a chair to get their hands in that position. At the age they're using the Bumbo, they are able to do that in a variety of positions anyway."

Bumbo says: "Upright positioning facilitates an improved visual field of the environment, improved respirations and breath control and assists a baby who needs to be upright after feeding due to reflux."

Weck says: "Studies show tummy time is good at stabilizing the visual field of the environment. Research also shows respirations and reflux are better when the infant is prone rather than upright, as long as the baby is in the proper prone position. One reason the chairs tip over is that babies need to move. This chair holds them from getting the vestibular motion they need to give them control of their eyes and other sensory issues. All the benefits you get from moving are inhibited in a chair."


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by on Jun. 12, 2013 at 2:39 PM
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Mrs.Salz
by on Jun. 13, 2013 at 4:17 PM

My MIL bought us a walker for DS1 and I use it occasionally for the same thing. It's handy to have somewhere to put them when they don't want to lie down but they can't be held or worn.

Quoting kailu1835:

I didn't have a bumbo. I did, however, have an exersaucer. But it wasn't an all the time kind of thing it was "I need to do the dishes/take a shower/ride the exercise bike/etc" sort of thing. Otherwise, kiddo was on the floor or on me.


Mrs.Salz
by on Jun. 13, 2013 at 4:17 PM
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haha! love it!

Quoting OakesMama:

I got mine free, never used it for the babies though seemed awkward. My littles ones love the chair once they are walking and can get themselves in and out by themselves, Oh and my big boys think it is a great helmet!
 


Mrs.Salz
by on Jun. 13, 2013 at 4:18 PM

They do seem really expensive! Close to $50 I think.

Quoting Baby4us09:

I never bought one. I wont either. Just seems like a lot of money.


Baby4us09
by Rebecca on Jun. 13, 2013 at 4:40 PM
Yes they are. Rip off i think.

Quoting Mrs.Salz:

They do seem really expensive! Close to $50 I think.

Quoting Baby4us09:

I never bought one. I wont either. Just seems like a lot of money.


lovevh
by on Jun. 13, 2013 at 4:51 PM

interesting. I don't plan on having one, so that's fine with me. :)

Cloth diapering, baby wearing, pregnant, ap momma to 3 year old Zai and baby Tru who is due the beginning of September and loving wife to Mr. Zoe Hocker.

hapababies
by Silver Member on Jun. 13, 2013 at 6:37 PM
The friend who handed it down to my son warned me that her son pooped whenever he was in it. I didn't believe her, and then after the first few times of putting my son in it, he was having poop-sposions. I was using sposies with him, so the poop would pool at the bottom of the bumbo and up his back!

Quoting tyrelsmom:

Not just my baby!!!!! I swear it must just line things up perfectly to get those poops out, lol. I thought it was just my daughter who would poop like 2 minutes after putting her in it all the time. LOL.




Quoting hapababies:

 It was great for getting my little guys to poop.  I swear that they had the biggest poops when they sat in those things.


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ceckyl
by Bronze Member on Jun. 13, 2013 at 8:59 PM
This is us too.


Quoting kailu1835:

I didn't have a bumbo. I did, however, have an exersaucer. But it wasn't an all the time kind of thing it was "I need to do the dishes/take a shower/ride the exercise bike/etc" sort of thing. Otherwise, kiddo was on the floor or on me.

jconney80
by Group Mod on Jun. 13, 2013 at 10:37 PM
I got one at a garage sale for $5 but never used it. My son hated it. I never trusted leaving them sitting on the floor in that thing because they could fall too easily. I think the only time I ever really used it was when my youngest hated laying on the floor and I was trying to play with my son on the floor. It was never very long and I never even moved away from her. I couldn't leave my youngest in any thing on the ground whether I wanted to or not but we didn't use swings, jumpers, or exersaucers with her at all.
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