When Mallorie was an infant, Cathy (Annabel's mom) brought by a Bumbo Seat for us to try with Mallorie, because she had 2. She said it helped position Annabel in an upright position, which therapists felt was better for her posture. What we had at the time was an infant "Papasan chair" (loved, loved, loved it, and thank you Vick and Katha), and a Tumbleform chair borrowed from ECI.
And pillows. On the couch. And we know what happened there!
We loved the Bumbo Seat, but within a couple of months, it became obvious that Mal was going to outgrow it, what with her generous bottom and fluffy thighs. Who are we kidding; she had practically outgrown it by the time Cathy brought it by, and still we kept squishing her thighs into the openings. I was so disappointed, because used with a Boppy pillow, it was a great seat for her.
Then, a mom I know told me that she had asked the company that made the Bumbo Seat to make a larger version for older children. The company has since allowed another company to do this, and even tells Jonathan's story on the website! I wanted to get the seat, but it's $199 ($149 with the "Jonathan discount") and I kept procrastinating, afraid of spending more money only to end up with a seat that Mal had outgrown by the time it arrived.
Shortly after Jonathan's mommy told me about the seat, I sent the link for the Childrite seat to several people, including Mallorie's speech therapist, and she surprised us by purchasing one of the seats for their therapy clinic, so I was able to try Mallorie out in the seat. It's got PLENTY of room for probably years of growth, and most importantly, goes up high enough on her back to give her the support she needs. We put towel rolls around her in front and sides, and she's in an upright (not reclining) position which allows her to practice holding her head erect. And even more importantly, she looks cute in it!
**(May, I wish I had a way to get one for Vera and send it to Singapore! I feel like Vera is going to be sitting up so soon, but this would be a nice upright seat, in the meantime.)
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