Rylan's Throne aka the Bumbo
Written on March 30, 2006 by Kevin.
My wife and I found out about the Bumbo before Rylan was born and we knew that it was one of the things that we would want to purchase when we had a chance. When Rylan was old enough to be able to hold his head up and had enough back strength, we purchased the Bumbo on EBay. We picked up a decent deal by buying it from EBay we think.
They do not sell these Bumbos in your normal store like Babies'R'Us. In fact, they will look at you confused if you even ask. We did however recently see a few at Burlington Coat Factory. This does not seem to be the norm however.
The idea behind the Bumbo is so that the child can sit up and be fully supported. They are designed to help keep the child in and stay safe. I have heard from one mother though that her son was able to tip the Bumbo over. This does not seem very likely though as the base is very wide. We placed Rylan in this from time to time and at first he hated it. He would cry once he knew you were getting it ready for him. Now months later, he has really begun to enjoy it.
The Bumbo has no loops but toys can be placed in his lap and keep him entertained for a bit while we eat which is always nice. I have seen numerous pictures of parents placing their child in the Bumbo and then putting the Bumbo onto the kitchen counter. Their idea is that the child is happier when they can see the adult. This simply blows me away. Regardless how sturdy it may appear, would you really want to risk your child on the counter top? Craziness.
I think that the Bumbo has worked out nicely for us and I would suggest it to others. I believe that it can work with children a couple of years old so the investment seems justified.