Finding a Baby Seat
Around five or six months old, your baby is going to start wanting to sit upright more and more. You may have noticed he or she is already trying; it looks like they're doing little baby stomach crunches! There are few products on the market that can assist your baby in sitting up before they can do it on their own without any help.
Let's talk about the Bumbo first. The Bumbo (around $40) is an award-winning baby seat that's made from a firm foam and is shaped to fit a baby's body snuggly. It kind of looks like a blob, actually. But it's an innovative product that's safe, lightweight and portable, and easy to clean. You can use a Bumbo as soon as your baby can support his or her head on their own. Bumbos are made to be used on the floor, so it's great for playtime. It's also great for feeding time, if you don't mind getting down on the floor with your baby. You can also purchase a tray to snap on to the Bumbo. These seats are good until your baby figures out how to escape; then it's time for something else!
Next, we've got the good ol' Boppy, which has also won several awards. Boppies (starting at $30, not including slipcovers) are U-shaped pillows that have many different uses: lounging, tummy time, breast feeding, bottle feeding, and sitting. The pillow wraps around the baby to help support him or her and is nice and cushy in case the baby decides he or she doesn't want to sit up anymore. Boppies are also intended for use on the floor or a bed (supervised). You can use Boppies for feeding time, but be prepared to strip off that slipcover and throw it in the wash!
Lastly, you have highchairs. Highchairs (ranging anywhere from $25 to $600) can be made of wood or plastic and can have cushioned seats or not. There are a million different high chairs out there. Some features you may want to look for include: safety straps, an adjustable and detachable tray, wheels (with a locking position), and the ability to fold down for storage. And I'd make sure it's easy to clean! Feeding time can get pretty messy. One positive about highchairs is that your baby is sitting up off the ground, and it's perfect for sitting around the kitchen table. Babies tend to like to be where the action is.
Whichever baby seat you choose, your baby will be happy to be able to sit up and join the group. While it's not a must-have, it's certainly a nice-to-have, especially when you need one hand to feed squash to your baby and the other to block their efforts to knock it out of your hand!