New parents know that there’s a certain window of time somewhere between 3 and 6 months of age when Baby is sort of in limbo. She’s no longer content just chilling at an incline in her bouncer seat, and yet, she’s not yet able to sit on her own, which can make for a frustrated baby and, by proxy, an equally as frustrated parent. What to do? What to do? Fear not! In addition to the godfather of baby seats, the Bumbo, there are some new options on the market that offer quality alternatives and, in turn, a happy Baby!
NEW FAVES: Boppy Baby Chair and the Hugaboo
- Boppy Baby Chair: $49.99 at Babies R Us
- Hugaboo: $59.99 – $69.99 at hugaboo.com
WHY WE’RE IN LOVE:
These two fabulous ideas serve roughly the same purpose but take totally different approaches. And for that, we love them equally but for different reasons.
The Boppy Baby Chair, for ages 3 months to 1 year, wins mega points for its on-the-go and on-the-grow factors. Super-portable, it’s easy to pack up and take with. It’s also versatile in that it can serve as both a floor seat and a meal-time seat. It has a removable, dishwasher-safe tray as well as a removable, padded insert, which provides added support until Baby fills out a little more and gets more steady in her sitting abilities. In addition to the three-point harness that securely buckles your little one in, and it also has straps to secure the seat to a chair when Baby’s ready to join the table conversation. The fact that it’s made by a trusted name like Boppy merely seals the deal … total winner in transitional seating for your little love.
The Hugaboo, on the other hand, is a different beast all together. It’s sort of like a baby seat/donut/back rest hybrid that makes you wonder what took someone so long to create it. Designed for ages 3 to 8 months who are able to hold their heads up, the Hugaboo does just that: it hugs your baby boo and keeps her upright until she can do so for herself. Slide her legs into the leg holes, which are sort of like shopping cart leg holes, and the Hugaboo does the rest. A high back prevents falling backward, and a chest-height front keeps Baby from tipping forward or sideways. The removable cover is machine-washable for when the poopocolypse hits, as it did in our home the first time we gave the Hugaboo a whirl. Simply unVelcro the cover, slide it off and toss in the washer and dryer. Slide it back on, and it’s good as new! Attach a couple of your little one’s favorite toys to the two loops, and you’ve got a few minutes of quiet time all to yourself (yes, “me time” does exist!). Choose from a variety of sassy patterns, which are currently available at sale prices.
So sit tall, Baby! You have two new options to help you do just that!