Bumbo Seat, Thank You For Helping Our Baby Learn To Sit Up On His Own

The Bumbo Seat has been a great developmental resource to help our son (who was born with Down syndrome) learn to sit up on his own.

The bumbo seat is a double win!

Noah’s occupational and physical therapist both suggested we try out the bumbo seat since not only does it help him learn to sit, it also helps him develop the core strength needed to sit independently.

So it’s a double win!

beautiful baby boy blue eyes down syndrome

You’ve gotta love those beautiful blue eyes!

It’s amazing to see how far he has come. When Noah first tried to sit in the bumbo chair (at four months old) he was wobbly and shaky. In fact, we could only leave him in it for a few minutes before he tried out, now he can sit in it for 20 minutes with no problem.

I’m so proud of this little boy!

Reaching and awareness; a lovable developmental combination

What’s even more fun is how aware he is of everything. This kid like to interact with everything he sees. It’s great!  One of the things his occupational therapist has had him working on was getting Noah to reach out and grasp toys at his midline (in front of him) while he is sitting up.  As you can see in the video, he likes to reach out and grab everything he sees!

We are having so much fun loving and playing with this little boy.

cute baby boy with down syndrome playing

Tummy time. Lots and lots of tummy time! 🙂

Has your child used the bumbo chair? If so what has your experience been? What other developmental tools have you used to help your child learn to sit up on his or her own?

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About Rick Smith

Hi, I'm Noah's Dad and I'm passionate about giving the world a window into our life as we raise our son who was born with Down syndrome. I also enjoy connecting with other families, so let's stay connected.


  1. Noah is a doll baby! My niece has Prader Willi Syndrome. She’s 3. I can relate to many of the “low tone” “eating hurdles” that you’re facing.

    Without a doubt Connolly is a complete JOY and GIFT! I love everything about her.

    Congratulations Rick on your beautiful baby boy!

    • Kendra,

      Thanks so much for the comment, we agree! 🙂

      Thanks for sharing about your niece. How is she doing with everything?

      • She’s in several therapies a week. Her favorites are horse and swimming. Both of these have really strengthened her core muscles. She has all of the other therapies as well.

        Her biggest struggle is speech right now. She has a VERY strict diet and that is tough too. But she is super bright! Fun! And sweet.

        Her greatest quality in my opinion is that her “Aunt Kendra” is her favorite. She LOVES people. Her family especially.

        I can’t imagine our family without her – we would be missing something amazing and wonderful – that’s for sure.

        I’ll keep checking in on Noah. Love getting to know him through your eyes.


  2. Emily heard the word midline a 1000 times.

    • Ha,ha…same here! Whatever Seth did worked well for him though!

      It must be that Fisher Price giraffe that we’ve tried to find everywhere, but can’t! 🙂

  3. LOVE the bumbo! We can’t wait for Trinity to heal from her surgery completely so we can start using her Bumbo. It opens up a whole new world to them. I will post a video on our blog once she can..:)

  4. carole goodman says

    Thank you for the video and info. I will talk to Hunters parents and see if we can get him one.  Your help is greatly appreciated, love to Noah .

  5. I’m a pediatric physical therapist and am strongly against the Bumbo. There is a new round of consumer warnings out because the head injuries continue – and it’s not just from parents setting them on counters. Kids want to be mobile, so they will rock and tip them over.
    Kids who can’t sit up yet shouldn’t be placed in a half-supported position like in the Bumbo. Ity.s better to work on back strength and stability by pushing up from the tummy and sitting propped forward using arms fro support. A boppy cushion in front of the child is excellent for this.
    The Bumbo seat tilts the pelvis back, dropping the baby into a little bowl, and rounds the back. As the baby tries to straighten out, it creates extra tone through the shoulders. The position also compresses the abdomen, making breathing and eating more difficult.
    Bumbos are bad for development. I have used them, but only for kids with a poor prognosis for ever sitting on their own – such as flaccid paralysis.

  6. Very nice beautiful blue eyes that boy and he’s looking so cute and there is a very good chair for the boy.

  7. The Bumbo Seat is helpful to learn to seat and also in the core strength of the baby too.

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