Published at Sunday, April 21st, 2019 - 23:37:53 PM. Baby Activities & Gear. By Rufina Poli.
While baby seats are definitely not a necessary piece of equipment and don´t truly help your baby learn to sit up, they can be helpful and convenient for parents - and fun for babies. Here are three factors to consider when purchasing a baby seat, recommended seats and alternatives to baby seats plus some tips for using them in moderation. The Sitting Surface. Some chairs for babies put little bodies in unnatural and unhelpful sitting positions. The traditional foam Bumbo is the most popular of this sort. It has a scooped out “bucket seat” that allows people to put babies in them before baby is developmentally ready for sitting in a seat. Choose a baby seat that has a flat sitting surface where baby’s bottom will be. Leg Position & Support. Since babies learn to sit by using their legs and feet as sitting surfaces (not just their bums), the best baby seats are those that allow baby’s entire legs and feet to be in contact with the sitting surface. This gives them a bigger sitting surface (nerdy therapist term: base of support) and more of their body to use to balance. Choose a seat that supports under baby´s legs and allows them to move. Arm Support. Since babies just learning to sit are hardwired to wobble, the best baby seats are those that allow for some of that wobbling to occur. In order for a baby seat to safely allow wobbling, it needs to allow baby to use her arms to help correct wobbles (and avoid slumping and slouching). The positioning and arm use won’t be the same as practicing prop sitting or independent sitting on the floor with your help or supervision (what I like to call "real sitting practice"), but having a support surface for baby’s arms most closely resembles the developmental work she’s ready to do. Look for a seat with steady and substantial chest-level tray or support.
At the lower end of the price range ($80 to $200), whether you're purchasing an infant car seat or a convertible car seat, look for a model that has a 5-point harness (two shoulder straps, two waist straps, and one strap between the legs that meet in the middle), side-impact protection (extra foam or air pads at the side of baby′s head), and compatibility with the LATCH system (a way to fasten the base tightly without using seatbelt). Additional features, such as an anti-rebound bar at the foot of the seat that limits the amount of movement during a crash. Other features that bump up the price include cushier fabric, accessories such as a little "boot" around baby′s feet, and a larger canopy. Seats made with a smooth fabric will wipe clean more easily than a textured fabric such as corduroy. This one‵s more about cleanliness than safety — but easy-to-clean is a virtue, too.
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