I got a Bumbo seat, as a new mom, because I was a sucker for parental peer pressure. “What’s parental peer pressure?” you ask. Well, it’s what happens when you do something because all the cool/normal/well-adjusted parents you know are doing it.
Everyone had a Bumbo. And everyone was all in love with their Bumbos. So to be cool and like everyone else, and like a dumbo, I got a Bumbo.
At the time, when my daughter was four months old, and before learning about the Bumbo’s issues, I used it as a floor seat, then progressed to a feeding seat at 8 months when she started solids.
Long story short, the Bumbo proved a waste of money, leading to lots of mealtime “adventures” on account of my daughter’s clever abilities as an escape artist. So I began looking for an alternative.
I almost went with the Bebepod when a neighbor informed me that she was moving and had some baby products to give away. One of the items was a Summer Infant Super Seat.
I hadn’t heard of the Super Seat before then, but considering that it was free, I thought I’d give it a try.
Before using it, I did some research on the Super Seat. I learned that it typically goes for $49.99 at most online retailers. It’s touted as the best alternative to the Bumbo seat.
How the Super Seat compares to the Bumbo seat:
- The Bumbo seat is usually sold with a seat alone. Trays are also available for the Bumbo seat, however. But these trays are purchased separately.
- The snack tray of the Super Seat rotates and can be easily removed with one hand.
- The Super Seat can be used as a feeding and activity seat for infants (starting at 4 months) and a booster seat for older toddlers (according to the manufacturer: up to age 4).
- Unlike the Bumbo seat, the Super Seat features a three-point harness at the base of the seat. (One of the major criticisms waged against the Bumbo seat is that it does not include a safety harness, making falls a serious probability for small children )
- The Super Seat has a wider base than the Bumbo seat and is made out of plastic, rather than foam.
Perhaps what I love most about the Super Seat is the activity tray with toys. When using it with my first daughter, I loved that I could use it, at least in the beginning, to keep my infant entertained enough to stay put during mealtimes.
Some other features of the Super Seat that I like:
- The safety point harness, along with the tray, did much to keep my infant seated during mealtimes.
- The hard plastic of the tray is easy to clean.
- It is lightweight, making transport easy.
- The gender-neutral colors can work with a boy or girl child.
As an added bonus, three weeks into having our Super Seat, I misplaced our safety harness. I called the manufacturer to ask about the cost to replace the harness and was told that I could receive one for free in 3-5 business days. Sweet!
What I don’t like about the Super Seat:
- The booster seat doesn’t fit well on any of the chairs in my home.
- The booster seat’s plastic seems like it could easily crack.
- The toys on the activity tray are hard to clean.
Would I recommend this product to other parents? It depends. In hindsight, and if I didn’t receive my Super Seat for free, I probably would have just bought a standard highchair instead. But for parents who want something similar to the Bumbo, the Super Seat is a great alternative that could potentially prove that it’s “worth” the $49.99 paid if you are able to use it throughout the first four years of your child’s life.