Summer Infant 3-Stage SuperSeat Product Review

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.

Shop the Summer Infant Super Seat HERE

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Jessica lives in the Washington, DC metropolitan area with her husband and two girls. Once upon a time, pre-motherhood, she did many things as a “serious-looking” woman who managed to successfully balance a reality TV addiction with a career and academic pursuits. She's now a serious-acting woman whose primary job is raising her children. She writes, reads, fantasizes about minivans, and takes midday naps. She enjoys (among many other things) dancing to 80s music, photography, laughing out loud (at, usually, inappropriate moments), and writing about writing, being a writer, and becoming fearless on her blog Jessica F. Hinton

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Robin Bennett

I want to take the trays apart for storage for next grandchild…can u tell me how without breaking

I have this seat and it’s the best thing in the world for me and my son. I choose it over the bumbo because of the toys and the multi-functionality. We’ve been using it since he’s been able to sit up on his own, about 3.5-4 months old. He loves the toys on the tray. I do a lot of visiting friends homes. This seat allows me to keep my son contained for a little while if I decide not to use his pack n play. It’s so lightweight that I can carry my son who is 14 months, the… Read more »

How cute!

I bought this seat for my second son because it had a harness, it wasn’t foam and it had toys. We used it only for entertaining and it was nice for short periods of time. I went to take the tray and the toys apart to store it for the next child and in the process the plastic tray cracked in numerous places. I contacted Summer Infant and they paid for me to ship back the broken seat back and immediately sent me a replacement at not cost. I think the fact that it has a harness puts it above… Read more »