Where can I put my son to sit?

Brittany - posted on 06/13/2011 ( 40 moms have responded )

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My son isn't sitting on his own yet and we were using the boppy new born lounger for him to sit on for when I needed for him to be while I was trying to get something done. But last night he rolled off of it and it freaked himself out quite a bit. So now I don't know where I can have him sit when I need to go potty or do anything. He's 5 months old and about 21 pounds. Any advice would be great!

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Jane - posted on 06/15/2011

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Why do we need special items for every activity of our baby? If your baby can't sit up yet, put it on a blanket on the floor, or use your pram or your stroller or your car seat. You don't really need a separate special seat that your baby will use for only a few months.

LauraBeth - posted on 06/26/2011

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Bumbo, Johnny Jumper, Exersaucer, Walker.... My little ones were in one since 2.5 months (when they had great neck control, just put a blanket infront or behind to help how him in place if the need be.

America3437 - posted on 06/20/2011

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Walkers are a great thing for this and also he is still young enough to ssit in the swing. Also play pens are good so that you can do the dishes or what ever it is you need to get done. I think a walker helps them learn to balance on their bottoms and at first you may need to roll a blanket and use to stablize him . He will quickly learn to do this on his own.

Elfrieda - posted on 06/17/2011

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1) soft blanket and pillows on the floor
2) laundry basket, wedged in with pillows and toys
3) high chair

Mimi - posted on 06/14/2011

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They make something called a bumbo. Its made of rubber and it helps baby sit up before they can do so by themselves. They also have an activity try that you can snap on to give him something to do.

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Mel - posted on 06/29/2011

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My second girl is 5 months old and is 22 pounds. I tend to sit her in her highchair, or just leave her on the floor with toys to amuse herself :)

Tiziana - posted on 06/28/2011

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I would put my son on the floor on his playmat up until he started moving around too much and after that in his play yard but he always liked his swing better. Once he had head control he started using a jumparoo it looks like a walker but they just bounce in it (my doctor told us to not use a walker). We had a bumbo seat also but he never really liked it, he always tried to get out.

Julie - posted on 06/28/2011

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ANOTHER THOUGHT - DO NOT allow your precious infant to sit in a infant chair for more than 1/2 hour at a time... they get fussy because they cannot tell you that they need to change positions... I cannot imagine being strapped into an airline or vehicle seat and not able to move for more than 1/2 hour but that is what we are doing to our infants who cannot talk to us :o(

Katrina - posted on 06/28/2011

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I used to put my daughter in a stationary play center, or her portacrib. I also had a jumper that hung in the doorway that I would put her in when I took a shower...she loved it.

Anne - posted on 06/28/2011

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We used to put our daughter in her walker for 10 minutes or so at that age. She loved it! When I would take a shower, I would strap her in her car seat and put her in the middle of the bathroom floor with some toys.

Julie - posted on 06/27/2011

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On the floor on a nice clean blanket is great! That way he can position himself in a manner that is comfortable to him -

Tammy - posted on 06/27/2011

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Some people recommended the Bumbo. I tried it on my daughter when she was the age of your son and it was too small for her and she was average sized.
I used to just keep my daughter in her crib; it's the safest place. Just keep the baby monitor with you, so you can listen, or watch her. What I did sometimes was just buckle my daughter in her car seat carrier.

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My son would enjoy being perched up in the bean bag chair. He's close to the floor, if he did roll he didn't get far.

Chrissy - posted on 06/26/2011

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A pram. I constantly used prams for this purpose and other reasons when my kids were babies, and it was great. I'd strap them in, so not to fall out, push the back of the seat up so baby is upright and can see you doing your stuff, and I could do anything. Push them around the house when your going from room to room, so they are with you and can see everything your doing, (and therefore feel more happy and secure) like showering, toileting, hanging out washing, doing housework etc and you can always keep an eye on the baby too.. You can even use it to feed them, push the seat down to change them, and even use as a bassinette to sleep in while at home when they are small enough, provided they are strapped in or otherwise secure enough with blankets, bumpers or teddies etc. Prams were a lifesaver for me, they were the all-in-one accessory in my opinion.

Vicki - posted on 06/25/2011

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Bumbo seat....perfect for him to sit up on his own, pricey, but you can get them second hand for $30.....

Sally - posted on 06/22/2011

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well when ever i needed to go do somethig that didn't require my babies ( who are almost adults) to be with me like using the toilet,i would simply put them in the play pen or put them in the car seat, that way i would know that they are ok for that short time. and when ever i would be watching tv or on the phone or whatever i would prop them up in the corner of the couch with pillows all around them but i wouldn't leave them unattended

Jessica - posted on 06/20/2011

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Try the bumbo. It seems to help them develop the balance needed for them to sit up on their own.

December - posted on 06/20/2011

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I just put my 6 month old on the floor and he LOVEs to roll... he's not quite sitting on his own yet either.. I also LOVE the bumbo chairs... however he has learned to twist out of his so we have to put the play tray on it so that he cant

Anna - posted on 06/19/2011

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Bumbo didn't really work for my daughter either. She has chunky legs and would get stuck in it. I used to put her in either a jumper/exersaucer or a swing. I also would put down a blanket and let her roll around. Another thing I used to do was put her in a play yard with a toy (a ball with a bunch of lights and sounds) between her legs. She was so interested in the toy that it helped teach her to sit (this was when she was starting to sit on her own).

Diane - posted on 06/17/2011

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Keep a car seat handy leaning against the couch or wall. Whenever you need it, Strap him in.

Michelle - posted on 06/17/2011

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I've had 3 kids and had never heard of a bumbo until I had my daughter (15 months). Since she is my last I haven't bought too many special things. The boys keep coming out with toys for her and I got given a lot of things. She loves her fold out couch that we got given.

Karen - posted on 06/17/2011

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Playpens are great, they can't get out and are safe. or you can prop him in one of the walkers and wheel him where ever you are. My boys are grown men now so I need to check out what this bumbo is,never heard of it. Ha ha...new fangled contraptions.

Susan - posted on 06/16/2011

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my son would tip over in the bumbo chair so i would put him in his pack and play to roll around till i went to the bathroom, at 5 month my son was too small for the bubo chair he weighed 12 pounds , or i would stick him in his carseat strapped in he loved that too !

Brittany - posted on 06/15/2011

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Well my guy is only 5 months. :( Ok. Thanks for telling me what a pram was.

Stifler's - posted on 06/15/2011

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Yeah um my kid was too fat for it by 7 months and he still wasn't sitting up by himself. A pram is like a stroller, buggy, push chair (other names I have heard for them on here).

Brittany - posted on 06/15/2011

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What's a pram? So I bought a stupid Bumbo because of all the people on here and my son seriously looks huge in it! So I looked it up and it says only good to 22 pounds! My son's already 21 pounds. Now I have to resell something I just got. Grand! Thanks for the advice though. I think I'll just be doing the blanket till he can sit up.

Stifler's - posted on 06/15/2011

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I had a Bumbo chair but my kid was one of THOSE kids who was so unsettled that it was a massive waste of time and money. I ended up having the pram inside and sitting him in it or had a play mat that played music and he could roll around on it.

Christy - posted on 06/15/2011

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I used to put my babies in a round laundry basket with a pillow in front of them, basically on their lap. Then I'd put toys on the pillow for them to play with. I'd be nearby cleaning or folding laundry so that baby was always being watched, but it helped so much!

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My daughter freaked the first time she rolled out too. Then she got over it and sadly it became a game. I just made sure that she was on something soft.

Jessica - posted on 06/15/2011

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I would either use a bumbo but just keep them low to the ground for when the child starts to try and get out ( my daughter was famous for that!) or put a blanket down with toys and put the boppy or a pillow behind there head incase they fall backwards

Hannah - posted on 06/14/2011

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Bumbo seats are awesome!! he can sit in in on the counter and watch you do dishes...whatever, it can go anywhere with you!

Jane - posted on 06/14/2011

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We brought the seat part of the car seat inside and used it as needed. We also had a portable play yard and put the baby and some toys in there.

Natasha - posted on 06/14/2011

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Get a bumbo chair! Its the best thing ever invented! They're sold at target, walmart, ect. But its worth the money you sit your baby in it and they can't roll out. Its amazing I recommended it to all mommys that things awesome! =] Hope this helps!

Kimberly - posted on 06/14/2011

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theres actually a few things you can do to put him down.. what i did was just put a blanket on the floor and let my daughter there with a bunch of toys & she was so entertained she didnt even notice i as gone (she's 6 months). also i have a mini portable high chair for her, its small but sits her supported and i put toys on the tray and let her play. i hope this helps ! =)

Jennifer - posted on 06/14/2011

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The simplest thing, just lay a blanket on the floor, some toys around, and lay him down. I started putting my kids in the exersaucer at that age too (as long as he has good head control).

Liz - posted on 06/14/2011

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Bumbo chair is awesome! I used it for all 3 of my girls. It will support him and help him to build up his muscles. Also it is small and lightweight so it's easy to take from room to room. Glad to see someone else had a 5 month old weighing over 20 pounds, I thought I was the only one!

Michelle - posted on 06/14/2011

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I used to put my daughter on the floor and build up cushions/pillows around her (on 3 sides).
You could even leave him laying down while you duck off to the loo. He wouldn't get up to too much mischief :-)

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