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My lovely itty bitty 3 month old dd loves to be sitting up for "quiet play time" whe she goes on the floor it is all action, kicking, doing sit ups etc on her back and trying to crawl on her front. She wont look at any toys in that position and can't stand her play gym.
I want to find a small chair or something which could support her in a sitting position, as when I prop her up with pillows she gets those tummy muscles going, leans forward then topples over, getting all upset.
She is nearly too big for her rocker. Any ideas?????
They are not cheap but a friend had the baby bjorn rocker which converts to a toddler seat and my 4 month old (at the time) LOVED it when we were visiting - it sounds perfect for what you are looking for. You can sometimes get them cheaper on ebay.
Hi there Tinystar
I have a Safety First ativity gym. It looks like a walker but hasn't any wheels - just a base. It has a seat that allows baby to sit in r stand in if they have the strength to. If bub is still a little wobbley in their upper body (as I suspect your daughter would be given her age) then you can pop a small cushion in the back of the seat to help prop them up.
I have used it with both my sons and found it to be wonderful. I believe that is why they both had excellent upper body strength and strength in their legs at early ages.
The activity gym has springy legs so they can bounce up and down in it by straightening and then relaxing their legs. It also has a tray all the way around them with toys attaced. I put extra toys on the tray so they can pick them up to chew on if they so desire.
My sister bought mine for me through a childcare brochure but I have since seen them in Target.
I can't speak highly enough of them. I think they are as essential as a pram or car seat!!!!
Another handy hint - I haven't try this one myself as I have always had the activity gym but I have ehard that using an inflatable ring (as in the ones used in pools) are handy for children who can't sit up unsupported. The inflatable ring simply stops them falling in any direction. Worth a try.
I'm with Lallas' mum. I would suggest an activity gym. My daughter used one and loved it. I think they are also called exercausers (sp???).
Your daughter may be too young but you could try propping her up in a high chair with lots of cushions around her to hold her up.
If you want to go with something smaller, try a bumbo combined with a baby gym/activity table or suchlike. The bumbo will support baby and then you can encourage reaching out to toys, playing with hanging toys etc.
Thanks for the ideas guys, I'll keep my eyes peeled on ebay for a bargain! :)
I too agree with lallas' mum
we brought my daughter one from target for her 1st xmas (she was 3mths old) and she still uses it now at 13mths old and loves it to bits. The first month or two we used a small pillow behind her to help support her. From memory i think I paid about $120 for it (at a target sale) and it has well and truly been worth it. It can also convert to a train track once the child has out grown the seat. The only bad thing about them that I have found is they do take up a lot of room if you have a small house. We have a fairly large house but a very spoilt child and sometimes our lounge room looks like a child care centre with her bouncer, fold out lounge, blow up ball boat etc etc.
We also have a fisher and price deluxe high chair that has toys attached to it and can be fully reclined. My daughter has used this since she was 6wks old and will sometimes play in her highchair with her toys for up to an hour and we have to fight to get her out.
I too have a reclinable highchair and imy just loves it- still sitting up but can't face plant! i just put her movable a frame thingamebob on it and she plays happily for up to 40mins!
I got mine on special from BigW-$120 ZuZu range!!!
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