Age: 6+ months
A comfy, upright baby seat with the best view in the house. Think comfort. Think fun. Think contemporary. All in one great seat! The supportive, upright baby seat with soft fabric and a wide, sturdy base lets baby see and interact with the world around them. Perfect for playtime, two linkable toys invite baby to sit up and explore, encouraging reaching, grasping and development of motor skills.
- Upright seat for sitting & playing
- Soft, supportive seat pad
- Wide & sturdy base
- Helps keep baby entertained at home or on the go
- Seat compactly folds and has a carry handle for portability & storage
- Removable & machine washable seat pad
- Reaching & grasping for toys helps give motor skills a boost
- Comes with two linkable toys – clacker keys and a flower teether
Tummy time is an important part of building your little one’s sense of discovery, but so is his or her ability to sit up and explore unassisted. Encourage baby to see and interact with the world with this Fisher-Price Sit-Me-Up Floor Seat in Silver Platter. The wide, sturdy base and soft pad offer support as your child explores his or her surroundings, while the two linkable toys promote the development of motor skills in a fun, engaging way. Bring the floor seat to day care or grandma’s house with ease thanks to the compact, folding design and built-in handle, and keep the seat looking like new with the removable, machine-washable pad. Source: Babies “R” Us
Why This Sh!t Worked For Us:
We loved this chair! Even though it’s a floor seat, we used it on a variety of stable and secure surfaces throughout our apartment, including the center of our bed, the middle of our kitchen countertop, or firmly positioned in the widest part of our sectional couch (facing away from the television; the AAP* discourages screen media other than video-chats for children younger than 18 months as excessive use is linked to lower psychological ability). These surfaces may or may not be against the manufacturer’s recommendations, so you should use your own discretion when determining safe placement around your home or elsewhere.
While several distributors, including Babies “R” Us, mark this product for ages 6 months and older, several of my mom friends were plopping their infants into this crafty device as early as 3 and 4 months (depending on when their little one became more baby and less bobble head). Sydney seemed to go through periods where her neck strength would adapt to the size and weight of her head, but then she’d experience a growth spurt and her head would droop again until her neck could catch back up. Disproportionately sized baby heads are the cutest thing, but we digress.
Because Sydney’s neck strength was spotty, we didn’t start using this seat until she was five months old (she was also born three weeks early, but we’re not sure that actually means anything). We can’t be certain whether the subsequent rapid improvement of her head and neck control could be largely attributed to this seat or just her natural six-month progression. Regardless, it added so much function to our home. Not only did we use it as a chair to feed homemade purées to Sydney once we started solids, but she seemed to enjoy being able to observe the goings-on at our level–whether we were conversing with friends, typing on a laptop or bustling about the kitchen. The two linkable toys (included)–while simple–entertained our baby more than I initially anticipated. And when she bored of those, I was able to buy a little more time by presenting a teether or other small toy.
Speaking of homemade purées (we skipped the rice cereal and went straight to veggies), Sydney covered this seat in a variety of orange and green vegetables in her early months, from butternut squash to string beans. After her first sweet potato finger painting project, I assumed the silver platter design would be forever discolored, but the durable yet soft seat pad wipes remarkably clean with just water and can be removed entirely for a sudsy machine wash. We found it to be much simpler to remove and reattach than the seat pad in the Graco Bumper Jumper, but given the doorway jumper’s more active design, I appreciated its tighter, secure fit. Even when Sydney moved on to baby-led weaning, which warrants a food tray and the ability to sit upright in a high chair unsupported, this seat still gave us the hands-free moments that we craved. Several versions of this seat with a tray do exist. Note: Remove the linkable toys before feeding to avoid having to dig out the inevitable gunk smashed into the crevices within the rings.
“With baby by your side,” the manufacturer boasts, “you’ll have a few moments to catch up on chores and email, and to bask in the awesomeness of baby and this seat!”
New Parent Tip: Tummy time–placing a baby on his or her stomach while awake and supervised–can help babies develop strong head, neck and shoulder muscles and promote certain motor skills. It can also prevent the back of a baby’s head from becoming flat (positional plagiocephaly). According to Elliott Cortez, Ph.D., there is no such thing as too much tummy time; if they’re awake, they should be on their tummy. Sounds easy enough, but it can be difficult to routinely execute when your grub-like newborn lacks the awareness and strength to immediately assume a comfortable position on his or her belly. When your newborn cries at 100 (on a scale of 1 to 10) in response to everything from hunger to fatigue and minor discomforts to legitimate pain, tummy time can become an exhausting experience for both parent and baby since it can often seem like no amount of positive encouragement and toy rattling will distract from the excruciating wails. Muscling through it each day with Sydney, the Fisher Price Sit-Me-Up Floor Seat was a welcome reprieve until she began to regularly enjoy the tummy view of the world around her.
Tummy Time Hack: Tummy time can be accrued not just on the floor, but also with your baby in your arms in a variety of positions, including simply holding your baby to your chest while you’re reclined. Elliott suggests placing your baby high on your shoulder; the inability to comfortably lean his or her head against you will encourage them to lift from the neck and push up with the arms. More information about tummy time can be found here.
*More about the American Academy of Pediatrics’ stance on screen time is available on their website.