Get Baby Sitting Up With The Best Baby Floor Seat (2018 Guide)

Get Baby Sitting Up With The Best Baby Floor Seat (2018 Guide)

A baby floor seat is a great way to expose your little one in a different way to their world.

Rather than being placed on the floor on their belly or back on a blanket or play mat, they are propped up and supported, able to look around.

I knew that I wanted a lot of options for my baby in regard to play and exposure, so for me, a baby floor seat was a must.

Read on to learn how you can choose a seat that is not only safe, but durable and perfect for your baby to rest in, and our recommendations for the best baby floor seats!

Does Your Baby Need a Baby Floor Seat?

A baby floor seat isn’t typically a “need” item but falls more into the “want” category.

I wanted my baby to be able to play in different ways—not just on the floor for tummy time.

There are also some benefits to using a floor seat. 

They include:

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    Unique view
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    Keeps baby physically off the floor
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    Encourages neck and back strength
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    Prepares baby for sitting in a high chair
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    Can be soothing if it reclines and bounces

When Is Your Baby Ready for a Floor Seat?

Your baby is ready for a floor seat when they can hold up their own head, but not necessarily sit unsupported yet.

A baby can generally control their head after a month, and they can hold their head up in a sitting position by around four months. 

But, they can really control their head and neck muscles by about six months, and this is where the floor seat comes in: it props them up and positions them in a way that fully supports their back and hips.

A tray is generally used in conjunction for not only additional balance and security, but for them to access toys and teethers since they don’t have a full range of motion yet. 

The objects are put right in front of them, within their grasp.

Some baby floor seats resemble a bouncer

They can rock, bounce, recline, and some have an activity bar across the front.

In this case, your baby can be put in this floor seat right away since they aren’t mobile and cannot roll or squirm, tipping the item over.

Features to Consider When Buying

Look for the following features when you're ready to buy:

  • Comfortable. Some floor seats are made of hard plastic, while others are soft, foamy, and more cushioned. Obviously choose the latter one so your baby is totally comfortable and more likely to want to sit and stay in their seat.
  • Harness. Never put your baby in a floor seat without being harnessed in. The straps are there specifically for safety and guarantee more support.
  • Tray. Some floor seats come with a tray, while others need to be purchased. In order to save money and get a better buy, select a chair that comes with one, complimentary.
  • Streamlined and sleek. Choose a floor seat that doesn’t have many nooks or crannies so crumbs, pieces, and other objects can’t fall in between them, making it tough to sanitize and clean. 
  • Stimulation. Some floor seats play music, while others have lights built in their activity tray or bar. Some even vibrate and recline, making them perfect to tire a baby out and soothe them before nap. 
  • Easy to store. When your floor seat isn’t in use, it’s nice if you can fold it up and put it out of sight. But, since many are designed to be one piece, this isn’t possible. Luckily, a floor seat isn’t overly large, so storage really is never an issue.

The Importance of Posture and Positioning

A Flat Sitting Surface

Remember that the floor chair can tip if your baby leans too far back, so you always need to make sure your baby is propped up and not fully tipping backward.

A nice, flat surface also helps ensure that tipping won’t occur. 

Leg Positioning and Support

Legs should be spread out evenly and the floor seat should provide ergonomic support

This is the healthiest position for your baby to be placed in for their fragile, developing bodies. 

Arm Support

Your baby’s arms should be able to freely move and should be able to easily rest down at their sides.

This goes along with proper placement and ergonomic design.

Your baby’s arms should also never be able to get stuck in the seat, based on the overall design of the chair. 

If you notice this happening, then the chair you have them in is not the best option. 

Things to Keep in Mind

My son ended up being a big baby for his age. His legs were quite chunky, so he couldn’t fit in his floor chair for an extended amount of time.

So just remember that floor seats aren’t used for a very long period of time. 

Many parents also use a floor seat as a portable high chair since it’s small, lightweight, and easy to transport. 

Also keep in mind that your child is able to be buckled in for extra security measures. 

On the flip side, in order to sit safely in the floor seat, it’s important to remember that the seat should remain on the floor and not on a table or countertop.

There have been reports that a floor seat can tip over, so your child should never be left alone in the seat in case this occurs. 

In fact, once your child starts to rock or attempt to push off while in the seat, it may be time to trade it in.

Different Ways to Use a Floor Seat

There are several different uses you can make out of a baby floor seat, including:

You can use a floor chair to prop your baby up when you read them a story. The chair replaces your “lap” and allows you to go hands free, so you can tend to other children, or turn the pages of a book with ease.

Your baby can entertain himself by playing with sensory toys on top of their tray. This comes in handy when you need to cook dinner and want your baby nearby. 

You can also use the chair to introduce your baby to educational television or technology, like a tablet. Because their body is upright and they are supported, they will have a better view and will be able to manipulate a tablet with ease.

Eating on the go with a floor chair is another option. Parents often take the chair outdoors (on flat ground of course) or to a restaurant, where they boost the baby up and place them on a seat right next to them, rather than in a wooden high chair. 

A floor seat is also perfect for peek-a-boo and other stimulating baby games like Pat-a-Cake and active songs, like The Wheels on the Bus. Play music and use your own hands to teach your baby these classic movements early on to develop their speech, fine motor skills, and stimulate their senses.

Babies can also color, paint, and explore arts and crafts all while sitting upright in a floor chair. It’s the perfect transition furniture between the floor and a high chair. This way, your baby doesn’t have to wait until they are much bigger to explore with artistic items—you’ll also be able to have your hands free to assist them since they’ll get pretty messy!

Baby Floor Seat Safety Tips

While there are many ways to use a floor chair, there are also ways to not use one.

  • Never leave baby unattended. They can easily tip, put something they shouldn’t in their mouth, or roll out. While the chairs are relatively safe, it’s best to not chance it. If you need to use the restroom, shower, do laundry, or cook, always bring your baby with you in their chair. 
  • Be careful around pets. Accidents can happen, so always keep pets out of the room when your child is enjoying tummy time or floor chair time.
  • No sleeping in the chair. Baby is propped up for a reason in the chair—to be active, involved, and awake in their surroundings. When their body goes limp as they sleep, their neck won’t be in a safe position since they will hunch forward or hang their neck backward. 
  • Watch your surfaces. Again, I’ve seen so many parents put their baby in a floor chair, but raise them up to a countertop or place them on uneven ground. You should also never place them near stairs either, regardless if a gate is up. Same with hot surfaces like a fireplace, stove, or fire pit. 

Best Baby Floor Seats

#1. Bumbo Floor Seat

The Bumbo Floor Seat (click here to check the price on Amazon) is the original that started the trend for this handy feeding accessory.

It's a simple seat made of polyurethane that is easy to clean and contours to your baby’s natural form for comfortable support.

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3-point safety harness. The newer versions are equipped with a three-point safety harness to prevent slips and falls.

Very lightweight. The Bumbo weighs less than three pounds, so you can easily take it with you to restaurants and on trips. You can also purchase a separate tray to take along.

Playset arches. Bumbo also makes playset arches for use with the floor seat which has a wide base for stability purposes.

Variety of colors. The Bumbo is available in several colors, such as blue, aqua, lime green, mint, magenta, violet, duck egg, and taupe.

Keep in mind

No entertainment. The simple seating lacks entertainment value unless you purchase a separate playset or tray.

Non-adjustable leg holes. If your baby has thicker thighs, you may have an issue removing him from the Bumbo as the leg holes are not adjustable.


#2. Fisher Price Sit-Me-Up Floor Seat with Tray

The Fisher Price Sit-Me-Up (click here to check the price on Amazon) features a machine washable fabric pad in bright colors.

The lion design, tray, and accompanying playset are in vibrant colors of yellow, orange, and green.

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Soft fabric. The upright seat is covered with a soft fabric with the design of a lion’s head, so it is less likely to irritate delicate skin.

The Sit-Me-Up has a wide base for sturdy support and comes with a removable tray and playset with two toys.

Foot pads. Your baby’s feet can rest on the fabric covered mat with push-activated lion foot pads that make squeaker sounds for entertainment.

Folds flat. The Sit-Me-Up folds flat for easy storage and travel and the accompanying tray can be stored under the folded seat.

Keep in mind

The Sit-Me-Up floor seat weighs close to eight pounds which may be more than you want to carry on a trip and the overall size makes it less likely you’ll take it with you to a restaurant.

The squeaky lion foot pads have to be kicked pretty hard to work, so little ones may not be able to activate the sound on their own.


#3. Summer Infant 3-Stage Super Seat Deluxe

The Summer Infant 3-Stage Super Seat Deluxe (click here to check the price on Amazon) may remind you of larger baby toys as the accompanying playset and circular tray provide plenty of activities for babies.

This is a great convertible floor seat that can grow with your child.

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Grows with your baby. The Super Seat grows with your baby in three stages: support seat, activity seat, and a booster seat. The booster seat stage with built-in straps can be used until age 4 or 33 pounds.

This convertible seat features a stable, wide base, a soft foam removable insert for younger babies, and a three-point safety harness for security. The seat also includes six toys with a detachable toy bar.

Rotating tray. The Super Seat features a 360 degree rotating tray, so your baby can reach each toy as easily as possible and the removable tray consists of two cup holders.

Keep in mind

Starts at four months. Summer Infant recommends use for infants age four months and older, compared to the general guideline from other companies that begin at three months.

Assembly is required and you will need to use a screwdriver.


#4. Mamas and Papas Baby Snug and Activity Tray

The Mamas and Papas Baby Sung (click here to check the price on Amazon) combines the simplicity of a plain floor seat with the entertainment value of a playset within a smaller size.

It's ergonomically designed to provide your baby with both the support and comfort they need to enjoy feeding and play times.

We like

Great design. The baby floor seat features a wide base for stability and is extremely light weight at less than 4 pounds.

Play tray. The removable play tray includes eight brightly-colored interactive toys to assist your little one in learning and discovering.

Grows with baby. The insert is removable, so your child can continue to grow with the baby floor seat up to age three years or 33 pounds.

Keep in mind

Activity tray can get loose. The activity tray attaches with suction cups which may prove to be a problem with stronger babies.

The foam insert does't attach and can possibly pull out of the chair when removing your baby or carrying the empty seat into another room. 

A bit expensive. The price point for this particular baby floor seat is typically higher than its competitors.


#5. Ingenuity Baby Base 2-in-1 Seat

The Ingenuity Baby Base (click here to check the price on Amazon) features the simplistic styling of a chair with a removable insert and clean design.

It's available in five colors: slate, poppy, peacock blue, pink flambé, and ultramarine green.

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The feeding tray is included and stores underneath of the floor seat when not in use. The tray also includes a cup holder and is dishwasher safe to make cleanup easier.

This baby floor seat converts into a booster chair for toddlers up to 110 pounds and comes with safety straps.

The seat features a three-point harness to keep your little one secure and the soft foam insert is removable and easily cleaned.

Keep in mind

No toys. The Baby Base does not come with any toys for playtime, something your little one might miss.

Medium weight. The Baby Base weighs in at six pounds, which is in the middle range of its competitors. If you prefer a lighter weight product, this may be an issue for you.


#6. Summer Infant Support Me 3-in-1 Positioner

The Summer Infant Support Me (click here to check the price on Amazon) could potentially last your child from age three months through the toddler years.

It features three stages: a stand-alone floor seat with infant support, a booster with a removable tray, and a seat for use at your kitchen table.

We like

Removable insert. The foam insert for your younger baby is removable and provides the spinal support he needs and the floor seat features a three-point harness for security.

The BPA-free feeding tray and cup holder is removable and dishwasher safe.

Toddler support. The toddler support is stored underneath of the floor seat and can be used with the booster seat on a dining chair.

Keep in mind

No toys. The Support Me does not include any toys for developmental learning or entertainment.

Feeding tray issues. The feeding tray may be difficult at times to click into place.


Wrapping Up

A baby floor seat isn’t a need, but is more of a luxury item.

Many parents favor it because their baby gets a different view of the world, and is fully supported.

While the time using the floor seat may be short and limited, parents get extra use out of it by turning it into a portable high chair when dining out or when in need of an outdoor seat for their baby.

Regardless of how you choose to use it, your baby will enjoy the view and the elevated position.

Keep safety in mind and select a seat that boasts  lots of features!

Kate Trout
 

Hi there, I'm Kate! I started Maternity Glow to be a place for new and expecting moms to come to for practical pregnancy advice, parenting tips, and baby care tricks.

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