Upright Seat For Baby

This Upseat Baby Floor Seat Booster Chair for Sitting Up with Removable Tray for Meals and Playtime, Developed with Physical Therapists for Safe and Healthy Hip Development is perfect for babies who are learning to sit up alone. The tray removes easily so that you can put your child in the chair without a tray when she’s not eating or playing. The seat cushion can be removed for easy machine washing, and the removable tray can be used as a highchair tray on an adult chair.

The Upseat Baby is a floor seat with a removable tray that can be used as a high chair or booster chair. It was developed with physical therapists to help babies learn to sit upright and strengthen their muscles, while eating or playing. The Upseat is also great for travel because it’s lightweight, easy to fold and fits most strollers.

The Upseat Baby Floor Seat is a safe, healthy way for babies and toddlers to sit up at the family table. Developed with physical therapists, this tray-free seat will help facilitate good posture, which helps support healthy hips during baby’s early development.

Upseat is a new baby seat that helps babies sit up, so they can eat and play just like the big kids. It’s easy to put together and assemble, and it comes with a removable tray that is dishwasher safe for easy cleanup. Ready for mealtime? Snack time? Upseat gives you ample room to restock!

Upseat is the all-in-one baby seat you will use from birth up to two years of age. The Upseat integrates with every dining table set and provides a safe place for your child to sit upright, providing proper development of their diaphragm for healthy breathing and digestion. With a removable tray, it is easy to feed baby or toddler while sitting upright. This helps to prevent reflux, heartburn and hiccups associated with lying down while eating.

Introducing the upseat. This stylish, comfortable and safe seat is designed with healthy hips in mind. Built using materials that won’t harm your baby’s skin, it’s perfect for children who have trouble sitting upright unassisted – whether they’re two months old or two years old.

Baby Support Seat 3 Months

For babies, learning to sit requires time, practice, muscle strength, and balance. But there are things you can do to help your little one along.

Baby floor seats provide a supportive place for babies to explore their environment while they work on the required sitting skills. But with so many different options on the market, how do you know which one will be best for your baby?

We’ll discuss baby floor seats in-depth, explaining and comparing their features. Plus, with countless hours of research and reading in-depth reviews under our belt, we’ve selected the top ten choices to help you make the right decision for your baby.

If your baby can’t yet sit up on their own — and you’re looking to cross a few things off your to-do list — then you need to get a floor seat. By using one of these floor seats, your babe can hang out in a safe spot, giving you a few hands-free moments to mix up their formula.

There’s also a ton of variety to choose from. Some floor seats feature toys and rattles, in addition to full back support, while others include easy-to-clean trays for feeding sessions. Some baby floor seats are ideal for families that travel a lot, while others are better for use at home.

THE BEST BABY FLOOR SEATS

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A FLOOR SEAT?

I spoke with pediatric physical therapist Dr Bonnie Soto, PT, DPT, also known as “Milestone Mama” on TikTok. She tells Best Products that while these seats are great, they’re not an all-day solution. Instead, she refers to them as “a helpful tool for our convenience as parents, like an extra set of hands.”

“Like any container toy, however, they do not teach motor skills,” she adds. “If used too much, they can actually impair them.”

She stresses that your babies don’t need a seat to learn to sit any more than they need a walker to learn to walk: That’s all marketing! If you’re giving your baby the assistance and freedom they need, these skills will likely come on their own. But if you’re definitely inclined to buy a floor seat, Sato likes the Upseat, which was developed by physical therapists to keep babies in a safe position.

Other than Sato’s recommendation, cost, materials, style, and accessories are going to be your biggest determining factors when choosing a floor seat. Some are really neutral in their colors, designed to fit in with decor, while others are wonderfully juvenile. Some have trays, and some don’t. Figure out what you want and what you can afford, and you’re good to go.

Check out these baby floor seats that’ll give your kiddo a whole new view of the world. Just note that your child should be able to hold their head up without support in order to use one, and make sure that the seat is safely placed flat on the floor. And of course, don’t leave them in it unattended!

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Baby Chair Booster Seat with Tray

A singularly ergonomic model, the Upseat was designed to keep your baby in an erect position without them slouching. It’s surprisingly easy to clean, and the tray is on the larger end, helping to prevent more food from sliding over the edge.

It transitions well from baby seat to booster seat, and the leg spaces are large enough for toddlers with bigger thighs. This is important, especially since not all boosters accomplish it.

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INGENIUS STORAGE

2-in-1 Booster Feeding and Floor Seat With Self-Storing Tray

Ingenuity’s floor seat comes equipped with a tray, making this sleek, all-in-one option a great bargain. Not to mention the fact that the tray slides under the chair for storage when your baby’s not using it, keeping all parts in one place.

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GREAT FOR ON THE GO

Pop and Sit Portable Booster

This portable Summer Infant pop-and-sit floor seat can go from the playroom to the backyard in a snap! It’s durable enough to handle both indoor and outdoor fun.

The harness keeps your little one safe while sitting, and the removable tray creates the ideal snack spot.

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MOST COMFORTABLE

Infant Sitting Chair

Give your lil’ bub a sweet seat to cozy up in. We love this mint and bubblegum-pink option by Hugaboo: The design of this seat will help your infant learn how to sit up on their own.

Plus, the attached seat bottom will prevent your little one from sliding.

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SPILL MAT ATTACHED

Sit-Me-Up Floor Seat

From play time to snack time, this floor seat is the perfect spot for your baby to hang out in, all while practicing holding their head up.

When your baby gets a little wild with their midday fruit puree pouch, you can slide the cushion out and pop it right in the wash. The brightly colored toys grab your tot’s attention and keep them engaged, all while they work on their fine motor skills.

You can also tote this seat from the downstairs playroom to the upstairs nursery, thanks to the easy fold-and-go setup.

Best Baby Seat For Development

For babies, learning to sit requires time, practice, muscle strength, and balance. But there are things you can do to help your little one along.

Baby floor seats provide a supportive place for babies to explore their environment while they work on the required sitting skills. But with so many different options on the market, how do you know which one will be best for your baby?

We’ll discuss baby floor seats in-depth, explaining and comparing their features. Plus, with countless hours of research and reading in-depth reviews under our belt, we’ve selected the top ten choices to help you make the right decision for your baby.

UPDATE: Several years ago, at the time I wrote this article I was very much on a mission to answer the questions I was receiving from parents. So I got nerdy and granular, using my OT lens to dissect different seats on the market. I’ll leave the original content because it is factual but I’d like to bookend it with this:

If you are reading a blog post about which baby seat is best for development, you most likely don’t need more fuel the analytical parts of your brain. You most likely don’t need me to reinforce the idea that if you don’t do every.single.thing. “right” your baby will have a developmental issue. What you most likely need to hear is this…used in moderation, no single piece of baby gear will derail healthy development. The primary problem with baby gear is that modern babyhood isn’t using this piece of gear vs. that piece of gear. The primary problem with baby gear is that it is collectively overused.

Don’t get hung up on this product vs. that product. Prioritize time outside of baby gear when you can. When you need to, use gear your baby is developmentally ready for and don’t criticize yourself for using it.

While baby seats are definitely not a necessary piece of equipment and don’t truly help your baby learn to sit up, they can be helpful and convenient for parents – and fun for babies.  Here are three factors to consider when purchasing a baby seat as well as recommended seats plus some tips for using them in moderation and a few alternatives to consider.

The Sitting Surface

Some chairs for babies put little bodies in unnatural and unhelpful sitting positions. The original molded foam Bumbo is the most popular of this sort. It has a scooped out “bucket seat” that allows people to put babies in them before baby is developmentally ready for sitting in a seat.

But poor positioning of the pelvis affects the posture of baby’s whole body and leads most often to a rounded back and some squishing of the back of the neck (nerdy therapist term: neck hyperextension).

I enlisted the help of my toddler to show what this tipped back position of the pelvis (nerdy therapist term: posterior pelvic tilt) does for posture as a whole. The line at the bottom highlights the tipped back position of his pelvis.  You can see that to stay upright, he has to round his back and then to compensate for that rounding, he has to compress the back of his neck to keep his head level.

This positioning makes it harder for baby to optimally coordinate and use muscles of the arms, hands and mouth. This is one of the major reasons I strongly discourage parents from using a Bumbo or similar seat as a feeding seat for baby. Now, is using this type of seat going to derail healthy development? No. But too much time in this position may contribute to long term poor posture and eating in this neck extended position increases a child’s risk of choking.

BUYING TIP: Choose a baby seat that has a flat sitting surface where baby’s bottom will be, like the Fisher-Price Sit-Me-Up Floor Seat or the Upseat. Wait until baby is showing signs of readiness before using a baby seat.

Leg Position & Support

Since babies learn to sit by using their legs and feet as sitting surfaces (not just their bums), the best baby seats are those that allow baby’s entire legs and feet to be in contact with the sitting surface. This gives them a bigger sitting surface (nerdy therapist term: base of support) and more of their body to use to balance.

Also look for a seat that allows baby’s legs to move a bit instead of being completely immobilized (as with the traditional foam Bumbo). 

BUYING TIP: Choose a seat that supports under baby’s legs and allows them to move, like the Upseat or the Fisher-Price Sit-Me-Up Floor Seat.

Arm Support

Since babies just learning to sit are hardwired to wobble, the best baby seats are those that allow for some of that wobbling to occur. In order for a baby seat to safely allow wobbling, it needs to allow baby to use their arms to help correct wobbles (and avoid slumping and slouching).

The positioning and arm use won’t be the same as practicing prop sitting or independent sitting on the floor with your help or supervision (what I like to call “sitting practice”), but having a support surface for baby’s arms most closely resembles the developmental work they’re ready to do. 

BUYING TIP: Look for a seat with steady and substantial chest-level tray or support, like the Fisher-Price Sit-Me-Up Floor Seat or the Upseat.

My Favorite Baby Seats and Alternatives

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My husband rolled his eyes every time another new Amazon box arrived. “Another baby chair?” he’d ask. But I was determined to try as many seats as possible to find my favorite one. So here are two of my favorites based on the considerations we’ve talked about (none of them are ‘perfect’ but stood out among the rest):

Fisher Price Sit-Me-Up Floor Seat – You’ve probably guess by now that this is my favorite choice for a floor seat for babies. 

Summer Infant 3 Stage Super Seat – look for the models that come with a play tray for arm support.

Updated to add a few more seat options:

Since writing this post I’ve tried out a few other products that I liked. The Galt Playnest is an inflatable ring with a zip-on fabric cover that has some cute little things for baby to play and look at. Think of it like a fabric covered inflatable pool ring. Because baby is sitting on the floor, the Playnest offers a flat sitting surface and freedom to move the legs. It gives baby plenty of opportunity to wobble and allow baby to use hands on the floor or on the inflated nest.

And The Upseat was developed by a physical therapist. Don’t be fooled by the molded foam that looks a bit like the original Bumbo seat. The Upseat supports baby in good positioning.

Alternatives to a baby seat:

If you’re a regular reader here at CanDo Kiddo + Family, you know I’m a baby gear minimalist and love finding things around the house to use with babies instead of making new purchases. Whether you’re striving to do more with less, trying to stay within your budget or just don’t have room for all this stuff, there are several household items that work great for supporting a wobbly sitter. I shared several of the alternatives I used in this guest post for Mama OT.

I also LOVE Toki Mats for the large safe fall-zone they provide wobbly sitters. Bonus points for being made of organic and natural products and for being a mama-owned business.

Using Baby Seats Wisely

My biggest tips for wise use of baby seats are:

  • WAIT UNTIL BABY IS READY FOR A SEAT (learn the signs here)
  • BE SURE TO PROVIDE PLENTY OF DAILY “SITTING PRACTICE” (get tips here)
  • AIM TO USE A BABY SEAT ONLY WHEN YOU NEED TO

I love a tip from a reader on the CanDo Kiddo Facebook page who said she used her baby seat by the back door to give baby a safe spot while older siblings got shoes and coats on to get out the door! Baby seats aren’t BAD when used in moderation. Some are definitely better than others but a few minutes in any seat a day won’t ruin your baby’s development. My hope is that you would make informed baby gear decisions that work for your family! 

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