Aside from a baby activity gym or baby play pen, do you know that there is one more baby gear that will give your hands a much needed rest when you need to put baby down? Yep, that is the infant floor seat!
Top 8 Best Infant Floor Seat
All You Need To Know About Infant Floor Seat
An infant floor seat, as its name suggests, is a seat that sits on the floor for your baby to sit in.
It is for when baby has outgrown a bouncy seat, but is not strong enough to sit unassisted yet.
It is not a necessity by all means, but it has many benefits that will make you want one when you've finished our infant floor seat reviews below.
A. Benefits of an baby floor seat
Besides giving your arms a much needed break, a baby floor seat actually encourages baby's neck and back strength.
It also keeps baby off the floor, well, from lying directly on the floor (you should at least get one of these to ensure hygiene) and thereby provides an alternative viewing point/angle for your little one.
This way, s/he does not have to only face the ceiling or the floor (during tummy time) all day long.
Other benefits include:
- prepares baby for sitting in a high chair
- soothe baby (if the floor seat reclines or bounces)
- keep baby safe and secured
B. When is the right baby floor seat age?
When your baby is able to hold up and control his/her own head unsupported, usually when baby hit the 6-month mark, this is the right time to introduce the infant floor seat to them.
Don't worry if they cannot sit by themselves yet as this is precisely the function of the seat - it props baby up and supports their back and hips.
C. What to look for in a baby floor seat?
It goes without saying that a good infant floor seat has to be comfortable.
Choose those that are made of foam or is cushiony instead of hard plastic ones. Also, we'd recommend getting one that comes with a harness so that baby can be strapped in securely and safely in the right position.
Other bonus features to have include:
- Tray: Not only does it provide a space for your little one's toys/teether, it also helps in supporting baby as it gives them something to grip on.
- Stimulation: Some floor seats provide music and lighting features to stimulate baby's senses. A good one will even recline or vibrate which help to soothe baby into sleep (note: you should not let baby sleep in a floor seat though, read on to find out why).
D. Things to be caution about
You must only place the infant floor seat on the floor and not on top of something else, say a chair or a tabletop.
This is because they are not engineered for that and will tip over or fall back if baby is moving a tad too roughly in it so putting it on any raised ground will be hazardous.
Keep in mind also that it should be placed on a levelled, flat surface for the same purpose.
Also, you should never leave baby unattended or unsupervised or let them fall asleep in it because there won't be enough support for their neck as their head bob forward and backwards when they sleep.
Last but not least, it is probably time to retire the infant floor seat if you notice that baby starts to rock or tries to push off the seat - ladies and gentlemen, your baby is now ready for the bouncer seat or high chair!