Bumbo Seat vs Sit Me Up – Which One is Best?

It's a Bumbo Seat vs Sit Me Up showdown. In this post we put both floor seats through their paces to see which is the best floor seat for baby.

Bumbo Seat vs Sit Me Up – Which One is Best?
By Ellen Fetters •  Updated: 04/01/20 •  4 min read

ParentingClick.com may earn a small commission from affiliate links in this article. Learn more.

In recent years the Bumbo floor seat has seen a surge in popularity, however, there’s a new kid in town – the Fisher Price Sit-Me-Up.

In this bumbo seat vs sit me up post we look at the pros and cons of each to decide which is the best floor seat for little one.

We’ve also spoken to parents who’ve also used both to get their feedback.

Image of the bumbo seat vs sit me up

Bumbo Seat vs Sit Me Up

As you might have read when we looked into when do babies sit up post, it can often take a while before baby has developed enough strength in their neck and shoulders before they’re sitting up on their own and even then, he or she is likely to be very wobbly!

That’s where a floor seat like the Bumbo or Sit Me Up come in!

Over the past couple of years, these two have been the main choice for many parents with fans loyal to both products.

We’ve reviewed both products separately in the past and today it’s finally time to put them head to head in a Bumbo Seat vs Sit Me Up showdown!

Both of these seats have strengths and weaknesses and really it comes down to individual preference and which you think will work best for your family.



The Bumbo was the first floor seat that we tried, in fact it was bought for me and my partner when we were expecting our first child so we’ve had A LOT of hands on experience with this one!

…and it wasn’t for us!

While we’ll try to stick to the facts below what we did find was that our little one was simply too squished when we put her in the chair to be comfortable.

That said, we have family and friends who LOVE the Bumbo chair, however it’s fair to say that their little ones have less chunky legs than ours!




Sit-Me-Up Floor Seat

Sit-Me-Up Floor Seat

For me, the Fisher Price Sit-Me-Up is currently the best seat on the market that gives baby support while they sit.

Speaking to many parents (and conducting a quick pole in the office) it would appear that many other parents would be in agreement.

Rather than squashing baby into a fixed position it encourages baby to sit more naturally and gives them more space to move.

There’s also the issue of chubby legs. While the Bumbo can feel like a squeeze, the Sit Me Up allows more room for babies legs.

As you’re about to find out, there’s a lot to like about the Sit-Me-Up compared to the Bumbo.




The Bottom Line

The Bumble seat has long been a favorite of many parents and don’t get us wrong, it’s a great product.

However, if you little one has chubbier legs or you want to encourage a more natural sitting position then you’ll certainly want to consider the Fisher Price Sit-Me-Up.

Ultimately in the Bumbo seat vs sit me up showdown, the winner will really depend on whether or not you’re going to be taking the seat with you while you travel and if space is at a premium in your household.

Last update on 2024-02-27 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Ellen Fetters

Ellen Fetters, is a former Children's and Young People's Nursing Practice with an BSc from the University of Sunderland. After completing her SCPHN - HV she then worked as a Health Visitor within the local community.

In 2017 Ellen left nursing to launch Parenting Click, an online parenting resource aimed at creating happier families through better parenting.

She lives with her husband, beautiful baby girl, and two darling dogs. She spends her free time writing, running and learning how to become a better parent.