Baby Houdini Pulls Great Escape

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Can someone call me a cab?

Time to say goodbye to an old friend. The Bumbo Chair has been a trusted parental companion for several months now. It’s allowed my 7-month-old daughter Maddie to hang out with me in the kitchen for countless meals, cleanups and bottle cleanings.

This era came crashing down this afternoon when my little Houdini cracked the Bumbo code. We knew this day was drawing closer. I believe it was a packet of tic-tacs that finally sent Maddie over the edge (figuratively and literally). Even though the candy was out of reach, she threw her entire body in the direction of these refreshing little mints.

She whipped out one leg, leaned over and then whipped out the other. Hold on there tiger, where do you think you’re going? But there’s no stopping this one once she gets her attention fixed on something. Maddie is on a mission and your only options are to help or watch.

So of course we make sure she has a soft landing on the kitchen counter, but then what? She is awash in her amazing triumph over the constricting chair, but that’s where her plans kind of fizzle out.

That’s because our kitchen commando still has no idea how to crawl. So when she pulls one of these great escapes, she’s stuck on the counter like a bump on a log. It’s very cute to watch her ponder the next move, but for now, her options are rather limited.

Now we face the challenge of integrating Maddie into a whole new set of habits with a high chair. It will be interesting to see how she reacts to being banished from the kitchen counter. However, I’m sure that in a day or two, she will already be plotting her escape from the high chair. (Won’t that be fun?)

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3 thoughts on “Baby Houdini Pulls Great Escape

    IamNotDefined said:
    February 29, 2012 at 3:32 am

    You can still use your bumbo! I had the same problem with my daughter when she figured out how to maneuver out of hers. They actually make a little tray attachment that holds little legs in pretty well, and provides a flat surface for food or toys etc. Give the tray a try if you want to get a few more months out of your bumbo. I think you can get them at target or babies/toys r us!

      stayhomepapa1 responded:
      February 29, 2012 at 9:57 pm

      Great call – We popped the tray to the Bumbo and the baby and her wandering ways are briefly under wraps again – Thanks for the advice!

    IamNotDefined said:
    March 8, 2012 at 7:11 am

    Glad I could help another parent with an escape artist baby!

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