After writing the recent post Can I use my Bumbo Seat in the Bath, I advised that it was never a good idea to use your Bumbo in the tub but advised that there were plenty of other options for you if you absolutely had to use a seat for your little one.
I know that it can sometimes be hard to bath a child, especially one who cannot sit up yet, with only one pair of hands, and so having a seat can really help out in these situations. I haven’t used all of the seats that I will mention in a moment but they seem to be the most popular and best value too, so have a look and consider if one of them may be right for you and your little mermaid.
Kiddicare Bath Seat – Best Price £9.99
Can be used from: 6 Months
Average review: 4.5/5 Stars
This is the actual bath seat that I have and although I can’t say it revolutionised bathtime it certainly helped when I needed it. I cant remember what age I started to use it with my daughter (who is 2 years old now) but it was given to us by another family when she was already able to sit up on her own, and so I didn’t need the stability that a bumbo seat would give. This seat is hard and a little slippery but it keeps the little ones from slipping out and falling in the water. It doesnt suffer from floating or slipping around thanks to the suction cups on the bottom, fix them in when theres a little water in the tub and it will work just fine. Of course if you have a ribbed bath floor, you may not be able to use this.
It’s very good value and one of the cheapest I will mention today to buy new.
Safety 1st Swivel Bath Seat - Best Price Amazon £11
Can be used from: 6 Months
Average review: 4.4/5 Stars
I haven’t ever used this however if I was in the market to buy one now, it’s probably the one I would go for. To be used only when your son or daughter can sit on their own it provides stability and something to hold on to to allow them to enjoy bath time whilst allowing you access to be able to clean them. They can also be swiveled around whilst sitting in the chair so they can play or be washed etc. If I had more than one child to bath at the same time, this would again be a great buy as its extremely reasonably priced at just £11 with free delivery! And if you have Amazon Prime you can have it tomorrow!
You can also grab this for the same price at Boots and grab the Advantage Card points.
Angelcare Soft Touch Bath Support – Best Price £24.99 Amazon
Can be used from: Birth
Average review: 4.8/5 Stars
This “seat” is intended for smaller babies, and for all that it looks like a fancy coloured cheese grater it seems that if its comfort youre looking for this is the one to choose. Theres another picture coming up so you can judge scale, but it also seems to me that this is a firm favorite amongst parents and the more expensive price tag is justified by the high quality reviews.
It has a non slip base and the mesh warms up very quickly to the temperature of the water and best of all its made from a mould resistant material so its hygienic too, unlike a Bumbo would be in the tub!
Comes in blue and pink and there are options to select colour from the purchase page, there are also many more photos and a video to see.
Dreambaby Premium Bath Seat – Best Price £16 Simple Safety Solutions (p&p not included)
Can be used from: 6 Months
Average review: 3.7/5 Stars (Amazon Review)
The Dreambaby Premium bath seat is a little pretentiously named for me, but it is popular one among parents who like the fact that baby can be sat in the chair and then secured, rather than trying to sit baby with wriggling legs into something solid. I know from personal experience trying to get my little one into high chairs when out for lunch, its so much easier when you can sit them down and then secure them!
It has solid suction cups which affix to the bottom of the bath so it will not slide around or topple over. There is a concern amongst the Amazon reviews that the plastic at the bottom is sharp and cuts into babies legs, so do check out the reviews before making your decision. There are plenty of others who swear by it.
Comes in blue and pink and is available on Amazon at a cost of £17.66 for the Blue one and £17.99 for the pink one. It’s a little bit more expensive initially however with Amazon postage is free, so factor that into your decision.
All of the above and more…
If you’re in the market for a Baby Bath Seat but aren’t very excited at paying the prices for brand new ones, there are lots of choices on eBay and if you think about it a lot of these products are used for a few months before the children become too big for them or otherwise grow out of them and so most of the products are nearly new and will be perfect for use by a second family.
I personally aren’t precious about buying used goods and will also sell on my children’s things after they’re done with so check out Baby Bath Seats on eBay and possibly save yourself some money. You can even put the items back on there and recoup your costs after youre done with them!
Can be used from: Birth
Average review: 4.8/5 Stars
Bumbo seats are great, they not only help your child learn to sit up on their own, but they can be a real help when you as a parent need to get something done. It’s easy to sit your child in the chair maybe with the play tray attached and let them eat, play or watch TV whilst you get yourself a bite to eat, or do the hoovering or simply sit down and have a cup of tea whilst watching them.
More than once I have thought about using the floor seat for bath time, it seems like the Bumbo would be perfect in the bath, so why not? I watched the film “The Change Up” recently, the body swapping comedy starring Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds. There is a scene in the movie where Bateman is bathing his two infant twins and he is unmistakably using two Bumbo seats to make the job easier. Ignoring the continuity error with the bubbles (the two images in this post are literally seconds apart in the film), it got me thinking, that if Hollywood producers thought it would be a good idea to shoot the scene with Bumbo’s then there must be thousands of families around the world doing exactly the same thing. And that raised more questions. How safe is it? What effect does it have on the chair? Why don’t Bumbo make a Bath Chair?
How safe is it?
My research has concluded that it can be either fairly safe or very unsafe. It’s all relative to how you plan your bathtime, if you want something to keep your child in a seated position whilst you wash and play with them, then it can be just as safe as using the chair on the floor. However if you plan on leaving the room to put the washing away or sitting on the toilet texting then you’re putting your child in danger. The Bumbo Baby Sitter isn’t a substitute for actual supervision!
Here’s a youtube video by wngraham showing a supervised baby in the bath.
There are warnings on the Bumbo itself and the packaging and warning leaflets that it is not designed for use in water. The lightweight soft material which is so good for use in the living room or the play room doesn’t work well when exposed to water, think about it, light things float, and added to that the hollow recess underneath the chair which will stay filled with air will mean that if you have more than a few inches of water in the bath and your baby may not weigh enough to counter the buoyancy, then the chair will become unstable and your child could fall out!
They are not waterproof
Again going back to that soft lightweight material that they are made from, sometimes when Bumbos are well used they can get tiny tears in them, or holes, or rips, or fissures, or whatever you want to call them. These weaknesses can allow water to get into them and this makes it extremely difficult to dry out the seat completely. I think you can guess what would happen after a few weeks in this case, you’re looking at mould, funky smells and general nastiness. It’s not worth having to throw your Bumbo away with the bathwater for the convenience of a few dips in the tub. If you have installed the safety harness on your seat then the holes which affix the straps are the same ones which will allow water to get inside the seat.
Why don’t Bumbo make a bath chair?
Who knows, but it’s not in the product catalog just yet, perhaps it’s because Bumbo products are known to be soft and comfy and this doesn’t really translate to waterproof very well. There are however plenty of other fit for purpose bath chairs which are made from a more durable plastic designed especially for submersion in water. Granted the vast majority are hard plastic and nowhere near as comfortable as the Bumbo chair, but your baby shouldn’t be in the bathtub for extended periods of time so this shouldn’t be an issue.
So can I use my Bumbo in the bath?
I wouldn’t recommend anyone putting their child in the bath using one, there are a lot of potential risks and as yet no children have died or been seriously injured due to improper use in the bath but there have been accidents, please don’t let your little one have one. Be sensible and if you must have a seat for the bath try one of these for size.
Having covered a similar query before I continue to get questions like the following:
“Do Bumbo make a car seat?“, “Is it safe to use my Bumbo in the car?” and “Is the Bumbo a car seat?” and feel I need to address this issue again.
It is extremely dangerous to use your bumbo baby chair as a car seat. There is a specific warning on the back of the chair which reads:
“Never use as a car seat”
If you need any more convincing then consider this video which shows a crash test of children’s car seats. As you watch the video consider that instead of a proper car seat, a Bumbo instead.
I hope that has convinced you that using a Bumbo as a car seat is not a good idea! Far better for your piece of mind to invest in a fit for purpose car seat than even risk making a short journey with your baby in the car in their Bumbo!
Are Bumbo releasing a car seat?
Back to the original question, and the answer? Unfortunately not, after multiple emails to the South African head office there is still no word on a car seat, however it would be a logical next step to add one to the Bumbo range.
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Safety in 2012 is a relative term, in “the olden days” when babies were learning to sit up the most they got was a few cushions to prop them up, and this approach worked well for a long time, no instructions were needed and parents supervised their children to make sure that they didn’t come to harm. Mummies and Daddies wouldn’t dream of propping their children up on pillows on top of a table and leaving them alone. So why is it that such a doubt has been cast over the safety of Bumbo Chairs? There are many infant toys and seats which if used in the wrong way can cause harm, but usually common sense prevails. The following Youtube video shows a tot called Wesley escaping from his Bumbo on the floor.
In the end Wes falls out onto the floor, which is padded with a baby safe play mat, he’s not hurt and his mother or sister aren’t really that concerned. So should you be concerned about your child falling out of their seat? I personally don’t think so, if you are apprehensive about a fall like that seen in the video then you need a reality check really quickly, your baby will no doubt have much worse than that during the course of their toddler years and be no worse off for it. Especially when they’re learning to walk, they fall down all the time and do parents get concerned about that? Not at all, it’s all part of growing up.
Bumbo Baby Seats are as safe as the parents who are supervising the child. If you are keeping a close eye on your baby then not a lot of harm can come to them. If you decide to sit your child on the counter while you turn away to do the washing up or at the top of the stairs whilst you go in the shower then not only should you not be using a Bumbo, but you shouldn’t really have children either! What do you think?
Do you have a Bumbo or are you considering getting one? Let us know on Facebook. Similar reading - Are Bumbo Baby Seats safe to use - Bumbo Product Recall *Image of Bumbo on kitchen counter at height. Please note no babies were put in harms way while this photo was taken, this situation was set up purely for this article, she wasn’t left on the counter whilst the washing up was done!
After the recent product recall regarding the Bumbo Baby Seat, parents are being encouraged to order a Restraint Safety Belt which they can fit to the Bumbo Baby Seat to enable them to strap their child in. This safety belt is being issued due to the number of children who have sustained head injuries due to them falling out of their Bumbo from high places like kitchen worktops and dining tables.
Bumbo advise that parents discontinue using the babysitter until they receive their safety harness, this however has sparked a debate from mums and dads who are perfectly happy with the Bumbo without the straps. Ultimately you should make your own mind up. In the safety kit you will also receive a sticker with fresh warnings about the use of your chair. Warnings which really should be common sense to any parent.
The Bumbo website has also quietly started referring to the Bumbo Baby Sitter as the Bumbo Floor Seat. Subtly changing the name of the chair to hopefully reinforce the fact that it should be used on the floor and not anywhere that could cause a child harm if they were to fall out.
You can now order Bumbo Safety Kits wherever you are in the World as detailed below.
- To get your bumbo safety belt in the UK you need to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- To order your child safety system in the USA visit the US product recall website.
- If you live in Canada visit the Canadian product recall website.
- If you live in Australia you need to email email@example.com
- And if you live anywhere else on the globe including Europe and South Africa you will need to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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My own opinion on yesterday’s announcement of the Bumbo Product recall is currently being left to fester a little while, but in the meantime, here’s a little bit of what people had to say on the social networks about the situation.
We have always recommended the Bumbo seat. Gave 2 to friends and family and our kids never fell out of them….Where are parents putting their child in the seat that they can fracture their skull????? It is not meant to put your kid on the kitchen counter and disappear…WATCH YOUR KID!!!
Maybe instead of recalling Bumbo‘s, they should recall the parents who put their babies on a counter and walk away?!
Bumbo seats recall…. LAME!!! How about a parent recall instead?? A news report wrote, “Since a 2007 recall, at least 50 incidents have been reported in which babies fell while the molded-foam seat was on a raised surface.” No sh** people!! Lil ones wiggle, rock, throw their weight back, go limp… they are unpredictable and always exploring the use of their body. So, why in the world would anyone put their kid in this AWESOME chair and not be nearby/monitoring the kid??? Bumbo is a chair, NOT a babysitter. So when you neglect your child and allow them to flip themselves off a counter, take a lil self-responsibility for their injuries and pain instead of suing. Just saying.
Why is there a recall on your seat? As far as I remember (it’s been a while, so I could be wrong) you have warnings that state “Never leave a child unattended on an elevated surface” – so why are you paying out of pocket for straps, when it’s not your fault? Why aren’t those parents getting lectured from CPS, Law Enforcement and doctors/nurses?
And finally Jennifer Deck on Facebook posts:
DEFIANT… we love our Bumbo with or without straps. Yes she is being closely watched as I took this picture.
What a happy baby! What are your opinions? join the discussion and leave a comment now.
If you read the news yesterday you may have noticed a new safety concern over the ever popular Bumbo Baby seat. After an initial product recall in 2007 when a million bumbo baby sitters were recalled, a fresh recall has been issued by Bumbo USA.
This is due to further reports of head trauma including fractured skulls caused by babies falling out of the chair when used incorrectly i.e. putting them on tables or counter tops. To make the chairs safe Bumbo USA are sending out free harness straps which can be fitted to the seat to stop children from falling out. These are pictured above and can be easily fitted by parents using the supplied equipment. BumboUSA are telling parents to discontinue using them until they receive their straps in the post.
How do I get a Bumbo Restraint Belt?
UPDATED ARTICLE can be found here.
If you live in the USA:
Visit http://www.recall.bumbousa.com/ and follow the on screen instructions to determine if you are eligible (Hint, if you dont already have a belt, you are eligible!) and order your restraint belt and warning sticker.
If you live in Canada:
Visit http://www.bumbocanada.com/ and follow the instructions on screen to order your safety kit.
And if you live anywhere else in the world including the UK, the rest of Europe and Australia unfortunately you are only left with the option of emailing Bumbo head office at: email@example.com UPDATE can be found here.
So after all this fuss there isnt actually a product recall, as nothing is actually being recalled to the factory, a safety kit is however being sent out to parents who own Bumbo’s as a precaution. It is worth noting that this is a voluntary recall and that Bumbo have not been forced into this action. What do you think about this? Is it a good thing that Bumbo have recognised this and made amends to rectify it? Are they being too cautious? Will this spoil the appeal of Bumbo? Please let us know your comments good or bad on Facebook and while you’re there show your support for Bumbo Baby seat and give us a Like.
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At the end of 2011 as lots of parents were giving the Bumbo Baby Seat as a Christmas present to their little ones Mitch Lipka wrote a story for Reuters entitled “Did Bumbo ignore child safety in favor of profits?”
The main focus of the article is that of the safety aspects covered in our previous article. Lipka quotes from the Ferrell family who’s son Cody was injured whilst sat in a Bumbo on a table.
“He arched his back up and he kind of flipped out of it sideways and backwards and rolled right off (the table),” Kevin Ferrell says. “It just happened in a split second.”
The Ferrell family are in the process of suing Toys R Us for selling them an unsafe childrens product. It makes my blood boil that parents will simply not take responsibility for their own actions. Where were the parents when this happened? Were they right there watching him, or did they turn their back? Does this mean if I was to buy a gun, not read the safety instructions and shoot myself in the foot I could sue the shop which sold me the gun? Litigation culture in the USA is a joke!
My sympathies go out to little Cody and hopefully he suffered no lasting injuries, but in my mind it shouldn’t be Toys R Us in court it should be the poor little mans parents for thinking that a store they consciously bought a product from is responsible for an accident which happened in their home under their supervision! Props have to be given to the family however as they are now evangelists for infant safety. Every cloud and all that, hopefully they learnt their lesson.
Sensationalism sells stories and despite the claim that Bumbo aren’t bothered about safety only lining their own pockets, well Lipka doesn’t come back to that. Mitch obviously didn’t do his homework when writing the story because if he did he would have learnt that Bumbo aren’t a money making giant company. Formed in South Africa the company donates ALL THEIR PROFITS TO CHARITY! That’s right every single penny of profit that is not used to grow the business goes towards helping underprivileged kids and would a company so intent on changing the lives of children deliberately produce a product which they know causes harm to children? I think not.
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Can I use my baby sitter as a car seat? In a word NO!! Bumbo Baby Chairs were designed ONLY to be used on the floor on a flat surface and so even though it may look like a good idea to use the chair as a carseat it really isn’t!
It would be pretty irresponsible for any parent to risk their child’s life by using anything other than an approved car safety seat to transport their young ones.
Consider if you were involved in a collision and your child was in a bumbo baby seat, even with a seat belt on, baby’s neck could be broken by the seat belt and the forward momentum could cause serious damage due to ill fitting straps. Far better to have a proper car seat with seat belts and straps designed for little ones.
Are bumbo working on a car seat?
I have had many people ask about this and so I contacted head office some weeks ago and have as yet received no reply. Shall we take that as a no then for now!?
I hope if you were considering using your Bumbo baby seat in the car that you have changed your mind. If you need a seat for the car you will find one to fit your car and your budget at Mothercare, Amazon or eBay.
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