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!

Bumbo Car Seat

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.

What do you think?  We would love to hear on Facebook.

How safe are bumbo Baby Seats

On August 18, 2012, in Bumbo Baby Seat, FAQ, How To, Safety, by abbie

Bumbo on kitchen counter at height

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!

Bumbo Recall kit child restraint straps

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 tomy@responseuk.co.uk
  • 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 info@exquira.com.au
  • And if you live anywhere else on the globe including Europe and South Africa you will need to contact info@bumbo.com

Will you be ordering your child restraint belt?  Will you stop using the Bumbo until it arrives?  Or are you confident that while you are there to supervise your child that no harm can come from using the Bumbo?  Let us know by visiting our Facebook page.

Green Bumbo with straps

Green Bumbo with straps


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.

Liz Anderson on Facebook notes:
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!!!
@ColoradoMom on Twitter says

Maybe instead of recalling Bumbo‘s, they should recall the parents who put their babies on a counter and walk away?! ;)

Dana La Curan via Facebook says:
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.
Angela Lee on Facebook asks:
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. :)

Jennifer Deck Baby Bumbo

What a happy baby!  What are your opinions? join the discussion and leave a comment now.

Bumbo Recall kit child restraint straps

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: info@bumbo.co.za 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.

Green Bumbo with straps