Purple Bumbo Baby Seat with White tray

Since reports of babies being injured using the Bumbo Baby Seat resulted in a product recall the Bumbo chair has in some circles gained an unfair reputation of not being safe.  Consider this of the 28 reports of children being injured falling out of the seats prior to the recall in 2007, how many of those injuries occured when the chair was on the floor?

Bumbo four step instructions

None, they all happened when the baby was in the seat at height, i.e. on a table or counter.  Does that mean the chairs arent safe?  Some parents complain that the chairs should come with straps to ensure your baby can’t climb out.  Bumbo’s response to this is that their product isn’t meant to be totally restrictive and the addition of a strap would make it so.

The result of the product recall was to issue clear instructions with the chair and actually print these instructions directly onto the chair should parents forget them!  Exactly what are those instructions? You can see them in the image on the left. In a nutshell, use your Bumbo only on the floor and supervise your child at all times.

Do you use a changing table when your baby is dirty?

If the answer is yes, then would you ever place your baby on the changing table and walk away to do something else and expect them to still be on the changing table when you returned?  I can’t see how any parent in their right mind would leave a child unattended on a changing table, whether there was a warning on the changing mat or not, so why the big fuss about Bumbos?

Baby Changing Table

When all is said and done if you are there to supervise your baby when they are using the bumbo baby sitter then what can go wrong?

I trust my little girl to play in her Bumbo and contrary to the safety warnings will now and again use the bumbo on the couch or on the table when I am feeding her, but I use my common sense and never leave her unattended so there is no way that any harm can come to her.

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Bumbo Play Tray

How to attach  the Bumbo Play Tray

Many parents agree that the Bumbo Play Tray is a fantastic idea and that it makes a valuable addition to the bumbo baby seat.
That said some parents, especially of larger children complain that the white Bumbo Play Tray is extremely difficult to attach.

So how can I easily put on the tray?

If you have a small child you could affix the tray before seating baby.  This isn’t always possible though and so these instructions may come in handy.

  1. Seat your little one comfortably in the chair on the floor.
  2. Push the top lip of the tray over the leg divider without catching any of babies skin or clothes and watch out for little fingers which usually try and grab at anything you are doing!
  3. Squash the base of the seat up towards the bottom lip of the tray and slide it under the base, without tilting the seat too much.
  4. Relax and make yourself a cuppa whilst your tot busies themselves with their toys.  You’ve probably earned it.
This video may give a better visual representation of the above instructions, maybe next time I will try with a baby in the chair!

Still having trouble?

Bumbo must have listened to parents who have had trouble with this as they have released an opaque play tray which affixes directly to the leg divider so that mummy or daddy doesn’t have to mess about tilting the seat with their child in it!

Blue Bumbo Baby Seat with Opaque plastic Play Tray

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Bumbo Play Tray

The Bumbo Play Tray is made of food safe, easy to clean plastic and attatches easily to your child’s chair.  The tray comes in one size only and therefore fits on all seats regardless of colour.

How does the tray secure to the chair?

The trays currently come in two different designs, the white one pictured here which attaches over the middle of the leg separator and secures under the bottom of the chair.  The second design is an opaque model featured below which attaches to the chair in a different way.  It hugs the leg separator on the sides and has an attachment which fits over the top, there are also channels which keep the try in place by fitting on the arms of the babysitter.

How can the play tray be used?

You can use the chair for many different things depending on the age of your child.  In the first instance you can place toys on the tray and baby can play with them, however when the toys are dropped it could cause problems if your child leans out to try and get them.  It may therefore be better if you can find toys with suction cups so you can stick them to the tray.

The tray is perfect for feeding time especially when weaning your baby as you can place food in a bowl or plate on the tray and feed from there.  Although the Bumbo chair is not a high chair it can be used as one when your child is too small to fit in one.

As your child gets old enough to pick at snacks themselves you could present grapes, raisins or other fruits and treats for baby to feed himself with.

The use of the tray enables baby to enhance their motor skills and hand eye (or hand mouth!) coordination by putting things in baby’s reach for them to pick up at will.

Blue Bumbo Baby Seat with Opaque plastic Play Tray

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Bumbo Play

Does the Yellow Bumbo Baby Seat contain lead?

If you have done any research before buying your Bumbo Baby Seat you may have come accross the news story that the yellow version of the seat contains Lead or Cadmium, both of which are potentially dangerous heavy metals.  And that doesnt mean that they are  particularly loud rock bands!  This story propagated from the Essco Safety Check blog back in 2010 and in the article the yellow chairs were subjected to tests to determine if they contained any harmful substances.  It was found that by using an X-Ray Fluorescence analyzer that a yellow chair which was tested contained 2000 parts per million (PPM) of lead.  Anything over 1000 PPM is considered a “Significant Environmental Lead Hazard”.

It is worth noting that the kind people at Essco Safety Check have tested hundreds of seats in all colours and only found harmful elements in the yellow ones.  This could be something to do with the colouring used in the paint to get the bright yellow colour.

Should I be concerned if I have a Yellow Bumbo Baby Seat?

If you already have a Yellow chair please don’t be too alarmed, unless your child is chewing on the foam edges of the seat when sat in it then there shouldnt be too much of a health risk.  But if you are at all concerned you could discontinue the use of the seat or buy a cover which would cut out the contact of your babies skin and the bumbo seat altogether.  They key here is diligence and you should always monitor your child to ensure no harm comes to them.  If you believe your child may be at risk of lead poisoning you should speak to your family doctor.

Why do Bumbo still sell yellow ones?

There are safety standards in place for all products which are intended for use by children and as a company Bumbo must adhere to these standards if they want to sell their products in countries such as the UK and USA.  From the article mentioned above it is thought that Bumbo perhaps stopped using lead in their yellow seats as small amounts of Cadmium have also been found in the yellow ones, although not at a level deemed unacceptable by the standards agencies.

A quote from the Essco Safety Check Blog:

“First, just because a consumer product that your child is exposed contains a heavy metal, does not mean that that heavy metal will harm your child.  But since that harmful element is present it may cause harm. Simple awareness can mitigate this harm.”

I think that is good advice and that parents who have yellow seats should exercise caution possibly using a cover to minimise contact with the seat itself.

Bumbo issued a statement back in August 2009 reassuring customers that their products are safe.  In my opinion the wording doesnt quite make sense, but the message is clear:

“Bumbo International has remained faithful in its commitment to producing unparalleled products based on its rich legacy of innovation, creativity, service and reliability.”

In closing if you are ready to buy and are at all unsure maybe decide to buy one of the other many colours available.

Lilac Purple Bumbo Baby Seat

On July 6, 2012, in Bumbo Baby Seat, Review, by abbie

Lilac Purple Bumbo Baby Seat

The Lilac Purple Bumbo Baby Chair is slightly less bold than the rest of the Bumbo range with its pastel colour it exudes a calming influence on your baby.

Who is it suitable for?

The Purple baby sitter is suitable for babies who can support the weight of their own head.  Bumbo recommend that if your child is between 3 and 18 months they can use the seat safely.

This seat would fit well in a room which has a purple colour scheme and would suit both boys and girls!

Where to buy

The Purple Bumbo is available online from:

Amazon

Mothercare

Ebay

Just for fun – Mickey on Mercury

Mickey Mouse crater found on planet Mercury

Disney branding gets everywhere doesn’t it!  Not content with having the most famous rodent on the planet, the Walt Disney Corporation somehow managed to brand the logo of their flagship character on the surface of the planet Mercury!

This image was captured by NASA’s Messenger spacecraft which is the first spacecraft to have orbited the planet and has captured thousands of Google Maps style images of the planet.  To view more of Nasa’s iconic imagery visit their Flickr stream.

Mickey Mouse Logo

Yellow Bumbo Baby Seat

On July 5, 2012, in Bumbo Baby Seat, Review, by abbie

Yellow Bumbo Baby Seat
The Yellow Bumbo Baby Sitter is an exciting colour which will definitely inspire your little one when sat in it.

Who is it suitable for?

The yellow bumbo chair is perfect for children between 3 and 18 months old, although can safely be used by any child who can support their own head.

The yellow chair would is a very unisex colour and would suit either a boy or a girl.

Where to buy

The Yellow Bumbo is available online from:

Amazon

Mothercare

Ebay

Lime Green Bumbo Baby Seat

On July 4, 2012, in Bumbo Baby Seat, Review, by abbie

Lime Green Bumbo Baby Seat

The Green Bumbo Baby Chair is an exuberant and exciting colour which will definitely keep your baby interested when sat in it.

Who is it suitable for?

The green bumbo seat is perfect for children between 3 and 18 months old, although can safely be used by any child who can support their own head.

The green chair would be perfect for either a boy or a girl as it is a very unisex colour.  If you are looking for other bumbo chair colours, look no further.

Where to buy

The Green Bumbo is available online from:

Amazon

Mothercare

Ebay

Red Bumbo Baby Seat
The Red Bumbo Baby Chair is striking to look at with its bold inspiring look it is sure to catch your baby’s eye.

Who is it suitable for?

The red baby sitter is suitable for all children who can hold their own heads up, although Bumbo recommend children over 3 months or 8.8lbs can use it safely.  This seat would fit well in a room which has a red colour scheme, and football crazy fathers who support teams in red may favor this colour over the blue seat for boys!  Other bumbo chair colours are available.

Where to buy

The Red Bumbo is available online from:

Amazon

Mothercare

Ebay

Aqua Blue Bumbo Baby Seat

The Aqua Blue Bumbo Baby Chair is perfect for that little baby boy in your life.  Its bright stimulating colour will ensure that even when baby is not sat in it that it is interesting to look at.

Who is it suitable for?

As with all Bumbo Baby Sitters the chairs are suitable for babies between 3 and 14 months or as soon as they can support their own head.  Your child may be a little small to use the seat if they are under 8.8 pounds.

This being a blue seat would traditionally be great for a boy, however a little girl wouldn’t look out of place sat in it.

Where to buy

You can buy a Blue Bumbo Baby Seat from the following online retailers:

Amazon

Mothercare