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

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Blue Bumbo Baby Seat - Ideal for boys

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.

Make up your own mind and tell us what you think on facebook.

Bumbo Warning on the back of the seat

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.

Bumbo Car Seat

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.

If you agree with what you have just read feel free to leave a comment or share this article on Twitter.

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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.

Still not convinced?  Have any questions?  Ask away on Facebook or Twitter

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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