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!

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.

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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.

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