There’s this brightly colored foam looking seat that is easily noticeable on the shelves at Babies R Us. That seat is the Bumbo Seat, which is basically a small bucket seat you can put your infant in to sit on the floor. Pediatric Physical therapists aren’t fans of this chair because it doesn’t allow a child to practice sitting up on their own since they are fully supported in this bucket seat. I personally don’t hateeee it, but it really is only useful for such a small period of time, that I wouldn’t recommend any of my parents buy that item anyway.
Well now that doesn’t matter, since there was a full product recall on the bumbo seat since there were a number of falls and some skull fractures reported with use of the product. Bumbo added a small seat belt to help the problem, but I’m still worried that if you put your child in there and they are too big for it, that they will just flip over while still attached to the chair, which could be worse!
The best alternative to the Bumbo is either sitting your child inside a boppy pillow and have them FULLY surrounded by soft fluffy safe things with you supervising, or just laying your child in their crib while you quickly finish doing whatever you have to do.
Here are some tidbits from the article:
If you own a Bumbo Baby Seat, those iconic round seats with horseshoe-shaped leg openings, the company has a message for you: Stop using them. They’re potentially dangerous.
On Wednesday, Bumbo International issued a recall for all its baby seats sold in the United States, 4 million units in all. That’s one of the larger recalls of children’s products and represents the second time that the company and federal regulators have tried to fix a recurring problem: Babies can wiggle out of the seats, fall, and injure themselves, even when the seats are used on the floor, as recommended.
Owners of the seats should contact the company for a free repair kit, which includes a seatbelt and anchors to attach the belt to the seat. Consumers can call the company toll-free (866-898-4999) or visit a specialrecall website where owners can order the repair kit.