Massive Product Recall of popular baby item

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.

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1 reply

  1. Thank you for this article. As a pedi PT, I too don’t haatteeee them, but I’m not a fan, for the following reasons:
    1. The posture it puts them in when sitting in it. ICK.

    2. Parents seem to rely (too) heavily on them – even PT friends of mine have said “But he/she is DYING to sit up and throws a fit if he/she isn’t upright!” Yes, I get it. But the boppy pillow, corner of the couch, or, ahem, sitting on the floor with the child while he explores the limits of his balance will better serve his development.

    3. The company’s claims. The company, on the product page, writes:
    “The floor seat stabilizes the child into slight hip flexion, placing the pelvis in a slight anterior pelvic tilt which facilitates lumbar extension. This action, combined with the gentle curve of the seat back that matches the natural curve of the rib cage, facilitates the baby around the lower ribs and trunk for stabilization. The Seat allows for active practice of the head and postural trunk control. It also allows a child the pelvic stability needed to get the hands into the mid line for play. Upright positioning facilitates an improved visual field of the environment, improved respirations and breath control, assists a baby who needs to be upright after feeding due to reflux and many other benefits.”

    If you break this down, the claims are just plain wrong. The pelvis is not anteriorly tilted, but posteriorly tilted, which facilitates lumbar flexion. This in fact limits the mobility of the upper extremities for exploring, potentially increase respiratory effort (certainly, this posture doesn’t improve respirations!), and puts the child in a rounded, forward head posture which would likely limit visual field. Finally, the seat, particularly for younger infants who just have gained head control, does not allow enough trunk control to practice postural control and sitting balance.

    When I’ve had friends ask me about it, I always tell them “in very limited doses” and, obviously, to never leave the child unattended in the seat (I really like to think my friends are pretty smart and aren’t putting the thing up on the table or counter, but sometimes i Mention that too). I very much appreciate your blog, and like referring new parent friends of mine here at times, so I wanted to add why many PT’s are okay-ish with the Bumbo, but prefer to avoid them.

    Thanks again for all the wonderful information on this blog!

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