Bumbo Baby Seats Recall

Lacye - posted on 08/15/2012 ( 69 moms have responded )

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Babies can maneuver out of or fall from the Bumbo seat, posing a risk of serious injuries. CPSC and Bumbo International know of at least 50 incidents after the October 2007 voluntary recall in which babies fell from a Bumbo seat while it was being used on a raised surface. Nineteen of those incidents included reports of skull fractures. CPSC and Bumbo International are aware of an additional 34 post-recall reports of infants who fell out or maneuvered out of a Bumbo seat used on the floor or at an unknown elevation, resulting in injury. Two of these incidents involved reports of skull fractures, while others reported bumps, bruises, and other minor injuries.


I have to say that I've been wanting one of these ever since I found out I was pregnant because I have heard such good things about them. But now I'm not so sure.

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Johnny - posted on 08/15/2012

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I was just coming here to post too. Like many baby products (walkers and Jolly Jumpers come to mind) they are recalled because some parents are idiots. The product isn't generally dangerous in and of itself, but can be used in a dangerous fashion. I'm not a fan of Bumbo seats for other reasons, but this seems kind of like a DUH! thing.

Lacye, if you use it on the floor, the risk of a child falling will be minimal. But there are other concerns about this product forcing children into an unnatural seated position and being hard on the hips as well. If it's used occasionally for short periods on the floor, it should be fine, but it can cause harm if used all the time.

Heather - posted on 08/15/2012

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It is stupid for the parent to leave the child unattended on an elevated surface. It is the parents fault. Not the chair.

Hillary - posted on 08/16/2012

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I personally think this recall is a joke, as I did the one back in 2007. It really is common sense, it is once again, parents not taking responsibility for their actions. It really is the same as many other recalls I don't agree with, if parents would use the brains in their heads and then take responsibility when they do something stupid instead of blaming the product, these recalls would hopefully be a thing of the past. I, like another mom said, used the bumbo on the table while we were all seated for dinner and the youngest was able to be a part of the meal. I never had a problem, but I also never left them alone. I am still waiting for them to start recalling things like bikes because the kid may fall and get hurt, or pools because parents don't watch their kids and something bad happens, who knows, maybe even shoes since they can trip on the rubber on a tile floor and fall and so it must be the shoes fault. Give it another 10-20 years and you won't be able to buy anything for your kids because companies will be tired of losing mass amounts of money because people can't use common sense and take responsibility for their actions.

Dawn - posted on 08/15/2012

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A babycan fall from any seat device if not strapped in on a raised surface. We used a Bumbo, but only on the floor.

Kaitlin - posted on 08/15/2012

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I wouldn't worry about it. It says on the paper that comes in the box, on the box, and ON THE SEAT itself, DO NOT PLACE ON RAISED SURFACE. It's a shame what happened to the babies, but it's the parent's fault, not the manufacturer. I wouldn't worry about it.

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Persia - posted on 09/25/2012

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Hi Layce,

Unless you have a serious active baby who is already trying to stand and climb out of everything, the seat won't cause any harm especially if your on the floor. I think parents who does everything they aren't supposed to such as putting the seat on the counter and expecting to be able to turn around walk down the hall, leaving the child alone in the seat are the risk posers. Just make sure the baby is on the floor and you will be fine. No countertops, no counches, no tables, and or stepping stools. Just the floor. I loved it for my daughter.

Ashley - posted on 09/25/2012

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I didnt read any other posts so I have no idea what anyone else said. My opinion is this. I LOVED my bumbo for my youngest. It didnt have a strap and she NEVER fell out of it. She was also a premie and too small for it to begin with so I shouldnt have used it but I did anyways. It is COMMON SENCE to know NOT to put the chair on raised surfaces. Its meant to be on the ground and you are spose to WATCH you child while in it. Its not a babysitter. If you can follow simple logic get one. If not dont bother then.

User - posted on 09/24/2012

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I have to agree, falls that have caused severe injuries are the fault of the parent/caregiver, as they must have been from a height, also, impt to keep in mind perhaps falling forward near the leg of a table or fireplace ledge could be dangerous. It all comes down to supervision, be smart, use caution and the bumbo seat can be a useful accessory for sitting and playing with your child on the floor for short periods of time. :)

Frances - posted on 09/24/2012

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my daughter has one and yes once they start wanting to crawl and all that they arch ther backs making it easy for them to fall out.......thats why i only used it when she was 3-6 months old

SCHARLET - posted on 09/24/2012

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Thank you-sure babies left alone will try to get out of what they are in to find you-babies are NOT supposed to be left alone in these chairs!! They are designed to have them sit as you enjoy activities TOGETHER!! it's not a babsitter--too many people are idiots and like to point the finger-ridiculous-

Jennifer - posted on 09/22/2012

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we still have ours and my son (1 1\2) loves it, we just keep it on the floor, my daughter used it too...like anything you have to be careful

Kelsey - posted on 09/20/2012

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We used a bumbo seat but we only used it on the floor. My son loved sitting in it.

Michelle - posted on 09/20/2012

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Come on, people! I can't believe anyone would put it on a raised surface. I used one on the floor while I sat in front of my daughter, to help her sit up. As with all baby gear, gadgets aren't made to watch your kids for you! PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR KIDS AND THINGS WON'T HAPPEN!

Laura - posted on 09/14/2012

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I do like the bumbo seat altho my 10month old can push it back by pushing back with his feet.

Dove - posted on 09/09/2012

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If I double reported or missed reporting any of the autoscammers.... please forgive me. I tried to make it through the whole insane list only marking each once, but I kept losing track of which one I was reporting..... COM really needs to find a way to prevent this ridiculousness!!!!

Tinker1987 - posted on 09/08/2012

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I hate these seats. I only used my son in it 3 times, even flat on the floor he would try and flip out of it,not enough force to tip backwards but still didnt like it moving that much.also he got red marks on his legs from it and they werent even that chubby of legs. However. this is meant to be used under supervision,some parents do dumb things like put them on counters,bath tubs.and wonder why these things happen.

Jodi - posted on 09/08/2012

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Almost any infant device can be dangerous if the child isn't being properly supervised. I have a bumbo and have only used it on the floor and have never left my baby unattended as there is no way to secure her in the seat. As with everything else use common sense and watch your children. These accidents are really unfortunate and sad. I had a mishap with a baby swing that luckily did not cause injury but It was by my own negligence and I never once thought of blaming the manufactuher. But I surely learned from my mistake. Unfortunate accidents can happen to any responsible parent but put the blame where it really belongs.

Lisha - posted on 09/08/2012

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All of my friends recommended one to me, but I always had reservations about forcing a baby to sit up for long periods of time before they are ready. But I never had any idea that people would actually think it would babysit their child on the countertop. I'm with people using common sense, like the previous post!

Kelley - posted on 09/07/2012

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It has been some years since I have used the Bumbo seat but I thought it was a great product. I believed that the purpose of the seat was to help my son sit up when he was still developing the ability to do so on his own. We would watch children's educational programs together, we would use it for snack time and I would read to him and play games with him while he sat in the chair (on the floor, never on an elevated surface). I used it religiously for months and I'm not understanding why some people think it's dangerous or a waste. Once your child gets out of the stage of sleeping most of time and they are ready to be "engaged", I think this is a good tool for parents to use if they use it for what it is intended for. In reards to this product and others that have had recalls that I have owned, including the most recent one for the bathing seat, I'm just not understanding why some parents are so careless with the health and well-being of their children. Any product that I use for my kids I make sure that I thoroughly read the instructions on how to properly use the product.

Amanda - posted on 09/04/2012

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I have never had any problems with our Bumbo seat (we use ours mostly for feedings not that she can sit up on her own) but I also never walk away from my child while she is in the seat. The seat is designed to help support babies as they learn to sit up but you still need to be there to supervise the child. It is not intended to be something you place your child in then walk away.



It is an amazing product if used correctly!!

Maggie - posted on 09/04/2012

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Bumbo seats should not be recalled, stupid parents should be recalled.

Gabriella - posted on 09/01/2012

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I used one for both my kids and if you leave your kid alone in one of them long enough that they can maneuver out of them- you are neglectful. It was funny trying to watch my kids maneuver out of them.



It says not to put them on raised surfaces. You are supposed to get down on the floor with them and feed them, it's suppose to be bonding time, not leave your kid unattended while you go do laundry time on a raised surface while in a Bumbo.



Come on. Bumbo seats should not be recalled, stupid parents should be recalled.

User - posted on 08/30/2012

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Bumbos, just like any other baby product, was never ment to replace parental supervision! Nor is it the seats fault if the baby falls out if they were supervised... they obviously weren't ready developmentally for it! So tired of dumb parents.

And that's my rant of the day :D

Cnb423 - posted on 08/28/2012

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i have a 4mth old little girl and she loves sitting in the bumbo and i love it also i have never had any problems but i sit next to her i usually feed her in it and we play while she sits, she is 4 months old and is pretty much sitting up all by her self and i would say putting her in the bumbo has helped with that, there has been a few times she will sit in it on the floor watching baby Einstien or your baby can read and if i take her out she will have a fit the first few time i didnt know what was wrong until i sat her back in it and she was fine, the Bumbo is a wonderful baby product i think parents just need to be aware babies can move around and you have to watch them, but same goes with baby swings my daughter pushes herself forward so i have to have her buckle and the tray on and same with a highchair there are risk with everything

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Here is my thought on this...I LOVE THE BUMBO. We took it everywhere...restaurants, patios, living room floor, EVERYWHERE. The important thing that parents need to realize is that everything can be a danger, if the child is not supervised. It is not the chair. Granted, if the chair had straps when we bought it...even better, but it didn't and we had NO problems with it. The key is, and this is only my opinion...the BUMBO seat is NOT supposed to be used for children who are starting to crawl. That should be the first indication that the child is curious and wants to be mobile. The BUMBO seat is to support those babies that cannot sit upright and if they cannot sit upright...TRUST ME, they cannot peel themselves out of the chair! So it is perfectly safe, and if the parents choose to use it as they get older and they mobile skills are more advanced? - well then, if the child escapes when they aren't looking, it is the parents issue, not the product.

Amber - posted on 08/27/2012

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I agree that if you are carefull and do npt leave your baby by them self that bumbos are great!

Tammy - posted on 08/27/2012

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Interesting. I tired Bumbo, but my daughter could never fit in it properly. The leg holes are way too small for many babies' fat little legs!

Michelle - posted on 08/27/2012

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I am a grandma, and my daughter insisted she has a Bumbo from pregnancy. She was amazed at the you tube videos displaying the baby "moving" all around the house. My grandson is six months old now and only used the Bumbo a handful of times. It is a complete waste of money, the child has nothing to do in it but sit! Ladies don't waste your money, I am going to take the new recall as a God sent gift to hopefully return it back to the store. Buy a jumper, walker, or exersaucer to put your babies in, at least they can move about and develop muscles while being seated.

Liz - posted on 08/23/2012

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Seriously, every product designed for babies has a warning label attached to not leave baby unattended. They have to cover their own butts! But really, just use common sense.



I have a Bumbo that I used for my youngest 2 children and they both would arch their backs and nearly flip themselves out of it. Then I got the tray. No more problems and very handy. I love my Bumbo and would definitely recommend it. Use your common sense.

Bonnie - posted on 08/22/2012

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Hi, I have seen some of the oddest post here, I bought a bumbo seat for my daughter when she was starting to sit up and I always had the tray on at all times. But when she started learning to flip out or climb out of it I just took it away.

**Jackie** - posted on 08/21/2012

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I love the bumbo seat!!! My daughter started sitting in it around 4 months and it was just enough freedom for her to work on her head holding and posture! We didn't use it for long but it's in storage for the next one!

I have an idea!!! How about instead of recalling products because parents think seats are babysitters... try watching your freaking kids! I don't care if you put your baby in a $5000 bionic seat made of the same material the president's car is made of and draped in the highest quality silk! KEEP them in your sight!

*breathing now*

Christina - posted on 08/20/2012

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My son was in a bumbo seat since he was 3-4mo old. he never fell out. the main thing is to keep them in view and never leave them alone. when he got older he was able to tip it over, but thats because he was honestly too big for it.. we just used it for dinner time. but i never had any problem with the bumbo seat. Just need to watch your baby and not leave it alone... Bumbo seats are not baby sitters.. :(

Debra - posted on 08/20/2012

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I used a Bumbo seat with all 3 of my children but NEVER on a raised surface. The seats have no safety straps so its common sense the babies could fall out.

Brandy - posted on 08/18/2012

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I was to cheap to buy one so I just propped them up in a laundry basket and put a small pillow behind them. It also worked great when they dropped the toy they had because they can reach and pick it up as appose to the bumbo where you have to pick it up each time they drop it. There is one brand that's really neat, I think the brand is summer infant but I'm not 100% sure. It has a 3 point harness for the baby, straps for a chair, and a tray table that spins in a complete 360 degrees with toys and such.

Doreen - posted on 08/18/2012

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I found that this is a product that babies quickly grow out of. The short time it is of benefit isn't enough compared to the risks. I had one on a chair next to me at the table and my son fell out of it and really scared me (he is a fine 5 year old now). We also tried it with our younger child (never again on a raised surface), and he didn't seem to like it much.

I wouldn't recommend this product.

Hannah - posted on 08/18/2012

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I think this recall is ridiculous! It reminds me of those roller walkers that were so popular in the early/middle 80's. They have been banned in Canada because there were too many incidences kids falling down the stairs in them. I think like anything if you take precautions alot of this can be avoided.

Amber - posted on 08/18/2012

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Everyone keeps saying "common sense, don't put it on an elevated surface". I could be wrong, but the reason for the latest recall is kids are tipping out of the seat even while it's on the floor. This is still causing severe enough injuries for the company to require straps now to make the seat safe. I cannot speak about whether or not it's "right" for you because my little ones never enjoyed the Bumbo. Although I have plenty of friends who rave about them.

Bernadette - posted on 08/18/2012

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come on, a bit of common sense when using one is all that's needed. Don't put it on an elevated surface, it is not designed to be anchored down so obviously it's not going to be safe up high. Just use it with caution, and don't leave kids unsupervised in them and if your kid climbs out, maybe it's time to put it away. If you want something that can be used as a portable high chair, you can buy those and they anchor to a normal chair. I've got one and love it. It doesn't take up the room of a conventional high chair, and it's portable and can be taken anywhere. It can also be used as a booster seat without the tray when your kid is old enough to not need a high chair, but too short to sit on a regular chair. And it has a strap that goes around the back of the chair, and another one that goes under the seat. And it can be used on the floor too.

Hayley - posted on 08/18/2012

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I used a bumbo with my first, no problems.......my second managed to get out of it but it was on the floor so no harm done. Never put a baby seat in an elevated position......it's common sense surely xx

Amanda - posted on 08/17/2012

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Even the instructions on the bumbo says not to put it on raised surfaces. I think it's dumb that it's being recalled because of ignorant parents not following simple instructions. You can't blame the Bumbo company for parents actions. As my son got older, he would wiggle out of it, but I don't blame Bumbo for it. I'll still use mine for my next child. As long as it is on the floor where it's supposed to be, the child isn't going to get hurt if he/she wiggles out of it. I know a lot of my mommy friends agree.

Denise - posted on 08/17/2012

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I (and both my kids) really enjoyed our Bumbo. The youngest one,now 8months old, didn't use it as long as our 3year old,as she started to sit on her own earlier. But for the time she couldn't sit supported,Bumbo really is a great support for little one without all the pillows etc. For me,leaving a baby unattended in any kind of seat,whether Bumbo,bouncer or feeding chair,is just stupid,and an accident waiting to happen. When our baba became more independent and wanting to get out of her Bumbo,it was a sign that she's ready to try sitting on her own. I am a big Bumbo seat fan, and will recommend it. Will also use it again if we are blessed with another baby.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 08/17/2012

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Wholly crap! I used to want one so bad for each of my kids. Guess I am glad I never splurged on them.

Lacye - posted on 08/17/2012

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For those of you that are talking about the parents putting their kids on raised surfaces, the article also says that a child can fall out of it while on the floor and can still be seriously injured. That was why I was so worried. But I then thought about it and decided that I don't really want one anymore. I would rather allow my child to play in the floor than to set him/her in a chair that he/she could possibly fall out of, even if there was a small possibility of the child falling out. Thank you all for the advice though. :D

Georgeann - posted on 08/17/2012

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Well anyone dumb enough to leave a baby on a high serfice unattended is irresponsible! These seats are made to set on floors, I have used one for babysitting & now my grandchild who loves it but I do not leave her alone for a second....anything & everything can cause injury if used improperly so I can only say each person do what they feel is best for their child & please do use caution in caring for our little ones...

Georgeann - posted on 08/17/2012

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Well anyone dumb enough to leave a baby on a high serfice unattended is irresponsible! These seats are made to set on floors, I have used one for babysitting & now my grandchild who loves it but I do not leave her alone for a second....anything & everything can cause injury if used improperly so I can only say each person do what they feel is best for their child & please do use caution in caring for our little ones...

User - posted on 08/17/2012

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i have one and never had a problem with them my two kids loved it and my eldest is two and he still sits in it lol thinking its a chair what it is i think you just have to be careful really and not use it if child is with you at all time

Jennifer - posted on 08/17/2012

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I used the Bumbo and had no problems, however you CANNOT leave your child unattended in it, and NEVER put it on anything but the floor, preferably on a carpet! This is not something to put your baby in and walk away, but can be a fun addition to your baby accessories! Be careful!

Nicola - posted on 08/17/2012

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nothing wrong with bumbo it the parents and not reading instuctions i have used it for both my children and i say ic they can attempt to get out then they dont need it . my 2nd didnt like the seat and zhe now 10 months and just sitting .. these thinv
gs are a short term thing for head support i say and a odd meal

Charlita - posted on 08/16/2012

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I don't think they should have been recalled. Why in the world would you put a baby in one of these seats, and then leave it in a high place?! These seats were not meant to be used like high chairs, (which do have safety belts and restraints). Every televised incident reported was because a careless person left their child unattended and the child suffered serious injury from the fall. We're not talking about a parent who had the seat on the floor and the baby tumbled out! A lot of these incidents would not happen if people would just use common sense! Don't put the babies in these seats, at an elevated height and expect them not to fall!

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I loved it. You just have to keep your eye on your baby. I had the little try as well and that held the them in even better. My daughter used it for a long time, but my son out grew it pretty quick; but he is a wiggle worm.

Jennifer - posted on 08/16/2012

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I used a bumbo with both my kids. My daughter used it till she was 2 and then her brother took it over. I agree with the fact that you should never have the child in the bumbo on a raised surface. That is common sense. It's just like when you think your child can't roll off the bed. They can and they will. I loved using the seat and will continue to suggest new moms to get the bumbo or a similar seat.

Amber - posted on 08/16/2012

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Honestly I have had 2 of these for each of my kids and I have never had any issues with it. I think as long as you make sure you are sitting with the baby and it is on the floor you wont have an issue, but that is just my opinion.

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