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Vincent Iannelli, M.D.

Yet Another Bumbo Baby Seat Warning

By November 22, 2011

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Bumbo Baby Seat - Photo by Vincent Iannelli, MDBumbo Baby Seats are popular, with almost 4 million having been sold since 2003. Parents like them and babies seem to like them too.

They can be dangerous though if they aren't used properly, including that you don't use them on a raised surface, like a table, countertop, or chair. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, "Infants aged 3-10 months old have fallen out of the Bumbo seat and suffered skull fractures and other injuries."

And these injuries continue despite the Bumbo recall in 2007. Since then, there have been 45 additional incidents, including 17 skull fractures. That is about the same number of incidents that occurred before the recall - 46 falls and 14 skull fractures. Maybe that shouldn't be too surprising though, since that recall simply involved adding a new warning label to the Bumbo - "WARNING - Prevent Falls; Never use on any elevated surface." It didn't actually change the design of the product at all.

The Bumbo isn't a baby sitter. Use it on the floor and only when you can be nearby to make sure your baby doesn't fall out. This is important because the CPSC reports "an additional 50 reports of infants falling or maneuvering out of Bumbo seats used on the floor and at unknown elevations." Remember that even on the floor, your baby can fall out of a Bumbo if they arch their back or move around too much, and either hit the floor or a nearby object.

Do you have a Bumbo Baby Seat? How do you use it? Do you ever misuse it?

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Comments
November 23, 2011 at 7:21 pm
(1) Alicia Moura says:

We saw the story on the recall of the Bumbo chair, and wanted to add that the BebePOD flex is a safe alternative to the Bumbo. It features a double harness system to keep babies securely strapped in the chair to avoid any injury and they have never had any recalls or injury claims. In order to respond to concerned parents who have bought Bumbo chairs, Prince Lionheart is offering the BebePOD flex at a discounted rate via the website (www.princelionheart.com) through December 31.

December 15, 2011 at 5:52 pm
(2) Amanda Vega says:

Just a quick update – the chair has had a recall reminder as of late as the injuries due to the lack of straps has increased to well over 50 injuries to children. If you have a Bumbo chair and would like it replaced for free, Prince Lionheart who is a competitor to Bumbo, has a safer version of the chair (with straps to prevent wiggling out of the chair) is doing a campaign to replace up to 1,000 Bumbos with their bebePOD. If you want more info you can email us at amanda@brilliantbabyproducts.com. Disclaimer: we are Prince Lionheart’s PR agency for this promotion.

January 10, 2012 at 11:14 am
(3) Darlene Garis says:

My daughter has the BeBePod seat that was given to her at her baby shower 6 years ago so it’s not the model with straps.

Her 3rd child (4 1/2 months) just fell out of it last night and suffered a skull fracture and small brain bleed. She had it on the counter while she was making dinner like she’d done with her other 2 children.

Since this happened I looked over the product and found the warning on the underside of the product in the same color as the seat so it’s difficult to read. There should be a warning label on the surface of the product that is clearly visible.

January 10, 2012 at 1:08 pm
(4) Vincent Iannelli, MD says:

“Since this happened I looked over the product and found the warning on the underside of the product in the same color as the seat so itís difficult to read. There should be a warning label on the surface of the product that is clearly visible.”

You can file a report with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission about the incident so that they can track if this has happened before and needs to lead to a recall.

It is a good reminder that all of these types of seats should be used on the floor while a child is being supervised, and not on a table or countertop. Even the newest BebePod shouldn’t be used on a raised surface, unless it is a seat that it can be strapped to.

I hope your grandchild makes a quick and full recovery.

January 10, 2012 at 5:18 pm
(5) Darlene Garis says:

I wonder if Prince Lionheart will replace our unsafe BeBe seats with the newer/safer model.

January 10, 2012 at 6:40 pm
(6) Vincent Iannelli, MD says:

“I wonder if Prince Lionheart will replace our unsafe BeBe seats with the newer/safer model.”

I don’t know, but keep in mind that the newer model isn’t designed to be placed on the counter either.

March 21, 2012 at 7:33 pm
(7) Baby Car Seat Reviews says:

Itís hard to come by knowledgeable people on this topic, but you sound like you know what youíre talking about! Thanks

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