Increasing Safety Concerns Over the Bumbo

Warnings and news stories continue to come out against the Bumbo seat, and Parents News Now blogger Holly Lebowitz Rossi recently wrote about a lawsuit against the company involving a 9-month-old who fractured his skull after falling out of the chair. In October 2007, Bumbo issued a voluntary recall of the chairs and though they remain on the market today, they carry a warning label advising parents not to use the product on elevated surfaces. More recently, in November 2011, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a release urging parents to use caution when using the Bumbo because serious head injuries continue to be documented despite the recall and warning label. These accidents have occurred when the seats were placed on chairs, countertops, tabletops, or other high surfaces, but also when used on the floor (cases have been reported of babies falling and hitting their heads on a hardwood floor or plastic toy). Children can fall out of the seats by arching their backs, leaning forward or sideways, or rocking.

 

Since the Bumbo is still sold in stores, we encourage you to take the following precautions if you have one in your house:

  1. Don’t use the Bumbo or similar seats on a tabletop, chair, countertop, or other elevated surface or on a hardwood floor.
  2. Keep your eyes on your baby at all times while he’s in the seat.
  3. Take your baby out of the seat as soon as he starts arching his back, leaning, or rocking in it.

 

What do you think? Should Bumbo be obligated to tweak its product so it’s safe, even when there’s no parental supervision? Or is it enough to put a warning label on the product and say it must be used with parental supervision? Do you own a Bumbo? Why or why not? Were you previously aware of these warnings, and have you ever left the room while your baby was in the seat?

 

Image from Bumbo.com

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  1. by Megan

    On December 16, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    No, this is ridiculous, the company should not be penalized for parents mistakes. The warning is printed on the side of the seat, if you don’t follow the warnings than that is your fault. At some point parents need to accept the consequences for their poor decisions.

  2. by OrganicEcoBaby

    On December 16, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    I agree Megan. I have seen many parents using the Bumbo for babies that can’t even support themselves properly yet. I have also witnessed many who place the seat on top of the table or on top of a chair, almost trying to replace it with a proper high chair for meal times. Parents are causing this issue due to ignorance, being lazy and ignoring the warning signs. I personally have not invested in a Bumbo, I think they are over priced and your baby is only in this stage for such a short amount of time it is not worth it. But Bumbo should not be held liable and mothers should make sure that the child is age appropriate and in a SAFE place and should be under the parents watchful eye at ALL times.

  3. by Kathleen

    On December 16, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    I agree. There’s a right way and a wrong way to use things. Warning labels are placed on products for your child’s safety and there are limits to all baby gear. Once your child starts to try to climb out of the seat, you should quit putting them in it. It shouldn’t be the company’s responsibility when the product is being used incorrectly.

  4. by Lynn

    On December 16, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    I was about to buy one but my husband said we didn’t need it while waiting at the check-out. Kinda glad I didn’t. I thought it’d be a great tool but really, does it help them develop the muscles required to sit on their own? And the whole tipping over & hitting their head thing makes sense. How can this possibly support babies that well??

  5. by Danielle

    On December 16, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    this seat is a great concept, with adult supervision, on the floor it works. until my 8 month old learned the back arching & twisting will get him loose enough to rip off the little tray and climb out! as with any infant product USE CAUTION.

  6. by Mirna G

    On December 16, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    I think it’s ridiculous, as a parent you need to be responsible. Don’t leave your child unattended if you know he can wiggle himself out of anything you put him in. It’s not the company’s fault some parents can’t use common sense. Warning labels are there for a reason, read them and use your brain! I own a bumbo and I give them as gifts, I use it at feeding time with my 6 month old and bring it with me to friends places to sit my son down. He has never fallen out and if I’m feeding him I place him on the dining table and I am always right there in front of him. Bumbo should not be penalized for careless parents mistakes. It’s your child, you need to do your part too and keep them safe. Companies make these things to make lives a little easier, not to replace an adult and are definitely not intended for you to leave your infant unattended.

  7. by Pamela

    On December 16, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    “Ok, let me just place my infant in her Bumbo then set it on top of the fridge. Or perhaps on the hood of my car would be better!” –stupid parents’ thought processes. Hello they are helpless infants who need you for every single thing. Don’t leave them unsupervised! Freaking laying on a bed with a pillow is dangerous, you think maybe in a chair perched on something high might be safe?

  8. by Amanda

    On December 16, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    We love ours. Only used it on the floor when we were next to her. It’s a great portable high chair if you have the tray. We do put it on a chair then but we are right there watching. I have heard of some parents using in the bath, but that scares me!

  9. by Alisha

    On December 16, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    I agree.. it has helped my little girl tremendously on sitting up… first off why was a 9 month old sitting in that seat?? I couldn’t imagine putting a 9 month old in that seat and secondly it states not to use on elevated surfaces so UMMM why do it. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is a child you are talking about honestly now when you see warning label on baby/kids products don’t you go by what they tell you to keep your child safe? i know as a new parent i do wouldn’t want anything to happen to my little girl. I am all about this seat until i started using it she was not not sitting up well by herself. now she needs little assistance!

  10. by Ashley

    On December 16, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Our daughter is 4 months old and was able to sit up, with guidance, when she was 2 1/2 months. We heard about the Bumbo chair from a friend who loved it. So my husband purchased one online for $5 (I know, right!). From the day we received it in the mail, we’ve been using it. Our daughter loves sitting in it. We always put it on the floor and rarely on the couch. She is always supervised when we put her in the chair. The constant use of the chair has strengthen her back. She is now able to lean forward and puts her mouth on the front of the chair. I don’t discourage her from doing ’cause she’s doing what babies do. But I do hold the chair down, so she is free to explore her developing senses. When wants to get out she let’s us know by arching her back. Then we immediately take her out. We love the chair and we’ll continue to use until she grows out of it.
    I feel accidents like the ones mentioned, are due to irresponsibility. It’s common sense people! Don’t leave your child unattended- ever! There are warning labels for a reason and the saying “rules are made be broken” is a load of crap. There’s nothing wrong with the product, it’s the consumer.
    We love the Bumbo chair and we recommend it to our friends that have infants and soon to be parents.

  11. by Sarah

    On December 16, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    My 4-month old sees a physical therapist weekly for torticollis and I was asking her about exersaucers b/c there was an incident at my daycare… anyway she said she doesn’t recommend exersaucers, jumpers or bumbos for any age because they actually DELAY a child’s development with a false sense of balance and and control. I’d say SAVE YOUR MONEY and pass on these “toys”.

  12. by Christy

    On December 17, 2011 at 10:43 am

    I do not think Bumbo needs to make their product “safer” so that parents are able to leave their children unsupervised in the chair. All of the products that I have for my son all say do not leave your child unsupervised! To be supervised at all times! How is this any different? I own a Bumbo chair and once my baby started arching his back and swaying back and forth I stopped using the chair. I think this should be common sense for any parent. Otherwise the chair was excellent up until that time. It supported him while he sat. I’m not suremif this product says this but Bumbo should put a warning about when to stop using the chair ie) arching back, swaying back and forth or side to side. Parentsnneed to be responsible and make the rig decisions to ensure their child is safe. If this is not done, despite the warning on the chair, the company should notnbe held responsible.

  13. by Erin

    On December 17, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Well, I am one of those parents who misused the Bumbo and ended up regretting it. I put it on the countertop while I was washing dishes and my 8-month-old daughter fell out and onto the floor. Thankfully, she was not hurt despite my stupidity. Although it would be great if Bumbo did something to make the product more foolproof (because people will continue to do these sorts of things despite warnings, and their children suffer the consequences), ultimately it is the parents’ responsibility to follow the instructions. I take full responsibility for my mistake. However, I am normally a conscientious parent, so I’m sure there are lots of parents who disregard the warning labels thinking, like I did, that the company is just trying to avoid potential liability and that there isn’t really a big risk of hurting their child.

  14. by Mavis

    On December 17, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    My neighbor has one. I visited them couple of days ago. They put my 8 mths old son in the bumbo. At first, I didn’t notice anything wrong until my son start arching his back then I found that it is not that safe. The bumbo will not flip, but my son could fall out from the chair when he arching his back to get out. So I quickly took my son out of the bumbo. I rather put him on the floor.

  15. by Jullee

    On December 18, 2011 at 1:06 am

    I love my Bumbo and used it until my baby could climb out of it. She loved it and it made it so I could get things done around the house without her fussing as much. I always supervised her in the chair and took responsibility for her safety while in the chair. I think parents need to take responsibility for what happens to their children when they aren’t taking proper care of them and not try and blame a product for the parents shortcomings.

  16. by mom of 6 month old

    On December 18, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    i use one for my 6 month old son and have never had a problem. use common sense and don’t put it up on an elevated surface.

  17. by kayla d.

    On December 18, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    This is stupid. This company simply should not be penalized for parents who choose to leave their children unattended/neglected in the chair. The chair is NOT a babysitter people! These parents most likely are the ones who try to use the seat as a babysitter because most people are smart enough to take the child out of the seat when they start squirming around/ when they want out… Or at least I’d hope :/ I say it’s more like poor parenting…

  18. by Lauren

    On December 18, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    How far do you take it- you could say the same thing about anything! There are risks with anything and everything we use everyday. I had a bumbo for all 3 of my kids and loved it (so did they!). Warning are enough. Parents just need to be aware, be careful, and if they aren’t, don’t blame the company or don’t buy the bumbo!

  19. by Lilah Newkirk-eyna

    On December 18, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    I do not think this company should be paying anyone anything when parents CHOOSE to use these items as a temporary babysitter for their children when that is not the intended use for the item. Just like walkers are suppose to be under constant supervision since a child can flip in them and be injured, the Bumbo needs to be under constant supervision. THIS IS NOT A BABYSITTER…so that the parent can be free to go off to another room and do as they wish. if you do not want to have to constantly watch your infant, then maybe you should not have become a parent.

  20. by jessica

    On December 18, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    I personally never liked the bumbo never bought it for my kids nor as a baby shower present… I always felt it was unsafe the way it propped up young babies felt it did not support there back enough and could possible cause problems with there posture and or spine… I hope parents just become more observant of the items and how to use them safely for there infants for our kids is our responsibility first and formost and not all products on the market are safe or as safe as they should be…

  21. by kelly

    On December 18, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    I have used the bumbo seat for my son. He did arch his back and fall out once or twice and then I stopped using it. I dont believe it is the companys fault I believe that parents should keep a better eye on their children. Its the parents fault but they have to place the blame somewhere for their mistake of not watching their child close enough or not following the the directions on the warning label.

  22. by Terri

    On December 18, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Ridiculous! PARENTS: WATCH YOUR KIDS! Plain & simple! Your child’s safety is in YOUR HANDS, not manufacturers. Your ignorance/negligence is NOT their problem!

  23. by Elizabeth

    On December 18, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    For the person who was wondering, it does help infants develop their muscles so that they can sit up on their own. Of course, there are hundreds of other ways to accomplish that, one way being to support your child in a sitting position. In our society, we have thousands of devices made to keep babies happy and to convenience parents. I would love for someone to name a device that is safe and foolproof 100% of the time. No, the company should not be blamed. The Bumbo seat is safe when used appropriately by attentive caregivers. A child who can sit up on his own should not be put in this seat. That is not developmentally appropriate, as he needs to be using his muscles to continue his development, i.e. crawling, standing, etc.

  24. by maureen

    On December 18, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    It’s ridiculous. Just like everything else for babies, they need supervision, if you want a babysitter, hire one. I have 3 boys and while I didn’t follow every precaution out there, common sense prevails. It doesn’t take a genius to realize a seat like that one with a baby in it is a bad idea on a table top. As for the falls when placed on the floor, it’s going to happen, whether using a seat like that or not, it’s life with a baby – bumps, bruises, scrapes and falls – certainly not the fault of a seat. I didn’t own one of these when my kids were small because by the time they came out, I would have only used it for my youngest and I had zero intentions of purchasing new items because they were “cool” If they were around for the first kid, I would’ve had one I think.

  25. by Kat

    On December 18, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    I think they might have to modify it, because obviously people are too stupid to follow the rules.
    I also find it ridiculous that they are even letting a lawsuit go through, when the parents’ of this young baby did not follow procedure. It is not the fault of the company when injury happens because of parental negligence.

  26. by Jen R.

    On December 18, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    I don’t blame the makers of bumbo. I blame the stupidity of some parents. My son loved his bumbo. We would place it on the floor and put the tray on and give him toys. It also acted as a travel highchair(on the floor of course. I think that anyone who had a child who got hurt did not use it properly. Its called common sense and some people lack it. They don’t put the warnings on there for nothing. Once my son could get out of it, we just stopped using it. I know that he was safe on the floor but if he could crawl out then, for me, that meant he had just outgrown it.

  27. by Sarah

    On December 18, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    It is a seat. Not a babysitter. Babies should NEVER be left unattended unless they are safely sleeping in the bed. If you MUST leave your child unattended (we all have use the restroom sometime) lay them on the floor. You never hear of junior falling off the floor and cracking his skull. And any parent who places their child where they can fall and get injured should be slapped. If you don’t want you child injured don’t be stupid.

  28. by Renee

    On December 18, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Honestly it’s common sense to not put a child who isn’t properly restrained on a table when you are not in the immediate vicinity of something happens, however I don’t think it would be that hard for the company to simply change the design to make it a safer seat for the child to sit in. For their own piece of mind and for a better longevity of the product, but that is just my personal opinion.

  29. by Pam

    On December 18, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    The company can make thousands of “improvements”- -but they can’t do anything to eliminate stupid, irresponsible parents!
    I love the BUMBO seat! I keep one at my house for my grandchildren. They are ONLY seated in it on the floor and ALWAYS supervised!! I never put a baby in a highchair or the bathtub and walk away, either! It’s called COMMON SENSE!!

  30. by Dawn

    On December 18, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    parents should pay more attention. I haven’t had any issues with this product, and we use it daily. I am always by my daughters side, and do not give her the chance to wiggle. We have used this at the dinning room table, but our chairs have a back and arm rests, so she is unable to tip. We also slide the chair right up to the table. We play a lot of board games in our home, and I enjoy this product, because it allows our daughter to be closer to the table and us more than an actual high chair. My daughter is 7 months old, and can sit on her own, so I think that may also help with this product. I have witnessed her trying to crawl out of it, but it has that bump between the legs, so she had difficulties, but has not been injured. I think it’s a great product, and parents should learn how to read and follow the warning label.

  31. by Jessica

    On December 18, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    We got a bumbo as a gift and we love it!!! My daughter is 4 months old and has been using it since she was able to support her head on her own (around 2 1/2 months). Since we started using the bumbo, I see consistent strengthening in her back. I can’t imagine putting an 8-9+ month old in this chair since their motor skills are so much more developed, and my daughters legs can’t get much bigger in it and she’s only 4 months! However, this is a mistake of unattendence of a parent. On an elevated surface the child should always have parental supervision. As for the comment above suggesting we not use exersaucers, jumpers, and bumbos because of a false sense of balance- every child has balance issues until able to walk properly. This does not mean the toys they are using are causing false sense of balance. These toys help strengthen leg muscles as well as vertical stimulation. After so long a baby gets tired of activity gyms on their backs. Toys such as these encourage children to take steps, use their quad muscles with bouncing, and get a sense of their surroundings from another point of view. I encourage every parent to use their common sense and always get a second opinion when it comes to doctors point of view rather than a solid medical conclusion. The bumbo encourages strengthening of back muscles, the sense of own support, and self exploration, but always use any product with supervision.

  32. by Gma Pam

    On December 18, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    The company can make all the “improvements” they want- -it won’t help the stupid, irresponsible parents!
    I love the BUMBO seat! I keep one here for the grandbabies. They are only seated in it ON THE FLOOR and are ALWAYS SUPERVISED! I don’t place a baby/child in a highchair or bathtub and walk away either! It’s called COMMON SENSE!

  33. by Ashley

    On December 18, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    I think its the parents faults for sitting the babies in it on the table and thinking they can go about doing things. I do think they shouldnt really be in them after a certain age,cause they can push themselves back with there legs even on the floor in a second even with you sitting there, It happened with my first around 5-6mths at her grams..we stopped using it after like 5mths with my 2nd. It should have a warning sign to put a pillow or something behind it to help not allow it to slide any..some parents might not think of that if its sliding a little if the baby is moving like crazy in there..i put my boppy pillow around it since day one of using it with my 2nd…that helped alot..also always stayed on the floor with my child.

  34. by Joanna

    On December 18, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    I have one that I’ve used for both my kids. I have used it on an elevated surface BUT I was standing right there and did not move away from them. It seems common sense to me not to walk away from your children in a seat which isn’t secured and place on an elevated surface. It’s great for younger babies as long as they can hold their heads up. When they are older not so much.

  35. by Jean

    On December 18, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    We have a bumbo. I loved it especially with the second baby I could sit on the floor and feed her and her older brother could help. I never had a problem, however I never put my child in it when they weren’t physically ready to sit in it, I never left them unsupervised in it and I NEVER pjt it up on an elevated surface. The company should not be held responsible. Seriously, common sense people. It really does go a long way. Oh yes and lets not forget the warning lable on the product!

  36. by Ella

    On December 18, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    OMG people sue over everything even when it’s their own damn fault! A parent puts their unsupervised child in a bumbo on a countertop the child falls and sues? I think CPS shoudl be called in on the family and see how often that child is REALLY left unsupervised! Good lord people are so stupid but really it doesn’t suprise me!

  37. by Ela

    On December 18, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    The Bumbo chair is, a chair… not a babysitter. So better to keep an eye on the child.

  38. by crystal

    On December 18, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Bumbo should not have to do anything. Just like everything else you buy for a baby, there are warnings. He clearly tells you not to put it on high surfaces and to monitor your baby. I have used it for all 3 of my kids. They loved it because they didn’t have to lay down on the floor and they could see me better. What ever room I was in, the baby was in and on the floor. When a baby starts pulling themselves out then it’s time to put the bumbo away. Parents need to be more responsible and watch their babies. That’s why they are called babies, they need everything done for them.

  39. by Cassandra

    On December 18, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Its called watch your child. The Bumbo is not literally intended as a babysitter. Why would you put your child on top of a high surface anyway, that’s just stupidity!

  40. by Sam

    On December 18, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    a 9 month old in a bumbo?? these are supposed to be chairs made to help the baby learn to sit. A 9 month old should not require this…

  41. by Kate

    On December 18, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    We’ve used one for both of our children and have not had any mishaps due to responsible, aka common sense, parenting. Our son loved sitting in his and playing with toys on the attachable tray. We always kept it on the floor for him, as common sense told us this was safest. With our daughter, she enjoyed it initially, but as she grew she began to hate how restricting it was and how it pinched her chunky thighs, and so she started arching her back to try to get out. Again, common sense told us it was no longer a safe, comfortable, place to put her and so we retired it.
    Bottom line: if your baby doesn’t like, doesn’t fit in it correctly/securely, or if you’re not planning on supervising him/her in it or adhering to the warning label, THEN DON’T USE IT! Common sense…some people should think about getting some! ;)

  42. by Michelle

    On December 18, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Thats ridiculous! The bumbo is very clearly marked with warnings. It’s the parents responsibility to adhere and or monitor their babies. The bumbo was a lifesaver for us! Great when we traveled to other people houses, and as an early chair before our little girl was ready for a full blown high chair. We stopped using it as soon as she got big and strong enough to wiggle around in it.

  43. by juli

    On December 18, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    I think parents need to stop being lazy! Bumbos aren’t babysitter’s (no pun intended) you MUST watch your baby at all times. We used it since my son was three months old…never made him weaker as some say, in fact he started walking at 9 1/2 months!!

  44. by April

    On December 18, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Such accidents are not the company’s fault, nor are they aa result of poor design. These unfortunate occurrences are a result of a lack of common sense. Children, especially infants and toddlers, should never be left in a Bumbo chair or a booster seat of any type. These seats are not a babysitter. We used one with our daughter, who is now 10 months old, and loved it! We periodically set our daughter in the chair on the floor and put a toy on the floor to see if she could climb (not “fall”) out of the Bumbo. When she was to the point that she could climb out we stopped using it. With that being said, we never used the seat in a chair and we never left our daughter in the Bumbo unattended, even for just a second. I thought that such precautions were common sense!

  45. by Shannon K

    On December 18, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    This is ridiculous. It is the parents responsibility to keep an eye on their child. My daughter used a Bumbo & while I can understand where injury can come from, my daughter was NEVER hurt, nor did she even come close. I didn’t leave my child by herself, ever. I love the Bumbo. It gave my daughter a place to sit where she was able to be upright like a big girl, and she absolutely loved it. My next child will also use one & I will be highly disappointed if it’s taken off the market.

  46. by ...

    On December 18, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    No no no. These toys delay development! But if you do use it, on the carpet supervised is theONLY place!

  47. by Joy W.

    On December 18, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Both of my children have used Bumbo seats (and loved them) and I think the company did enough CYA by putting the label on about not using it on elevated surfaces. Children are going to get hurt if the parent is not keeping an eye on them. My son is a wiggleworm and recently almost wriggled out of his swing in the time it took me to go the bathroom. Just keep an eye on your kids and be practical.

  48. by Tracey

    On December 18, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Thank goodness the posts I am reading echo my same sentiments. Of course I would never want to see any child injured…but to blame BUMBO is ridiculous. Too many parents get lazy and think various toys/seats, etc. replace SUPERVISION. It is natural that when something happens to your child, you want someone to blame…Unfortunately in most of these cases, it is the parents’ fault and they don’t want to accept that. It’s like when I read some of the “It happened to me…” in Parents Magazine…Baby’s fracturing skulls after falling off carts in their car seat carriers….REALLY? I’ve had three babies and even though I have put every single one of them in that same position, I have never taken my hands off the carrier. All the warnings in the world do not make up for lack of common sense…

  49. by Amanda

    On December 18, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    I have a bumbo for my boy, its wonderful! We used it to help him sit up when he was smaller, now its where he eats his dinner (we have a tiny apartment, no dinning room area so no highchair) and he does really well with it! If you aren’t going to watch your kid they can hurt themselves on just about anything. Having a 9 almost 10 month old who uses it I can say as soon as he starts to show signs he isn’t happy in it I take him out.
    Haha on the delaying development, he was 2 months premature and is already walking. So I don’t really think that is the case, just depends on if you are relying on the bumbo to replace the other things you can be doing for your baby.

    Bumbo rocks!

  50. by Ashley S.

    On December 18, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    I LOVE our bumbo. It helped my daughter sit on her own early. I must confess, I did misuse it, but as soon as she started arching or fussing, I took her out of it, so then there wasn’t a spill. I also think that warning signs are stupid, no company should be held accountable. No one wants to take responsibility for there own mistakes, and that’s why these poor companys have to abide to so many government regulations.

  51. by sarah

    On December 18, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    I have the “Bebe Pod” its a similar seat, and it has seat straps. You still shouldnt leave baby unattended like with all baby products. But the straps help, easy fix.

  52. by linda

    On December 18, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    i have had one since our grandbaby was about 4mo to eat in but I am always right there yesterday i noticed he was arching and lifting his leg out thats it my hubby and i went today and bought high chair i will bring it downstairs and he on ocasion can sit in it on the carpeted floor

  53. by Erik Johnson

    On December 18, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    i think they should be held responsible because common sense would say its a seat for babies and they should make it with a seat belt in it becauswe babies do love to move around.

  54. by Kelly

    On December 18, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    We own a bumbo and I used it for both my kids (my daughter now 3 and son 8mths) I used it when they were supported sitters only! But always on the floor and NEVER left them alone in it, That is just stupid! I also would never put my 8mth old in it now, once he was able to sit on his own I put it away because he def would fall out even if I looked away for a sec cause he is a non stop mover now (since he was 6mths old). Silly!

  55. by Leann Carpenter

    On December 18, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    It’s called personal responsibility folks! No piece of equipment is 100% safe 100% of the time! You should have eyes on your child at all times unless they are asleep. Know where they are and what they are doing. Gravity is a force of nature and children are unpredictable. Be smart! Be aware of your child, and don’t be lazy! If you want them to be secure, put them in a high chair with a belt! Why do we blame everything on someone else! PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY! Raise your children, protect your children, be aware of what your children are doing! Now as babies, and when then are 15 years old too!

  56. by Christina

    On December 18, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Parents are not using the product correct. I love my Bumbo but know how dangerous it can be if used incorrectly and without supervision. You have to be responsible with it and use it for what is was designed for.

  57. by Jacqueline

    On December 18, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    I just bought a Bumbo a couple days ago…I was going to anyway but my Dr. also recommended it. I didn’t know about the safety hazard, but I have no intention of leaving my child in it unsupervised or placing it on an elevated surface. So, the warnings are enough for me. People need to take some individual responsibility for their actions.

  58. by Liz

    On December 18, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    I was given a Bunbo as a gift when my first child was born. My husband and I used it with the tray for a long time as a place to feed her. Yes, we put it on the tabletop. NO, we did not walk away! We are now using it with our 8 month old daughter in the same manner. I have not had any problems with the Bumbo. Yes, the children will squirm but I take that as an indication that they are done eating and ready to get out of the Bumbo. We also find that it is a great way for the baby to be a part of our family meal times. Believe it or not, my 22 month old still fits in the Bumbo. When it is on the floor she will sit in it and read books!

  59. by Geralyn

    On December 18, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    I have used a Bumbo with both of my children, and I am aware of injuries to children when the Bumbos are placed on countertops, tabletops, etc., and the children fall. I have not heard of any other injuries. HOWEVER, my petite 16 month old tried to climb over her Bumbo (placed on the floor), and she fell over the Bumbo with her neck positioned in the hole for the leg (and her hips and legs were draped over the back) (if you can picture it). She was NOT injured as I was sitting right there and was able to help her immediately. BUT had I not been in the room, I would NEVER have suspected that a Bumbo on the floor could be dangerous. Had I not been there, she would have laid there with her neck wedged in the leg hole and her head sticking out. She would NOT have been able to get out on her own. The head is heavy, and who knows whether she would have tired and put her head down, cutting off oxygen. The very correction that people are advocating for – the bulb to keep in the legs – poses the risk that I have just identified. Absolutely frightening – and something that I never would have suspected as a potential danger.

  60. by Danielle Warner

    On December 18, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Our two babies had hypotonia and the early on therapist had used it to help both of them with sitting. See both of my children could not even hold their own arms heads or legs up on their own so this sit was great we only used it during therapy and therapy only. Since it helped with the supporting of seating and it helped help strength in their little necks and arms along with other excises too. But my husband myself and other family members used other things to have them sit there if we where just relaxing at the time and for meal times we used the high chairs. So from my point of view these are great and should not have any issues as long as you follow the directions and think before you put your child in there safety first right. The floor is the safest place and always be near that baby at all times!!!!!

  61. by Sabrina

    On December 18, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    We never had a problem with our Bumbo. It was a gift from my parents and it was a great transition to the high chair. We used it until she wanted out of it. I don’t think it’s the company’s fault. My little one never fell out of her Bumbo and we were smart enough never to use it up high. I think parents should just watch their children better.

  62. by Mom of 3

    On December 18, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Love the Bumbo and the new tray insert they made for it. I have had no problems with it probably because I leave it on a low surface like the FLOOR! These ignorant parents have only themselves to blame. I have no idea why there is even a pending lawsuit. This case should have been dropped the second it was filed. These parents don’t deserve a single penny. They should just accept the fact that it was their own fault for their child’s injuries and stop trying to blame the company and swindle some money out of them.

  63. by Kati

    On December 18, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    This is absolutely crazy! Parents should be responsible enough to keep their baby safe in these seats! We have used Bumbo like seats with all three of our children ages 6, 4, and 4 months and have never had a safety issue with them! It amazes me how some parents can’t take responsibility for their actions, especially when something so serious could be avoided.

  64. by Jamie

    On December 19, 2011 at 12:01 am

    We have a bumbo and love it. It helped our son learn to sit up and the play tray that we got with it is great. That said, we never just set him in it and left him there by himself. It is a “Bumbo” not a “Babysitter.” I think some of these parents are getting confused about who (not what) is supposed to take care of their kids…I will continue to use our Bumbo with our next baby and I think it is a great product.

  65. by Oriana

    On December 19, 2011 at 12:29 am

    That’s like saying bicycle manufacturers should stop making bikes because parents don’t make kids wear helmets.

  66. by sarah

    On December 19, 2011 at 12:38 am

    leave bumbo alone parents should be obligated to watch young infants

  67. by reebs

    On December 19, 2011 at 2:09 am

    I have a bumbo for my daughter. She just turned one and she doesn’t use it any more. When she was smaller, she loved it! But I NEVER put it on a counter top, chair, table, furniture, etc. DUH! Why would any parent do that? It’s common sense. And I never put her in it unsupervised. It took my daughter only 3 days to figure out how to get out of it by arching her back and sliding out. She is a very small kiddo, so it was way easier for her-no chub rolls to hold her in. The warnings are on the box, and common sense should tell you not to do those things.

  68. by Gaby

    On December 19, 2011 at 3:13 am

    This shit only happens to stupid ppl who want a go to product so they dont have to watch their kids bumbo and cracked skulls, cribs and sids are all shitty excuses for ppl who.dont have the sense to watch their kids. pay Attention.

  69. by Danielle

    On December 19, 2011 at 4:04 am

    What the hell it is not a highchair people it is for use on the floor if your not going to use the product properly it is your own damn fault and why are people putting 9 month old babies in it my daughter just turned 10 months i know how squirmy a nine month old is heck the only time my Daughter sits still is when she is sleeping of course a nine month old is going to fling it self out we used our bumbo up until she learned how to sit on her own and then put it away.

  70. by Eric

    On December 19, 2011 at 6:33 am

    im father of one and my daughter is now 9 months. We got the bumbo seat when she was 4 months. when i put her on elevated surfaces, i paid close attention to her as well as i didn’t keep her up there for long only like 2 minutes at tops because it is dangerous and any parent with common sense knows this. when i would cook, i would either keep her on the floor and put a movie on and give her toys to play with to keep her distracted. I have hardwood floors and vinyl floors and none of it is a problem. since we can sue for stupid reasons like this when its the parents fault, believe that we should sue for stupidity and not using common sense, because this stuff is getting ridiculous.

  71. by christina

    On December 19, 2011 at 6:51 am

    No the company is not at fault for a parent using this chair as a highchair, babysitter, or whatever. It clearly says do not put it on high surfaces. I used one with all 3 of my kids and when I they would get to where they would arch back I bought the tray. The tray works good to keep child from falling out. But again I never leave my infant unsupervised in any chair that doesn’t have a buckle. Common sense told me that.

  72. by Christina

    On December 19, 2011 at 7:05 am

    At gaby – sids has nothing to do with not watching ur child. My sister died unexplained (sids ) in her sleep with someone sleeping a couple feet away from her. Nobody blames sids on cribs either. The crib lawsuits are completely different than sids. Just saying. Ur statement was really offensive

  73. by Sarah

    On December 19, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Why not just… I don’t know, don’t buy it? Babies will figure out how to sit up when they are ready to sit up.

  74. by Crystal

    On December 19, 2011 at 9:05 am

    I do not the think that the copany should be to blame. I see it as common sense to not leave your child unattended while in those type of seats. Your not even suppose to leave a child unattended in a seat that has seat belts, so why on earth would the parents think they could leave a child unattended in this one. Then the company put a warning on the product and the accidents still kept happening. I am not seeing how it is the companies fault.

  75. by Cindy

    On December 19, 2011 at 9:07 am

    @Danielle
    re sids n cribs etc, sids : I agree with Sarah
    is an IGNORANT disgusting comment, now a days we have angel monitors but they can only do so much, also some say that a chiropractic adjustment on babies may prevent sids:subluxation in the neck that regulates breathing, you can put them on their back or side have air flow bumpers but will that prevent every case?
    Im sure you arent perfect so dont act like you are the perfect parent just because you were LUCKY enough it didn’t happen to you. parents arent perfect but sids for the most part can not be prevented, such an insulting commment!!!

    as for other product recalls such as drop sides & mattress bases is product design or redesign not so much from misuse of the product. In feathering my nest came across many recalled items that I got replacement parts for/destroyed: highchairs, cribs & mattress base. It’s no longer true that if a crib was made after 1986 it’s safe, most 1998′s (etc)aren’t either.
    Some parents say “worked fine for me” and cont to blame the user selling recalled or banned products like wheeled walkers (buying them from the US illegally bringing them in) not understanding the reasons for the recall/ban brushing it off to “stupid parents not supervising or putting up gates” which was not the case most of the time.

    On cribs plastic breaks, the metal drop sides didn’t. Are you still using the accordian baby gate? wheeled walkers? NO because they have been recalled and banned.
    No amount of supervision will prevent all accidents if you are sleeping or out of the room when it breaks. I’m sure you aren’t awake 24 /7.

    I survived my crib, wheeled walkers, accordian baby gate, playpen of death etc but I will not take risks with my own kids when I have them/or someone else’s , because I know the facts, is the product safe/recalled? how to use it?

    sofa or a table a baby will tip/fall off of it. for the bumbo this is the parents fault for not using it properly.

  76. by cindy

    On December 19, 2011 at 9:10 am

    **correction, logically thought names were last, sorry for the confusion
    *@gaby

    *agree with Christina

  77. by Kami Guanella

    On December 19, 2011 at 9:33 am

    I have a bumbo and love it. The company should not be responsible for parents who do not watch their children! Duh!

  78. by Cheryl

    On December 19, 2011 at 11:00 am

    I had a Bumbo for my son, who is now four. I had my daughter in August and was asked if I wanted a new one as a gift . I said no. When my son was 4 months old he was in his bumbo on the floor while I was about 3-4 feet away, all it took was one second – he arched his back and popped right out of it. Even being right there watching him, he still managed to get out but thankfully, he wasn’t hurt. So for all who say “lazy parenting, etc etc.” I was right there, only a few feet away and he still fell out. This product isn’t safe, there is no restraint and as we all know, babies are unpredictable! I think when a baby is ready to sit up, it will sit up. Would I consider holding the company responsible if my son were to get hurt, probably not. Common sense tells me that a baby seat with no restraint system isn’t really all that safe so I’m just not going to use one.

  79. by Stacey Miner

    On December 19, 2011 at 11:03 am

    My daughter has a Bumbo that she still loves to use even though she’s getting kind of big for it, lol! It’s not the company’s fault that parents don’t read the warning labels and instructions for use. I read them. I knew better than to put my baby in her Bumbo on an elevated surface unattended, because the directions told me NOT to do that! I’ve also never left her in her car seat on an elevated surface, because the caution labels warned me about that too! Wow! Who knew reading could save lives? Morons.

  80. by heidi

    On December 19, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    this is ridiculous.I have used my bumbo through 2 kids and now on my third.It clearly states on the box do not use on elevated surfaces” while i did use it on elevated surfaces with my daughters with no accidents ,i was standing riht next to them .My son however does like to arch his back to try to get out of it,so i leave him on the floor .I have found the bumbo to be one of the most useful non nesecity baby items.Its not Bumbos fault parents cannot read .Its a sad sad world when we now have to have warnings on plastic shopping bags for them to not be given to cildren to play with .People need to stop being so dumb ,use common sense.And stop blaming and suing companies for their mistakes .Thats why everthing cost so much now.all this legal boloney

  81. by Pam

    On December 19, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    These parents are nitwits, I am sorry if your kid is arching his back that means he wants out, it also is never to be used on an elevated surface….I am suspicious of a kid that is the right age and height etc etc of getting a skull fracture even if it was on the floor….this is exactly like my bath seat that is no longer available because of a few nitwits that left the kid in the seat in the tub by themselves and the seat tipped and they drowned….STRICTLY PARENTS FAULT…..

  82. by Katie S

    On December 19, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    I had received one as a shower gift but only used it one or two times. My little girl has always been too active and wanted to kick her legs and got mad because she couldn’t. Looking back it would have been a good idea to leave it off the registry because it is used for such a short period of time and other things worked better to keep her contained and occupied. (Vibrating chair and swing).

    Still, the company should not be held liable for parental mistakes. I took one look at that thing and wouldn’t feel comfortable putting her in it on an elevated surface. I see friends pictures on FB with the kids in Bumbos on counters and tables and I cringe.

  83. by Christy

    On December 19, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    My daughter loved this seat and to recall it because of some parents inability to properly watch their child is crazy. If you don’t have enough sense to not leave your baby in any kind of seat like this, you will have much bigger problems to come.

  84. by ja sam ja sam

    On December 20, 2011 at 8:11 am

    I sure hope that one irresponsible parent does not get their way! We loved using this seat, I still have it. I mostly loved setting my daughter right in front of me, on top of my dining room table and feeding her–I never left her alone in it and I never let her sit in it on a high surface without sitting right there myself. I see a lot of parents leaving their kids on top of the tables and counters, walking away–that is not OK and should be obvious. I didn’t realize that the child could tip over that easily while on the floor, but that is, probably, not very likely to happen and not as dangerous as falling of of a high surface. I wished parents wouldn’t ignore warning labels, there are there, usually, for a good reason, and this is one of them–common sense. Seems like a lot of parents just want to have kids and then want the kids to simply watch themselves–they need full supervision! PLEASE, don’t recall the nice little seats and PARENTS–watch your kids and read the LABELS! The company should not be held liable for your ignorance!

  85. by Amanda Vega

    On December 20, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    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 – and they haven’t all been falls from a table, actually. 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.

  86. by Kera

    On December 21, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Really? Common Sense parents please? You should never put any of the baby chairs up high. Follow the rules and use your baby items the way they are intended. Also, if you get the tray to fit on it they will have less of chance of falling out since they tray will block them! I love the Bumbo chair as it is one of the few baby items you can find that is not made in China. Chinese products are worse! You can follow all the guidelines with their products, but they are still constantly recalled and not voluntary either. They often have lead in them, choking hazards and have killed children!

  87. by Erin

    On December 21, 2011 at 10:48 am

    I am a therapist and really do not like the bumbo. Babies should not be put in a sitting position before they are ready. It messes up their core muscles. How about letting them play on the floor like they should and stop trying to contain them in exersaucers, walkers, jumpers, and bumbos?!

  88. by Lisa M

    On December 21, 2011 at 10:48 am

    How many things exist out there that need to be used under parental supervision? Our daughter loved hers but we only ever put in on the carpet and we sat with her as she played (we had the little tray, too). Do you leave the room when your child is in a highchair eating, just because it’s more stable? That comes with other hazards – like choking! Pay attention and stop blaming the company.

  89. by Elizabeth JL

    On December 21, 2011 at 10:53 am

    I received a Bumbo seat as a baby shower gift in August of 2007. I wasn’t aware of the recall but I had the intelligence and good sense not to leave my son in the seat unattended or on a table, counter or other elevated surface. When are people going to accept responsibility for their own poor choices? These parents are ultimately responsible for the safety and health of their own children. Use common sense and don’t leave your kids in an environment where they could be injured.

  90. by Andrea

    On December 21, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Companies should only be required to have to provide a clear warning. Why take all the responsibility off the parents shoulders for their kids? I bought a Bumbo for my daughter when she was 3 months old and yes it was put on a table top a few times (gasp!) but I was sitting right there with her the whole time every time like a responsible parent. Too many parents just want to blame someone else for their bad parenting, in my opinion.

  91. by Stephanie

    On December 21, 2011 at 10:56 am

    This chair did not previously carry a warning about hardwood floors. In fact, it says to use it on the floor. I agree that parents should supervise all the time but if something is designed to be used on a floor, then it should be safe to use on a floor… This is an unsafe product that should no longer be allowed to be sold.

  92. by Kara

    On December 21, 2011 at 11:00 am

    I’ve had my bumbo for a while. I love it. But it requires parents to monitor their child in it, and use it as directed. I would put my daughter next to me ON THE FLOOR while I folded laundry with her little tray and some puffs and a toy. I love it, she would be safe and close instead of crawling all over the room knocking over my folded laundry stacks.Ddoing laundry became our special bonding time. Bonus in my eyes.

  93. by Bonnie P

    On December 21, 2011 at 11:01 am

    I have a bumbo chair for my son and he loves it. I would never leave him alone in it, of course not. I would not leave him alone in his highchair or swing, why do people think it’s okay and safe to leave their baby alone in a bumbo seat. I would also NEVER place it on a counter or any other surface. I don’t think the company should be at fault. They make a great product to help your baby learn to sit up, it’s not a babysitter.

  94. by Sarie

    On December 21, 2011 at 11:02 am

    When my son started escaping the bumbo I stopped using it. Of course they can get hurt if they’re arching and trying to get out. It is great while they are just learning to sit up

  95. by Cheryl

    On December 21, 2011 at 11:04 am

    I am with everyone else, my daughter loves her bumbo! I am tired of companies being blamed for bad parenting. To Erin the therapist: the bumbo is not a replacement of floor time, my daughter does not like laying down all the time she wants to look around and see what other people are doing, it is impractical to think that only floor time is needed for a child’s development! Many of the other toys you mentioned have great learnng tools.

  96. by Michelle

    On December 21, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I have a bumbo chair too and my daughter started arching her back to get out after just 4 months of age. Guess what I did. I stopped using it. Common sense. I don’t think the Bumbo company should be held responsible for any injuries regarding falling from an elevated surface. THE WARNING IS ON THE CHAIR NOT TO DO IT!!! I think the blame should be on the irresposible parents that do it anyway. My thoughts are if someone else was caring for my child and had her in the chair on an elevated surface and she fell and was seriousely injured, I would be furious! Wouldn’t you? I would hold THEM responsible, not the chair manufacturer because it is clearly written on the product not to do so. When are people going to stop blaming others for their negligence and start taking responsibility for their actions?

  97. by Mary D

    On December 21, 2011 at 11:07 am

    We used a Bumbo seat for my child (who is almost 3 years old now) when he was around 10 months. We never had a problem with it. I actually used it during baths for the most part. Yes, accidents can happen, even with safety approved swings, bouncy seats, walkers, etc. Ultimately, parents should take responsibility for their children’s safety and not rely on a product to “babysit” their child. There are clearly written warnings and if parents choose to ignore those warnings, then the company should not be held liable.

  98. by Jason

    On December 21, 2011 at 11:07 am

    The Bumbo is a awesome seat for children. If you are dumb enough to stick your kid on a table in a seat where they are NOT strapped in then you don’t deserve a child. These are the same people who do not “know” their coffee is HOT and sue McDonalds. The company can only do so much. Leave the company alone.

  99. by Alyssa

    On December 21, 2011 at 11:11 am

    I have a bumbo seat for my 6 month old and i never put her in it unless i or her father are going to be sitting there to watch her. Why? Because it says on the label to not leave the baby unsupervised and also because i have this thing called common sense you never leave a baby or any child unsupervise with somthing they have the potential to hurt themselves with. Its not the manufactuers fault that parents are ignoreing the warning clearly printed on the label if the parents would follow the warning or just have some common sense then im sure the accidents never would have happen

  100. by Lisa M

    On December 21, 2011 at 11:12 am

    My 5 month old arches when she gets frustrated after sitting too long in the Bumbo. It looks as if the arching against the back of the seat hurts her, and that makes her even more angry. Her mood can go from content to frustrated in a split second, so she has to be watched closely while in the seat. She never really liked it from the start and, although she has become a bit more accustomed to it, she still can’t tolerate it for very long. Maybe Bumbo should design some kind of strap system to strap the baby in. Also, the play tray is kind of useless. It doesn’t clip into anything to secure it, so the minute my little one is in the seat she lifts it off of it’s mount. I wish I got her some other kind of feeding chair in retrospect. I may have to ditch the Bumbo and chalk it up to more money wasted on a baby product I can’t use.

  101. by Jenny

    On December 21, 2011 at 11:17 am

    I think it’s ridiculous that parents would think it’s okay to put a Bumbo seat on an elevated surface. That is common sense to me. It’s not the manufacturers fault for these accidents, but parents own stupidity. Also, using a Bumbo seat for a baby that can sit on his/her own without assistance seems like a lazy parent using it as a way to keep their baby in one spot and in those cases, of course the baby will tip it. 7, 8, 9 month old babies are extremely active and putting a baby that old in a Bumbo seat is asking for trouble. My son used his from the time he was about 4 or 5 months old until about 6 months old. Personally, they’re a waste of money for the little amount of time that they should actually be in these seats. Just my opinion!

  102. by Cynnibunn

    On December 21, 2011 at 11:24 am

    I have a support seat however it’s not the Bumbo it’s a BeBe Pod by Prince Lionheart. It came with a safety belt so that he couldn’t just fall out of the seat and it did come with warnings not to use it on any elevated surface. This was two years ago, I didn’t use it much and really only bought because my husband thought it was a great idea (men? what are you going to do). A lot of it just comes down to common sense you are also not supposed to put a bouncy seat on a raised surface but you hear people swear by placing it on the dryer to sooth a fussy baby. At some point you have to be responsible for your own actions but I do believe that the company should put a safety belt on the seat if there isn’t already one then if you choose not to use it don’t sue when your little one gets hurt.

  103. by Bonnie J Pollock

    On December 21, 2011 at 11:29 am

    These items should be removed from all shelves and homes! Never liked the looks of them from the start! Children sit when their little bodies are strong enough to hold up their head (the heaviest part of their body) and not before. I’m quite sure there will be studies in the future about how wrong this item is and the effect it has had on growing children – delayed walking, delayed sitting up, the list will go on! I’m a grandma and neither of my grandchildren used them thank goodnesss. They walked, talked, and met all milestones when their bodies where ready! Moms stop using them now!

  104. by Stacey Dishman

    On December 21, 2011 at 11:32 am

    I have seven kids and I have never had one of them injured by a Bumbo seat. I agree that some parents would need to be warned about not using the seat on high surfaces or leaving babies unattended, but I have to say as a mom this seems natural and makes common sense.
    I am ok if they want to add some kind of safety feature to the seat or even just a warning label and maybe they can just make a youtube video for parents to watch. I like my Bumbo and so have my babies. I don’t think they should do away with the seat because there are people out there who don’t know how to use them.
    It’s not like the seat is causing the injury, it’s a result of children not being supervised.

  105. by Eye Roller

    On December 21, 2011 at 11:41 am

    You have got to be kidding me. We are a nation of seriously stupid people. That anyone can do something the label clearly states it should not do and then sue the company for their dumb action is one of the reasons America is no longer the ‘greatest nation’. We are a bunch of spoon fed pansies hellbent on our own destruction and a tribe that refuses to take responsibility for our own dumb actions. Screw that lady, I feel sorry for her kid he’s not gonna learn much from mom.

  106. by Cynthia

    On December 21, 2011 at 11:43 am

    I love the Bumbo seat and so does my daughter.

    For those that think the Bumbo seat delays developmental milestones, that is because the parent is overusing it. The directions that came with the seat even say to only use for short durations. My daughter could arealdy sit on her own when we got the Bumbo but would still fall back when excited. I always had to sit behind her and using the Bumbo allows us to face each other and interact. She still gets plenty of sitting time outside the seat as well.
    I agree the seat is way overpriced. They are highly resellable though so it isn’t too hard to get one cheaper. Personally I was able to ask the grandparents so my husband and I didn’t have to shell out the money.
    As for the warning labels, the one on my seat was unreadable after only a week (seemed to wear away) but it is common sense to supervise your child with any device. Just like I wouldn’t sit her on a couch and walk away, I won’t put her in this seat and leave the room.
    I am sorry to hear that Bumbo was sued over a parent’s negligence, especially after finding out (according to their packaging) that they heavily support charity with their proceeds.

  107. by Hollie

    On December 21, 2011 at 11:45 am

    SERIOUSLY??? Parents are going to have to eventually put aside their “BUSY” lifestyles and quit trying to find an inanimate babysitter. Take responsibility for your baby and enjoy every minute you have to watch them and help them grow. That time passes very quickly and you can’t get it back. The Bumbo is an amazing tool to help your child develop good strong muscles but you must, as with any child development toy, use caution and when they outgrow it move on to something more age appropriate. Bottom line I’m all for it the took the right steps to warn of its dangers it’s up to the parent to adhere to it.

  108. by Mary S

    On December 21, 2011 at 11:46 am

    I never used Bumbo, but I did try to use an exersaucer with my son. With both my son and daughter I found that by the time they are able to sit up and use these products they want to start moving and that’s when these products become dangerous. The best thing is to make the floor safe and let them move their bodies (always being supervised) If needed they can be supported by pillows. But I agree with a previous poster who said her PT said these products tend to hinder physical development. Baby product companies will always try to come up with products “we never knew we needed.”

  109. by Brittany Hart

    On December 21, 2011 at 11:50 am

    I love the bumbo! Every baby thing should require adult supervision, and i understand there are those days where you turn your head for one second and something happens, but those are accidents. Bumbo should not be blamed.

  110. by bekka

    On December 21, 2011 at 11:50 am

    When used properly the bumbo is completely safe. My daughter loved her and we never had any problems. If the babies feet can touch the ground in the bumbo they are too big for it! A nine month old shouldn’t be in a bumbo they should be sitting up on their own or secured in a high chair! Bumbo is for smaller babies.. hello! Its for supported sitters! People are lazy, its not bumbos fault they didn’t properly supervise there child or follow the guidelines!

  111. by Deborah

    On December 21, 2011 at 11:51 am

    I have a Bumbo for my first child. I first heard about them over 5 years ago from a cousin who had one andloved it. I have given them as gifts and received one back.

    As many people have said, the parents are responsible to watch their children and hed the warnings. If their was a safety harness added, it would become difficult to clean as are many other products and the ease of use would loose appeal. I say keep it as is! People still speed and have accidents despite warnings and they choose to not wear seat belts and drink and drive. What makes us think that adding something for safety would be used???

  112. by Sharon

    On December 21, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Name a product that is 100% baby safe without the child being supervised. There isn’t one. That’s the reason baby’s don’t spontaneously appear on earth. It’s why parents are necessary and why law enforcement gets involved in cases of neglect. Bathtubs aren’t safe without parents either. Should we recall them all? My son learned to climb out of his Bumbo when he was 4 months (the product listed starting age), but his nickname is Houdini. We stopped using it. Parenting requires common sense. Just unfortunately it’s not too common.

  113. by Ashley

    On December 21, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    1: You have a child, it’s your responsibility to take care of he/she-not a companies responsibility to make products that re-place human monitoring.

    2: Why would you even place this object on a kitchen table or counter? I understand the use of placing it on a chair for feeding purposes, but if you’re feeding you should be right next to your child correct?

    3: For the families suing out of stupidity on their behalf, has anyone once stopped and thought of “Child endangerment”? I already know, you just stepped away for “one second” and they fractured their skull!

    4: What’s next? Are you going to sue the maker of your kitchen table and chairs because your child “just fell” out of the chair?

    Another example of what is wrong with this economy-sounds like the lawsuit against McDonald’s, due to the food making humans overweight. I know for a fact when the seat first came out, it had legit warning labels stating “do not place on a high surface” because I purchased one years ago for a gift. I bet the manufacturer never once thought they would be sued for not being a “responsible parent replacement”.

  114. by Samantha

    On December 21, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    My daughter is 12 months old, and we still use the Bumbo as a portable high chair, and NEVER when she is not being supervised. It was great for camping and picnics, and it fits in the car better than any other high chair. She has never shown any sign of being able to get out of it, and we didn’t use it to teach her how to sit – we used pillows for that and let her learn how on her own. I agree with Sharon, there are many things that could potentially hurt a child. Who doesn’t know of a baby who has fallen off their parents’ bed? Do we then ban beds? A certain level of common sense is required, as well as an understanding that regardless of how safe you try to make your child’s environment – there will always be ways for your kid to get hurt that you probably didn’t see ahead of time. We do the best we can, and expect a few bumps and bruises along the way – or put our children in bubbles…

  115. by Toshia

    On December 21, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Ridiculous! Parents have to blame someone for their laziness on watching their child… It’s called commen sense! Use it. My son used it and I’m very thankful for it! But I knew the things that could happen if I wasn’t watching him or placing him in a dangerous spot!

  116. by jesse

    On December 21, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    If you have a baby that is highly active, the Bumbo is not for you. If you have a calm introspective type, the Bumbo is a Godsend. Maybe they should add “not recommended for highly active babies” to the label. Maybe straps would help, but if your child needs to be strapped in you probably shouldn’t use the Bumbo. I love the simplicity of it the way it is. Easy to clean, lightweight, versitile.

  117. by jesse

    On December 21, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Nicely said, Sharon. What do you think of drop down crib recalls?

    If you have a baby that is highly active, the Bumbo is not for you. If you have a calm introspective type, the Bumbo is a Godsend. Maybe they should add “not recommended for highly active babies” to the label. Maybe straps would help, but if your child needs to be strapped in you probably shouldn’t use the Bumbo. I love the simplicity of it the way it is. Easy to clean, lightweight, versitile.

  118. by Jess

    On December 21, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    I don’t get it…I LOVE our bumbo, and we have all hardwood floors, our daughter has NEVER fallen out, when she started to squirm, simple, we took her out, and she was always supervised. Parents that don’t think are the reason their child gets harmed not the product…

  119. by Yolanda

    On December 21, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    We have a bumbo and it’s great. It’s not a babysitter!

  120. by Lisa

    On December 21, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    If people used a grain of common sense, this wouldn’t be an issue…

  121. by Samantha

    On December 21, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    We bought a Bumbo when my now 6 year old was about 7-8 months old. We used it constantly and I do believe it helped to strenghten her muscles and she was thrilled to be sitting up and interacting with us. We did use it at the in-laws to feed her solid food while she was sitting in the middle of the table (we were fully aware of the risks, I actually recall seeing a warning along these lines back then) and always remained very close by. She never fell out or rocked enough to hit her head. And, she loved it past the days of being able to able to toddle. We are using the same seat for our new baby due in a couple of months. Parents have to take on some responsibility, too often manufacturers are blamed for our laziness or reluctance to follow the rules.

  122. by Tamara

    On December 21, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Are you joking? 9 months old? A 9 month old child shouldn’t be using it anyway. If people don’t have enough common sense to leave a child unattended or use a product after a child has clearly outgrown it, they shouldn’t be having kids in the first place. Sounds like someone wanted to make some money in my opinion.

  123. by Diana

    On December 21, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    It is not companies fault. People are using the seat as a baby sitter. But they know there baby arches their back while in the seat and they just don’t care. Ridiculous. NOT the companies fault.

  124. by Cassie

    On December 21, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Why are people still buying and/or using this thing? The product is more or less only safe if the child is sitting completely still… and when does that ever happen?

    I can’t imagine a product like this being so “wonderful” that I would keep it in my home after all of these reports.

  125. by Amber

    On December 21, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    I think bimbo needs to do something other than just a warning. I had my daughter on the floor, not an elevated surface (which is all the warning says) and one day she was able to arch her back enough to fall out of it. I was only able to use it for about a month before she could figure it out. It should have a seatbelt or something like that to prevent it from happening. This was not a case of me not watching my kid, she was literally next to me while I was wrapping a present – am I supposed to keep a hand on her? Or stare at her the whole time she’s in the seat? I may as well hold her.

  126. by Mamma Bear

    On December 21, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    It should absolutely be kept on the market! You can’t regulate stupidity. Babies should require parenting licenses if you can’t figure out something as basic as laws of gravity. I am just getting into my 2nd tri and I was really excited when I learned about this product. I can see the baby sitting in the family room, ON THE FLOOR, watching tv with us. I think I’ll go and purchase my bumbo right now before they take it off the market. People need to start being more accountable for their own actions.

  127. by Jenny Carlson

    On December 21, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    I have an eleven month old son. I had gotten him a Bumbo when he was around four months give or take. I loved it and so did he. The Bumbo is meant to help support a supervised baby in sitting instead of using pillows ect until they are able to sit on their own. The company has warnings on their packaging so they can’t help it if people choose to use their product improperly. I never even thought of putting mine on anything other than the floor. That’s just waiting for an accident. Reading through the article I’m curious to know what a nine month old was doing in it anyway. My son is always average on the percentile charts and he couldn’t even fit in it at 9 months plus a child is usually sitting up on their own by then and more active. I guess every child is different though. Bottom line there’s a reason for warnings on things and if a person chooses not to abide by them then they’ll have to deal with the consequences of their actions.

  128. by dani

    On December 21, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Let’s start taking responsibility for our own actions and quit blaming others. Bumbo should not be held responsible for irresponsible caretakers. The chair is an aid and the child should be supervised. I think the chair is a neat idea when used properly.

  129. by Tommy

    On December 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    I have a two year old and four month old. We love the Bumbo, anyone who leaves a child unattended in it, well, they are just ignorant. Under proper supervision it can really help to develop their muscles in the neck and back. Who really leaves a baby without supervision anyways?? Also, what kind of idiot would put it on a chair, table or counter??

  130. by Megan

    On December 21, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    ITS NOT A BABYSITTER. Watch your children!!!!!!

  131. by J. Beck

    On December 21, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    I agree with the first post by Megan. Just a little more than common sense would avoid any injuries. I found it tbe very helpful with my child, until he started trying to get out of it, obviously.

  132. by ARTB

    On December 21, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    I agree with the majority of you, this is just an issue of stupid, inattentive parents! My daughter who is 2 1/2, used it and did just fine. She met all of her milestones just fine. As a matter of fact, she still fits in it and loves to use it on the floor when playing! To the person who said a 9 month old shouldn’t be using it, you obviously aren’t aware that EVERY child meets milestones at different times. I believe if you are a responsible parent and your child benefits from the Bumbo seat, then it’s works great! My son, who is 7 months was injured in a terrible daycare accident and is about a month behind in his skills and the Bumbo seat is really helping him. It is helping him sit up straight and use his hands out in front of him. I only use it currently on the floor or on the couch and I’m sitting right in front of him at all times! When he does start to arch and let me know he doesn’t want to be in it, I take him out! BUMBO, please don’t take this seat off the market! It’s wonderful and it is NOT harmful in any way. It’s a shame there are so many idiots in this world who are reproducing at rapid rates and suing companies for their stupidity! Be smarter parents and take responsibility for your actions! Look at what you are teaching your kids by behaving this way!

  133. by Holley

    On December 21, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    This is ridiculous! The company should not be punished because some parents are idiots and leave there kid unsupervised or place them in the seat on an elevated surface! Douchebags! Duh they can wiggle out that’s why you watch your kid! I loved my babies’ bumbo chair! Some parents are just flat out lazy.

  134. by jessica

    On December 21, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    All these things are common sense, & the incidents seem to have happened due to parents not Watchin their children!

  135. by Anonymous Mom

    On December 21, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Okay now….if I leave a baby by itself in any seat at all, who’s fault is it really if the baby gets injured? Come on people!! Let’s take some responsibility for our actions instead of playing the blame game. Whoever is having these problems is just trying to save face for being stupid & leaving their baby (that can barely hold it’s head up on it’s own) alone while in the Bumbo. I had one & it was great when I needed it for things like sitting right next to me on the FLOOR while I did dishes or folded laundry. It’s not a babysitter people!

  136. by Julie

    On December 21, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    We have one and I found it great for weaning when my daughter was too little for her highchair. I put it away as soon as she started to arch her back in it and never ever left her unattended in it. It’s a great piece of equipment but like everything you have to exercise common sense.

  137. by Anonymous

    On December 21, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    This seat is an awesome way to help children learn to sit. Anything that supports a child while they are sitting will help them develop the muscles neccessary to sit on their own. Yes, this seat actually does work! This product is awesome and I agree that the company and product should not be punished because of parents mistakes. Children should ALWAYS be supervised, no matter what! A lot of good things that used to be on the market to help make life easier with a baby has been recalled and stopped being marketed because of non-supervision of parents. Like with anything, use responsibly and it will be a wonderful tool for you and your little one.

  138. by ruth

    On December 21, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    I am in 2 minds. It’s not the responsibility of the supplier to ensure the product is used safely. But if the product is not going to help the baby in any way then why is it on the market? A lot of parents feel the need to buy everything even if it isn’t the best thing for their child. If people were more informed maybe there wouldn’t be much of a demand for this product but there seem to be the few that have found it useful. I was never interested in it because of price and if the baby can’t sit by themselves why do we need to prop them up? There are so many developmental milestones they learn from tummy time and floor time where they can roll around that they would miss out on if they were always in a seat. The walkers are a good example of delaying skills. A lot of people aren’t aware of what babies develop while crawling, they are too interested in getting them to walk. It would be good if parents did read the warning signs and use the seats appropriately if they want to use this product and not use it as something to avoid supervising their child.

  139. by Jennifer

    On December 21, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    While I understand a parent’s concern and even anger over the injury of their child, even before the Bumbo came with the warning label, parents should have had the sense to know that a seat without any way to anchor or any child restraints is not something that can contain your child. And now with the warning labels, parents should heed that warning or be aware of the resulting consequences. I own a Bumbo and will admit that I let my 3 month old sit in it on the table while I worked around him, but I never left him alone. Once he became more mobile I only set it on the floor and once he could get out, I stopped using it because, well, it defeats the purpose to put him in there. I get quite annoyed at parents who blame manufacturers for their own negligence. No offense but use common sense and watch your children.

  140. by Ana

    On December 21, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    I completely agree with everyone saying that the bumbo is NOT a babysitter!!! We as parents need to step up our game and take care and be responsible of our children.Obviously if your baby can arch his/her back, they are probably to old for the Bumbo and shouldn’t be used anymore.Come on people we are smart human beings let’s act like it!!!

  141. by Cassandra

    On December 21, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Parents really need to start taking responsibility. There is nothing wrong with the product – it is a fantastic idea. Especially for babies who prefer to sit up rather than be stuck lying down all day. Just like alot of other things I’ve read about so-called “problems with products”, the route of the problem is the parents. Why are parents so unwilling to make good judgement calls and take responsibility for their own mistakes? What kind of example does this set for our kids? Grow up and own up.

  142. by SMCHOT

    On December 21, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Where are the parents when these accidents are occuring. If I have my son in any of these types of contraptions, I make sure I am always around him. I know he used to like to go backwards in his so I made sure to watch him. Parents need to stop trying to use this product for what it is not inteded for. It is not a babysitter. The company should not have to modify or be penalized as they never intended their product to be used in the way people are using it.

  143. by Jodie

    On December 21, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    It is overwhelming how much we have become a society that wants to plan everyone else but ourselves. Parents need to start taking responsibility for raising their children. Yes, accidents happen, but you also need to take caution and care with your children. And when an accident does occur, take responsibility for your part in it. It is not the company’s fault that your child hurt themselves. It is YOUR FAULT. It is just like the walkers that are no longer available in Canada because there were cases where children fell down the stairs. So now, because those parents did not watch their children or take caution and put up a gate, all other parents and children in Canada are punished. I know we can’t watch our children all the time, but you need to make sure that they are in a safe environment so that accidents do not occur.

  144. by Elizabeth

    On December 21, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Honestly, it’s the biggest waste of $40 and promotes lazy parenting. If you’re not willing to help your child develop and be hands on with your child, then maybe you should rethink having kids.

  145. by J

    On December 21, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    I think the whole concept of this product is ridiculous. Lightweight foam seat that’s going to be incredibly top heavy. You can be diligent and watch your baby, but he can still fall backwards and hit his head on the floor right in front of your eyes. You won’t believe it until it happens to you. When my kids were little I used one of those boosters that you strap onto a chair.. on a chair, or on the floor. They sat up perfectly fine with the tray, AND I used the booster as a highchair and a booster chair until they outgrew it. I don’t think it matters if the company labels them, people are still going to use and misuse stupid products that are popular.

  146. by Rachel

    On December 21, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    I agree with everyone who is “pro-bumbo”. I thought that it was great–it allowed my son to interact with us while “sitting” by himself. I only used it until he was about 5 or 6 months, because by then I was afraid that he would wiggle out of it. I do not think that it is meant for babies who can already sit independently, unless you are really watching them! I agree that it is overpriced, and only bought one because I got it used. And of course you should not put it on a table unsupervised, that is just common sense!!

  147. by Sammi

    On December 21, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    I personally never have had any problems with the bumbo. i loved it! and im sure my son did too. (even used it in the bath!) it suction cupped to the bottom and i actually had a VERY hard time getting it off….smh. i actually regret giving mine to a friend since my son is now 2 and i want another little one, it’s gonna stink to have to pay for a new one again… but to the heart of this, yeah i could see how there could be room for improvements but as a company they should want to do that anyway :) makes the own product better!

  148. by Cynthia Workman

    On December 21, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    I never had a problem with the bumbo, because I never left my child unsupervised when she was in it.
    I don’t believe it’s the product, rather than careless parents.

  149. by Angie

    On December 21, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    I guess we just should all stop having children. Everytime you go online or read a newspaper there is something else deemed “dangerous”. Use what most people call COMMON SENSE!

  150. by S

    On December 21, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    I got my daughter a bumbo when she was 3months she is 13months now and I still use it. I do use it on an elevated surface, but I am right there watching her (its a great seat for her to sit in on the bathroom counter. We brush our teeth before bed every night and without the bumbo chair it would be really difficult). I have never had a problem. Its not the companies fault that parents do not have common sense, even if they gave a full explination on how not to use it, there would still be parents who would use it that way.

  151. by Jennifer

    On December 21, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    I totally agree with Megan! This is so silly!

  152. by Michaelene

    On December 21, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Seriously, it’s getting rediculous of the things people sue companies for just to make a quick buck!!! I absolutely LOVE the Bumbo chair!!! My daughter is 17 months now so obviously we dont use it anymore, but because of that chair, my daughter was able to sit unassisted earlier than most kids. It seriously is not the company’s fault for the stupidity of the parents that 1. Can’t use their common sense, and 2. Can’t read a warning that is printed all over the box and also on the product itself!!! THe Bumbo is a wonderful product!!!

  153. by Stephanie H

    On December 21, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    I think parents hold the ultimate responsibility to use a product according to the safety guide lines. I took care of a 32week preemie who had a few different developmental delays. He gained head control early but lacked the muscle tone and coordination to sit safely on the floor until he was almost 1 year old. With the Bumbo he could sit and play with some of his toys we even secured one of his favorite toys to the plastic tray and he loved it. This allowed him to play with toys that required him to sit up way before he was able to do that on his own. He was always supervised and while we were willing to take the risk and place him on the table in the Bumbo to feed we always placed him in the middle of the table and usually had 2 people at the table with him so even if one got distracted the other was there. Do to his weak trunk there wasn’t the risk of arching or wiggling as much. At about a year he was too big for it. I think without the Bumbo we would have gone crazy trying to entertain him while he gained weight and muscle mass to be able to sit.

  154. by Linzy B

    On December 21, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    I loved my Bumbo! Best thing ever! Parents shouldnt be discouraged to buy this product. It is strictly user error.

  155. by Nikki

    On December 22, 2011 at 12:58 am

    I think common sense has to be used with all products, including not placing a child in the bumbo on a high surface. I work as an RN in the ER and I constantly see people, including the little ones, that come in with injuries from lack of common sense to the point you want to say, “…really?…” and in that group there exist those that sue for everything they can. However, it does raise a concern for me about how children fell out the bumbo and were injured when it was on the floor. Possibly the company could look into something to make the product for sturdy like a weighted bottom etc. I just bought one today after hearing rave reviews from co-workers and plan on keeping it but watching my baby closely when using it.

  156. by Sarah

    On December 22, 2011 at 3:25 am

    I cant believe how parents expect products to replace parenting requirements. I used the bumbo with both my daughters, and it brought much joy, allowing them to sit up safely and explore the world. It was also a great help when introducing solids, allowing them to sit up unaided while we could both concentrate on eating. I would never leave my child unsupervised while sitting up in the bumbo, and when a child is injured due to lack of supervision, should we not be questioning the parents ability to protect their child, instead of trying to shift the blame to a producer of baby chairs?

  157. by Phil

    On December 22, 2011 at 6:54 am

    It amazes me, that how, we as a society are so willing to shift the blame for everything. Bumbo is the victim here, it is unfortunate that children have gotten injured, but it is a direct result of poor parenting and an obvious lack of common sense.

    Perhaps these people should have adopted the Bumbo and forgone the privledge of having children. I have had 2 children that have used the Bumbo in our home without issue. A little bit of supervision/parenting goes a loooong way in preventing injuries.

    At this rate Kenmore will no longer be making stoves, Honda Mini-Vans and Smith & Wesson firearms by the end of 2012 because we all know that when bad things happen with these products it’s not the result of neglegence on anyone else’s part… Or am I wrong?

    Cut the crap people. If you want to have kids, you have got to step up and be parents! There should be a minimum intelligence requirement you need to meet before procreating.

    Merry Christmas !!

  158. by Tiffany

    On December 22, 2011 at 8:34 am

    I love my bumbo and so did my son. I always had it on the floor. Its crazy the company would be at fault for any of these accidents is common sense. Whats next a shoe company getting introuble because it doesnt say do not let child walk on steep inclines when they are learning to walk alobe???? Just saying i think it was a great seat for my son and i will continue to use it when i have suture children. Anything can be unsafe if you dont use common sence. any device that is made is not a subsitute for parenting so step up and be a parent and stop blaming everyone else for your mistake.

  159. by Eileen

    On December 22, 2011 at 9:44 am

    We had one for our daughter; no problems as we obviously used common sense when she was in it!

  160. by melissa

    On December 22, 2011 at 10:11 am

    i don’t understand why products are recalled because of the improper use of what the product was made for. use common sense people. you don’t put a bouncer on a table top or chair cause it could tip over. why wouldn’t it be the same for a bumbo? i have put mine on chair, but i was sitting right next to her making sure that my almost 2 year old, wouldn’t stand up in it causing it to tip over. we were crowed around the table during thanksgiving dinner and there was no way she was going to tip over, but i didn’t tell them to recall there product. that was my own decision. this happens all the time. products are recalled becuase of soemone’s improper use of them. it doesn’t mean the bumbo is unsafe, jsut use it properly.

  161. by Julie

    On December 22, 2011 at 10:13 am

    I had a Bumbo for my son and I absolutely loved it! It was the greatest thing! When he got big enough to start arching his back, that is when we retired it! There is a warning label and there should be common sense not to leave the child unattended, the company shouldn’t be penalized for an accident that could have been avoided.

  162. by Ellie

    On December 22, 2011 at 10:34 am

    I agree that parents should be accountable for their actions, not Bumbo. Babies ALWAYS should be supervised because they’ll always be trying something new – like leaning forward in the seat. It’s the parents fault that they weren’t watching their babies. The bumbo is obviously not made to be a high chair or a play pen to keep your baby in place. Parents just need to actually watch their babies- that is that.

  163. by Mommy to a 9 Month old

    On December 22, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    I loved my Bumbo when my son was younger. We used to take it with us to our in-laws and use it to feed our son (with proper supervision!!). He loved it as well. It’s common sense not to put it on a counter or anything like that. If a parent did that, shame on them, NOT Bumbo. With anything there comes a chance for injury. It is all how the ADULT handles it. It’s sickening how people refuse to take responsibility for their actions and are always looking for someone else to blame. Read the warning label and use the product how it is supposed to be used.

  164. by Jessica

    On December 22, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    I love my Bumbo , my kids love it so much they still use it and they are now two and four. (Yes they do have pencil legs) Bring it to restaurants with the bench seats I find it safer then the hard plastic slippery ones the restaurants use. also makes a pretty funny looking helmet. Seriously though people do need to take responsibility , next they will be taking out a law suit on shoe companies when their kids trip over their shoe laces. VELCRO ONLY ! As for developmental delay moderation is the key ,
    I have a nephew that was walking at 9 months and gross motor skills three months a head on his first birthday. Don’t think his Bumbo delayed him much :) Long live the Bumbo !

  165. by Heather Cantrell

    On December 23, 2011 at 2:58 am

    My main question is why in the world would u put this chair on an elevated surface? This is not a high chair and there are no straps to hold it onto anything securely. That is common sense. And your child can hurt their head by falling while leaning to crawl and walk. We have Ceramic tile in our house but when my daughter is in her bumbo or sitting on the floor there is a blanket under her or we also have her the rubber playmats that are like puzzle pieces covering her bedroom and playroom floor. Although i also dont leave my child unattended to play or sit in her bumbo chair. If your baby hurts their head from falling out of the chair, did it ever occur to you to say anything to the flooring company that they hit? Um no ofvcourse not, just because you are not paying attention to your child doesnt mean the company should get into trouble because you cant read and dont have common sense to know how to use a product!

  166. by Elizabeth

    On December 23, 2011 at 3:24 am

    I am a parent of 3 boys and all of them have used the Bumbo. I LOVE the Bumbo seat and so did my children. My older children are twins who were preemies – the Bumbo actually helped them in developing their core muscles. As with all devices for babies (ie. bouncers, exersaucers, jumpers, swings) I did not leave them or my youngest child in their Bumbo seats for extended lengths of time… no more than for a few minutes at a time until they were able to go longer and never for more than 15 minutes once they were older. Leaving a child in a device to ‘contain’ them is wrong and surely hinders one’s development. It was wonderful watching my twins sit facing one another and interacting before they could sit up easily unsupported or face to face with either my husband or myself. I saw no issues with continuing to use the Bumbo seat with our youngest, now 8 months old. He too loved his Bumbo -but for him, the Bumbo was not something he used as long…. he was much larger and had much more control early on and always wanted to go, go , go. I don’t think the design of the Bumbo seat should be changed. While the injuries to children while using the Bumbo seat are unfortunate, I don’t believe them to be the fault of the chair but the fault of the adult who is / was suppose to be supervising and using the device correctly. I will say it again – I LOVE the Bumbo and so did my children! I should also note, our home has hardwood floors throughout and we never had an issue using the Bumbo in our home, but again, we never left our children unattended in them either…

  167. by ELISA

    On December 23, 2011 at 6:57 am

    This is an issue where parents are to be blamed for not keeping an eye on their children, it has nothing to do with the product.

    The Bumbo chair is brilliant, I loved it and have given it as a present to 3 of my friends whom feel the same way, we all have used it, and NEVER had any accidents.

  168. by Crystal

    On December 23, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    I always thought the bumbo looked cheap & unsafe especially for the pricetag.

  169. by crystal

    On December 23, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    I don’t think it should be recalled for parental failure though, if you want to put your kid in that thing you have to accept responsibilty that comes with using it & doing so wisely.

  170. by L.A.Mom

    On December 23, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    The money spent on such warnings and recalls would be much better spent screening people for stupidity before letting the procreate. Honest to Christmas, you have to jump through so many hoops to even adopt a dog, but any old moron can have a baby. It’s sick

  171. by Chris

    On December 23, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    I have a Bumbo and I think they are great! My baby did arch her back and almost flip backwards, but I was there with her, like all parents are supposed to be, and I caught/stopped her. I never used it elevated and made sure I was always close. They should stop banning products and start banning stupid parents!

  172. by Ice

    On December 23, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    I loved my BUMBO chair. My girl used it from 4 months till she was over a year old. We also used to put her in it on a kitchen table with the tray on it and that was where she was eating for the first 6 months. I did not leave her unsupervised and we never had any accidents. When she was able to pull the tray off the chair and tried to climb out of it, we realized she had outgrown it and put it away. I am planning to use the BUMBO chair with my second child.

  173. by Natasha

    On December 26, 2011 at 1:33 am

    The Bumbo was a necessity in our house, as my daughter had bad reflux and had to be held upright for 20 minutes after her feedings. Since she couldn’t sit up on her own yet, we’d put her in the Bumbo while we’d feed her twin brother. On the floor and supervised. Once she was sitting up on her own (about 6 months), we put the Bumbo away.

  174. by mom5

    On December 26, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    I love my bumbo seats I have 2 (my two youngest are twins) of them and have used them for 3 of my children (it wasn’t around with my first two!). It is a wonderful baby product when used properly! If parents are unable to watch their babies they shouldn’t be left with anything, all baby products even swings and bouncers say “do not leave baby unattended” do people sue companies of baby baths and seats if G-d forbid a baby drowns due to iresposible parents? Why should this baby seat be any different the warnings are there they just need to be followed! If the bumbo is left on the floor there should be either carpeting or some sort of soft mat or surface underneath as a precautionary move if in the case the baby “jumps” out. If I saw my babies were coming out of it I realized they had outgrown it and it was time to put it away. I must say I agree with the many other comments above about parents taking responsibility for their own actions and that it is not the problem with the product or company but with the people purcahsing them. There was one comment about putting in safety straps which sounds like an interesting idea but again parents would need to use them! All in all it is a great product that my babies loved and I can’t wait to be able to use it again!

  175. by Miriam L. Wright

    On December 26, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    This is totally ridiculous!! I have a 4 month old son and his Bumbo!! We’ve never placed it on a table or an elevated surface. The instructions that accompany the Bumbo are very clear!!

    We love the Bumbo and would advise people who have one to use it in strict accordance with the instructions that come with it.

  176. by Ayla

    On December 27, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    I think it goes without saying that ANY SITUATION involving an infant or young toddler has to be supervised CLOSELY. It’s called parenthood people. Not even products that have safety restraints are designed to leave the baby alone in them. No infant or toddler should be left alone without supervision unless in a suitable crib or playpen. Duh. I feel terrible for the baby that grows up with the parents that don’t understand that being a parent is a full time job, not part time.

  177. by alex

    On December 28, 2011 at 2:57 am

    I have used a bumbo on my three kids without a itch. Its common sense not to use it on elevated surfaces or to leave the baby unattended while on it, but a lot of parents seem to be over trusting and think the chair is as safe as a regular highchair. It isnt.
    I gave my bumbo to a neighbor so she could try it and the first thing you know, she already propped it on the dinning table with the baby in it, while she was vacuuming. And that’s how accidents happen.

  178. by petra

    On December 28, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Really, people need to follow the warnings, and why would you leave a baby by themselves in anything but their crib when they are sleeping. Parents need to be responisble not the makers of the great bumbo. My son used his and loved it, and i’m using now with my daughter. And it is posted not to use on elevated surfaces, so i hope the parents get something against them for neglect, not the makers of the bumbo. Parents, know their children need to be supervised, let’s start standing up for parents to be responsible for their actions.

  179. by Blair

    On December 29, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Sarah- My 6 month old has used the Bumbo, excersaucer, and jumper on regular basis (being supervised at all times) – I never used them as “babysitters”. He was sitting fully supported on his own at 4 mos and he can already pull himself into a standing position. To each their own, but I’d say, obviously none of those items delayed him whatsoever. He’s doing all things early compared to anyone else I know!

  180. by carrol

    On December 30, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    I think the parents should be punished not the company it is the lack of common sense that some parents have ,if you are not gonna follow rules and guidelines then dont own the products if your going to be that dumb !!!!! and to the person that said the company should be at fault and they should add seat belts to it, that is sooooo wrong if your gonna leave your child alone in this chair and it falls over or OFF something then the baby cant even get its self out and is stuck wich could make any injurys worse.!!!!PARENTS NEED TO READ WARNINGS. IF YOU CANT READ THEN DONT HAVE CHILDREN.THE BUMBO COMPANY IS NOT TO BLAME!!! TAKE RESPONSIBILTY FOR YOUR LACK OF PARENTING!!!!!!

  181. by melissa

    On January 1, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    If I was a judge seeing over one of these lawsuits, I would call child protective services on these parents, issue parenting classes, something. I loved the bumbo for an infant that does not sit up on there own. Once my infant could arch his back I stopped using it. Commonsense! If you put your infant on a raised surface, you dont take your eyes off of them, and you dont put them in a bumbo on a raised surface. I feel bad the company had to deal with this it is a great product and will use it for my future infants on the floor! The only complaint i have about this product is the price is steep for injected molded plastic.

  182. by Ann Northcott

    On January 4, 2012 at 11:45 am

    As an adoptive and birth parent we have never had a problem regarding the Bumbo! In fact I cant wait to use it in the bath tub! The simple answer is parent supervision…

  183. by Martha V

    On January 8, 2012 at 11:45 am

    I personally love my Bumbo. It came in really handy for church services because she was so well behaved we didn’t want to just put her in the nursery especially when we were visiting new churches. because myself and my husband were on both sides of her we put her in the bumbo and kept a close watch. It eliminated the need to hold her through the whole service. It was small enough to fit on the bench and not block anyone’s view. The safety hazard comes from parents who don’t watch their children like they should. They think “I can just sit my child in this seat and then go on with whatever I want to do.” They sit them down in front of the TV and let the TV and Bumbo do all the parenting and then want to blame the Shows and the seat makers when their child is injured or says a bad word they learned from a commercial!

  184. by nikita

    On January 8, 2012 at 11:58 am

    It says right on the box not to use it on elevated surfaces. But I think its more the partents fault. All of this stuff is common sense!!! Keep an eye on your kids, duh!!!! My daughter did fine with it because once I noticed she could arch her back and was trying to tip it over, I stopped using it. I mean was that really hard to think of? I’m just saying, come on people.

  185. by Debbie

    On January 8, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Seriously? We have one and it has been wonderful. When my son is in it, he is fully supervised. I don’t sit him on the kitchen counter and go away. That’s negligence on the parent’s part. People frustrate me sometimes!

  186. by Deb

    On January 8, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    They should have to cater to those parents who are stupid enough to not realize that the product is meant to be used while you are watching you child/playing with them. It’s not something you can just set them in and leave them alone in. If any thing needs to be addressed it should be the brains of those who seem to have no common sense… and unfortunately there are more and more ppl who seems to be lacking in that department and ever worst not having any..

  187. by kelly vanhorn

    On January 9, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    I rave about this product to all of my mother to be friends. I think it is great for an infants self-esteem and gradual independence at a time when they need to fully rely on an adult to keep them upright. With any product parents need to attentive and care for their childs well being. I see no reason for a child to get hut in the Bumbo if a parent is doing their job of securing a safe and loving environment for their children.

  188. by rachel

    On January 13, 2012 at 12:34 am

    I agree with the very first statement by megan. Parents should have more common Denver to not put a child in anything, I don’t care what it is on high surfaces such as counters, tables etc. Unless it is designed for that purpose.

  189. by Amanda

    On January 20, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Lack of common sense should be the first indicator that parenthood might not be for you. At what point did our society even require stickers telling parents that they need to provide “parent supervision” to their child? My son has been using this chair since he was 4 months old. It was the first thing he was able to “sit” in. And yes it seems that he enjoyed that independence from his mom & dad. And now that he is 9 months old he squirms all over the place. He hasn’t been able to get himself out of the chair yet. But the day will come. And like all the rest of the days, I will be there.

  190. by Melissa

    On January 28, 2012 at 11:17 am

    We have used these at the daycare I work at and they are excellent for when a baby first starts stage 1 foods yet they look soo tiny in a traditional highchair. The seat is always used on the floor with a staff person always sitting in front of the child and watching to make sure they dont tip out of it. It works wonderfull for feedings and if the child is monitored and not walked away from there shouldnt be a chance of the child getting hurt if your responsible. I will be getting one when my child is born.

  191. by Heidi

    On January 30, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    I have a home child care and have used my Bumbo for at least 4 babies with no problems. I’ve never put it anywhere but the floor…. and I take the child out of the seat when they get antsy. It’s as easy as that people!

  192. by BrB

    On February 5, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    I don’t understand why bumbo does NOT have a seat belt of some sort. I have the Prince Lionheart bebePod, which is JUST like the bumbo except it has straps for the infant AND straps if you use it on a chair to convert it into a high chair seat. And never once did I ever have an issue with my now 2 year old son coming close to falling out of it. Even then, I still read the instructions and NEVER left my son unsupervised in it. Bumbo should not be penalized for parents lack of good judgement and common sense.

  193. by Rachel

    On February 6, 2012 at 9:30 am

    I loved the Bumbo. I think that it should come with the play tray though. I think its needed as part of the Bumbo. My son couldn’t get out of it with the tray.
    I would still supervise him in it because when you have a baby you are supposed to always watch them.

  194. by Is the Bumbo Safe?

    On February 13, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    [...] Parents Magazine reported that lastest news about the Bumbo, warnings and news stories continue to come out against the Bumbo seat, and Parents News Now blogger Holly Lebowitz Rossi recently wrote about a lawsuit against the company involving a 9-month-old who fractured his skull after falling out of the chair. In October 2007, Bumbo issued a voluntary recall of the chairs and though they remain on the market today, they carry a warning label advising parents not to use the product on elevated surfaces. More recently, in November 2011, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a release urging parents to use caution when using the Bumbo because serious head injuries continue to be documented despite the recall and warning label. These accidents have occurred when the seats were placed on chairs, countertops, tabletops, or other high surfaces, but also when used on the floor (cases have been reported of babies falling and hitting their heads on a hardwood floor or plastic toy). Children can fall out of the seats by arching their backs, leaning forward or sideways, or rocking. [...]

  195. by Caitlin Bradley

    On February 13, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    I think they should be recalled now that there are other types of this seat out that are way safer for baby’s. My husband and I got rid of our bumbo and got an awesome bebePOD Flex from Prince Lionheart. Since I can strap my baby in and strap him to any surface I feel like he’s much safer than in a Bumbo seat. I feel so horrible for all of the injured babies!!! If a recall doesn’t happen and no one knows about the injured children how do parents know? I do think it’s necessary. If Prince Lionheart hadn’t offered their seats for free in exchange for trashing the unsafe Bumbo’s I would have never known and would have used the Bumbo I had. I’m thankful there are companies that actually worry about my child’s safety though.

  196. by Jamie

    On March 2, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    I don’t think the seats are a very good idea in the first place. The more we contain our children the longer it takes them to learn to move corectly. walkers, baby seats, exersaucers and the like delay there development if used to much. put a blanket on the floor and give them some toys and your time and play with them. I konw there are times when we need to get things done (I have three kids I know!) but it’s more important to me that my kids are healthy then my laundry is folded.

  197. by Edna

    On March 6, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    The parent bashing and plain meanness makes me sad. As if any one of us has ever done anything that we looked back at later and realized we could have made a better choice as a parent…or maybe I’m the only one here who is not perfect?

    As far as the Bumbo goes, though, we had one and loved it. With four kids, it was a great place for the baby to sit and observe or participate in the activities the older kids were doing. I always kept an eye on the baby and pulled him/her out when he/she started to squirm, but, who knows, I could have easily turned around for half a minute to help one of the other kids and had a baby fall out. Not because I’m stupid, not because I’m lazy, not because I used the Bumbo as a babysitter, but because, as a mom, I’m doing a lot of different things during the day and, often, at the same time and I only have two hands.

    But I did love the Bumbo and I would recommend it to my friends, especially after the second child. We never used one with our first child because, naturally, she had all my attention all the time and I could hold her all the time like all the other perfect moms.

  198. by Mallory

    On March 14, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    We used the Bumbo seat for our daughter as soon as she could support her head. She always wanted to be sitting up but wasn’t even close to being able to do so on her own. We would put it in the center of the kitchen table at dinner time so she could be involved but never left her unattended. mostly i kept the chair on the floor and let her play in the seat there. As soon as she got old enough to sit on her own and was able to arch her back in the chair we put it away. I think the chair is great but just like everything else it must be used with caution.

  199. by Shelagh Fehrenbach

    On March 14, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    My mother always said, “you can’t fall off the floor…” I honestly can’t even believe this is an argument. Part of being a parent is anticipating danger and not putting your children in dangerous situations. Failure to act like a parent isn’t something you can blame on a piece of plastic.

  200. by Trish

    On March 28, 2012 at 1:08 am

    When my daughter was about 3 or 4 months old, I bought a cute purple Bumbo and took it home to try it out. Almost as soon as I put her in it, she started arching her back and I could just see her tipping it over or rolling over and falling out onto her face on the floor. So, I trusted my motherly instincts.. I put it back in the box and took it back the next day.. got my money back and bought her something else. They asked me if there was something wrong with it; I told them “No, my daughter just didn’t like it and I’m not wasting thirty-something dollars for it to sit in the closet when I could get her something else that she could use.”

  201. by JE1115

    On January 21, 2013 at 11:52 am

    For crying out loud people use some common sense. If your child is 9 months old, he is strong enough to sit on his own and have a strength impact on this little seat. The bumbo was designed and marketed for younger babies that can’t sit up on their own or are learning to do so. That’s like saying I put my 2 year old in the swing and he broke it. Geez people, figure it out. And why would you put your baby in anything on a counter or table and then walk away for a length of time to give them the chance to fall to the ground. Common sense people, use it!

  202. by JE1115

    On January 21, 2013 at 11:55 am

    We put our 10 week old in the Bumbo and he loves it. He is able to sit and look around and watch us without laying on the floor or sitting in a bouncer. Our bumbo never leaves the (carpeted!) floor and as soon as he fusses we take him out. Its a nice tool in the rotation of where to sit him when he is awake. He gets tired of the swing, bouncer, floor, etc.