Editor’s Note: A few weeks ago a blog post about the Bumbo Seat was making the rounds on Pinterest. This article from the Baltimore Sun examines the controversy surrounding the safety of the seat, which the manufacturer insists is perfectly safe “when used correctly.”
[Source: The Baltimore Sun]
Needing a moment to prepare a snack, nanny Teri Deel set her 3-month-old charge in a Bumbo Baby Seat on the kitchen floor nearby.
Suddenly the 20-pound boy arched his back, lurched out of the round plastic seat and struck his head on a rattle. The fall fractured his skull and led to bleeding around the brain, according to a lawsuit filed against Bumbo in 2010 by the boy’s parents, Julie and Judd Peak of Tennessee.
New parents and caregivers often swear by the colorful and quirky Bumbo, a popular baby shower gift that allows babies as young as 3 months to sit up before they are able to do so on their own. But even when the handy chair is used as recommended — on the floor and with adult supervision — infants are tumbling out and suffering cracked skulls, broken legs and other serious injuries, according to data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.