You might already be familiar with the Bumbo Baby Seat. At first glance, this product might seem like a convenient way to keep your child in one spot while you take the laundry out of the dryer or take a quick coffee break. However, it’s actually not a good idea to purchase a Bumbo or any similar sort of seat for your baby. Here’s everything you need to know about why you should stay away from this type of product.
Safety Hazards: The Dangers of Bumbo on Elevated Surfaces
First of all, the Bumbo International Trust of South Africa and the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have previously warned parents and caregivers not to place Bumbo seats on raised surfaces like tables, countertops and chairs.
A 2011 CPSC press release stated that there were at least 45 incidents at that time that involved infants falling out of Bumbo seats. Babies aged 3-10 months had experienced injuries including skull fractures. These incidents and this warning followed a voluntary recall of the product in 2007, after which new warnings were placed on the seat to stop people from putting it on elevated surfaces. Still, the falls and injuries continued.
Negative Developmental Effects
In addition to the safety issues associated with elevated surfaces, physical therapists agree that the Bumbo seat can cause developmental issues, according to the Chicago Tribune. The chair can cause incorrect postural alignment (with a rounded back and head tilting forward) and inhibits the use of their core muscles.
Additionally, the Bumbo has other negative effects such as potentially leading to hip dysplasia if babies spend extended periods of time in the seat, according to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Overall, it seems like it’s best to stay away from products like this that can hurt babies and/or hinder their development.
At Little Steps, we provide physical therapy services for children who have been injured or have movement problems. Physical therapists can relieve pain and help children resume daily activities by teaching them exercises that promote strength and range of motion – all in a fun and relaxing environment.