BABY GEAR: infant SEATS IN THE NEWS
More than four million Bumbo Baby Seats were voluntarily recalled last Wednesday by Bumbo and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Although there was a previous recall in 2007, serious accidents have continued to occur. Almost two doen reports of infants wiggling out of their seats and suffering skull fractures led to the recall. Last March we posted articles from the Chicago Tribune which exposed the “Grave Concerns About The Popular Bumbo Seat.” The recent recall news immediately hit most of the major news outlets in print, online, and television. Here are just a few links:
- “Bumbo Recalls 4M baby seats after injuries from falls, “ Reuters, Chicago Tribune, 8/15/12.
- “Bumbo Baby Seats Recall,” AP, Huffington Post, 8/15/12.
- “Safety agency recalls popular infant floor seat, “ Jayne O’Donnell, USA Today.
LEARN TIPS TO IMPROVE BABY POSTURE
The recall recommends contacting Bumbo directly and they will send you a “repair kit” which incudes a “restraint belt” which is basically like a seat belt. This helps keep the child in the seat, according to Bumbo. However, we recommend getting rid of the seat. A baby’s head is very heavy and if they arch backward, the weight of their head may tip them over and take the chair with them. Instead, read some of our posts about how babies develop the sitting posture so you can guide your infant toward beautiful posture through exercise and play: