Friday, October 26, 2007

:: Bumbo Recall (Or, I Get Snarky) ::

I try not to be too judge-y or too snarky but seriously folks. This is the dumbest thing I've heard in awhile.

When my mom was here a few weeks ago she bought Evan a Bumbo (pictured below). He spends a lot of his free time staring up at the ceiling or sitting on my lap and she thought he might like a change of scenery -- a bit of independence.

The Bumbo packaging warned not to use the Bumbo anywhere but on the floor. It also said not to leave Evan unattended in it (I don't know how they knew my kid's name, but that's another post for another time). So we put the Bumbo on the floor in the living room (our real estate agent calls this the great room) and let him sit in it for a few minutes at a time.

Bumpkin Patch

We don't use it when we need to do things like make bottles or pee. We use the good old floor for occasions like that because it would be really hard for Evan to hurt himself just lying still on the floor with no stairs or scissors or handguns nearby -- the kid would have to get very creative and frankly, we want to encourage creativity.

When babysitters come, we either hide the Bumbo or tell the sitters that he's not big enough for it yet.

But then this morning my mom calls all apologetic and all "I'm sorry I bought you a toy that's been recalled and I hope my grandson is okay and doesn't have any skull fractures." Whoa! Skull fractures! From a Bumbo! I guess this is something I need to look into. I'm curious, anyway, how something made of very strange-feeling foam could possibly cause skull fractures.

Turns out it's not the Bumbo. It's the dumbos. The parents who leave Bumbos on high precipices and then exit the room, probably to go smoke crack because come on, you can't smoke crack in front of babies.

I know. Stop being so judge-y. But I can't help it. Because my research into the Bumbo recall of 2007 reveals that the seats themselves haven't been recalled, just the instructions to the seats have been recalled. Apparently the warnings were not strong enough. So now the company has issued new instructions (you can download them here) and nifty new warning stickers.

Really, though, I think we all need to have our brains recalled. Next thing you know there will be nationwide recalls on beds (kids can roll off of them and land on their heads, causing skull fractures), dust (kids can have severe asthma attacks and then fall over, resulting in skull fractures) , even kitchen sink faucets (kids can accidentally get some water in their eyes when the faucets accidentally spray all awry and crazy and then the kids can stumble backwards into the fridge, bumping their heads and causing skull fractures).

Damn. I'm being judge-y again.


P.S. If your child happens to have suffered skull fractures as a result of using the Bumbo, I'm very sorry. Yes, I do understand that sometimes we all do things that in retrospect we wish we hadn't done, and yes I am aware of the fact that I did learn about the seriousness of staying with Evan when he's in the Bumbo when he snapped his head back all weird in it once when I was right there with him. But by no means do I think there's anything wrong with the Bumbo or that anything needs to be recalled because I choose to put my son in a seat that keeps his butt but not his neck upright. And no, you're right, I'm not a perfect mommy and no, actually, I don't think I am, and yes, I'm sure I'll be writing a different post when Evan gets his first skull fracture and yes, I'll call you then so that you can tell me how stupid I am for whatever stupid thing I did that resulted in said skull fracture.


bubandpie October 26, 2007 at 6:27 PM  

There's just no way that the term "skull fracture" should be that funny.

But I must admit I know people who regularly put the Bumbo up on the kitchen counter, and I've had to exercise severe eyebrow control when confronted with that fact.

blessyourheartmom October 26, 2007 at 8:20 PM  

Or better yet the one I have seen is putting an infant seat up on a chair and seeing it topple off, baby strapped inside.

I totally believe most of these warnings and recalls are not because of product flaws, but because of parents that lack common sense.

Julie Pippert October 28, 2007 at 3:30 PM  

Umm wow. I am constantly amazed at the common sense warnings we seem to need.

Like "coffee is HOT!!!!"

And "don't leave children unattended in bath!!!!"

And "Precarious edges could be fatal for small babies!!!"

Like you I don't mean to be judge-y and boy have I had my fair share of "holy crap!!!!" moments when I am really glad God looks after the Special people (by which I mean me, the idiot).

I just wish they'd had Bumbo when my kids were babies. We had to make do with the pappasan vibrating singing bouncy seat for the little one and the big one had to make do with a sling. Dude. The dark ages. ;)

Using My Words

Michelle October 29, 2007 at 8:24 PM  

I still plan on buying a Bumbo for my baby and since it is safe to use on any level surface on the floor, I think I might use it on train tracks or maybe I'll put my baby in it on the floor near oncoming traffic while I wash my car or it'd be great for her to enjoy sitting next to a campfire when we go camping. That should be safe, right? I mean there is no warning on the seat against any of that. And I totally lack the ability to think for myself and that red warning label on the back is just so incredibly confusing. My head hurts just trying to figure it out and its so lengthy... I think I'll just stop at "Warning". I mean I get the overall gist of it.

lol. I'm being snarky too. I really do want one real bad though. My little girl just turned 3 months, I think she'd really like it. And I would use it in the correct way. Can't wait for them to be back on store shelves, though I'll have to deal with pesky new warning labels, blah. If anyone has one they no longer want because omg, "They're totally defective." Send it my way, I'll pay for shipping.

Eva November 4, 2007 at 4:46 AM  

Bubandpie just pointed out your post to me because I posted and tried to avoid being snarky about the recall. But I was feeling very snarky. I suggested they recall the newspaper because my babies sometimes try to eat it and there's no warning, do not eat. I love that the recall says that, FOR FREE, you can get a new sticker to put on the Bumbo, and that you shouldn't use it without the new sticker.

We have large plastic clothing storage bins that the babies like to play in. But the lid has a picture indicating that apparently, you shouldn't put a baby inside and close the lid. Thank goodness for warning labels.

Mom101 November 4, 2007 at 7:27 PM  


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Jamie May 1, 2008 at 7:36 AM  

Sorry I am so late to this but wanted to say GREAT POST! So many dumbos out there!

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