Can We Recall Parents?

If you haven’t heard, 4 million Bumbo Seats were recalled today. This isn’t the first recall Bumbo has had, but they have made clear instructions on how their product should be used. It should not be placed on elevated surfaces or in water, and parents need to watch their babies while they are using the product. I am not trying to undermine any child that was injured while using this product, but what about some COMMON SENSE PEOPLE. What makes a person think placing a baby on a counter is safe? Now this recall does go beyond drownings in tubs and falls from counters, but the packaging clearly states an age minimum and placing your one month old in a seated position isn’t recommended. It’s incredibly sad that children have lost their lives and have suffered serious injuries due to their parents negligence.

These are actual warning labels on the Bumbo

And Babies can escape… this should NOT be used as “baby jail”


I see some pretty lousy parenting all over the internet, but chances are, if you are reading this blog, you care for your child enough to watch them while using any toy, sitting or walking device. Babies are vulnerable. They need to be watched, just because you can set your child down in a Bumbo, exersaucer, walker, etc. doesn’t mean you should leave the room.

If a company puts warning labels on their products, advises you to watch your child when using the product, why should they be liable for your lack of common sense? I vote on recalling some parents.

And on that note I leave you with a cute video of Atticus stuck in his Bumbo at about 4 months old

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Xza Louise Higgins is the founder of MommyCon, creator of The Mommy Dialogues, and punk rock mom to two year old Atticus in the great city of Chicago, IL. She is incredibly passionate about birth options, human rights, and promoting gentle parenting practices.

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  1. Risa -  August 15, 2012 - 10:19 am

    Here here! There is a serious lack of consumer responsibilty nowadays. Like you said babies are vulnerable but they are also curious. If a baby is no longer safe in a device time to stop using it. Period. Geez

  2. lauren j -  August 15, 2012 - 10:24 am

    Couldn’t have said it better! The moment I heard of the recall I thought the same thing. It almost seems like some (definitely not all) parents have just become more lazy abd careless. Which for the child sake is sad and unfortunate.

  3. Allison -  August 15, 2012 - 10:32 am

    I thought the exact same thing when I read it this morning! And in that photo above the warning label is to the left of the child’s right leg. Right on the product. This is the same issue as the Bucky Balls magnets. Despite warnings on the website and FIVE on the product box itself, parents still allow their children to play with them, or leave them where children can find them. They are not toys and are meant for adults only. Now the company has to stop making them. I agree about recalling parents haha.

  4. Heather P. -  August 15, 2012 - 10:36 am

    Couldn’t agree more! It’s just sad the lack of care or concern parents have for their children now.

  5. Mandi Cohen -  August 15, 2012 - 10:52 am

    I love you Xza! xD

  6. Abigail -  August 15, 2012 - 11:32 am

    What happened to the good old days when PARENTS were responsible for their children’s safety not these corporations?

  7. Ashley Barrett -  August 15, 2012 - 12:03 pm

    TOTALLY agree! Seriously with the first recall and the warning labels added (ours has the warning labels-we bought it 4 years ago) why why why don’t parents think?!

  8. Melissa -  August 15, 2012 - 12:20 pm

    Just curious what you googled to find this picture that is also on a private IG. I personally do not put my kid in her bumbo on the counter but I don’t think taking a private photo is acceptable.

  9. Jacquelynn Allen -  August 15, 2012 - 1:20 pm

    Thank you for writing this!!! It’s the parents fault for putting the baby in an unsafe situation. It’s common sense to not leave your baby alone. I use a Bumbo and never leave her alone in it. Even when she’s on carpet. Putting a baby on a countertop or elevated surface is stupidity!!! Thank you again for writing this!!! And you ladies have a great blog! Continue writing!

  10. Molly -  August 15, 2012 - 1:52 pm

    I’m guilty of using it as a bath seat BUT I kept my hand on it at ALL times. But I agree it’s more a parent issue. My cousin had her little girl in one on the bathroom counter while she got ready one day and I about had a heart attack.

  11. Jessica -  August 15, 2012 - 2:53 pm

    Silliness. It’s like people blaming restaurants for their weight problems. Don’t eat greasy fast food if you don’t want to get fat, and don’t put your baby in an unsafe situation if you don’t want them getting hurt :-/

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