We like many other parents own a Bumbo seat so I was interested to see the product is currently at the centre of a safety recall.
There have been two dozen reports of babies fracturing their skulls after using the seat and many other reports of children managing to wriggle out the seat. This has led to Bumbo issuing a safety harness which can be attached to the seat.
As far as I can see most of the reports seem to be from misuse of the product. The seat clearly states that it should not be used on any raised surface and is only suitable for using on the ground. It seems many of the accidents have been caused by doing the opposite of this and using the product on a table or similar, causing the child to be injured when they have wriggled out.
That being said, I won’t be getting a safety harness to use with my seat. I see no need, as I firstly follow the instructions, using the product only the floor and secondly never leave my baby unattended in the seat. I have always considered that a baby could easily wriggle free of the seat but I think when used under supervision it is a useful device. For others that own one I guess the message is, don’t leave your baby unattended when using it.