Stupid parent alert!
Do some accidents happen because parents lack common sense?
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The overwhelming response to the news that Bumbo International, the SA makers of the popular Bumbo chair, are recalling 4.6 million of the seats for safety reasons (in the US) has been to point the finger of blame at the parents of children injured in accidents rather than design flaws in the seat.

The Bumbo is designed to be placed on the floor, not an elevated surface, and warning labels on the product reinforce this message. Apparently parents ignored this, resulting in babies toppling out and being injured, including skull fractures. People are suggesting that these injuries should be blamed on the parents for using the product incorrectly and also that parents shouldn’t have left their babies unattended in the chairs.

Most of us get it right

It's common sense, right? If your kid is sitting in the chair, you put it on the floor. If the floor is a hard surface, you’d put the seat on some kind of mat or blanket in case of a mishap.

Here are some of the comments relating to “Bumbo recalls millions of dangerous seats”:
  • Yolanda: “See, even from birth Americans are stupider than South Africans! ... Americans, please stop blaming your bad parenting on the products you use!!”
  • Bibi: “What happened to watching your children? Don't blame the product blame the parents.”
  • Elma: “Who leaves a baby unattended in any chair? I love my Bumbo seat and will keep using it for my second child”
  • Leanne: “I have used my bumbo seat with all 3 my boys (my oldest is almost 10). Never had any accidents but then again I was with them the whole time it was used, and it was only placed on the floor.”
  • Lisa: “Anything can be dangerous for a little one if not used properly and if the child is not supervised. I used my Bumbo with my little girl - no problems! Parenting involves a lot of common sense. Some don't have it...”
It would appear, then, that parenting involves lots of precautionary measures paired with plenty of common sense- after all, most accidents can be redicted,and are therefore preventable.

Do you read (and follow) warning labels on products?

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