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In Defence of the Bumbo

incorrect use of a Bumbo

More than 4 million Bumbo baby seats have been recalled after several reports of babies suffering skull fractures after wiggling out of the Bumbo.

As far as I know, the Bumbo baby seat is supposed to help seat babies who can’t sit up on their own and it does not claim to be a restraining seat of any sort. The Bumbo baby seat also comes with a warning label which states that the seat should not be placed on an elevated surface.

Our little lavender Bumbo has served us very well and both kids have used it happily. If the kid is in the Bumbo, then it is usually placed on the padded mat on the floor. And although we know we are not supposed to, sometimes we put the Bumbo on the sofa or on a low table but ALWAYS with an adult sitting directly beside or behind the kid.

Obviously, once the kid is able to sit up by himself or to wiggle out of the Bumbo baby seat, we switch to a baby high chair with a seat belt restraint. We don’t expect the Bumbo to be able to keep a mobile baby safe because it is not made for that purpose.

Anya eating carrots in a Bumbo

Anya playing peek-a-boo with Adam on the Bumbo

One of my friends shared an article on Facebook about the Bumbo being recalled but added that she thinks it’s fine to use it as long as the baby is not left alone and I completely agree with her. Someone commented on her post that it’s such a bother that babies have to be supervised all the time, which makes me wonder why some people become parents if they think that the basic act of parenting is too troublesome.

I’ve also heard that some people are planning to throw their Bumbo baby seat away. If the Bumbo baby seat is used the way it’s meant to be used, then everything will be fine and dandy. But if an adult can’t figure out how to use a simple moulded foam seat correctly and safely, then yes, she doesn’t deserve to own it and should just get rid of it.

It doesn’t matter how smart or how safe a product is if people cannot be bothered to use their common sense. Just remember: the Bumbo baby seat is supposed to seat a baby, not baby-sit.

A Very Depressing Brunch at Infusion

Infusion at Dempsey

On Sunday, we went to Infusion at Dempsey for a brunch buffet. My mother-in-law had gotten some inSing SuperDeals vouchers which got us 40% off so we paid $14.90 per person instead of $24.80. The deal was so popular that the restaurant was fully booked when we wanted to make reservations for the Sunday before.

I think it’s pretty obvious that I like to take pictures of food. If I don’t take any photos at a new place, it’s either because the food looks so good that I want to dig in immediately or because the food is so blah that I can’t be bothered. At Infusion, it was the latter. The self-serve brunch buffet was like the free breakfast you get when you stay at a basic hotel: coffee, tea, milk, cornflakes, porridge, bread, sausages, bacon, scrambled eggs, fried eggs, pancakes, french toast, cakes and fruit. They also had some tomato-based pasta and mussels. The quality of the food wasn’t great and definitely not worth the original price of $24.80. And even at the discounted price of $14.90, I can get much better food. It was just really depressing.

When we got home after brunch, I did some googling and realised that there were some ala carte items on the buffet menu that we could have ordered. My mother-in-law was not with us at brunch because she was overseas so we had no idea what the voucher for the brunch buffet included. But the service staff at the restaurant certainly didn’t come forward with the ala carte menu or attempt to take our orders for the free flow soft drinks or anything.

I don’t know what the usual menu at Infusion is like and whether the food for lunch and dinner is good but the brunch buffet is definitely not worth going for. And now, I’m even more suspicious of some of the deals offered by these group buying sites. :(