In not so happy baby news, over 1 million Infantino Baby Slings have been recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). According the the CPSC, the cause of this recall was that two models of this sling have been linked to 3 infant suffocation deaths. Sad news indeed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the lost little ones and their families. The two sling models that have been recalled are the "SlingRider" and "Wendy Bellissimo." The products were manufactured in China and Thailand. Consumers are being advised to stop use of these slings for infants under 4 months old immediately. If you contact Infantino, you will be provided with a replacement product. Product replacements include the Wrap & Tie Infant Carrier, 2 in 1 Shopping Cart Cover, or the 3 in 1 Grow & Play Activity Gym.
If you have experienced an incident or injury with this product, the CPSC is encouraging consumers to file an incident report here.
Also, on March 12, the CPSC issued a warning regarding baby slings in general citing risk of suffocation. The report also noted that the risk of suffocation was found in babies who
"were either a low birth weight twin, were born prematurely, or had breathing issues such as a cold."
This report is not telling us not to use the slings, it is simply providing a warning of the risks. One important recommendation in the report when using a baby sling is to make sure the baby's face is visible at all times. (Read the report here.)
This news is really scary, but I don't want to hit the panic button just yet. The CPSC claims they are working on creating mandatory safety standards for the slings (currently there are no standards), and I also believe their warning to keep the baby's face visible is reasonable and could possibly lead to safer use of the product. As of now I'm still planning on using a sling because I like the idea of having my baby close to me. However, after these reports, it is clear that I need to make sure to do all of my research. So far, I've looked into one product that is made in Germany which gets good reviews that I might check out. It's called DIDYMOS. This product is created so that there are several different configurations you can create to carry your baby.