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Baby Sling Safety!

Thursday, 25 March 2010

1. NCA received an email from the company stating that
. Infantino is implementing a recall of the SlingRider in the UK & Europe.

As the European HQ is based in the UK they are in contact with their local UK Trading Standard Office(Buckinghamshire) to agree appropriate actions. The UK Trading Standard Office will manage the RAPEX notification from the UK.

. According to reports 14,000 slings have been sold in Europe of which 10,000 have been sold in the UK.

Infantino have informed NCA that they will provide information on products sold on the Irish market as soon as possible and advise us of their proposals to recall the product from consumers.

2. The European commission has issued a product safety alert to all member States to check whether the Infantino "SlingRider" and "Wendy Bellissimo" infant slings sold on the EU market comply with the safety requirements and, if necessary, to take appropriate actions,

The product details are as follows:

. The Infantino "SlingRider," is a soft fabric baby carrier with a padded shoulder strap that is worn by parents and caregivers to carry an infant weighing up to 20 lbs. "Infantino" is printed on the plastic slider located on the strap. "Infantino," "SlingRider" and the item number are printed on the instruction/warning label inside the baby sling carrier.

. "Wendy Bellissimo" branded sling carriers were sold exclusively at Babies "R" Us and have a sewn-in label on the inside of the sling strap that says in part "Wendy Bellissimo Media, Inc." and lists Item numbers 3937500H7 and 3937501H7.

The National Consumer Agency is offering the following advice to consumers around safe use of Baby Slings:

. Make sure the infant's face is not covered and is visible at all times to the sling's wearer.

. If nursing the baby in a sling, change the baby's position after feeding so the baby's head is facing up and is clear of the sling and the mother's body.

. Be vigilant about frequently check a baby in a sling.

. Make sure your baby carrier doesn't obstruct your baby's airway. This is especially important for newborns, as the carrier's fabric might block their nose and mouth and compromise their ability to breathe.

. If your carrier begins to feel too loose toward the end of a long walk or at the end of the day, take the time to tighten it immediately.

. Follow the safety guidelines and heed the warnings that are listed in your carrier's instruction manual.