Baby Slings Recalled, May Be Linked To 3 Infant Deaths

More than 1 million baby slings made by Infantino are being recalled because the products have been linked to three infant deaths.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says babies can suffocate in the soft fabric slings. The agency is urging parents to immediately stop using the slings for babies under 4 months.

The recall involves 1 million Infantino "SlingRider" and "Wendy Bellissimo" slings in the United States and 15,000 in Canada. It follows a warning earlier this month from CPSC that sling-style baby carriers pose a suffocation risk to newborns.

Infantino President Jack Vresics says the company will offer a free replacement baby carrier, activity gym or shopping cart cover to any affected consumer.


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  • by Jessica Location: Pamlico on Mar 24, 2010 at 07:39 PM
    How is it poor babies? Some babies want to be held 24/7, mothers have stuff to do. If it was not for my sling with my second child, I would have either had to let her cry her eyes out which I would NEVER do since she was only a newborn-few months old, or wear a sling THE PROPER WAY and be AWARE of the child and how to use one while I went on living my life being able to clean and maintain the house and at the time my 3 year old. Also very more convenient then lugging in a store a baby seat carrier or putting my baby in the hard nasty cart baby seats while shopping. Slings are a life saver! And I agree with the previous Anonymous user....its parent ignorance and trying to blame someone else for you negligence! People have been using a form of slings for hundreds of years
  • by Smurfette Location: Smurfvillage on Mar 24, 2010 at 04:38 PM
    The first time I saw one of these I honestly thought the lady was carrying a pouch of some kind....til she pull this cute lil baby out of it. Poor babies.
  • by Anti-Terrorist Location: Greenville on Mar 24, 2010 at 02:46 PM
    Linked to 3 infant deaths after 2000 years of use. Sounds kind of silly if you ask me.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 24, 2010 at 11:49 AM
    Too bad they can't recall parent ignorance. (And yes, I am a parent who has used slings.) Common sense isn't so common.
  • by nick Location: eastern nc on Mar 24, 2010 at 09:32 AM
    maybe it was operator error!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 24, 2010 at 08:27 AM
    Hotslings are the BEST, and now that they make them adjustable, they are even better!
  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Mar 24, 2010 at 08:02 AM
    I wish I'd known about baby slings when my kids were little. I hope that all slings will not get a bad rep because of a few poorly designed ones, as well as human error on the part of the people using them. There are online sites and support groups that will advise you in the proper usage of a baby sling and any questions you may have about them.
  • by Jessica Location: Pamlico on Mar 24, 2010 at 07:36 AM
    I use this sling with my daughter and absolutely loved it. I guess Im shocked even 3 kids died. It's mind boggling since the mother is ACTUALLY WEARING the child! It's not as if the child is away from the mother. How could the mother not realize something was wrong? Did they just go about their business, never checking on their child? If the child managed to suffocate, as a user of this sling, they were not using it right. Its sad to say but a child can suffocate with anything, even their sleeper at night if not the proper size is not worn and mother does not check in. Its up to the parents to use the proper stuff the right way. It says not to use with children under 4 months old, that's when I sued mine mainly because of my daughter acid reflux and attachment to the hip to me. With ANY sling you must still support your child. I never walked around without arm still under my sling and peaking in the sling to check on her. Smart parenting people!!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 24, 2010 at 05:08 AM
    Thank goodness they are finally stating the brand and issuing a recall. I use another sling and it is wonderful. I hated that all slings were getting a bad reputation over this one obviously poor designed sling.
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