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In light of the current recall of the Infantino “SlingRider” and “Wendy Bellissimo” slings in the UK, Europe and North America, Rebecca Ward of the Consortium of UK Sling Retailers and Manufacturers says, “We are pleased that steps have been taken to ensure that using a baby sling is a safe way to carry your baby. If you are using a ‘bag style’ baby carrier and have concerns, we urge you to contact the manufacturer. The majority of baby carriers and slings are still safe to use, if they hold baby in proper alignment and fit snugly by design and instruction. These safe designs of sling include shallow pouch-style slings, ring slings, soft carriers and wrap slings.”

Advice for Parents

If you carry your baby in a bag-style sling, Rebecca Ward of the Consortium of UK Sling Manufacturers and Retailers says, “While we are unaware of any fatalities in the UK in these bag style slings at the present time, we would caution against using them in light of the recall”.

If you use a ‘bag-style’ carrier, you can contact your local babywearing group through Sling Meet, www.slingmeet.co.uk, for advice on alternative slings.

If you have another sort of baby carrier, Rebecca advises, “No safety problems have been brought to our attention with any other baby carriers. Make sure you read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.”

When using a baby sling, follow these basic principles:

Keep your baby close and keep your baby safe. When you’re wearing a sling or carrier, don’t forget the T.I.C.K.S.

Tight                                       P

In view at all times               P

Close enough to kiss            P

Keep chin off the chest      P

Supported back                    P

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If you are in the market for a sling you have got to check out Sling Jax, they have a massive range to choose from and you can hire as well as buy.

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There are plenty of benefits of using a sling:

Benefits for baby

  • Carried babies easily develop a lasting bond with their carers, including grandparents, siblings etc.
  • Carried babies learn to sit, stand and walk earlier.
  • Carrying babies stimulates their development. As they spend more time quietly observing the world, their communication skills develop and their confidence grows.

Benefits for parent/carer

  • Helps them to breastfeed discreetly anytime.
  • Allows them to tend to other children/run errands/do other tasks such as housework.
  • Travelling on public transport/shopping/hiking is much easier.
  • Additionally, using a sling helps to protect them from back, shoulder and neck pain.

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