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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.

Mumzine readers can get a 5.5% discount at Sling Jax by using code ‘mumzine’ at the checkout.


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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Graco has recalled roughly 1.5 million strollers after the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) got many complaints of the fingertips of children being amputated.

The Graco models included in this recall are Select Alano, Passage and Spree Model Strollers.  If you are concerned that your buggy may be included in this recall click here to read Graco’s statement.  Also Graco’s twitter page has lots more information and you can pose a question directly.

Maclaren have also had to recalled buggy’s after they received about a dozen complaints regarding fingertips being amputated when caught in the hinges of the stroller.

If all this is putting you off buggy’s, check out our feature on the best slings on the market.

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There has been lots of publicity around the safety problems of Maclaren’s buggy’s and claims that the folding mechanism as been responsible for amputating children’s fingers in the states and the UK.  Click here for the full story.

It got us thinking about the best slings on the market and different ways to carry your child around. Below are the slings that either Michele or myself have used and rated or that other people have highly recommended.

The BabaSling – this was one of the slings I used and is really versatile.  There are 7 different carrying positions including one that allows you to discreetly breast feed at the same time.  As the child gets bigger you can swing it round and carry them on your back. Unlike some upright baby carriers BabaSling puts no unnatural pressure on a baby’s developing spine.

The Tricotti Sling –  This is a very popular, compact and easy to use baby sling. It actually consists of two separate pouch slings.  You wear one on each shoulder which gives superior back support and weight distribution than a single pouch sling.

The Tricotti Sling offers all the carrying positions that a wrap around sling does (cradle, facing in, facing out, on the hip), but has the advantage that you can just pop it on with no need for tying and no long trailing bits of fabric to deal with.   The fabric of the Tricotti Sling is a soft thick cotton jersey which is machine washable and made with non-toxic dyes.

Baby Bjorn – Baby Bjorn has been going since 1961 and so has a long history of making baby carriers.  I found this classic very good when my daughter was old enough to want to sit up and look out, it felt like it was very supportive of my back and held her up so she could see. A great sling for newborns but is less comfortable for use with larger babies.  They have also recently bought out an organic line which means that the chemicals used in the production process is regulated.  This includes growing, harvesting, production, processes, manufacturing, packaging, and labelling.

Kari me – I know lots of people who absolutely raved about these including Michele.  It is a fabric baby wrap made from 90% cotton with no buckles or straps and can be worn in 5 different positions and can be used from birth to 4 years old.  Everyone says its really comfortable to wear and once you have got the hang of getting it on its a real winner.  This sling allows breast feeding while wearing.

Yamo – The Yamo Baby Carrier is designed to help you carry on with your active life while keeping your baby close to you. This baby carrier is well designed to be equally comfortable for you and your baby in three carrying positions – in front, on the back, and on the hip. For use from 5 months +.

If you want to have a good root around to see what is on the market Slingjax is a brilliant site that has a wide range of baby carriers, allowing you to weigh up the options and pick the right one for your needs.

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