WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC), in cooperation with Infantino LLC, of San Diego, Calif. are announcing a free replacement program for the Infantino “SlingRider” and “Wendy Bellissimo” infant slings. One million of these infant slings are being recalled in the United States and 15,000 are being recalled in Canada. CPSC advises consumers to immediately stop using these slings for infants younger than four months of age due to a risk of suffocation and contact Infantino for a free replacement product.
I am a huge proponent of babywearing — a carried baby is a happy baby, after all. I have seen these SlingRider slings in action and was appalled at how far a baby can fall into them. I am glad to see that they’ve been taken off the market. My only hope is that this recall will not scare folks away from babywearing.