Infantino Recalls 1 Million Baby Slings after 3 deaths

Urgent recall info after 3 suffocation deaths.  After speculation on message boards for months about slings causing deaths, and especially Infantino slings, it comes as no surprise to me, that Infantino has now recalled 1 Million slings. Both the Sling Rider & Wendy Bellissomo  models are effected. The 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.

CPSC is aware of three reports of deaths that occurred in these slings in 2009; a 7-week-old infant in Philadelphia, Pa.; a 6-day-old infant in Salem, Ore.; and a 3-month-old infant in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Infantino LLC sold the slings in the United States and Canada from January 2003 through March 2010 at Walmart, Burlington Coat Factory, Target, Babies “R” Us, BJ’s Wholesale, various baby and children’s stores and other retailers nationwide, and on the Web at, for between $25 and $30.

2 weeks ago the CPSC issued a warning on slings. This is a helpful read with great advice so take a peek at their precautions and tips.

Here’s the segment from the Today Show this morning.

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Consumers should stop using the recalled slings immediately and contact Infantino to receive a free replacement product, with a choice of a Wrap & Tie infant carrier, or a 2 in 1 Shopping Cart Cover, or a 3 in 1 Grow & Play Activity Gym. A Jittery Pals Rattle will also be provided. Contact Infantino toll-free at (866) 860-1361 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at

Do not attempt to fix these carriers. You can read the full recall here.

CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell them about it by visiting

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  1. That is so sad that babies have died because of this carrier. To be honest when I first saw these carries a while ago I felt they wouldn’t be safe. Just the way they cradle doesn’t look right. I’m glad they have recalled them so more babies don’t lose their lives!

  2. Horrible isn’t it? I wonder if the fabric is too thick or something as well. Honestly, I’m one of those Moms that just could not ever figure out a sling – I know tons of Moms rave about them. The Baby Bjorn style carrier did work for me and we got use out of it, but I tried hard to master slings for baby # 2 but never could make it happen.

  3. patty young says:

    I used this product and never felt comfortable. I would hold it opened the whole time which made the whole concept pretty pointless.

  4. Hannah says:

    My little guy didn’t like it, he was too squished into a ball- makes sense

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