Find Information About:

Drugs & Supplements

Get information and reviews on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements. Search by name or medical condition.

Pill Identifier

Pill Identifier

Having trouble identifying your pills?

Enter the shape, color, or imprint of your prescription or OTC drug. Our pill identification tool will display pictures that you can compare to your pill.

Get Started

My Medicine

Save your medicine, check interactions, sign up for FDA alerts, create family profiles and more.

Get Started

WebMD Health Experts and Community

Talk to health experts and other people like you in WebMD's Communities. It's a safe forum where you can create or participate in support groups and discussions about health topics that interest you.

  • Second Opinion

    Second Opinion

    Read expert perspectives on popular health topics.

  • Community


    Connect with people like you, and get expert guidance on living a healthy life.

Got a health question? Get answers provided by leading organizations, doctors, and experts.

Get Answers

Sign up to receive WebMD's award-winning content delivered to your inbox.

Sign Up

Health & Baby

Font Size

1 Million Baby Slings Recalled

Infantino Baby Slings Recalled in U.S., Canada After 3 Infants Died
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD

Recalled Infantino "SlingRider" March 24, 2010 -- On the heels of a warning that baby slings can kill infants, Infantino LLC has recalled 1 million of the products in the U.S. and 15,000 in Canada.

At least three children died in these slings in 2009: a 7-week-old in Philadelphia, a 6-day old infant in Salem, Ore., and a 3-month-old in Cincinnati.

Infantino is recalling two popular brands of the slings: the "Wendy Bellissimo" sold exclusively at Babies 'R' Us; and the "SlingRider" sold at Walmart, Burlington Coat Factory, Target, BJ's Wholesale, and other stores since January 2003.

The products sold for between $25 and $30. "Infantino" is printed on a plastic slider on the product shoulder strap. The brand names are printed on the instruction/warning label inside the baby sling.

Infantino is offering to replace the slings with a choice of the Wrap & Tie infant carrier, a 2-in-1 Shopping Cart Cover, or a 3-in-1 Grow & Play Activity Gym. The company is also offering a Jittery Pals Rattle with each exchange.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission warns that parents should not try to fix the recalled baby slings. The slings pose two types of danger to infants:

  • During the first few months of life, infants cannot control their heads because their neck muscles are too weak. They cannot turn their heads when the sling fabric presses against their nose and mouth, suffocating the baby in just one or two minutes.
  • When the sling holds a baby in a curled position with its chin bent toward its chest, the infant's airway is restricted. The child, unable to cry for help, slowly suffocates.

The CPSC is developing a mandatory standard for baby slings. While this standard is being developed, the CPSC is working with manufacturers to come up with an effective voluntary standard. Currently, there is no safety standard for baby slings.

Consumers who own the recalled products should call Infantino at 866-860-1361 during business hours or visit the company's web site at

Anyone with knowledge of an injury caused by a baby sling should contact the CPSC at

Baby's First Year Newsletter

Because every week matters, get expert advice and facts on what to expect in your baby's first year.

Today on WebMD

mother on phone holding baby
When you should call 911.
parents and baby
Unexpected ways your life will change.
baby acne
What’s normal – and what’s not.
baby asleep on moms shoulder
Help your baby get the sleep he needs.

mother holding baby at night
mother with sick child
Chinese mother breast feeding newborn baby girl
Track Your Babys Vaccines
Baby Napping 10 Dos And Donts
Woman holding feet up to camera
Father kissing newborn baby
baby gear slideshow