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JPMA Provides Additional Guidance Regarding CPSC Warning on Slings The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA), a non-profit association dedicated to promoting the industry and the safe use of juvenile products, is providing important safety information to parents and caregivers on the proper use of infant slings. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a warning for infant slings on March 12, 2010 and has now clarified that not all infant slings are subject to the warning.

The slings that are subject to the CPSC warning are popularly categorized under the term "bag-style" slings. In the "bag-style" sling, the pouch where baby is placed puts the baby in a potentially suffocating curved or "C"-like position. The slings included in the warning are for products in which the child is in a reclined position. JPMA certifies a different product line where the child is in an upright position, commonly known as "soft infant carriers". "Soft infant carriers" are not included in the warning issued by the CPSC. Below are some safety tips to follow when using any wearable infant product:
  • Make sure baby's face is visible at all times.
  • Baby's head should not be covered by any fabric.
  • Parents and caregivers should be able to look at baby's entire face when they are wearing the child.
  • Be sure that baby is not hunched with chin touching chest.
  • Baby's face should not be pressed tight against wearer.
According to the CPSC warning, babies positioned correctly in a sling should have their chin up, face visible and nose and mouth free at all times. Parents and caregivers should also be vigilant about frequently checking on their baby while the child is in any wearable product. JPMA recommends that parents and caregivers cautiously follow product instructions and use their experience and keenly attuned instincts when caring for babies at all times.

About the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association

The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association is a national trade organization of more than 250 companies in the United States, Canada and Mexico. JPMA exists to advance the interests, growth and well-being of North American prenatal to preschool product manufacturers, importers and distributors marketing under their own brands to consumers. It does so through advocacy, public relations, information sharing, product performance certification and business development assistance conducted with appreciation for the needs of parents, children and retailers. Each year, JPMA sponsors Baby Safety Month in September and in 2010 JPMA is dedicating Baby Safety Month to safe sleep practices. JPMA initiated Baby Safety Month to educate parents and caregivers on the importance of the safe use and selection of juvenile products. To find out more information about the JPMA certification program, the products certified and a complete listing of JPMA members, please visit www.jpma.org.