Popular Infant Carriers Recalled After Baby Lands in ER

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recalled Playtex infant carrierBad news for babywearing moms today! Major brand Playtex has issued a recall via the Consumer Product Safety Commission for more than 300,000 of its popular Hip Hammock Infant Carriers. Parents are being instructed to stop using the carriers immediately as some babies have suffered serious injuries due to a problem with the product.

The company says they've received 87 reports of the buckles cracking or breaking, including reports of injuries to baby. At least one infant required treatment in the emergency room. 

Are you using one of the recalled carriers? Here's what you need to know to keep baby your safe.

1. The products recalled include the Hip Hammock Child Carrier and the Deluxe Hip Hammock Child Carrier. Both versions are made for babies 15 to 35 pounds.

2. All models are being recalled, but if you want to be extra sure, one of the following model numbers can be found sewn into the inside panel below the instructions for use: 05300, 05301, 05302, 05306, 05307, and 05308.

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3. The carriers were sold at Burlington Coat Factory, Target, Walmart, and other stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com from June 2004 through December 2008 and January 2010 in Canada for about $40 for the basic model and $60 for the deluxe model.

4. If you have one of these carriers, Playtex says you should stop using it immediately. You can call the company -- (800) 522-8230 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday -- for a full refund. You can also fill out their online recall form.

What kind of baby carrier do you use?


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work4... work4mickey

I have to wonder if ant of the children involved were over the 35 lb weight limit. Part of the appeal of this model is that it is supposed to take weight off your back, which would make moms with bigger babies more inclined to use it. Even the child on the picture looks awful close to that 35 lb mark.

nonmember avatar Stephanie Barlo

Those carriers are bad for babies hips anyways, I use my boba, Moby and a ring sling fit my little guys (almost 3 and 10 months) no backache here.

nonmember avatar Lindsay

That baby is no where near 35 lbs. he looks like he is 1. My almost 2 year old is only 26lbs.

nonmember avatar lilah

There used to be laws against baby carriages on sidewalks forcing women to hold kids and exhaust themselves. Seems like you're going backwards you babywearing loons. Attachment parenting is a nice term for clingy and smothering parenting.

mylil... mylilprincesses

I never heard of them. They should stick to what they know best is making bottles lol

Churn... Churney_Mom

I always used my arms as a baby carrier. No recalls on those. (Not that I disagree with parents that do use baby carriers) I guess that's one of the benefits of being 'cash impaired' (LOL). I was more worried about the things baby needed instead of what made my life easier.  And let the angry responses begin....


nonmember avatar Ashton

My dd is 22 1/2 lbs at almost 7 months. Carriers would help me, I've hurt my back twice since having her. She's so chubby and only breastfed

ashwe... ashwee356

Maya wrap ring sling!

Scarlett Rose Valdez

They stopped selling them 3 years ago and are just now recalling them? So many questions left unanswered.

Lucki... Luckicharmz

@lilah  - Seriously, Baby wearing loons? Let me enlighten you to some of the advantages i find with child wearing

1. I like many people HATE women who bring their disgustingly huge deluxe strollers, 5 bags, child and themselves on the bus. They take up 4 - 6 seats on their own. Because I wear my child he conveniently fits on my lap and his bag goes on my back or between my legs taking up ONE seat.

2. Shopping with strollers is a nightmare, people bumping into it, accusing you of running over their feet, not being able to fit down tiny aisles blech. Once again child wearing allows me to minimize space i consume, keep my son close to me and out of the way, and I don't hit anyone.

3. Walking! Not only is carrying your child an awesome weight excersise, but you also have no issues with winter sidewalks, crowds, and again bulky strollers hitting cracks and getting up on sidewalks.


I can honestly make a lot more points to this list, but seriously try being a little more open minded before you call people loons

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