The company Infantino, maker of the Sling Rider carrier, and the Consumer Products Safety Commission have announced today a recall of this carrier and are offering a free replacement product (another baby carrier or other product made by the company). As with the CPSC’s statements on safe positioning of infants in sling carriers a couple of weeks ago, it’s so important to remember that not all slings or baby carriers are alike and that there are key differences between the design that is being recalled and other carriers–even those also often referred to as slings. Fitted pouch slings with a more shallow pocket (such as those made by Hotslings or Peanut Shell) and simple ring slings (such as those made Sakura Bloom, Maya Wrap, and Zolowear) are very different in structure from the item being recalled and this announcement does not implicate those styles nor does it imply that they are not safe to use. Again, I urge everyone who wants to learn more about how to babywear to go to their local brick-and-mortar shop stocking slings and carriers (where I’m sure you can get hands-on demos) or if you have a babywearing/sling playgroup or meet-up in your area, go to get great friendly instruction from experienced moms who can show you how to wear a pouch, ring sling, wrap, mei tai, SSC, and more! Check http://www.babywearinginternational.org to see if there is a group in your area!