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JPMA Provides Additional Guidance Regarding CPSC Warning on Slings Issued March 12, 2010

JPMA provides safety tips for parents and caregivers when using slings.

MOUNT LAUREL, NJ March 17, 2010—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 advising parents and caregivers to be cautious when using infant slings for babies younger than four months of age.

The CPSC warning does not include soft infant carriers, for which there is an ASTM standard and which JPMA certifies. It is important to note that JPMA does not certify slings and currently there is no ASTM standard covering slings. The ASTM subcommittee on infant slings met on March 16, 2010 to review a draft standard for sling carriers and work to develop a voluntary standard is ongoing.

“The JPMA is committed to providing the latest safety information to parents in the prenatal to preschool market,” said Michael Dwyer, CAE, Executive Director of the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association. “Parents and caregivers are looking for answers to tough questions regarding baby gear, and the JPMA can provide those helpful reminders that an important first step toward raising a happy, healthy baby is to create the safest environment possible.”

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.

The CPSC Chairwoman Inez Tenenbaum acknowledged the bonding role of slings when she spoke recently at the JPMA Summit in Washington, D.C.

“We want to empower them (parents) to make a decision that is best for the safety of their baby, while realizing that slings play a role in the bonding of baby and mother in many cultures,” said Tenenbaum.

Visit http://www.jpma.org/content/safety/certified-products for a list of JPMA certified soft infant carriers.

To read the full infant sling warning issued by the CPSC on March 12, 2010 visit http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10165.html.

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.

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