This is Part 3 of our series on Babywearing Safety. You can find the original post with links to all the others here.
This series of articles will help you identify the features of safe carriers and the distinguishing marks of carriers that are unsafe. Babies can and have died in an unsafe sling, but being aware of what they look like will help you make an informed choice.
We discuss the features of safe carriers here. How to choose a safe carrier, especially those made by Work At Home Mum (WAHM) vendors and sewing your own are discussed here. Unsafe carriers such as bag slings, fakes and the concerns around eBay are discussed here. Parents are often advised to treat clip slings and front pack carriers like the Baby Bjorn with caution, this is discussed here.
Unfortunately, not all carriers are created equal. Mass-produced carriers available in large chain-stores are not always safe. However, there are some amazing carriers available that will give you and your child years of adventure- not months. Happy shopping!