Moms naturally tend to carry their little ones on their hips when they are out and about. So, it was only a matter of time till someone devised a way to make toting baby around a little easier. Hence, the infant hip hammock was born– a great idea as long as it is safe. With such a precious cargo depending on the strength and stability of such a sling, you want to make sure that your baby stays locked in close.
Playtex is recalling over 300,000 of their popular Hip Hammock infant carriers due to faulty buckles on the waist and shoulder straps that can crack or break, causing a baby to fall.
The Playtex Hip Hammock is an infant carrier designed to strap the baby against the caregiver’s body at the hip. It is made of a soft, quilted fabric and intended for babies that are from 15 to 35 pounds. The child seat is attached with straps that wrap around the carrier’s hips and shoulder. “Playtex Hip Hammock” is printed on a label sewn into the front of the carrier. All model numbers are being recalled. Model numbers 05300, 05301, 05302, 05306, 05307 and 05308 are sewn into the inside panel below the instructions for use. They come in basic and deluxe styles. The hip hammock’s fabric is suede or ultra-suede in black or navy colors on the outside, and the inside lining is black, black and white check or burgundy.
Playtex has received 87 reports of the buckles cracking or breaking, including two reports of injuries, where one infant required emergency room treatment.
Consumers should stop using the carrier and contact Playtex for instructions on how to return the product for a full refund.
Burlington Coat Factory, Target, Walmart, juvenile product, baby and discount 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.
Some of these infant hammocks are older models, so the danger now is for new parents that may receive one that is passed down, bought at a garage sale or second hand retail outlet. If you own one of these carriers check the model number to make sure it isn’t covered in the recall.