Boots statement on baby slings

Our customers' health and wellbeing is at the heart of all we do and in light of the Consumer Product Safety Commission warning issued in the USA, we have taken the precautionary step of temporarily stopping the sale of sling carriers for babies until we receive guidance from the Trading Standards Authority in the UK and Infantino's offices in the UK. We would like to take this opportunity to reassure customers that experts have confirmed that carriers that keep a newborn baby solidly against the mother's body in an upright position are not affected by this announcement, and to repeat guidance that has been given in the USA -

  • Parents and caregivers should frequently check a baby in a sling.
  • Make sure that the infant's face is not covered and is visible at all times to the sling's wearer.
  • If breastfeeding in a sling, change the baby's position after feeding so the baby's head is facing up and is clear of the sling and the mother's body.

We would recommend that any parents concerned about whether the use of slings is appropriate for their babies should contact their GP for further guidance.

Boots Spokesperson