At Global Tapestry, we take babywearing safety very seriously!
Jen, the owner of Global Tapestry, is an Approved Babywearing Consultant - trained with the Trageschule Hamburg school's philosophy through the Babywearing School of Australia. Global Tapestry is also a business member of the Baby Carrier Industry Alliance (BCIA) which promotes and provides input into different babywearing safety standards.
Within Babywearing, there are two forms of safety:
Wearing Safety - Ways in which to wear your child so that both you and they are as safe and comfortable as possible
Carrier Safety - Ways in which your carrier is made to make sure the fabric and construction is as safe as possible
Our Inoshi Get Going Guide has a great deal of information about how to use the Inoshi safely. The key concepts with safe babywearing is:
- Make sure your baby's face is always uncovered and they can breath easily
- Make sure your baby is position in an upright position, facing you (tummy to tummy) and high enough so that you can kiss the top of their head/their face. In a back carry, you should be able to tilt your head back and touch their top of their head with yours.
- Always check that your baby is OK and comfortable
- Make sure you have wrapped the Inoshi around yourself and your baby firmly and securely.
- Always make sure the Inoshi Belt is used and secured in a double knot around yourself. Make sure the Inoshi tails are also secured tightly or tied in a double knot.
We've created the below posters to help promote safe babywearing
While we have done our utmost best to provide you with a safe carrier and safe & easy how-to-use instructions, it is still your responsibility to make sure you are wearing your baby in the safest way possible and that your carrier is safe to use.
- Fully read our Get Going Guide and watch our videos prior to using the Inoshi Carrier and accessories
- Familiarise yourself with the user warnings listed on the carrier's labels and within the Get Going Guide
- If you have ANY questions about how to use the Inoshi, please contact us - we are more than happy to hep you out!
- Prior to using, always check over your Inoshi and accessories to look for any tears, broken stitches, etc that may compromise the safety of your carrier. If you do find anything that you think might compromise the safety of your carrier, please do not use your carrier and contact us immediately.
The Inoshi conforms to Australian textile and labeling standards and to the requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the American Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). The Inoshi is the first and only Australian designed and made baby carrier to have passed both of the following international standards. These standards test the Inoshi for flammability, 20+ different chemicals/substances and structural integrity in each of the front, hip and back carry positions (up to 50,000 pounds per carry position!):
USA Babywearing Standard ASTM F2907-14b "Standard Consumer Saftey Specifications for Sling Carriers": For the USA: The suitable weight range for this carrier is 3.5kg/8lbs to 15.9kg/35lbs.
European Babywearing Standard CEN/TR16512:2015 "Child Use and Care Articles - Guidelines for the Saftey of Children's Slings": For other countries: The suitable weight range for this carrier is 3.5kg/8lbs to 18kg/39lbs.
- Canadian Textile Flammability SOR/2011-22
Edited to add (Jan 2017): At that time we completed our testing (Dec 2015), F2907 was a voluntary standard. It has only been with the last few days, that this standard has now become mandatory. You can read more about this in our blog post "Breaking News: Sling Standard F2907 Now Mandatory for the USA!"
Why has the Inoshi CARRIER been tested to the SLING standards and not the CARRIER standards?
The Babywearing Standards that cover Soft Infant and Toddler Carriers for the US is F2236 and for the EU is EN13209. These standards are for baby carriers that allow the child to sit in a vertical or upright position and include tests for defined leg openings. These standards cover carriers such as structured carriers, Mei Tais and hip carriers.
The standards that the Inoshi has been tested to are for baby carriers where the child can either sit up straight or they could lie in a recline position. There is no test for leg openings, as depending on the wrapping method, there may not be a defined - or an ever changing - leg opening within the carrier, making it difficult to test to. These standards cover baby carriers such as pouches, slings, wraps and hybrid carriers.
Because you could wear your child in a recline position in the Inoshi (even though we recommend you don't due to this style of carry being potentially unsafe), and there are no defined leg holes just like with a babywearing wrap, the Inoshi needed to be tested to F2907 and TR16512. This decision was conferred with the BCIA director, our lawyers and insurance agency and the CPSIA approved testing lab that tested the Inoshi.
Your Inoshi has two large warning labels located on the inside of the Inoshi Belt. These labels, and the content within them, are a requirement of the US and EU Babywearing Standards.
You will note that we've include two different maximum weight allowances - this is due to the different requirements between the two standards we tested the carrier to. The US Standard has a maximum child test weight limit of 15.9kgs/35lbs, while the European Standard's maximum test limit is set to the manufactures limit - which we decided to be 18kgs/39lbs (which is about a 4yr old).
These labels are this size due to the standards dictating what warnings must be included, which font and font size must be used, and the inclusion of easy to see proper/improper “how to wear” images.
Yes these labels are big, but they are VERY IMPORTANT. They are the equivalent to warning labels on child car seats and life jackets. DO NOT remove these warning labels from the Inoshi - doing so may void any returns or warranties for the carrier.
The US and EU Standards require the following warnings to also be stated:
- Read, watch and follow all printed and video instructions before using the Inoshi to ensure you are using it correctly and your baby is safely positioned within it.
- Check for ripped seams, torn straps or fabric, and damaged hardware before each use. If any damage is found, stop using the Inoshi and contact us ASAP. We will be able to tell you if the issue is superficial and can still be used or if it is structural and cannot be used. Please do not attempt to fix the problem without contacting us - doing so may void your warranty.
- For pre-term or low birth weight babies, or children with medical conditions, seek advice from a health professional before using this product.
- Constantly monitor child and ensure their mouth and nose is unobstructed. Ensure your child’s chin is not resting on their chest as their breathing may be restricted, leading to suffocation.
- Always check to ensure all knots, snaps, straps, and adjustments are secure.
- Never place more than one baby in the Inoshi at one time. Do not use/wear another babywearing carrying device - such as a sling, wrap or carrier - with the Inoshi.
- Check your baby often. Ensure your baby is periodically repositioned.
- Never use the Inoshi when you believe your balance or mobility is compromised, such as from exercise, intoxication, drowsiness, medical illness or impairment.
- Never wear the Inoshi while engaging in activities such as cooking, cleaning or consuming hot food/beverages which involve a heat or hot source or exposure to chemicals.
- Never wear the Inoshi while driving or being a passenger in a motor vehicle, running, cycling, swimming, skiing, horse riding or completing other strenuous or high risk activities - such as sky diving, rock climbing, climbing a ladder or mowing the lawn.
- To prevent hazards from falling, ensure your child is securely positioned in the Inoshi. Be aware of the increased risk of your child falling out of the carrier as they become more active.
- Your movement and the child’s movement may affect your balance, therefore take extra care when bending down or learning forwards/sideways.
- Never leave your baby in the Inoshi when it is not being worn. Keep it away from children when it’s not in use.