Please remember your TICKS when wearing your baby!
Tight
In view at all times
Close enough to kiss
Keep chin off chest
Supported back
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Safety Testing

It is your responsibility to ensure that your carrier is safe to use each time you use it and that you are using the carrier correctly. Cherry Berry Baby accepts no liability for harm caused as a result of misuse of your carrier.

If you feel that your carrier may have become unsafe through wear and tear, or has been damaged in any way do not use it and contact me at cherryberrybaby@live.co.uk for further advice.

Safety Testing & One of a Kind Carriers

Most one of a kind carriers and wrap conversions, are made by WAHM’s (Work At Home Mum’s), such as myself.  I am self-employed, and a sole trader working from my own home.  However, I take my responsibilities as business woman and craftswoman very seriously.

  • I have current Product Liability Insurance that covers my business activities.
  • I am continuing to update my professional knowledge and have undertaken the School of Babywearing Consultancy Course and will be a qualified babywearing consultant before then end of 2013.
  • I am an experienced babywearing mum of two children and I am in the process of setting up a sling meet & library serving my local area.
  • If you have a problem with your carrier please contact me immediately by emailing cherryberrybaby@live.co.uk.  It is my policy to give advice and support to my customers for as long as the carrier is in use, and to rectify problems where possible.

Construction

All my carriers are constructed using materials and techniques that are suitable for purpose: I use at least a 1″ seam allowance throughout and raw edges are overlocked on all wrap conversion, at least 2" of webbing is inserted and secured into the carrier internally and externally, shoulder straps are inserted a minimum of 2" into the carrier and secured internally and externally. High quality thread is used throughout. 

Safety Testing

Currently there are no mandatory tests for baby carriers in the UK.  There are the The British Safety Standard for Baby Carriers EN 13209-2-2005, which manufacturers can choose to have their carriers tested for.  However, there are several problems with the current testing standards:

  • These standards are written with mass-produced high street harness carriers, such as those sold in Mothercare, Mamas & Papas etc. in mind.  They do not take into account the fact that soft carriers of all types are a single ‘piece’ of carrier that in one way or another ‘wraps’ baby to parent, as opposed to the two part ‘harness for parent’ and ‘bit that the baby goes in’ construction of high street carriers.
  • These standards only test the exact design (including fabrics chosen) as sent for testing.  Although a WAHM could have that carrier tested and be awarded the ‘The British Safety Standard for Baby Carriers EN 13209-2-2005′, she could not label any of the carriers she subsequently produced as meeting that standard, unless they were identical in materials used and construction to the original carrier tested.  This means that carriers would not be customisable, could not use a different wrap or fabric each time, and the construction methods could not be varied, depending on the requirements of that carrier.
  • The standards do not test for how ‘good’ a carrier is from a consumer point of view, in terms of comfort for the wearer or optimal positioning for baby.  They are purely to ensure that carriers sold are not overtly dangerous or unfit for use.

This does not mean that I don’t take carrier safety seriously!  My carriers are made using tried and tested construction methods.  I have tested my carriers with much more force, and a much heavier child, recently my 11 year old was encouraged to take a ride on my back (which was a sight as he is 5' tall) than would ever be exerted in normal day to day use, so you can be assured that my carriers are absolutely safe when used correctly. 

If you have any concerns or queries please do not hesitate to contact me.  

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One thing you may be curious about is how do you check your carrier for signs of wear and tear and to make sure its still safe.
 The first the you DONT want to do is to try Pulling or "Tug Testing" Baby Carriers
The baby carrier industry alliance based in the USA has undertaken to consult with quite a few experts in the relevant fields to come up with some excellent advice 

Before using your carrier:
Visually inspect your carriers regularly for signs of wear, tears, and loose stitching. Inspect all hardware for signs of cracks or breakage. Our manufacturer members suggest a tactile inspection as well: when you run your fingers over the seams and stitching, you will feel loose or damaged areas if they exist. If there is any sign of ripping, tearing or popped stitches, stop using your carrier and contact the manufacturer. Do not “test” the carrier yourself, as doing so could damage the carrier further and possibly void any warranty. Please give manufacturers time to respond to your inquiry.

Should I pull on the straps to test my carrier?
Testing standards for carriers are rigorous and designed for a carrier's intended use. This testing is not meant to be replicated at home by pulling, twisting or tugging on a carrier's seams or straps. Pulling the straps at an angle from the body of the carrier can cause undue stress, as it is a concentrated force. This method of “testing” does not replicate the way a carrier is meant to be used, where the child’s weight is evenly distributed across the seat of the carrier and along the shoulder straps.
The industry experts consulted are in agreement that one of the pivotal problems with “tug testing” or pulling on the straps of a carrier is that there is no way to measure the force of a pull: “The potential variation of the maximum applied force between different ‘testers’ could vary as much as a factor of 3.” That is to say, an adult sustained pull can range from 30-90 pounds, and an instantaneous jerk can measure even higher. When this stress is applied directly to a few stitches, it will weaken them, if not cause them to give way. Testing in this manner is destructive. While the ASTM does conduct destructive tests, those carriers are not considered fit for sale afterwards. That is why a sample is sent. Consumers who wish to sell their carriers in the used market should ethically disclose if they have done their own testing on the carrier.

Can I test my carrier at home aside from doing a visual inspection?
Our industry engineers suggest that if consumers are making their own carriers, or using other homemade carriers, and are concerned about the strength of the carrier, they could consider testing the carrier by wearing it with a 50 pound weight in it. While this is not as thorough as the ASTM testing, it may offer a somewhat similar examination and should expose any serious and immediate concerns. It is important to note that the ASTM testing is done with the carrier in usage on a torso, which replicates the way a carrier is meant to be used. Testing a carrier on a torso (or while wearing it) ensures that the stresses to the carrier are placed in the proper direction.
I want to know that my carrier is secure. What else can I do? 
Consumers who are concerned about the safety of their carriers should seek to purchase carriers that have been tested to ASTM standards. If your favorite small brand has not yet been tested, contact the manufacturer and strongly encourage them to do the testing as soon as possible.

Consumers should be conscious of the age of their carriers. All fabrics will wear over time and with active use. Signs of excess wear can be determined by a visual and tactile inspection of seams and hardware.