If you use a frame-style carrier for hiking with your baby, you might want to give it a once-over. About 34 injuries from the carriers have been reported since 2003, including falls and injuries from sharp points.

New rules will require frame child carriers to meet safety rules that will help protect babies from injury. However, the rules will not go into effect for at least 18 months. The rules will eliminate hazards such as sharp points, small parts, lead paint, and weaknesses in fabric and supports.

Frame child carriers look like a backpack, made of fabric sewn on a metal or other frame. They hold infants on a caregiver’s back. Only infants who can sit upright without help and weigh between 16 and 50 pounds should be placed in these types of carriers. For details, visit