The government is getting ready to issue a warning about baby slings due to the risk of injury and death from suffocation. The head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission Inez Tenenbaum says that her agency will issue a general warning to the public concerning the dangers of baby slings. This is not a new topic as there have been recalls issued for specific brands and types of baby slings including ZoloWear Infant Carriers/Slings and Ellaroo Ring Sling Baby Carriers.
Baby slings are poplar and fashionable carriers that allow parents to cuddle and carry babies against their chests while they are on the go. This warning is not to name names or call out any specific brands of baby slings, the main reason is to alert parents to the dangers of using baby slings, especially for very small babies.
In 2008 there were two dozen serious injuries due to soft fabric slings and babies falling out of them, another report indicates at least seven infant deaths due to suffocation.
There are several different ways to position babies in a sling; the one that gets the most attention from safety advocates is when the baby is curved into a C position where the baby can restrict its own breathing when its head falls forward. Another way that babies suffocate is when they can turn its face into the parents’ chest and smother in the parents clothing.
Babywearing has become very popular in recent years and is touted as an important way for new mothers to bond with their babies. If you choose to use a baby sling it is important to be aware of the dangers, and position your baby in an upright belly to belly position for cuddling and carrying.
Parenting is a constant quest for a closer bond, and the best choices for your children. This is why so many people jump on board for trends that promote keeping baby close and cuddled all the time. Of course it is a good idea to keep your baby close, but it’s important to remember the baby isn’t in the womb any longer; it needs room to move and breathe, to see and view the world it’s being carried through.
We all want to protect our children and keep them safe, choosing safe products and using them wisely is the best possible choice. Keep your eyes open for the safety warnings and recalls for any baby products you use.