The Consumer Product Safety Commission is about to issue a warning about the safety of baby slings, the soft cloth carriers used for babies. The danger of these products should be evident to just about anybody and it amazes me that there is even a question here. First, it’s quite easy for an infant to turn his head into the side of the sling and potentially suffocate. Additionally, because of the position of the infant in the sling, there is a significant chance for him to die due to “positional asphyxia” that occurs when the baby’s head is resting forward against his chest which can cause the airway to close. And, because the baby is being carried horizontally, there have been numerous incidences of head injuries from the baby getting his head banged as mom walks through a doorway. There are some vocal moms out there who insist it’s important for bonding to keep their baby close and, if the sling is used properly there is no danger. But the reality is –THE SLING IS OFTEN NOT USED PROPERLY!. These slings should not be confused with front carriers where the baby is being carried in an upright position which is far safer. There are some great ones on the market from Baby Bjorn to the Lillebaby. Moms – ditch the slings now!
Alison Rhodes is the founder of Safety Mom Enterprises, www.safetymom.com and Safety Mom Solutions, www.safetymomsolutions.com, the premier baby proofing and child safety company in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area. Alison is a family safety expert, TV personality and consultant.