Warning About Baby Slings – Why Is There Even a Debate?? By Alison Rhodes, The Safety Mom and Safety Mom Solutions

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. 

 

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One response to “Warning About Baby Slings – Why Is There Even a Debate?? By Alison Rhodes, The Safety Mom and Safety Mom Solutions

  1. Susie

    But you CAN carry a baby upright in most slings … just not in duffle-bag-style carriers like the Infantino Slingrider. (Yes, let’s please DO ditch the Slingrider.) For moms who don’t want to take the time to learn to use a sling safely, I absolutely agree … tell them not to use them. But there is no reason to make a blanket statement that no one should use a sling. Babies have suffocated in frontpacks too. Regardless of the type of carrier, parents should realize that the carrier is not magic and can’t assure that the infant can breathe — that’s their job. Following the CPSC’s advice about always being able to see the baby’s face and assuring an open airway will safeguard babies in both slings AND frontpacks.

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