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Old 03-10-2010, 08:49 PM
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Baby sling warning

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Govt to warn on baby slings because of deaths
Govt to warn on baby slings because of deaths - Yahoo! News
AP A baby sling is displayed in Washington, Wednesday, March 3, 2010.

By JENNIFER C. KERR, Associated Press Writer 1 hr 53 mins ago
WASHINGTON The government is preparing a safety warning about baby slings those popular and fashionable infant carriers that parents strap around their chests to give the little ones a cuddle on the move.

The concern: Infants can suffocate, and at least a few have.

The head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Inez Tenenbaum, said Tuesday that her agency is getting ready to issue a general warning to the public, likely to go out this week, about the slings.
"We know of too many deaths in these slings and we now know the hazard scenarios for very small babies," said Tenenbaum. "So, the time has come to alert parents and caregivers."
Tenenbaum spoke at a meeting of the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, an industry trade group that certifies certain children's products, including soft infant carriers.

Tenenbaum did not single out any specific baby slings or discuss the number of deaths linked to them. But there have been complaints for a couple years now about some baby carriers.
In 2008, Consumer Reports raised concerns about the soft fabric slings and some two dozen serious injuries, mostly when a child fell out of them. A follow-up blog warned about a suffocation risk and linked the slings to at least seven infant deaths.

Consumer Reports, published by Consumers Union, complained about the "SlingRider" by Infantino. The "bag style" sling wraps around the parent's neck and cradles the child in a curved or "C-like" position, nestling the baby below mom's chest or near her belly.
It's the "C-like" position that causes safety advocates to shudder. They say the curved position can cause the baby, which has little head and neck control in the early months, to flop its head forward, chin-to-chest restricting the baby's ability to breathe.
Another concern: that the baby can turn its face toward mom's chest or belly and smother in the parent's clothing.
Infantino's "SlingRider" was recalled in 2007 for problems with the plastic sliders on the sling's strap. But there have been no recalls because of a suffocation risk.

A statement from Infantino said the company believes the SlingRider is safe, but added that officials there were working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission "to address the agency's concerns and those of any parents and caregivers."
Baby slings have been billed as an important way for new moms to bond with their babies.

Use of slings, also known as "babywearing," has become increasingly popular in recent years, with colorful and vibrant slings seen on Hollywood moms and sold everywhere from big retailers such as Babies R Us to smaller outfits like BabySoSmart.com in Kansas City, Mo.
Tiffany Speck, a nurse who owns BabySoSmart and sells her own baby carriers, has been warning about slings where the baby falls into a chin-to-chest position in the classes she teaches at hospitals, stores and doctors' offices.

"You wouldn't want to put a baby in there," Speck said during an interview with The Associated Press. "The baby is curling, head toward toe, and what happens is the baby occludes its own airway."
Speck recommends that babies in slings remain in an upright position, with the baby's tummy facing mommy's tummy.
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Old 03-10-2010, 09:10 PM
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Be sure and read because this DOES NOT PERTAIN TO ALL SLINGS!! Don't be afraid of baby wearing now! I know that my k'tan is still safe!
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you know...i'm glad it was put out there, but i gotta say...i'm a little skeptical of these warnings about baby-wearing and co-sleeping. both practices, IF PRACTICED CORRECTLY, are perfectly safe. you as a parent have to be aware of your surroundings and of your baby's position in a sling, in a crib, bassinet, or your bed. how would a mom not notice a baby suffocating on their clothing? dude, i wore all six of my babies, and believe me, when they even remotely looked like they were smooshing their noses, i quickly adjusted them.

Kara's right; don't let this stray anyone from baby-wearing if you choose to do it. let it instead be a little reminder to be aware and safe.

oh, and i know baby-wearing and co-sleeping isn't for everyone; my message was more directed at those who are considering it/already do it. even though i did both, even my own sister couldn't get a wink of sleep with her babies in the room with her, let alone the bed.
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There's a great facebook group about safe babywearing for more information. I'm also happy to help anyone interested in babywearing find a local babywearing group. I've gotten really into wrapping my baby and I'm happy to share all of the info I've picked up over the last 8 months to anyone who is interested
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Old 03-11-2010, 06:16 AM
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you know...i'm glad it was put out there, but i gotta say...i'm a little skeptical of these warnings about baby-wearing and co-sleeping. both practices, IF PRACTICED CORRECTLY, are perfectly safe. you as a parent have to be aware of your surroundings and of your baby's position in a sling, in a crib, bassinet, or your bed. how would a mom not notice a baby suffocating on their clothing? dude, i wore all six of my babies, and believe me, when they even remotely looked like they were smooshing their noses, i quickly adjusted them.

Kara's right; don't let this stray anyone from baby-wearing if you choose to do it. let it instead be a little reminder to be aware and safe.

oh, and i know baby-wearing and co-sleeping isn't for everyone; my message was more directed at those who are considering it/already do it. even though i did both, even my own sister couldn't get a wink of sleep with her babies in the room with her, let alone the bed.
A woman on my Mommy forum felt the need to lecture me when I talked about co-sleeping with Anna when she was younger Said there had just been a story in SC (where she lives) about a woman who had smothered her baby while co-sleeping. While I appreciated the concern for my child, I also co-slept with my older child when HE was a baby, and never, ever came CLOSE to rolling onto either, nor did either ever come close to smothering with blankets or a pillow. I was hyper-aware with my kids in my bed. If the baby was between myself and hubby, and he rolled over-even if he was nowhere close to rolling ONTO the baby-I woke right up. I always slept with one arm across the baby, so if he/she started to shift, I woke up. There was no way they could've rolled off the bed. I agree, baby-wearing and co-sleeping ISN'T for everyone, but those of us who DO choose to do them shouldn't be made to feel like sooner or later we're going to smother our babies If I had been anything less than certain of my kids' safety while sleeping in my bed, I'd never have done it!
And, when I wore Anna in a sling as a newborn, I always took special care to make sure that she was snuggled in properly, and that her neck wasn't too bent.
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