It occurred a few years ago; baby slings were recalled by the consumer product safety commission (CPSC) due to infant deaths. Carriers included Ring slings made by Sprout Stuff and Infantino Slingrider Baby slings. While these carriers may have been recalled, I often see un-returned carriers make their way into thrift shops, be passed from Mom to Mom and surface on the internet. Although these two slings were targeted, their style matches slings on the market today. While pouch style slings seems to be phasing out, ring slings continue to be a hot item, and there are many Etsy shops and other work at home Moms selling them online. It’s important to know the facts, how to safely carry baby and properly position him/her to avoid suffocation risks. while the Real Dangers of Babywearing for most are satirical, it’s important to stay up to date. Here is a really great video from the CPSC.
One way to ensure that baby is safe is to invest in a well tested and reputable sling brand. Two main kinds of carriers are Soft Structured Carriers and Wraps. Soft structured carriers, known as SSCs are very popular and many people are familiar with Ergobaby. Woven wraps and stretchy wraps are another excellent way to safely carry baby. It’s important to remember to keep baby’s face visible, nose and mouth unobstructed, chin off of baby’s chest, and a properly positioned back avoiding the curved “C” position noted in the video above. Baby should also be close enough to your face that you can hear him/her breathing and never around your waist or with his/her face turned in towards you.
While there is no substitute for in-person babywearing training, there are safety tips promoted by the CPSC and babywearing organizations that even experienced babywearers practice. If you are unsure of your abilities, attend a babywearing meeting or take training to up your skills. Certainly consult with someone knowledgeable and enjoy the wondrous world of babywearing without worry.
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