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Deaths Linked to Baby Slings

slingrider(This originally was posted Wednesday March 10th, 2010 however due to our recent move to a green hosting company the database backup did not catch the last post so we’re re-posting this today, Monday March 15th 2010)

With the clock ticking and our new Baby Bodyguard family member arriving in a few weeks, I have been trying to decide whether to use a sling, a wrap or a carrier. When we had our first baby, I had registered for the Infantino “Slingrider” that was then recalled because of a defect with the ring that the fabric goes through. I had filled out the product registration card (duh) when I got he sling, was quickly informed of the recall and  was sent a new sling immediately. I think I used the sling once. Our son was a Winter baby and I didn’t walk around much, plus he got so heavy so fast!

News broke today that there are going to be new warnings on Infant Slings after more and more deaths and injuries have been linked to their usage. CPSC is mostly concerned about the so called “bag style” sling  that wraps around the adult’s neck and then “cradles the child” in what it described as a “curved or ‘C-like’ position,” which has the baby resting below the chest near the belly. Apparently, the curve is what can cause infants’ heads—and infants have minimal head and neck strength—to droop forward with their chins falling on their chests, which restricts the infants breathing

Hmmmm, I think I’ll check out the Ergo or the Bjorn, it’s not worth the worry