CPSC is currently trying to educate parents about how to use slings safely. CPSC notes that have identified 14 infant...
CPSC is currently trying to educate parents about how to use slings safely. CPSC notes that have identified 14 infant suffocation deaths that are associated with sling-style carriers over the past 20 years. However, you have to keep this in perspective. Many, many more cribs and toys have been recalled than have slings, and compared to other accidents, a baby sling, used safely, is very unlikely to harm your child. Still, safety tips are smart to know. According to CPSC suffocation/asphyxiation is the main issue, as babies who are contained entirely within the pouch of a sling may have their face, including nose and mouth, pressed against the adult’s body, blocking their breathing.
Proper use of a sling shown above. Baby’s face is at or above the rim of a sling or wrap and is clear of the fabric and obstructions. CPSC recommends that parents and caregivers:
- Make sure you can see your baby’s face or eyes in the sling and that your baby can see you.
- You should place the baby’s face at or above the rim of a sling or wrap so that their face is visible.
- After nursing your baby, change the baby’s position in the sling, so that the baby’s face is at or above the rim of a sling or wrap and that their face is visible and clear of fabric and the mother’s body.
- You should be vigilant about frequently checking the baby in a sling.