A lot of moms (and dads) like to wear their babies, some moms placing their tiny little ones into a...
A lot of moms (and dads) like to wear their babies, some moms placing their tiny little ones into a sling shortly after birth. I was a fan of babywearing for sure because I feel that babywearing is a great way to promote attachment in adoption. If you wear your baby in a sling or carrier, or you plan to wear your baby, you need to be aware of a new notice the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued regarding babywearing safety. Deaths. Over the past 20 years, CPSC has taken note of 14 infants that died as a result of suffocation while being carried in a sling. Babies at risk. CPSC urges parents with the following infants to take extra precautions when using a sling, including talking to their child's pediatrician.
  • infants under four months old
  • low birth weight babies
  • premature babies
  • babies with colds/respiratory problems
Concerns. CSPS explains that a baby can suffocate in just minutes because slings can keep babies curled in the chin-to-chest position. That impedes breathing. Safety. CSPS recommends the following:
  • Make sure you can see your baby’s face or eyes in the sling and that your baby can see you. Also, 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.
Check the warning for pictures of correct and incorrect ways to carry your baby in a baby carrier (wear your baby). While this may seem like common sense, don't assume or get too comfortable. This is your baby we're talking about!

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