Baby slings are getting a lot of press and sadly, the coverage is worrying parents unnecessarily. Here is an excerpt from an AP article that ran March 13:
Those chic baby slings that many parents are sporting these days can be dangerous, even deadly, the government warned yesterday.Of course, my heart goes out to the families who have lost babies. I cannot imagine anything worse than burying a child, and I do not want to minimize those parents' grief in any way. Infant death is always an unimaginably tragedy. In the reporting, however, one important message is obscured:
The Consumer Product Safety Commission said it has investigated at least 13 deaths associated with sling-style infant carriers over the last 20 years, including three deaths last year. One other case involving a fatality is still being investigated. Twelve of the deaths involved babies younger than four months, the agency said.
The commission is advising parents and caregivers to be cautious when using infant slings for babies younger than four months.
It said that several of the babies who died in slings were either born prematurely or as a low-weight twin or had respiratory problems.
1. There are hundreds of types of safe baby carriers.
2. Babywearing has been practiced globally for thousands of years.
3. It is a safe and beneficial for babies (and parents!) when practiced properly.
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