Saturday, March 13, 2010

CSPC Warning on SOME Baby Slings--My Take.

CSPC Warning on use of SOME baby Slings/Carriers

In case you missed this news, here is a link. I think the critical point to take away from this is to be certain that your child is in an appropriate position. I am personally not a fan of bag slings such as the ones described for safety and lack of comfort for mom and baby. Carriers like Ergo Baby Carrier & Moby Wrap both offer upright positions for baby that helps prevent the dangerous C-shape body position that lead to suffocation for some of these babies. Please view page 2 of this pdf file by Moby Wrap. It shows what NOT to do, and I think it is beneficial for any babywearing mom to check this out to be sure you are keeping your baby safe. Moms have been safely babywearing for centuries.

It is also important to be sure you are paying attention when your baby is in a carrier. Make sure it is in good condition. Check weight limit for the carrier. Make sure it is the right size for you and baby. READ THE INSTRUCTIONS! Make sure you are using your carrier properly. Check for recalls, especially if you buy a used carrier. I think this should go without saying, but look at your baby. Be sure baby is breathing and pink.

Moms have been safely babywearing for centuries. Wet babies are slippery and you could drop them as a result, but that doesn't mean we don't need to give a baby a bath. It simply means that we need to be careful. Hopefully people will be able to glean wisdom from this without throwing the baby out with the bath water, so to speak.

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