SPECIAL OFFER: - Limited Time Only!
(The ad below will not display on your printed page)

Say YES to your FREE SUBSCRIPTION today! Simply fill in the form below and click "Subscribe". You'll receive American Baby® magazine ABSOLUTELY FREE! (U.S. requests only)

Email:

First Name:

Last Name:

Address:

City:

State:

Zip:

Mother's Birth State: 
Is this your first child?
Yes
No
Due date or child's birthdate:
Your first FREE issue of American Baby® Magazine packed with great tips and expert advice will arrive within 4 to 6 weeks. In the meantime, your e-mail address is required to access your account and member benefits online, but rest assured that we will not share your e-mail address with anyone. Free subscription is subject to publisher's qualifications. Publisher bases number of issues served on birth and due dates provided. Click here to view our privacy policy.

Baby Sling Warning

Sling Dangers

If you carry your baby in an infant sling, read this. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a warning on March 12, 2010, advising parents to be careful with slings, if their infant is younger than four months of age. The CPSC is investigating 14 sling-related deaths over the past 20 years, including 3 that occurred last year. According to the CPSC, slings can pose two different hazards to a baby:

  1. Because an infant has weak neck muscles and can't control her head, the sling's fabric can press against her nose and mouth, suffocating her in a minute or two.
  2. Additionally. the sling keeps the infant in a curled position with her chin bent toward her chest, which can restrict her airways, limit oxygen supply, and suffocate her slowly.

Recommendations

The CPSC recommends that parents whose babies are preemies, twins, in fragile health, or who have low weight be extra cautious and consult their pediatricians about using a sling. If you do use a sling, follow these safety tips:

  1. Make sure your baby's face isn't covered by the fabric -- you should be able to see her at all times.
  2. If you're nursing your baby in a sling, change his position after feeding so his head is facing up and clear of both the sling and your body.
  3. Frequently check to make sure your baby is okay.

Baby Sling safety

Courtesy of CPSC

 

Copyright © 2010 Meredith Corporation.