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Baby Wearing Safety Guidelines From the CPSC

Katlyn Joy | 8, December 2010

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Baby Wearing Safety Guidelines From the CPSC

While baby carriers and slings have been used throughout time around the world and have been cited as ways to promote healthy bonds between babies and parents, some concerns have been raised recently. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a warning on certain problems associated with sling style carriers that may arise, noting the suffocation deaths of 14 infants over the past twenty years.

The CPSC has stated that the problems are not with all carriers, and are associated with certain situations and improper use.

Risk Factors:

  • Premature infants
  • Low birthweight babies
  • Infants younger than 4 months of age
  • Babies with respiratory illnesses including colds

    Parents of infants with these risk factors should use extra care and precautions when using slings and should consult the child's pediatrician according to the CPSC.

Besides these risk factors, a number on infants who suffocated were twins with breathing issues who were being carried in separate slings.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission stresses that proper use of sling style carriers is extremely important. It's crucial that you can make eye contact with the baby while in the sling, and that the baby's eyes and face are always visible to you. To accomplish this, make certain the baby's face is at or above the upper rim of the sling at all times.

After nursing sessions, the infant should be repositioned making certain the face is free of the sling material and clearly visible.

Parents should make sure that the infant is never curled up in a position where the baby's chin touches the baby's chest. Also, the baby should not be placed in the sling facing the fabric of the sling or the parent's body. The face should be free of any possible obstructions of circulating air.

Parents should keep checking on infants while carrying them in slings or other carriers, making certain they are in a safe position and breathing fine.


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