Perhaps Sling Carriers for Babies Should be Banned Until a Mandatory Safety Standard is Developed

Baby slings – soft fabrics that wrap around the chest so that busy parents can carry their babies or just stay close as they bond with their infants are potentially dangerous products that continue to be of great concern. This past week the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of about 40 Sprout Stuff infant ring slings. The CPSC advised consumers to immediately stop using Sprout Stuff infant ring slings due to a risk of suffocation to infants.

This recall follows one on March 24, 2010, by Infantino LLC, of more than one million Infantino SlingRider and … Read the rest

Deadly Warning to Users of Sling Carriers for Babies Younger Than Four Months of Age

In 2009, there were three infant deaths associated with sling-style infant carriers. Going back 20 years there have been 14 other deaths. Twelve of the seventeen deaths involved babies younger than 4 months of age. As a result, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) earlier this month warned parents and caregivers to be cautious when when using sling carriers for babies younger than four months of age.

CPSC urges parents of preemies, twins, babies in fragile health and those with low weight to use extra care and consult their pediatricians about using sling carriers because many of the babies … Read the rest