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WARNING Coming on Baby Slings & Suffocation Deaths

By Jackie Burrell
Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 at 1:45 pm in Babies & Tots, Health & Safety.

Baby sling  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) You know those trendy baby slings, the soft fabric hammock/sash that lets you wear your little one across your chest? Apparently babies have died in them, when their body positions constricted their airways and they suffocated. Now the federal government is preparing to issue an official warning to parents, probably later this week. Consumer Reports began raising concerns about the slings in 2008, first because of serious injuries suffered by two dozen babies who fell out of them. Then, about the suffocation risk, which has been linked to the deaths of at least seven babies. The brand Consumer Reports named was the “SlingRider” by Infantino.

I know a lot of you have used these baby slings or know someone who has. What was your experience?

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3 Responses to “WARNING Coming on Baby Slings & Suffocation Deaths”

  1. RECALL: 1 Million Baby Slings | aPARENTly Speaking Says:

    [...] we knew this was coming, but it’s still utterly depressing. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety folks and the Infantino [...]

  2. Erin Says:

    Just a note – this doesn’t apply to all baby carriers, just the pouch-type slings (and only some of them).

    Baby wraps, ring slings, Mei Tai, Ergo, Beco, Moby, there are so many kinds of safe baby carriers that have all of the benefits of the recalled swings without the danger.

  3. Post Pregnancy Tummy Says:

    Wow! I am so glad I found this article! We have a sling just like that. It was never that comfortable for me and my baby fussed a lot when I put him in it so I didn’t usually bother using it. I’m very glad now that we put it in the closet and forgot about it!

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