Baby Slings

In March 2010 the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a warning about wearing baby slings with infants under the age of 4 months.  The CPSC says “Slings can pose two different types of suffocation hazards to babies. In the first few months of life, babies cannot control their heads because of weak neck muscles. The sling’s fabric can press against an infant’s nose and mouth, blocking the baby’s breathing and rapidly suffocating a baby within a minute or two. Additionally, where a sling keeps the infant in a curled position bending the chin toward the chest, the airways can be restricted, limiting the oxygen supply. The baby will not be able to cry for help and can slowly suffocate.”  If using a sling, the CPSC recommends that the baby’s face is not covered and visible at all times.

Below are images from the CPSC of how to correctly wear a baby in a sling.

Pictures of right and wrong ways for baby postitions in a sling