Are baby slings safe?
The Consumer Product Safety Commission recently issued a warning about infant slings, saying they can be treacherous for babies under 4 months old. The agency is investigating the deaths of 14 babies connected to the trendy sling-style carriers -- three from last year alone.
The soft slings pose a suffocation risk to small babies who can't control their neck muscles and whose mouth and nose can wind up too close to the fabric, the agency warns.
The warning has generated all sorts of chatter on parenting blogs and chatrooms, where some mothers swear by the slings saying when used properly they are convenient and comfortable for both mom and baby. Attachment parenting advocates, who recommend "baby wearing" as a parent-baby bonding tool, insist the slings are safe, saying they've been used for centuries with few injuries.
Others say that the sling warnings give them much pause and that many parents don't use them the right way.
And yet, the slings seem to be as popular as ever with celebs sporting their newborns in them all the time.
The CPSC offers a few visuals on the safe way to wear slings as well as video.
Do you wear your baby in a sling? Has the warning changed your mind about it?