Speaking at the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, CPSC head Inez Tenenbaum said, "We know of too many deaths in these slings and we now know the hazard scenarios for very small babies. So, the time has come to alert parents and caregivers."
The agency head did not specify any particular baby sling manufacturers, there have been growing safety concerns about the products. In some cases, slings have not been properly secured, and babies have fallen out of them, while other versions force lil ones into a curled up "C" position, increasing their chances of suffocation.
Babywearing has grown in popularity as more mamas heed attachment parenting beliefs. Seventeen percent of LilSugar readers told us that they tote their tot in a sling, and the carriers' popularity was even spoofed in a You Tube video earlier this year.
If you are a babywearer, do you ever worry about suffocation? Will you consider alternative methods for carrying your wee one now?
When we took our first look at the European import Cybex last Spring, we were interested in the 2.Go baby carrier – a cross between the Baby Bjorn and Ergo that comes in bright colors. Working with orthopedists and midwives, the company designed the carrier to place 70 percent of the weight distribution on the hips, rather than the back and shoulders. With five different carrying positions – allowing parents to use it when their child is between eight and 40 pounds – the 2.Go proves versatile.
To see what really impressed us, as well as some photos of how the 2.Go works, read more
My weekly trip to the grocery store can be harried with a two-year-old and an infant, but if I can put one of them on my back then life is easier. When Kokopax sent us a backpack to review, I jumped at the opportunity to test it out and lighten my load. A fan of the classic Baby Bjorn, I wasn't sure that Kokopax would make chores any simpler than the front baby carrier. Certainly the Bjorn and other models like it allow for closeness and warmth, but the Kokopax gives mom the freedom to hold a full load in her arms while baby sits pretty behind her.
Read more to see what I like about it and what I would change
Slings are by no means a new invention — women have been strapping their children to their sides for ages as it provides closeness, comfort and ease. Straight out of the womb, most wee ones crave being held tight or swaddled as it reminds them of their embryonic stage. Aside from the encircled fabrics providing a place for baby, they offer a mother support to go about her business while keeping an eye on her offspring. A popular new mom "must have," there are loads of options in a plethora of styles and colors. Check them out!
One of Europe's leading baby goods manufacturers, Cybex, is making its first foray into the US market this Summer. Led by an 18-year veteran of the industry, who created the leading car seat in Germany and relaunched Maclaren in that market, Cybex plans to begin introducing its urban, fashionable strollers, car seats and baby carriers to specialty retailers in August. We were invited to a sneak peek of the line, and found it to be design-conscience and functional. Though many of the pieces appear to be similar versions of Maclaren, Baby Bjorn and Phil & Ted products, it is obvious that the designers had moms in mind with the color combinations and features. Check out what they will be offering.
It's Spring so pop your babe in a sling and get outside and enjoy the great outdoors! Toting your tot in a carrier allows them a close physical connection while keeping mama's hands free. We've partnered with our friends at Serena & Lily to give readers the chance to win one of five fabulous organic Prague Market Slings ($129). Throughout the entire month of May, Serena & Lily will donate care packages to homeless children through Project Night Night for each Market Sling sold.
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