How To Stop Baby Suffocation

The U.S. Consumer Safety Commission issued new recommendations on safe babywearing. Read on for possible life-saving tips.

Proper Babywearing advisory issued

Keeping your child bundled next to your body -- commonly refered to as babywearing -- is a great way to bond with your child and keep him warm. However, do it incorrectly and you risk putting your child in serious danger, according to a new advisory by the U.S. Product Safety Commission.

Babywearing dangers

The CPSC has indentified 14 infant deaths from sling-style baby carriers over the past 20 years. The Commission's child safety experts have determined that infants younger than four months, premature babies, low-birthweight babies and babies with respiratory problems should be watched closely when in a sling to prevent suffocation.

The CPSC also recommends that parents consult their pediatricians to find safer ways to wear their baby slings. CPSC also offers a couple of their own tips for safe babywearing:

  • Make sure you can see your baby's face or eyes in the sling and that your baby can see you.
  • Place the baby's face at or above the rim of a sling or wrap so that their face is visible.

CPSC: Babywearing precautions

The CPSC is not trying to discourage parents from using baby-slings -- they simply want to bring better awareness to keep any unnecessary tragedies from occurring.

Do you have any tips for safe babywearing? Share with us to help others keep their infants safe and secure.

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Comments on "Government issues new advisory on safe babywearing"

Tasha June 28, 2011 | 7:33 PM

I tried a baby sling when my daughter was little, really little. She was 3 weeks early and weighed 5 pounds. I just couldn't do it. I couldn't relax in the least. I kept moving her around and sticking my finger under her nose to make sure she was still breathing. It terrified me, so I gave up. I've been using soft structured baby carriers ever since, and now I'm much more comfortable wearing my baby. Thanks for the heads up!

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