CPSC Educates Moms & Dads on Safe Babywearing
Because of many infant suffocation deaths from wearing babies in slings, the CPSC has taken an opportunity to reeducate parents on safe babywearing. Specifically, there have been 14 infant suffocation deaths in the last 20 years associated with unsafe babywearing.
According to the CPSC, “Suffocation / asphyxiation can occur when babies are contained entirely within the pouch of a sling with their face, including nose and mouth, pressed against the adult’s body, blocking their breathing. Suffocation can occur within minutes.”
The CPSC recommends the following:
- Make sure you can see your baby’s face or eyes in the sling and that your baby can see you. Also, place the baby’s face at or above the rim of a sling or wrap so that their face is visible.
- After nursing, change the baby’s position in the sling so the baby’s face is at or above the rim of a sling or wrap and that their face is visible and clear of fabric and the mother’s body. Frequently check the baby in a sling vigilantly.
The photo above shows proper babywearing in a sling.
For more information, visit the CPSC website.
Photo Credit: CPSC