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kateschw
« on: March 13, 2010 08:05:32 AM »

Want to be sure everyone knows how to use baby slings the right way.  Here is a link to safety warnings from the Product Safety Commission about the proper use of baby slings --please pass it on.

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml10/10165.html

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« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2010 07:53:38 PM »

Yes, good looking out!

Here is a great site to show how to position baby correctly in sling and how to use a towel to assist in getting the correct positioning of baby in carrier.

http://www.familialibre.com/pages/sling-correct-positioning.php

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KristyDi
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2010 01:14:15 PM »

Yes!  I'm actually impressed that the government warning is as good as it is.  I was expecting a much more vague warning or a blanket statement that all slings are dangerous.

TheBabyWearer.com has lots of sling safety links right at the top of their home page right now. http://www.thebabywearer.com/  The Babywearing Safety group on facebook has pictures of real mamas wearing their babies to demonstrate safe positioning.

I would also caution people against the use of "bag slings" as it is basically impossible to safely position a baby in one, even carefully following the manufacturer's directions.  IMO they should have been pulled from the market years ago.

Personally I avoided cradle carries all together.  I much preferred the tummy to tummy carry.  I found it easier to get a safe position (chin not resting on chest and no fabric in her face) and easier to check on her.
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