Printable cards to give to anyone giving you grief for wearing your baby safely in a safe sling:
There is a wealth of information about using baby slings safely on this Facebook Page:
This page provides safety information about correct positioning for newborns and small babies in soft carriers such as pouches, ring slings, mei tais (Asian-style baby carriers), wraps, and buckle carriers.
It also warns parents of the risks of using bag-type carriers such as the Infantino SlingRider and similar duffel-bag style carriers made by companies such as JJ Cole, Premaxx, Boppy, Lamaze, Munchkin, or any other similar design.
Any bag style carrier that resembles a duffel bag, with a flat bottom and two sides that slant upwards towards an elasticized or padded top, is inherently unsafe and should never be used for a newborn or small baby.
1) The bag carrier forces baby into a prone, C-shape position, tucking baby’s chin to chest and potentially impeding breathing.
2) Even if a mesh panel is present, the baby’s head being enclosed in fabric may cause baby to rebreathe her exhalations that are high in carbon dioxide.
3) It is difficult if not impossible for parents to view their babies’ faces at all times and monitor breathing.
4) Babies may roll towards the side of the carrier and end up with their faces pressed into fabric, obstructing breathing.
HOW TO USE THIS SITE: Please start with the links, look at the pictures, and read through the discussion pages. Please post if you have any questions! (read less)
To promote safe babywearing by educating parents about baby carriers and the ways that baby carriers should and should not be used.
PLEASE NOTE: this page is a compendium of information from many experienced babywearing advocates and educators. Thank you to all of you for all of your hard work in teaching parents how to wear babies safely! An especially big thanks to M’Liss Steltzer, RN, for her tireless efforts to bring attention to the dangers of bag slings and to put together the photo-illustrated positioning handout to demonstrate the proper positioning of newborns and small babies.