Natural Moms Podcast #140

April 26, 2010

Sling baby
Creative Commons License photo credit: N.R.

(Does this child look unsafe to you?)

Safe Babywearing

On Friday, March 12, 2010, the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a warning about carrying babies in sling carriers.

Is babywearing dangerous?
Are some baby carriers safe?
How can a parent distinguish which ones are safe and which ones aren’t?

My guest this week is Stephanie Banguilan of GentleJourneysBirthing.com. Stephanie is a childbirth instructor who also hosts babywearing classes in her Georgia hometown.

safe babywearingWe’re discussing the specifics of the CPSC warning, which baby carriers may be unsafe, some of the benefits to babywearing as well as common sense safety tip for parents who embrace this ancient practice.

Read more posts and interviews on babywearing.

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5 Responses to “Natural Moms Podcast #140”

  1. Michelle on April 26th, 2010 2:33 pm

    I used a baby sling with my 3 children and I never had a problem with it.
    There were 4 things I always did to ensure my baby would be safe.

    #1. I took my time. If I was in a rush I wouldn’t try to hurry my baby into the sling!

    #2. i usually would place the sling opened up in their car seat carriers(ideal) before placing my baby in it and then gently ease into it.

    #3. I would position the baby in the sling properly on my lap and shoulder before standing up.

    #4. Always checked the inside of the sling to make sure it is all the way up, otherwise the baby could roll right out!

    I know these instructions were probably given somewhere on your site(I don’t want to insult anyone’s intelligence!) and most everyone knows these things, but I use to witness some horrifying baby wearing practices with those slings that just about gave me a coronary!

  2. Candace Novakowski on April 26th, 2010 4:49 pm

    I wore all three of my children…I am still wearing my 15 month old son daily. I considered it to be a beautiful bonding experience as well as a bonus to be hands free. I think education is our best tool when it comes to babywearing. A lot of people have approached me since the recent recalls not aware of the difference between a bag carrier and a wrap. I do explain it and always direct them to more information online. I think its very important for anyone who is going to look into wearing their baby that they know the safe ways of wearing.

  3. Anna on April 27th, 2010 1:38 am

    I use a Huggababy sling, an Ellaroo wrap or an Ergobaby – first with my son (now 4) and now with my daughter (8 months). All three are super comfortable and keep my baby close, safe and continuously portable! Plus she can nurse on demand. Anyone questioning the benefits of babywearing could look at http://www.savethechildren.org/newsroom/2010/pr-new-study-shows-kangaroo.html, which again confirms the benefits of kangaroo care – babywearing for the littlest babies…
    Perhaps a good guideline is to choose a carrier that is or closely resembles a traditional one – tried and tested by mums and babies over tens of thousands of years…

  4. Tess on April 27th, 2010 12:55 pm

    I had one of the Infantino slings when my daughter was a newborn and it was terrible. She was completely engulfed by it, as if I had put her in a sack. She could not see out and her face was covered. There was no way to arrange her differently so that she was more comfortable. She hated it and I was afraid to use it because it felt very unsafe, we never used it after the first time. I later bought a wrap style sling and it was completely different and much more comfortable for both of us. It’s not baby wearing that is dangerous, it’s those bag style slings. It’s like putting your baby in your purse!!

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