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What precautions should I take when using a baby sling?

If you use an infant sling, you should do so with great care.

A baby company called 'Infantino' was forced to recall two of its products in 2010, following the deaths of three infants in the United States of America. There are 11 other cases are under investigation that are linked to deaths from baby carrying-slings. These tragic accidents can be avoided by using slings in the correct prescribed manner and by making sure that the child is in the correct position at all times while carried.

The child's face should always be visible to the wearer. The chin should face upwards, leaving the mouth and nostrils free from cover. This ensures that the child won't be smothered. The child should not be positioned too low, or at an awkward angle in the carrying pouch. If the child's face is pressed up against the body of the parent, they can have difficulty breathing and their cries will not be heard. The sling should be adjusted to fit tightly, so that the child is safely and securely placed against the parent's body. This prevents the child from accidentally falling out, or sustaining neck injuries from excess movement.

The carrier, sling or pouch you use should have good weight distribution, making it comfortable to use. Thin slings or straps will put more strain on you than broad ones. The carrying device should provide support for your baby's spine and position your baby close to your body.

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