In fact, I've written about her Thing-A-Ma-Sling's on this blog before.
She, and several of my other Mommyhood friends, are big baby-wearing advocates. Experts like Dr. Sears (a renowned pediatrician), say baby-wearing babies cry less, learn more, are smarter and get 'humanized' earlier.
There are all sorts of baby-wearing products out there:
(or wraps, as they're sometimes called)
But not everyone is sold on baby-wearing. Specifically, Consumer Reports is questioning the safety of slings. A recent post on their blog highlighted what they say is a link between slings and infant deaths or injuries.
Here's an excerpt taken directly from their blog:
"We know of at least seven babies who have suffocated in baby slings over the past 11 years. The cause of other deaths in slings were undetermined or may have been misclassified as SIDS. Additionally, we have reports of 37 infants who have been seriously injured in incidents with slings over the same time period. Those injuries include skull fractures, broken bones, and serious bruises.
We have warned readers about baby slings before and put them on our list of products not to buy for your baby. The response: Strong criticism from advocates who believe that baby wearing is the healthiest way to transport a baby and builds mother-baby bonding. But the growing number of fatalities and injuries associated with slings makes us even more resolute in our position on this product. We’re in no way opposed to baby wearing, but there are soft, wearable infant carriers that we believe are safer to use than slings."
You can read the entirety of the post by clicking here.
Now... since I don't have nuggets yet, I'm wondering your thoughts on this whole subject.
Do you baby-wear?
If not, what don't you like about it?
If so, what do you use?
Why do you like it?
Does Consumer Reports' findings and/or opinions affect your thoughts on baby-wearing and the myriad devices available to use?
I know there are plenty of passionate mums out there on both sides of the fence... so send me a shout out!
Author's note: As an educated and professional journalist, I have tried to maintain a balance between both sides of this issue in this post. Did I succeed? You tell me.