Do You Worry About Wearing Your Baby?

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After carrying my baby around in my belly for eight months now, I’m getting pretty excited for the day when I can throw my husband a baby carrier and make him shoulder the load for a bit. Plus, I think using a baby carrier will be super convenient at times when I just don’t want to lug a big stroller around, not to mention when I want to go on a hike or an arm-pumping walk. So it is, of course, disconcerting that certain baby slings have been recalled because of three infant deaths. The concern is that an infant can be smothered if the sling isn’t worn properly. Is this a concern for you baby-wearing moms out there?

How do you moms make sure you’re being safe while you’re wearing your baby? —Erin

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  1. The recall is pretty specific, so most carriers are not an issue. The ones that were recalled were basically duffel bags that you carried over your shoulder.

  2. I’ve been wearing my children for almost 6yrs now, wow!, and have never had a problem. I’ve used ring slings, mei tei carriers I’ve made myself, woven wraps and framed backpack style carriers, like the one pictured above. THe types of slings that were recalled are known as “bag slings” in the babywearing communities and due to improper use and/or postioning, positional asphyxia occurs when baby’s head is pushed down onto it’s chest, thus blocking airways. It doesn’t only happen in slings, it can happen anywhere, most recently noted in infant carseats when baby’s head slumps forward, again blocking the airway.

    If you want to wear your baby, please check out It’s a wonderful community, full of articles, reviews for carriers and forum where mamas & papas are more than happy to help people with the ins and outs of proper baby wearing and how to chose a carrier that is right for you. People have been wearing their babies for centuries, it’s really quite safe when properly done. 🙂

  3. I’m having my first in January, and have always just assumed that using some kind of sling or backpack would be the most convenient way to include my child in what I’m doing, whether it’s grocery shopping or going for a hike. In fact, the recall was the first I’d ever heard of this being dangerous. As other commenters have pointed out, the recall was quite specific. So, what’s the big deal? Use one that’s safe and monitor your child in it, and you’re fine, right?

    I’m pretty new to this whole baby thing. I had no idea there were whole communities devoted to “baby wearing.” Am I missing something, or is there a whole movement against baby wearing? To me, having a “community” to support baby wearing is like having a community to support putting clothes on your baby… isn’t it it a pretty normal thing that a lot of people do?

  4. Ooh, the Ergo is what I’ve got! I’ve heard great things about it, so I’m hoping I’ll love it. Although I plan to pass it to my hubby so he can experience carrying the baby for awhile. 🙂

  5. Yes, the Ergo is great! I really started enjoying it when my baby was about 6 months old – I would wear him in it and go on hikes at our local Nature Center. He is 1 year old now and still really likes to ride around in it!