Infant death prompts baby sling recall

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WASHINGTON - The death of a 10-day-old boy in Texas has prompted the recall of some handmade baby slings.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission urged parents on Wednesday to immediately stop using the infant slings from Sprout Stuff in Austin, Texas — saying the slings pose a suffocation risk.

The boy died in Round Rock, Texas, in 2007, the agency said.

About 40 of the Sprout Stuff infant ring slings were sold directly to consumers between October 2006 and May 2007. They are made of cloth that threads through a ring. "Sprout Stuff" is printed on the back side of the tail's hem.

CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum has previously warned of a suffocation risk for babies in slings, which wrap around parents' chests so they can carry their babies or just "wear" them to stay close.

The agency has investigated at least 13 deaths associated with sling-style infant carriers over the last 20 years, including the Texas boy. One other fatality is still being investigated. Twelve of the deaths involved babies younger than four months.

In its general sling warning in March, CPSC said a sling's fabric can press against a baby's nose and mouth, suffocating a baby within a minute or two. Another danger involves slings where the baby is cradled in a curved or "C-like" position that can cause a baby to flop its head forward, chin-to-chest, restricting the infant's ability to breathe.

Also in March, more than 1 million baby slings made by Infantino were recalled after claims linking them to three infant deaths.

In the Sprout Stuff recall, the company is trying to contact people who bought its ring slings. Consumers can contact Sprout Stuff at 877-319-3103 to return the sling for a full refund.


Stephany - posted on 06/07/2010




How sad. I bought an Infantino sling to use with my youngest. I threw it away after one use because I couldn't imagine that my son was actually comfortable being all curled up (with chin to chest).
I know several people who have made their own slings/wraps (and one person who actually makes and sells them). I think that people just need to use common sense- if your baby's face is covered with fabric, there's a chance they could suffocate. If your baby's chin is pressed to their chest, they could have trouble breathing (not to mention muscle issues that could result from being at that angle for a period of time). Child "wearing" is fine, but be careful about the way you do it. Be safe and be mindful of baby's comfort.


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Christina - posted on 06/07/2010




I thought about using a sling with my daughter, but decided not to. I agree with Joanna, tho. You have to be careful when using them. It also seems like you would have to constantly check on your baby. It would probably be easier to get a bassinet or something so they can lay there and have some room if they decide to roll around.

It might sound funny, but when my daughter was so young and I had to do laundry, I wold get all my clothes together, put one of her blankets on top, and lay her on the clothes basket while carrying it upstairs to do laundry. My MIL laughed at me when she saw me carrying her like that, but she was comfy and I was comfy carrying her like that. (We have a big square basket so she fit in it for a long time.) When I got upstairs, I'd hand her to grama and I'd go start laundry. If she wanted to watch her, I'd go back downstairs and do other stuff that needed done.

Once I figured out my daughter would fit, and was comfy, in the clothes basket, it made doing laundry much more convenient.

Joanna - posted on 06/07/2010




How could you not tell that your child is suffocating? To me maybe it's more of a "user" error than a problem with the product! Check on your child, are they not breathing? Fabric in their face? Then maybe you're either doing it wrong, or should try a different sling/wrap/carrier.

Jocelyn - posted on 06/07/2010




People just need to learn to use their fricken heads. "Gee, this fabric is covering my baby's face, meh, I'll just leave it, the instructions didn't say anything about it." Pluh-leeze.

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I'm all for baby wearing, but it has to be done correctly. Many groups are asking manufacturers to stop recommending the "cradle carry" for babies under 4 months. Moby wraps in the tummy to tummy hold are good for small babies because it keeps them upright and high on your chest.

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