It seems as if there has been an increase in the number of recalls and
issues relating to some infant products, which is very unfortunate. Recently
there was an article in the Oregonian about a woman in Keizer, OR, who
lost her infant due to suffocation from an Infantino Sling-Rider baby
sling. She has filed a $4 million lawsuit against the manufacturer and
seller of the product.
The fabric, bag-type sling is worn across the chest so that the infant
sits right against the wearer’s chest. This is believed to promote
bonding with the baby. Regardless of whether this is true or not, the
fact remains that some manufactured baby slings have had some unfortunate
results. According to Consumer Reports, 37 infants have been seriously
hurt and 7 babies have died from such baby slings over the course of 11 years.
The Keizer infant was just six days old when he died. His parents were
out on a shopping excursion, and he was being carried in the sling by
his mother. The baby was quiet during the outing, so his parents thought
he was asleep. The baby’s face was obscured because of the design
of the sling, so his parents were not aware there were any problems. When
they checked on the child, they noticed his skin was discolored, and he
was not breathing. Paramedics were called, and the baby was rushed to
the hospital, but sadly it was too late.
Parents buy these products trusting that they are safe and helpful. I guess
the lesson here is you can just never be too careful.