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“More than one million baby slings made by the Infantino corporation are being recalled. They’re being linked to three infant deaths."

“The models involved are called the Sling Rider and the Wendy Bellisimo.”
  (ABC)

Some say baby slings are dangerous, but others are arguing for their benefits.

We're looking at perspectives from the Today Show, CBS, Al Jazeera English and OregonLive.com.

First, why the slings are chic. A blogger for The Times says slings have seen a surge in popularity in recent years, especially since celebrities like Gwen Stefani and Julia Roberts were photographed using them. And even with the recall, many moms still see major benefits. On OregonLive.com, one writer says:

“When my girls were babies, I tucked them into slings and got actually got stuff done. I remember vacuuming, cooking dinner, working at the computer -- all while my little one slept snugly in a sling.”

The Today Show has very different perspectives of two mothers.

“When Ann Heenahan went to take her baby out of the sling she was wearing, something was terribly wrong.

 

Heenahan: There was this mucus with blood in it, just coming out of her nose, out of her right nostril.”

“Amanda Shenler keeps her baby, Calvin, in one."

 

Shenler: "It’s good for them. It comforts them. It’s been shown to lower their blood pressure and calm them down and it’s just nice to have them close.”

Some experts say the slings are especially dangerous for newborns. The infants' neck muscles aren’t strong, and if they slump in the sling, their breathing can get cut off. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is behind the recall. CBS interviewed CPSC chairman Inez Tenenbaum, and focused on how fast the slings can be fatal.

“Just how quickly can your child suffocate in one of these things?

Tenebaum: "In a matter of minutes."

"So a mom, or dad, carrying a child in one of these slings may not even notice until it’s too late?"

 

Tenenbaum: "You might have your baby in a sling next to you and not notice that the baby has gone into this position where it can not breathe.”

The slings are meant to bring parent and infant closer, and Al Jazeera English sees irony in the recall.

“Losing a baby under any circumstances must be a terrible thing to have to endure but losing one this way seems especially harsh as the device is promoted as a way of encouraging greater bonding with your infant.”

 

Writer: Lauren Zima

Producer: Newsy Staff

Baby Slings Linked to Deaths Recalled

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Mar 25, 2010

Baby Slings Linked to Deaths Recalled

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“More than one million baby slings made by the Infantino corporation are being recalled. They’re being linked to three infant deaths."

“The models involved are called the Sling Rider and the Wendy Bellisimo.”
  (ABC)

Some say baby slings are dangerous, but others are arguing for their benefits.

We're looking at perspectives from the Today Show, CBS, Al Jazeera English and OregonLive.com.

First, why the slings are chic. A blogger for The Times says slings have seen a surge in popularity in recent years, especially since celebrities like Gwen Stefani and Julia Roberts were photographed using them. And even with the recall, many moms still see major benefits. On OregonLive.com, one writer says:

“When my girls were babies, I tucked them into slings and got actually got stuff done. I remember vacuuming, cooking dinner, working at the computer -- all while my little one slept snugly in a sling.”

The Today Show has very different perspectives of two mothers.

“When Ann Heenahan went to take her baby out of the sling she was wearing, something was terribly wrong.

 

Heenahan: There was this mucus with blood in it, just coming out of her nose, out of her right nostril.”

“Amanda Shenler keeps her baby, Calvin, in one."

 

Shenler: "It’s good for them. It comforts them. It’s been shown to lower their blood pressure and calm them down and it’s just nice to have them close.”

Some experts say the slings are especially dangerous for newborns. The infants' neck muscles aren’t strong, and if they slump in the sling, their breathing can get cut off. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is behind the recall. CBS interviewed CPSC chairman Inez Tenenbaum, and focused on how fast the slings can be fatal.

“Just how quickly can your child suffocate in one of these things?

Tenebaum: "In a matter of minutes."

"So a mom, or dad, carrying a child in one of these slings may not even notice until it’s too late?"

 

Tenenbaum: "You might have your baby in a sling next to you and not notice that the baby has gone into this position where it can not breathe.”

The slings are meant to bring parent and infant closer, and Al Jazeera English sees irony in the recall.

“Losing a baby under any circumstances must be a terrible thing to have to endure but losing one this way seems especially harsh as the device is promoted as a way of encouraging greater bonding with your infant.”

 

Writer: Lauren Zima

Producer: Newsy Staff

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