A MOTHER is warning parents about ‘bag-style’ baby carriers after a million of them were recalled after claims they were linked to three infant deaths.
Becky McKay, of Paddock, is warning against the modern baby carriers, but says they shouldn’t be confused with more traditional ‘wrap-style’ carriers.
Last week two ‘bag-style’ Infantino products, SlingBaby and Wendy Bellissimo, were recalled.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) made the move following the death of three American babies who allegedly suffocated while in ‘bag-style’ slings.
More than 10,000 of the SlingRider baby carriers are reported to have been sold in the UK.
Becky, who has two daughters under three, said: “Any ‘bag-style’ carrier that resembles a duffel bag, with a flat bottom and two sides that slant upwards towards an elasticised or padded top, I believe is inherently unsafe and should never be used.
“The traditional ‘wrap-style’ carriers are totally different to the ‘bag-style’ carriers and are really safe if used correctly.
“They are like big, stretchy pieces of material that you tie around you like an item of clothing.
“Completely different to ‘bag-style’ slings popular with celebrities and yummy mummies – usually full of features and pockets and gimmicks.”
In its general warning, the CPSC said infants could suffocate in two ways – from a sling’s fabric pressing against a baby’s nose or mouth, or from the baby being cradled in a curved position and the head flopping forward restricting breathing.
Becky, who runs her own company, Sa-Be Baby Wear, said: “Every safe baby carrier should carry the baby in the same position that you would carry a baby in your arms.
“The baby should be carried in an upright position next to the mother’s body and you should be able to see its head.”
The 31-year-old said there were benefits to carrying an infant in a ‘traditional’ sling rather than a pram.
She said: “It helps establish breast-feeding and is good for the baby’s breathing.
“It helps parents bond with the child and promotes their physical development. There’s also that lovely feeling of carrying your baby close to you.”
Becky used ‘traditional’ slings to carry her two daughters Annabelle, two, and 9-month-old Delilah.
She said: “It was hugely beneficial to Delilah – it really calmed her down because she had really bad colic for about seven months.
“They are also really quick and easy to use if you’re just popping out to the shops with the kids.”