Originally Posted by RunnerDuck
I had a Maya wrap and I never felt comfortable with my son in it as a newborn because he always ended up scrunched and I was afraid he couldn't breathe. I think this could be SIDS or it could be something that could have happened in ANY sling.
I remember voicing concerns about this when my son was little and people would say babies are used to being scrunched because they are scrunched in the womb... but I never felt safe using that sling until he got bigger and I could use it for hip carries. Babies don't need to breathe in utero so the whole used to being scrunched thing never made sense to me. I stopped using it until he was bigger. Thought I might try again with my girls but only ever used upright positions/carriers for them.
Not saying the family is to blame... but if the sling is to blame... not convinced it's got anything to do with the sling itself so much as issues inherit to slings and newborns. And of course it could have also been a SIDS case and had nothing at all to do with anything.
|Although the risk factors listed above for SIDS have been identified, the pathway that leads to death is still uncertain. Currently, the predominant theory is failure in the respiratory pathway described as follows:
* A life-threatening event causes asphyxia (e.g., rebreathing exhaled gases in the prone position, reflex apnea from activation of laryngeal receptors by gastric contents, obstructive apnea from regurgitation)
* Failure of arousal in response to asphyxia, preventing the infant from turning its head and recovering from the apnea
* Hypoxic coma resulting from continued asphyxia
* Bradycardia and hypoxic gasping
* Failure of autoresuscitation that results in death
1) Any newborn or small baby is at risk of positional asyphxia in any carrier if used incorrectly such that baby slumps/curls chin-to-chest. With the Maya Wrap, for example, it is very possible to position a newborn safely -- and it is also possible to use it unsafely.
2) The SlingRider, however, BY DESIGN, forces baby into a chin-to-chest position by requiring them to be lying on their backs, curled up in the bottom of the carrier, strapped in over the tummy by a wide velcro strap, with fabric closed over their heads. There is no way IMO to use the SlingRider safely with a newborn. This makes it VERY different from the Maya or similar ring slings that can easily be used safely.
There has been more than one baby dead in the SlingRider....and the numbers may be even higher than we know.
So although I think it's incredibly important to educate parents about the risks of positional asphyxia and how to use carriers safely, I think the SlingRider and similar designs should be pulled from the market because they are inherently far more dangerous and cannot be used correctly and safely to avoid the chin-to-chest position and to keep fabric from enclosing baby's head.
ETA: If you've never seen a SlingRider in person, here are some pix at the Babywearing Safety Blogspot -- scroll down and see how baby is naturally going to curl into a C-shape with chin-to-chest with fabric over the head. There's simply no way to adjust it so that this dangerous positioning DOESN'T happen.