The family has my absolute compassion.
My thoughts on the recall were directed toward the CPSC.
The number of children who die in nursery devices besides baby carriers are greater, in almost every instance and every product, than those who have problems in slings.
I think the information we have learned about positioning is crucial and that our community has been working hard for several years to disseminate it. Perhaps because our community has been so vocal and has worked so hard at bringing the death level from >1/year to ZERO, the CPSC is aware of positioning information re: slings.
Yet, the CPSC has not acted on positioning information re: infant carseats and asphyxia, for example, even though the stroller systems with clip-in carseats are rampant and statistically far more dangerous than infant carriers. Perhaps this is because there is no safety campaign from inside the carseat industry on positioning, positioning in infant carriers seems a more severe issue -- simply because we are willing to talk about it in this industry and community. These are crucial issues, and eliminating tragedies like this is critical to us as vendors, as retailers, as educators, and as consumers.
With education and understanding -- sharing information that babies with health concerns are at higher risk of PA and suffocation in general, including in infant carriers; that covering a baby's face can be dangerous, including in infant carriers; that babies born prematurely or with respiratory issues need more careful monitoring than most babies, including in infant carriers -- our community has the potential to lower the rate of death for all infants, reducing that grief for many families.
But it's important for people to understand that in the majority of these cases (Slingrider excepted from this statement unless contradictory info comes to light), the slings do not seem to be the key to the problem. The majority of these babies who have died in slings (less than one a year) have had compromised respiratory systems for one reason or another. The majority were under 4 months of age, many in their first few weeks of life, and several had been born earlier than their gestational age would indicate was safe. These are infants who were at a hugely elevated risk in *all* nursery products and situations, including while sleeping at night.