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  • CSPC Safety Alerts: Slings & More Cadmium Jewelry

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission issued new warnings this week to parents.

    The first calls attention to some children’s jewelry that contains high levels of cadmium. I think these items were mentioned in the articles that first raised the issue of the danger of cadmium in children’s jewelry (discussed by me here). Here’s the official warning:

    CPSC Issues Warning on Children’s Winter and Holiday-Themed Charm Bracelets with High Levels of Cadmium

    The press release includes photos of the charms, although at this point, it’s definitely good practice to heed the CPSC’s previous warning to remove all jewelry marketed to children.

    The second warning came today, and cautions parents to be extra careful when using slings with infants because of a suffocation risk. At least 14 babies have died while in slings since 1998, so their concern is legitimate. They recommend that you make sure that your infant’s face is visible to you at all times. Here’s the official warning:

    Infant Deaths Prompt CPSC Warning About Sling Carriers for Babies

    It’s been a while since I’ve worn a baby, but I used to wear Tyler all the time in a mei tai and I remember constantly checking to make sure his nose was unobstructed and that he was breathing. I’m a huge proponent of baby carriers, and I could not have made it through Tyler’s first year without one, since my kids are so close in age that it was crucial to have my hands free. But as with anything, they need to be used correctly. I found the babywearing board at Babycenter to be extremely helpful back then.


    1. I have a ring sling I use for my 3 month old. If you wear your baby correctly, you should not have problems with the baby suffocating. The bag style or pouch style slings are the worst offenders because they put the baby into a C shape and they can cut off their own airway. You should always be able to stick 2 fingers between the baby's chin and chest.