There is a lot going on here. There has been some communication among babywearing advocates, Consumer Reports, and sling manufacturers. It’s encouraging that they are talking about the risk pattern rather than saying that baby slings are unsafe.
It’s seldom helpful to say “baby slings are safe” or “baby slings are not safe.” We talk about safe babywearing practices at every meeting. In almost every case, it’s how you use the baby sling that is safe or unsafe. However, some carriers, like the bag slings shown and discussed in the article, can only be used one way … a way that puts babies, particularly fragile newborns, at risk of asphyxiation. So calling them unsafe may just be completely fair.
Let’s see what the CPSC says.