Baby sling manufacturers on notice over safety concerns

The death of a newborn baby while being carried in a baby sling has prompted the ACCC to consider manufacturing safety standards for the slings, SMH.com.au has reported.

The death of a newborn baby while being carried in a baby sling has prompted the ACCC to consider manufacturing safety standards for the slings, SMH.com.au has reported.

There are currently no Australian or international manufacturing safety standards for the baby slings, according to the article.  

The South Australian boy was reportedly being carried in the cloth sling – worn under his mother’s clothing – when he passed away.

Though it is not clear if the sling or the way it was used caused the death of the two-day-old boy, the ACCC is considering putting warnings on the slings sold in Australia that infants are at risk of suffocation if they are positioned with their chin to their chest or their mouth and nose are obscured.

Kidsafe South Australia chief executive, Helen Noblet, said she would like to see sling manufacturers provide warnings on safe use. 

”I think the most important thing is that parents and carers using baby slings are made aware of the potential risks,” she said – quoted on SMH.com.au