Sling bag: Is it dangerous or safe to a newborn baby

@Poch3ng (144)
Philippines
September 2, 2011 10:41pm CST
Hello fellow mylotters! Yesterday, I went to a baby section to buy some stuff for our little angel when I found this sling bag which is promoting by one of the sales person. I am intrigued about this baby stuff and thought to buy it because of these reasons: one, its easy to use and makes you worry free since the baby wraps around with the sling bag; two, because of its design, color and the price. However, my hubby told me to think about it since for him its not safe because the baby might end up not getting enough fresh air because of the baby's positioning inside the sling bag. What do you think about this guys? Is sling bag dangerous to every newborn baby?
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@sid556 (31005)
• United States
6 Sep 11
Hi Poch3ng, I think it is pretty safe. I used the sling when my girls were babies and I loved them. I never had a problem at all with them. If your baby were not getting enough air, you would notice it. I thought they were perfect for newborns. As the baby got bigger, it hurt my back to use it But if you have a newborn, I would highly reccomend it.
@Poch3ng (144)
• Philippines
6 Sep 11
Hi Sid! Thanks for your comment, but I think I have to pass on this since my husband is not approve on this thing. :)
@sid556 (31005)
• United States
6 Sep 11
I agree with your decision to pass on this. It really isn't worth an argument with your husband. When I had my first daughter who is now 34, we did not have these slings and I raised her just fine. I did have one when my daughter who is now 25 was born. It's not a necessity and you are right to consider your husband's thoughts.
• Philippines
3 Sep 11
You said new born baby??? no way, I would not buy sling bags and place my new born baby there, it is really dangerous because the spine is soft, the head and neck is soft and baby will never be comfortable to breathe there too. Maybe if the baby will be around 7 months above and we stroll the mall or were riding a bike from here, I can carry that sling bag handy. Your hubby is right, you should think of the position of your baby, just my two cents.
@mantis36 (4237)
• Philippines
3 Sep 11
maybe i agree with you....
@Poch3ng (144)
• Philippines
4 Sep 11
Hi strawberry and mantis! Thanks for the comment, I may now thinking not to buy sling bag. And you're right 7 months would be fine for the baby to put on a sling bag but I guess the baby's too big for this one. :)
@cjfoust (614)
• United States
4 Sep 11
I think that is a hard decision. I chose not to use one of those because I was too worried; however, I do see many other women that use them. I'm not sure if it is safe on unsafe. I would like to think it went through some kind of testing or something before they would release it to the market, but I'm not sure. I'm sure you will make the best decision for you.
@Poch3ng (144)
• Philippines
4 Sep 11
Thanks cjfoust. I might go with the car seat and stroller just to be on the safer side. I'm too afraid to take risk of using this sling bag even most moms today are using it.
• Philippines
3 Sep 11
I guess it's dangerous if not use in a proper way. But, many people use it so it may be somehow, effective. Just check the position of the baby once in a while.
@Poch3ng (144)
• Philippines
4 Sep 11
I also agree with you pepper but after the links and comments I've read I will pass on buying this sling bag. Thanks for your comment! :)
• United States
3 Sep 11
I would not buy those for my daughter. I did not like seeing anyone with a child in it either. It looks like the child can't move properly in it. who would like to be saddled down and stuck in one position for hours on end. that is a terrible thing to buy. children need to spread out like we do.
@Poch3ng (144)
• Philippines
4 Sep 11
I agree with you dear. I didn't notice that the baby will be in one position all the time and might give them a hard time. All I notice is it is used by many mothers nowadays. Thanks girl!:)
@owlwings (39593)
• Cambridge, England
3 Sep 11
Although the sling bag is based on good theory - this method of carrying a baby has been used by mothers for many thousands of years in some cultures - the design of some modern slings can be dangerous, especially for newborns, who don't normally have the neck muscles or the instincts to turn their heads so that they are able to breathe properly. There are many sites which give guidance on the proper use of sling bags and their advantages and disadvantages. You might find the following three helpful: http://chicpapoose.com/slingsafety.html http://babyslingsafety.blogspot.com/ http://www.quirkybaby.com/babywearing-safety.html
@Poch3ng (144)
• Philippines
3 Sep 11
Thanks for the info. I will take a look at the links you've mentioned.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
6 Sep 11
I hate those. I think if you are so busy that you have to sling the baby in a sack onto your front so you can do things...you shouldn't have had the baby until you had more free time. THen they carry on about holding the baby to much...well, that's what the sling bag does...hold and carry. There are strollers and other kinds of "carriers" for the comfort of the baby and for the use of two hands...I don't see why a baby needs to be slung around like a sack of flour. They even have a back pack that you can strap the baby into so you can go hiking...I am sorry, but a baby doesn't need to be taken on a hike. And the babys head just bounces around like a bobble head on the dash of the car! Isn't good for the little one. A baby required time...and if you can't give it to them for wahtever reason...you need to rethink your decision to have one at this time.