So it seems the Government is prepared to issue a warning about baby slings and how deadly they are. I want to reiterate that the slings that have caused problems are the commercial, overly fussy, padded ring slings and “pouches.” These types of slings do not allow the wearer to adjust the sling properly. They DO hold babies in an unnatural “c” curved position, which is not particularly good for their spines.
Infants lying down in a sling SHOULD look like this:
See how well-supported the baby is? Her spine is straight, not curved. Her face is uncovered and her chin is not touching her chest. Mama can see baby’s face and baby has nothing to suffocate on.
This excellent article also discusses correct newborn positioning.
Please do not be scared by this warning! Babywearing is perfectly safe when done properly. Just like everything else in life.