Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Mothering Repost

I got this in my weekly update email from Mothering.com and felt it so valuable that I wanted to repost it so more may read it. (And when you go to the CR article, read the comments following it, a good dose of common sense!!)

--ConsumerReports.org recently featured a blog entry called “Five Products Not to Buy for Your Baby.” Among those five products are slings and cosleeping devices. The logic is astounding: accidents caused by irresponsible parenting, misuse of devices and, in a few cases, faulty products, have led ConsumerReports.org to urge parents to avoid cosleeping as well as all slings.

Here at Mothering, we believe that babies are born to be worn. Check out Christine Gross-Loh’s “Hold Me Close: The Many Advantages to Wearing Your Baby” and “Babywearing Tips.”

When it comes to cosleeping, we quite possibly have the largest body of information available. Some of our favorite articles include James McKenna’s “Breastfeeding & Bedsharing Still Useful (and Important) after All These Years” and Tina Kimmel’s “How the Stats Really Stack Up: Cosleeping Is Twice As Safe.” When in doubt, simply stop by the Sleep section on Mothering.com.--

3 comments:

Stefan, Sarah and Lukka said...

I could not live without my sling! esp. with two kids, I HAVE to have my hands free!
As for the vinegar...I HAVE tried this and used it ALLLLLLL last summer-it was awesome and although it does stink for the inital 10 seconds befor eit dries completely, it's safe for kiddos, cheap and EASY!
I don't think it lasts as long as regular brands like OFF, I think I reapplied every 3 hours or so?

Mon said...

I think it was a good point about the co-cleppers. It's important to ensure they are safe and there are no 'slip through' areas.
They don't mention sleeping in the bed with the parent.

Bath seats - not the product but parents dumb enough to leave their child unattended. Education is required.

Slings - yes, get one that is very well made, has a good track record, and always ensure baby is 110% secure in it.

I think the report brings up legitimate concerns, but simply saying, don't buy it, is simplistic and misleading.

Thanks for sharing this.

Mon said...

cleppers?? lol erm, sleepers....