speaking of BWing safety...

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speaking of BWing safety...

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/more-news/dad-cops-arrows-over-baby-sling/story-fn7x8me2-1226252844426?fb_ref=rec-top&fb_source=message

Check out this ridiculousness! There's the link... but here's the article:

POLICE have lectured a father for carrying a year-old child on his back, reigniting the baby-sling safety debate.

Police stopped Andrew Langford, 29, who had his daughter Eleanor in a backpack-style carrier near his home in Frankston last week.

Officers were responding to complaints from a concerned resident, who feared the unusual sling would suffocate the child.

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Police questioned Mr Langford for 10 minutes before letting him walk home, but the incident has prompted warnings the device could be more dangerous than slings worn on the front.

Kidsafe Victoria president Robert Caulfield said parents needed to be aware of how to use the carrier properly to avoid smothering a child.

"If you have a sling on the back, check the baby regularly," Mr Caulfield said.

"A sling on the front is more appropriate because you can see the baby's face, but there is the risk of falling over.

"This kind of situation (where a child suffocates) is rare, but it can haunt a parent forever. We are not saying don't use a sling, but it is important people take the right precautions."

Mr Langford hit back at his critics, saying he knew how to use the sling safely.

"It is the same as using a pram or a car seat, there are risks associated with it if you do not know how to use it properly," Mr Langford said.

"People often ask about it, but it is like having a big cuddle with your child and you can do things with your hands."

Mr Langford said he reported the police to the Ethical Standards Department because they lectured him on parenting once they had checked the baby was safe.

The latest sling death occurred in South Australia in September.

There is a picture with the article, and he appears to be wearing her VERY safely. And she doesn't look like she could suffocate if she tried.
I guess they didn't necessarily say outward facing front carriers... but it seems people have a prejudice against back-carries! So much mis-information!

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Infuriating! Seriously???

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After the sling hysteria a year or so ago, BWing has received a bit of a bad rap. Maybe he had the hood up and that was what was freaking people out? If he was indeed carrying her as he is in the pic then I'm surprised people were freaking out.

If you saw someone clearly wearing an infant improperly, would you say something? I think I would but it would depend on the situation.

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For me it would definitely depend on the situation and just how unsafe the baby looked vs. how approachable the parent looked. Given the situation, if I could think of a way to say it that sounded more helpful than critical, I definitely would, though.

What I would definitely NOT do is call the cops from inside my house.

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Hmmm....if I saw a total stranger wearing a kid improperly... yeah it would depend on how approachable they looked, and how much in danger the kid looked. And if there was a way I could broach it kindly. "Hey I have this exact same carrier! I love it! But I find it much more comfortable when..." or something... As I mentioned on the actual safety thread, I let my step-sister have it every time I saw her wearing that little baby wrong... but, she's my step-sister.

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Yeah, I heard about that yesterday. Sad
He was wearing her in an Olives & Applesauce SSC. A very well known and GOOD carrier among the BWing community. From what I can tell these are very well informed parents about BWing safety.

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150621031551807.454538.522306806&type=1

http://yvettesramblings.blogspot.com/2012/01/caution-orlando-bloom-had-better-stay.html

This makes me very frustrated and concerned about how the world views me. Most times when we're out of the house and shopping, going for a walk, etc I have my son on my back. And if he's asleep, yep, I put the hood up! Is this why I have had two different people run across a parking lot to yell at me to stop putting DS on my back? Are people in general that paranoid about BWing that they couldn't spot proper BWing if it hit them upside the head?! UGH UGH UGH.

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If I saw truly dangerous BWing, you better believe I'd say something. The most I've run across is a ring sling worn riding up the neck (mom told me she doesn't get how I say it's comfortable). 5 minutes later we had the sling on her shoulder and slightly better adjusted (could have used some more work still but at least it wasn't dangerous).

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When DD was an infant, DH was not very patient when I was showing him how to BW safely. He'd put her in the Moby and she'd be waaay too low. Or he'd put her in the ring sling and she'd be in a position that I felt didn't provide adequate ventilation. Instead of fight with him to do it right I just feigned a "mommy needs baby" moment and stole her away. Smile He's much much better about it now but I still prefer to carry her 'cuz then I get to tickle her tootsies.

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I was at a shopping centre yesterday and saw so many examples of bad BWing it made my head spin. There is so much mis information around. My family all tell me I am going to hurt DS with BWing, but they think most things I do will hurt him in some way, not usually physical though.

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OMG! That's redicuous! I have the O&A that the dad is wearing (diff. pattern, but same carrier). The baby's head is way outside of the top portion, baby is over a year old, clearly with great head control, how was the baby going to suffocate????!!!! It does sound like the hood was up, but seriously, calling the police???!!!

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http://www.3aw.com.au/blogs/breaking-news-blog/dad-furious-over-sling-lecture/20120124-1qemw.html

The wife is a member of TBW forums. They're still rather upset as you can imagine, but they're trying to use this to raise awareness about BWing. There HAVE been deaths and injuries there due to improper BWing sadly. There is a weird version of a RS there where it's two layers that completely separate that has been used REALLY incorrectly recently. It's a shame that poor BWing decisions have led others to think that an O&A isn't safe either. Sad