Monday, October 4, 2010

Babywearing - protect your right, love your baby

Ugh. I have to start this post with that 3-letter word. The CPSC has decided they would like to shutdown babywearing. While not everyone can sew their own, either due to lack of time or talent, there are many happy babies out there being worn by their parents, either because of necessity, because they realize the benefits, or because soemoen else did it (heck, not the best reason, but I'll take it!).




In the end we have to find a way to ensure that safety is a priority, and it is with work-at-home parents. A "gateway" babywearing divice, HOTSLINGS, appears to be out of business (their website is down, and there's a letter of goodbye to them on the Babywearing Industry Alliance website). So, what's next?



Earlier this year, the CPSC issued a recall on bay-style carriers because some babies died. Yes, this is tragic (and I'll get slightly political, 4 times more babies die each year from circumcision...), but it doesn't mean that all babywearing is bad. In fact, babywearing is nothing new. It is something done for centuries out of necessity and to promote bonding. As a baby- and toddler-wearing mom, I am outraged that there appears to be action against babywearing.



According to their abstract, "The Home Observation for Measurement of the Environment (HOME), Father Involvement and Developmental Quotient (Griffiths) scores. Results: 1) Kangaroo mothers created a more stimulating context and a better caregiving environment than mothers in the Traditional Care group; 2) this environment was positively correlated to father involvement and 3) the family environment of male infants was most improved by Kangaroo Mother Care" ... basically, babywearing works and is better than plopping the baby in a stationary item or bucket... (Citation: Tessier, R., Charpak, N., Giron, M., Cristo, M., de Calume, Z., & Ruiz-Peláez, J. (2009). Kangaroo Mother Care, home environment and father involvement in the first year of life: a randomized controlled study. Acta Paediatrica, 98(9), 1444-1450. doi:10.1111/j.1651-2227.2009.01370.x.)



We know that infants, especially premature babies benefit from kangaroo care (babywearing).

We know that many babies and toddlers love to be worn for comfort and love to be touched

We know that this has been done for generations and is not something new

We know that babywearing is best for babies

We know that Dr Sears (and many others) indicate that sling babies cry less

We know that babies learn more when they're content, and sling babies cry less...



We KNOW that babywearing can be done safely.



Please help save SAFE babywearing - get rid of the "bag" carriers (made by large companies, not by moms who care!), educate for safe waring... and please contact government:





1. Stop all recall actions against baby sling companies until



2. We can finalize the ASTM voluntary sling standards (scheduled for November) and



3. Force the CPSC to follow their own internal procedures, stop using bullying tactics, and use sound science.











SENATE: Mark Pryor – Chairman, AR (202) 224-2353 (202) 224-2353



Byron L. Dorgan, ND (202) 224-2551 (202) 224-2551



Barbara Boxer, CA (202) 224-3553 (202) 224-3553



Bill Nelson, FL (202) 224-5274 (202) 224-5274



Claire McCaskill, MO (202) 224-6154 (202) 224-6154



Amy Klobuchar, MN (202) 224-3244 (202) 224-3244



Tom Udall, NM (202) 224-5941 (202) 224-5941



Roger Wicker – Ranking Member, MS (202) 224-6253 (202) 224-6253



Olympia J. Snowe, ME (202) 224-5344 (202) 224-5344



Jim DeMint, SC (202) 224-6121 (202) 224-6121



John Thune, SD (202) 224-2321 (202) 224-2321



Johnny Isakson, GA (202) 224-3643 (202) 224-3643



David Vitter, LA (202) 224-4623 (202) 224-4623











HOUSE: Bobby L. Rush, IL, Chairman 202-225-4372 202-225-4372 ; 773-224-6500 773-224-6500



Jan Schakowsky, IL, Vice Chair 202-225-2111 202-225-2111 ; 773-506-7100 773-506-7100



Ed Whitfield, KY, Ranking Member 202-225-3115 202-225-3115 ; 270-885-8079 270-885-8079



John P. Sarbanes, MD 202-225-4016 202-225-4016 ; 410-832-8890 410-832-8890



George Radanovich, CA 202-225-4540 202-225-4540 ; 559-449-2490 559-449-2490



Betty Sutton, OH 202-225-2266 202-225-2266 ; 330-865-8450 330-865-8450



Cliff Stearns, FL 202-225-5744 202-225-5744 ; 352-351-8777 352-351-8777



Frank Pallone, Jr., NJ 202-225-4671 202-225-4671 ; 732-571-1140 732-571-1140



Joseph R. Pitts, PA 202-225-2411 202-225-2411 ; 717-303-0667 717-303-0667



Bart Gordon, TN 202-225-4231 202-225-4231 ; 615-896-1986 615-896-1986



Mary Bono Mack, CA 202-225-5330 202-225-5330 ; 760-320-1076 760-320-1076



Bart Stupak, MI 202-225-4735 202-225-4735 ; 231-348-0657 231-348-0657



Lee Terry, NE 202-225-4155 202-225-4155 ; 402-397-9944 402-397-9944



Gene Green, TX 202-225-1688 202-225-1688 ; 281-999-5879 281-999-5879



Sue Wilkins Myrick, NC 202-225-1976 202-225-1976 ; 704-362-1060 704-362-1060



Charles A. Gonzalez, TX 202-225-3236 202-225-3236 ; 210-472-6195 210-472-6195



Tim Murphy, PA 202-225-2301 202-225-2301 ; 412-344-5583 412-344-5583



Anthony D. Weiner, NY 202-225-6616 202-225-6616 ; 718-520-9001 718-520-9001



Phil Gingrey, GA 202-225-2931 202-225-2931 ; 770-429-1776 770-429-1776



Jim Matheson, UT 202-225-3011 202-225-3011 ; 801-486-1236 801-486-1236



Steve Scalise, LA 202-225-3015 202-225-3015 ; 504-837-1259 504-837-1259



G. K. Butterfield, NC 202-225-3101 202-225-3101 ; 252-237-9816 252-237-9816
Robert E. Latta, OH 202-225-6405 202-225-6405 ; 419-668-0206 419-668-0206
John Barrow, GA 202-225-2823 202-225-2823 ; 912-354-7282 912-354-7282

Joe Barton, TX 202-225-2002 202-225-2002 ; 817-543-1000 817-543-1000


Information from http://www.thebabywearer.com/forum/showthread.php?416887-Brace-Yourself

(A TBW link to a 2008 indication of the lack of safety of BAG style slings: http://www.thebabywearer.com/forum/showthread.php?205359-Concerns-about-quot-bag-slings-quot-PIC-HEAVY-amp-LONG)

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