Program promotes safe infant sleeping habits with free cribs

Posted at 2:02 PM, May 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-17 14:08:22-04

The Buffalo Prenatal Perinatal Network is teaming up with the Cribs for Kids National Safe Sleep Initiative to help parents create safer sleeping environments for their infants. 

The Buffalo Prenatal Perinatal Network will teach parents safe sleeping practices and provide a free Pack 'n Play portable crib to parents and caregivers who cannot afford safe sleeping environments for their infants. 

The non-for-profit organization works with others to help reduce the infant mortality and low birth weight in the area. 

According to The Buffalo Prenatal Perinatal Network, 50% to 54% of children under the age of one who die unexpectedly, is because of unsafe sleeping conditions.

Earlier this month, Cheektowaga Police investigated an accidental death of a 7-month-old baby girl who was sleeping in bed with her mother.

To reduce the risk of sleep-related deaths, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that parents and caregivers:

•    A firm mattress, closely fitted to the sides of the crib, and a tight-fitting sheet
•    Wearable blankets in place of loose bedding
•    Remove all pillows, blankets, bumpers and toys from the crib 


For more information, parents and caregivers can contact The Buffalo Prenatal Perinatal Network at 716-884-6711.


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