We know that many of our clients may be single parents, leading to physical and mental exhaustion from taking care of a newborn. Pair this with the potential of not having an adequate place for their baby to sleep, like a crib or pack ‘n play, it is not uncommon for a parent to bring their baby into their bed to get some rest — which is one of the most prevalent causes of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
According to the Boston Children’s Hospital, about 2,300 babies die from SIDS each year in the United States. As studies are continually completed to better understand the causes of SIDS, it is important for parents to receive the most up-to-date information possible to reduce the risk of SIDS — which is exactly what Morning Star provides to our clients.
Among many tips provided in the Safe Sleep classes, we teach the acronym ABC for putting babies to sleep:
A = Alone: Make sure baby is alone in their crib (no stuffed animals, loose blankets, pillows, etc.)
B = Back: Baby should sleep on their back, rather than on their side or belly.
C = Crib: Always put baby in a crib or pack ‘n play to sleep.
If a mom or dad who completes the class does not have a safe place for their baby to sleep, Morning Star provides them with a pack ‘n play. Each year, Morning Star gives pack ‘n plays to an average of 50 clients each year.
You can help continue to make our parenting education programs possible by donating to Morning Star at SupportMorningStar.com. ●