For the past three years, the three Kiwanis groups of Fond du Lac and Waupun Kiwanis have donated Sleep Sacks for newborns at St. Agnes Hospital and Waupun Memorial Hospital to promote and educate parents regarding safe sleep for their infants, in an effort to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Safe sleep experts recommend that loose blankets, toys, pillows, wedges and bumper pads not be put into babies’ cribs because these items can impair the baby’s ability to breathe. Sleep Sacks are a good choice for sleepwear because they keep the babies warm without the use of loose, fluffy blankets.
At home, babies should share the room but not their beds. Babies sleep safer in their own crib on a firm mattress than when they sleep with a parent or other person on a bed or sofa. And babies sleep safer on their backs – every time! New mothers and fathers should make sure that all who care for their babies are putting the babies on their backs to sleep at night and during naps. Babies can be placed on their abdomens (“tummy time”) while supervised and awake to help their neck and shoulder muscles grow stronger.