CRIBS FOR KIDS: New WCPH Program
Wyandot County Public Health is now affiliated with the Cribs for Kids® program, providing no cost Graco Pack’n Play and Safe Sleep kits to income eligible families who do not have a safe sleep environment for a child less than 1 year of age. Funding for this program has been made available through a grant from the Ohio Department of Health, Maternal and Child Health Program.
All infants need a safe sleep environment. Following the ABC’s of sleep, baby sleeps safest Alone, on their Back, and in a Crib, reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Additional safe sleep recommendations include: Never place babies to sleep on adult beds, chairs, sofas, waterbeds, pillows, cushions or soft surfaces. Never let baby sleep with another person. Avoid overdressing or over-bundling the baby. Dress the baby in a sleep sack and do not use a blanket. Do not use pillows, bumpers or toys in the infants’ bed. A baby should sleep in a smoke-free home. Breastfeeding is recommended to help reduce the risk of SIDS; consider using a pacifier at naptime and bedtime. Supervised, awake tummy time is recommended daily to facilitate development. Family members, child care providers, friends need to follow these same guidelines.
Program requirements include: Family must be WIC income eligible; parent does not have a safe place for their infant to sleep; if pregnant, must be at least 36 weeks gestation; infant must be younger than 1 year of age; willingness for parent to attend a safe sleep educational presentation. Priority will be given to Wyandot County residents. For further information, contact a Wyandot County Public Health Nurse at 419-294-3852.