When Central Ohio parents take their newborns home from the hospital this winter they will also take home a tool for infant safe sleep—a Halo SleepSack. CelebrateOne is partnering with Columbus’ birthing hospitals for a second year to promote safe sleep during cool weather and reduce infant mortality by providing a sleep sack to every infant born from November through March along with information on safe sleep best practices.
Over 1,900 Halo SleepSacks per month will be distributed for babies to wear while sleeping. Sleep sacks look like a vest on top, sleeping bag on the bottom and are a safer sleep alternative to blankets, which can create breathing issues by blocking an infant’s nose or mouth while sleeping. Sleep sacks support the ABCs of Safe Sleep: a baby should sleep alone, on his or her back, and in an empty crib without blankets, toys or bumpers.
Three hospital systems are participating in the sleep sack giveaway: Mount Carmel, OhioHealth, and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
“Central Ohio’s hospital systems are united in their commitment to reduce infant mortality. By partnering with CelebrateOne for a second year to provide sleep sacks, the hospitals ensure that every newborn leaves his or her birth hospital with a safer alternative to sleeping with blankets and every parent has information on how to sleep their baby safely,” said Jeff Klingler, President and CEO of the Central Ohio Hospital Council.
Two local foundations, L Brands Foundation and Nationwide Foundation, have generously funded the project.
“Historically, sleep-related deaths have increased during winter months. This community partnership puts resources in families’ hands when they need it most,” said Erika Clark Jones, Executive Director of CelebrateOne.