The Rooks County Health Center Auxiliary (RCHA) is assisting with the comfort and safety of newborns by purchasing wearable blankets which will be given to parents of babies born at Rooks County Health Center (RCH).
The wearable blankets, called sleep sacks, are meant to address sleep environment risks which are primarily centered on loose bedding. Loose bedding such as regular sheets and blankets can accidentally cover a baby’s face and interfere with breathing.
Diane McReynolds, RCHA president, noted that the auxiliary was excited to be able to offer a free, new sleep sack to babies born at the hospital as well as to offer them for sale in the RCHA gift shop.
“Wearable blankets are a better and safer way for baby to sleep, and the ones we purchased are for newborns up to 6 months” said McReynolds, adding that the garment even has the motto “Back is Best” printed on it to remind parents to put their baby to sleep on their back.
The wearable blanket helps to ensure a safer sleep environment for baby by fitting a blanket like garment around the baby that reduces the possibility that bedding might obstruct a baby’s breathing during the night. It also adds a bit of security around their arms to reduce the startle reflex. Since baby’s arms remain free, it’s safe for little ones who are rolling during sleep time.