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Baby Sleep Basics

In the state of Florida, more children die from asphyxiation than drowning. Asphyxiation is due to co-sleeping and/or an unsafe sleep environment (e.g., placing an infant to sleep on a couch, futon, adult bed or sleeping arrangement other than crib or bassinette). The CDC reports the leading cause of injury death in the U.S. for children less than one year old is unintentional asphyxiation (~1,000 infant deaths annually).

In 2015 in Circuit 5, 10 children died from some type of unsafe sleeping circumstance, which is a 17% decrease from 2013. Kids Central is working to stop preventable infant deaths due to co-sleeping by offering the Baby Sleep Basics Program. This program offers safe sleep education and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) information for all parents or guardians that reside in Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion, and Sumter Counties. If the parents or guardian have an infant under the age of one or are in their third trimester of pregnancy and meet income requirements, the parent or guardian may qualify for a pack-n-play upon completion of the educational training. Educational trainings are provided once monthly in each of the counties, or as needed on a case by case basis.

Baby Sleep Basics is a prevention program funded by Kids Central. The program is available to expectant and new mothers in Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion, and Sumter Counties. Through an educational session, mothers will learn about SIDS and the safest way to put babies to sleep.

Classes are held monthly or as needed on a case-by-cases basis. Attendees who meet specific income level requirements will receive a complimentary pack ‘n’ play.

In order to be eligible you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be in the third trimester of pregnancy or have a child under 12 months of age;
  • Have no pack and play, crib, or have a crib that is broken;
  • Meet the federal poverty guidelines; and,
  • Live in Marion, Citrus, Hernando, Lake, or Sumter County.

Referrals are accepted from local agencies such as Healthy Start, Healthy Families, Health Department, as well as self-referrals. If you would like a referral form please click HERE.

For more information, call Kimberly O’Laughlin at 352-387-3549

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Baby Sleep Basics

In the state of Florida, more children die from asphyxiation than drowning. Asphyxiation is due to co-sleeping and/or an unsafe sleep environment (e.g., placing an infant to sleep on a couch, futon, adult bed or sleeping arrangement other than crib or bassinette). The CDC reports the leading cause of injury death in the U.S. for children less than one year old is unintentional asphyxiation (~1,000 infant deaths annually).

In 2015 in Circuit 5, 10 children died from some type of unsafe sleeping circumstance, which is a 17% decrease from 2013. Kids Central is working to stop preventable infant deaths due to co-sleeping by offering the Baby Sleep Basics Program. This program offers safe sleep education and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) information for all parents or guardians that reside in Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion, and Sumter Counties. If the parents or guardian have an infant under the age of one or are in their third trimester of pregnancy and meet income requirements, the parent or guardian may qualify for a pack-n-play upon completion of the educational training. Educational trainings are provided once monthly in each of the counties, or as needed on a case by case basis.

Baby Sleep Basics is a prevention program funded by Kids Central. The program is available to expectant and new mothers in Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion, and Sumter Counties. Through an educational session, mothers will learn about SIDS and the safest way to put babies to sleep.

Classes are held monthly or as needed on a case-by-cases basis. Attendees who meet specific income level requirements will receive a complimentary pack ‘n’ play.

In order to be eligible you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be in the third trimester of pregnancy or have a child under 12 months of age;
  • Have no pack and play, crib, or have a crib that is broken;
  • Meet the federal poverty guidelines; and,
  • Live in Marion, Citrus, Hernando, Lake, or Sumter County.

Referrals are accepted from local agencies such as Healthy Start, Healthy Families, Health Department, as well as self-referrals. If you would like a referral form please click HERE.

For more information, call Kimberly O’Laughlin at 352-387-3549

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