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Safe Sleep 1O1 For information on how to get involved with Babies Need Boxes, contact Elizabeth Dreyfuss at elizabethdreyfuss@babiesneedboxes org. SHAKER LIFE | SPRING 2017 53 “That's what's so great about living in Shaker. Within a week, we had a director of midwifery, someone with non-profit management experience, an MBA, a lawyer, and an early childhood educator, all a purse-throw away from each other.” ~Elizabeth Dreyfuss Photograph this page, Nate Elekonich The top factors contributing to infant mortality are prematurity, birth defects, and unsafe sleeping arrangements. The Baby Box and its contents conform to the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines for safe sleep for infants, which include: Infants should sleep on their backs until they are a year old. The sleep surface should be firm. Keep soft objects and loose bedding out of the sleep area (i.e., no bumpers, stuffed animals, blankets, etc.). Infants should sleep near their parents/caregivers on a separate surface designed for infants, for at least the first six months. No wedges, supports, or positioners. No swaddling. In other words, do things completely the opposite of how we were raised, and baby will be fine. For complete recommendations, go to: aappublications.org/news/2016/10/24/SIDS102416


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