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Published on September 26, 2013

Babies at Avera St. Luke’s BirthPlace Cuddle in SleepSacks®

Safe sleep for babies is the message Avera St. Luke’s Hospital is stressing to parents, and using wearable blankets in place of a loose blanket is suggested by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

SleepSackBabies born at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital’s BirthPlace now go home with HALO SleepSack® wearable blankets, replacing loose blankets that could cover a baby's face and interfere with breathing. The pink or blue SleepSacks with Avera St. Luke’s logo are a gift to every newborn, courtesy of Avera St. Luke’s Foundation. This warm, cuddly blanket that can't be kicked off helps babies sleep better. It’s also recognized as a "hip healthy" way to swaddle, with a unique design that allows baby's legs to kick freely. This wearable blanket is used for babies in the hospital’s BirthPlace nursery, too.

“Modeling proper care for a baby in hospital nurseries is the single biggest influence for how a parent will care for their child when they go home,” says Susan Deibert, BirthPlace’s nurse manager. “It’s paramount that hospitals model the highest standard for safe sleep practices.”

Avera St. Luke’s also participates in South Dakota’s Cribs for Kids® initiative that provides a free Pack n’ Play crib, pacifier and Sleep Sack to anyone who does not have a safe place for their baby to sleep. Brochures are included with information on safe sleep practices.