Safe Sleep Coalition of Kern donates books to educate new parents

Safe-sleeping education books are seen Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, in Bakersfield, Calif. The Safe Sleep Coalition of Kern is donating the books to hospitals and other groups that serve parents of newborns. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

The Safe Sleep Coalition of Kern is donating $15,000 in books to 41 local hospitals, family resource centers and community organizations.

The aim of the books is to educate parents about safe sleeping habits for their newborns.

“This was an opportunity to encourage families to read, and most importantly, to save babies’ lives,” Kern Literacy Council Executive Director Laura Lollar Wolfe said in a news release.

First 5 Kern warns that overbundling babies can lead them to overheat and increases their risk of sudden infant death syndrome during the winter months.

“During the winter, babies are at higher risk during sleep because parents and caregivers often place too many blankets on them for warmth,” First 5 Kern’s Executive Director Roland Maier said in the news release.

The National Institute of Health has some tips for safe sleeping:

  • Place infants alone on their back, on a firm mattress in their own crib, and not on soft surfaces such as adult beds, sofas or blankets.
  • Keep toys, bumper pads, blankets and other loose objects out of the crib.
  • Avoid overheating with hats, blankets or too many clothes by dressing babies in a sleep sack, wearable blanket or warm pajamas.
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