You can request a pack-n-play by calling 2-1-1 after 36 weeks of gestation.
Sleep-related death is the third most common cause of death for infants in Michigan. Most babies that die in a sleep environment are sleeping in an unsafe setting such as an adult bed, on a couch, cushion, armchair or on the floor.
CCPHD also provides safe sleep presentations to the community including parents/guardians, daycare staff, medical professionals, and anyone who cares for infants. Please see our [Hours & Locations] page for contact information to schedule a presentation for your group today.
- A resident of Calhoun County
- WIC/Medicaid Eligible
- Baby 6 months or younger
- Does not currently have safe sleep surface for baby and cannot afford one
- Has not received a Pack-N-Play through this service before
Please call 2-1-1 after 36 weeks gestation to request a pack n play.
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Safe Sleep Recommendations
The best way to prevent sleep-related infant deaths is to follow the American Academy of Pediatrics' Guidelines for Infant Sleep Safety & SIDS Risk Reduction issued in 2011 which are:
- Always place your baby on his or her back for every sleep time.
- Always use a firm crib mattress with a tight-fitting crib sheet. Car seats, bouncers, and swings are not recommended for regular sleep.
- Your baby should sleep in the same room as you, but NOT in your bed (room-sharing without bed-sharing).
- Keep soft objects or loose bedding out of your baby's crib. This includes pillows, blankets, bumper pads, stuffed toys, and any clutter.
- Wedges and/or other items to prop/position your baby should not be used.
- If you are pregnant you should receive regular prenatal care.
- Don’t smoke during pregnancy or after birth.
- Breastfeeding is recommended.
- Clients of our Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program have 24/7 access to our Peer Counselors; specially trained staff that can assist and support your breastfeeding journey.
- Offer your baby a pacifier at nap time and night time.
- Avoid covering your infant’s head or overdressing this can cause overheating.
- Do not use home monitors or store-bought devices marketed to reduce the risk of SIDS.
- Your infant should receive all recommended vaccinations.
- Supervised, awake tummy time is recommended daily to help your baby develop and become strong. Tummy time also helps lower the occurrence of flat heads.
- For more information about Safe Sleep visit: www.michigan.gov/safesleep
- Visit the borntobehealthy.org website to find more resources specific to Calhoun County that can help ensure a healthy happy baby.
- Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR): Through individual case review, FIMR examines all the factors related to infant death, and determines local factors in the health system for mothers and infants where improvements can be made.
- Infant Safe Sleep Brochure for Grandparents
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