On Saturday, March 31, Arlington Heights community was the place to be for a Safe Sleep Celebration Day for babies with education about how to prevent infant sleep related deaths.
This event was planned through collaboration between the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University School of Nursing, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Injury Prevention, and Sudden Infant Death Services of PA/Cribs for Kids. Funding from The Birmingham Foundation provided prizes such as pack and play portable cribs, diaper bags, baby activity centers, a stroller and car seat for families and everyone enjoyed a great barbeque lunch of chicken, hotdogs, macaroni salad, baked beans, snacks and cake. The Easter Bunny made an appearance and hosted an Easter egg hunt for the children.
Although fun was in the air, the basic message of infant safe sleep is serious and the partners are committed to the Arlington Heights community and South Pittsburgh in reducing the number of infant deaths.
This event highlighted how to keep babies safe during sleep with a simple message:
Baby should sleep: Alone On the Back In a Crib.
Place babies on their backs in a safe crib for every sleep and do not bedshare with the baby. Bedsharing has been the cause of many infant deaths in the communities. Plus — never allow smoking around the baby.
Look for future events through the funding of The Birmingham Foundation, the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh, The Pennsylvania Department of Health, Duquesne University School of Nursing, and Cribs for Kids.
For information, call Cribs for Kids at 412-322-5680.