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October is Safe Sleep Awareness Month!

The ABCs of safe sleep is a simple acronym that stands for: Alone, on their Back, and in their own Crib. It was created to help parents remember the most important practices for ensuring a safe sleeping environment for their child.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends following these practices for Safe Sleep:

  • Infants should be placed on their back for every sleep and nap
  • Infant should be in their own sleep space
  • Infants should be on a firm, non-inclined surface with no extra blankets, toys, pillows, or other soft objects in their bed
  • Breastfeed if possible
  • It is recommended that infants sleep in the parents’ room, close to the parents’ bed, but on a separate surface designed for infants, ideally for at least the first 6 mo.
  • Make sure baby does not overheat
  • Avoid smoking, alcohol, marijuana, opioids, and illicit drugs If you have any questions, or for more resources you can check out these sites: https://www.aap.org/en/patient-care/safe-sleep/ https://www.cdc.gov/sids/index.htm Or call the Santa Barbara County SIDS Coordinator at 800-288-8145

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Infant Safe sleep

The CAPE Council encourages infant safe sleep for your baby or any baby in your care by donating infant safe sleep sacks or onesies to every baby born at McLaren Northern Michigan and Munson Charlevoix, including education for parents and caregivers.

Follow these tips for safe sleep during every nap and night-time routine:

  • Place your baby on their back, in a crib, bassinet or pack-n-play for every sleep time.

  • Use a firm mattress with a tightly fitted sheet.

  • Keep baby’s sleep space clutter free – no pillows, blankets or toys.

  • Avoid covering baby’s head or overheating.  Instead of a blanket, consider using a sleep sack, wearable blanket or footed sleeper to keep baby warm.

  • Remind everyone who cares for your baby, including babysitters and family members, how to keep baby safe while sleeping.

Pinwheels for Prevention

    The pinwheel is the national symbol for the prevention of child abuse and neglect.  Throughout the month of April, the CAPE Council plants pinwheel gardens to raise awareness about the importance of healthy child development.  Schools and organizations with pinwheel gardens are our partners in providing the healthy and happy childhoods and bright futures that all children deserve!

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    champions for children

    Each year the CAPE Council recognizes individuals or groups in our community who go above and beyond to make positive changes in the lives of children in our Counties served. 

    "Champion for Kids" recipients receive a token of our appreciation on behalf of the entire community. Nominations are due March 1st.

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    Child Abuse Prevention And Education Council Of Antrim, Charlevoix and Emmet Counties is a 501c3 non-profit organization.  

    P.O. Box 414, Petoskey, MI 49770   

    Phone: 231-675-5047

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