ESTABLISHED BY FOUNDATIONS DEDICATED TO ENDING SIDS
Every year, nearly 3,500 infants pass away in their sleep, turning the lives of the parents and families upside down. In midst of their own tragedies, many of these parents channel their grief into creating foundations dedicated to helping other parents avoid similar outcomes and raise healthy, safe infants.
Just over two years ago, these foundations participated in the "Healthy Baby Summit" with the purpose of aligning efforts to raise Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) awareness. Since that time, these foundations have met with researchers, provided safe sleep instruction and CPR training, donated thousands of baby monitors and created programs to introduce health sense technology into daycare centers.
This group of highly-motivated parents understands many affected families aren't able to undertake the commitment or time required to start a foundation. As a result, they decided to offer a simple way to raise awareness and create a legacy for lost little ones—the Nursery of Hope.
THE NURSERY OF HOPE
The Nursery of Hope is a simple way to pay tribute to the precious little ones who have passed away prematurely due to SIDS. The Nursery of Hope invites parents, families and friends to plant a “Legacy Tree” in remembrance of infants who have died suddenly. The tree planting will serve as an opportunity to raise awareness of SIDS and stand as a tribute to the beautiful babies lost.
According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), nearly 3,500 babies die each year for causes unknown. These deaths include Sudden Unexplained Infant Death (SUID), accidental suffocation and other unknown causes occurring in infants under one year of age.
SIDS has been plaguing the world for decades, yet we still don’t understand it. By raising awareness, we hope we can help parents understand the risks associated with these tragedies, and also provide a memoriam to the little ones whose lives were cut short by these unknown circumstances. Anyone who has been impacted by SIDS or SUID is invited to participate.
- Plant any type of tree*
- Take a picture of the tree and includes a photo of a baby lost to SUID
- Share the picture on social media with the hashtag #nurseryofhope
Those who would like to join our effort are encouraged to follow the Instagram account @nurseryofhope. All photos tagged with #nurseryofhope will be displayed along with a story of each family affected.
SAFE SLEEP GUIDELINES
In an effort to reduce the risks of sleep-related infant deaths and incidents, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has established safe sleep guidelines that parents should follow to keep their baby safe when sleeping. These guidelines include:
- Following the ABCs of safe sleep: Placing baby Alone, on his/her Back, in his/her Crib (or other safe sleeping place).
- In following this advice, do not place any soft bedding including loose blankets or pillows, stuffed animals, or other soft objects in your baby’s sleeping area. This also includes crib bumper pads.
- Your baby should sleep on a firm mattress that does not conform to his/her head shape, and should not be placed to sleep on a regular bed, couch, or other soft surface that could contour to his/her body and create a risk of accidental suffocation. APP recommends using a firm mattress with a tightly fitted sheet only.
- Consider room-sharing with your baby, but not bed-sharing. The AAP recommends doing this for at least the first 6 months and optimally, for the first year of life.
- Keep your baby at a comfortable temperature to avoid overheating. Dress him/her in appropriate clothing that does not cover the face or head. Consider using a safe wearable blanket, like a sleep sack.
- Avoid the use of wedges or positioners.