Starting in 1998, Bannon and a growing band of volunteers have been working to get cribs out to families who need them in greater Pittsburgh and beyond, and to spread the message that babies are safer in their own crib — as much as 40 times safer, according to some researchers.
“Unfortunately, babies continue to die in our county, but we’ve given out 6,500 cribs since 1998 and we’ve kept track of those families and not one of them has had a baby die in the first year of life.”
Through a special partnership with Graco, the group distributes a special make of the company’s popular portable crib to families referred to from prenatal caregivers and social workers. The cribs are both easy to assemble and pack up to go to a baby sitter or grandparent, and small enough that they can be set up in the parents’ bedroom.
“They sit next to the bed, mom just separated by mesh from the baby, that’s what I consider the safest setting,” Bannon said.
The program started to branch out to other cities just 18 months ago, but already there are chapters of Cribs for Kids operating in 152 communities in 35 states. Many similar efforts have been established by local governments and child-welfare groups seeking to prevent infant sleep deaths.
Another interesting press release has a short interview with Dr. Mckenna, bedsharing advocate, with the following puzzling tidbit:
Although he’s authored scores of articles and a book, “Sleeping With Baby,” on the practice, McKenna is quick to point out that he doesn’t advocate everyone bed-share.
“There are parents who aren’t comfortable sleeping with their infants, and there are some who should not do it. Mothers who are bottle-feeding rather than breastfeeding probably should not. We’ve seen in our studies that there are physical differences in how those women place their babies in the bed with them compared to breastfeeding mothers,” McKenna said.
Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t recall any previous admonitions – by Mckenna or anyone else – not to bother bedsharing if you don’t breastfeed. (there’s more to the article, and I suggest you read the whole link).
The Scripps press releases are the most informative part of the site, in my opinion; I suggest reading them all. Another one of special interest talks about the need for national standardization of infant deaths. A startling finding:
— A small but growing number of coroners who adhere to the most thorough investigation protocols are discovering that most sudden infant deaths are accidental asphyxiations.
First Candle , a large non-profit SIDS prevention organization, has also received an $11 million grant to provide cribs for safe roomsharing in Indiana, Washington state and DC.