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Safe Sleeping for Baby

ABCs of safe sleep gkdSafe Sleeping Tips for Baby

* Place infant(s) to sleep on their backs
* Use firm, tight-fitting mattresses
* Never use extra padding, blankets, or pillows under baby
* Remove pillows or thick comforters
* Positioning devices are not necessary and can be deadly
* Regularly check crib for loose, missing or broken parts or slats
* Do not try to fix a broken crib
* Place cribs or playpens away from windows to avoid window covering or fall hazards

Visit www.cpsc.gov to find out if your crib, bassinet, or play yard has been recalled.

Visit www.nichd.nih.gov to download FREE handouts regarding safe sleeping for babies. Handouts are available in English and Spanish.

CAPA offers Safe Sleep Education to community groups at no cost.  Please contact Charmian at 524.4350 or safesleep@capabeaufort.org to schedule a presentation for your club or organization.

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All babies cry, some more than others.  It’s important to have a Crying Plan that you (or anyone watching your baby) can follow when the crying starts.

The Period of PURPLE Crying is a new way to help parents understand this time in their baby’s life, which is a normal part of every infant’s development. It is confusing and concerning to be told your baby “has colic” because it sounds like it is an illness or a condition that is abnormal. When the baby is given medication to treat symptoms of colic, it reinforces the idea that there is something wrong with the baby, when in fact, the baby is going through a very normal developmental phase. That is why we prefer to refer to this time as thePeriod of PURPLE Crying. This is not because the baby turns purple while crying. The acronym is a meaningful and memorable way to describe what parents and their babies are going through.

The Period of PURPLE Crying begins at about 2 weeks of age and continues until about 3-4 months of age. There are other common characteristics of this phase, or period, which are better described by the acronym PURPLE. All babies go through this period. It is during this time that some babies can cry a lot and some far less, but they all go through it.

Author: Marilyn Barr, Founder/Executive Director, NCSBS

 

PURPLE Acronym

 

 

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