Did you know that the leading cause of death for children under the age of 1 is due to unsafe sleep practices? Last year in Florida, over 100 infants died as a result of unsafe sleep. Babies can suffocate when their faces become wedged against or buried in a mattress, pillows, couches, or other soft objects. This can happen when someone in the same bed rolls over onto them or when soft bedding and other objects suffocates a baby.
The Safe Sleep Sarasota Initiative is a county-wide collaboration of community partners dedicated to eliminating this very preventable cause of death. The initiative has 3 main goals:
- Goal 1: To provide all Child Protective Investigators and Healthy Start Care Coordinators with Safe Sleep Kits for ease of distribution to needed families and provide proper education. The kits will also be available to those in need who are identified by community partners.
- Goal 2: To provide safe sleep education to all child care centers in Sarasota County.
- Goal 3: To increase community awareness for safe sleep practices. This will include educating each new parent at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, as well as, provide each one with a onesie with safe sleep instructions.This collaboration and initiative is helping to make Safe Sleep Sarasota a priority in our Community.
Safe Sleep Sarasota Initiative Sponsorship Opportunities:
- $12,000 Funds Onesies to every baby born at Sarasota Memorial Hospital for one year with Safe Sleep Instructions on them. ($4 per onesie)
- Safe Sleep Survival Kit
- Pack ‘n Play with Bassinet- $67.99
- Pack ‘n Play crib sheet (with Safe Sleep instructions and poem)- $7
- HALO Sleepsack- $6.70
- Pacifiers- $3.02
- TOTAL KIT COST- $84.71
Please contact us if you have questions or are interested in becoming a sponsor:
Thank you to our Community Partners!
DCF (Department of Children and Families), DOH (Department of Health), FSA (Family Safety Alliance, Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County, Sarasota County Sheriff’s office, Safe Children Coalition, The Sarasota Y, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Children First, Early Learning Coalition, Healthy Families / The Florida Center