“My baby gets cold at night, so I have to leave a blanket in her crib.”
“Why can’t I figure out what he needs? I feel so frustrated!”
Service providers working with parents hear these kinds of comments and questions all the time. It’s normal for new parents to feel unprepared for parenting, and many need to be educated in the best practices for getting their child to stop crying or keeping them safe while sleeping.
SCAN was privileged to have Megan Sharma, a student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, as an intern this Summer. While working with us, she researched best practices for both Safe Sleeping and Shaken Baby Syndrome, as well as what is being done about both issues in Northern Virginia.
As a result of her research, SCAN began to launch Operation Safe Babies, a program focused on the wellbeing of children from birth to the age of three. It began with a presentation for professionals at Inova Fairfax Hospital, and our goal now is to educate parents, caregivers and families with useful messages and resources to reduce the numbers of babies who die as a result of Shaken Baby Syndrome or unsafe sleeping environments.
With Megan’s help, SCAN created two new parenting fact sheets: “How to Soothe a Baby…and Calm Yourself“ (which includes a “My Baby’s Crying Plan” worksheet) and “Safe Sleep for your Baby” (in English and Spanish) as an initial set of tools to help parents better understand how to keep their babies safe.
Stay tuned to SCAN’s website and blog for future information regarding this important initiative as we develop more resources.