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Advocate Lutheran General Hospital switches from baby blankets to SleepSacks

On Friday, Oct. 4, police received a call from Advocate Lutheran General Hospital that a man seeking treatment in the emergency room had abruptly left. Police informed the two schools in the area, Maine East High School and Franklin School. /Pioneer Press File Photo

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.  |  File

In a move to increase infant safety, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge will no longer use baby blankets in the newborn nursery. According to the release:

Park Ridge, Ill.—On February 3rd at 1:00 in the afternoon, all the babies in the Advocate Lutheran General Newborn Nursery will be changing clothes, so to speak. The decision has been made to remove all the baby blankets and begin using Halo SleepSacks, a safe, blanket free alternative specially designed for safer sleep.

The SleepSack’s creator lost a child to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The sack is intended to promote safer sleep, by swaddling the infant tightly, regulating his or her temperature and reducing the risk that sudden movement will result in injury.

“We decided to eliminate blankets as a way of modeling good sleep behaviors for parents to follow,“ says Cindy Hartwig, Executive Director of Women’s Health Services at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. “With nearly 4,500 deliveries each year, we know that mothers are looking to us for advice on how to keep their babies safe. Utilizing SleepSacks is one way we can educate parents on safe sleep.”

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