MidCentral District Health Board is running a month-long programme to provide babies born at one of their facilities, with a free woollen blanket.
The project, called ‘Wool for warmth, fleece for fun’ will run until 11 September 2016 and is based on educating parents about the benefits of using natural fibres to keep babies warm. Newborn babies cannot regulate their body temperature so fibres such as wool keep babies warm without overheating them. Polar fleece is made from recycled plastic and can easily cause babies to overheat when they are wrapped and covered in it, which is why it is recommended that fleece is used for tummy or play time instead.
Any babies born at Palmerston North Hospital, Horowhenua Health Centre, or Dannevirke Community Hospital will be given a woollen blanket for the duration of the promotion.
The project also plays a part in encouraging parents to practice safe sleep messages to avoid the risk of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI). These messages include keeping babies:
• Face up
• Faces clear
• In a separate sleeping space
• In a smokefree environment
• Breastfed, and
• In safe hands
MidCentral DHB’s Maternity Quality and Safety Coordinator, Amanda Rouse said: “This project is a really great initiative to not only educate parents about safe sleeping practices, but also to provide them with the tools to do this; in this case a woollen blanket. We’ve already received positive feedback from parents in the maternity ward, who are supportive of the project and are grateful to be given a woollen blanket. We are also grateful to the Baby Factory for helping provide these blankets at a great price; their support has been essential to this campaign”
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