Shaquan Cummings came out Friday for a refresher on how to make sure her baby sleeps safely every night.
Cummings, who will soon graduate from the Coastal Coalition for Children’s Healthy Families program, had heard the ABCs of safe sleep before — alone, on their back and in a crib.
“I like the fact that they have these kinds of programs, to help the moms, to help the kids and to make sure safety is No. 1,” Cummings said.
Coastal Coalition for Children hosted a conversation Friday on safe sleeping tips for babies.
The Healthy Families Coastal Georgia program paired a reading of the bedtime classic “Goodnight Moon,” with the informational session that aimed to educate parents on maintaining their baby’s health.
Attendees went home with a copy of “Goodnight Moon” along with the book “sleep baby safe and snug.”
The event was designed for parents of babies and toddlers up to age 36 months.
“The funding that enables us to buy and give these books comes from Healthy Families America,” said Terri Evans, executive director of Coastal Coalition for Children “… And I’m very happy to say that the Literary Guild of St. Simons has supported it. They gave us a grant for this purpose, to help supply books and to put on these events.”
Lori Hatton, program director for Healthy Families, said the program promotes safe sleep prenatally through the first six months of a baby’s life.
“In 2014, unsafe sleep practices were the No. 1 cause of child death in the state of Georgia,” she said.
During the program, she instructed parents how to create a safe sleeping space.
“There should be no pillows, no blankets, no stuffed animals,” she said. “Don’t go to sleep with the baby on your chest, don’t leave them in a swing.”
She encouraged local parents of babies and toddlers up to age 36 months to sign up for the Healthy Families program.
“There’s a lot you need when a baby gets in the world, and it’s expensive,” she said.
Cummings, who has been in the program since she was six-weeks pregnant, urged others to join — especially first-time parents.
“Everybody should definitely take this into consideration,” she said. “It’s very helpful. … It helps you grow as a parent.”
People who are interested can find more information at www.cc4children.org.