Bootheel Babies & Families has teamed up with local hospitals, including Saint Francis Medical Center, Missouri Delta Medical Center and Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center to provide Bootheel families with safe sleep boxinettes.
The program’s goal is to reduce infant mortality related to unsafe sleep habits – such as sharing beds or using unsafe bedding. The boxinettes will be distributed over a six-month period to women from six Bootheel counties (Scott, Stoddard, New Madrid, Mississippi, Dunklin and Pemiscot) who give birth at one of the participating hospitals.
The boxinettes have been independently tested for safety by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and can be used until the baby is about 5 to 6 months old, or weighs 15 pounds. Each boxinette also includes educational materials, swaddling gowns and pacifiers.
Bootheel Babies & Families recommends the boxinettes as part of the ABC’S of Safe Sleep: Babies sleep best Alone, on their Backs, in a Crib or other safe Sleep Surface.