Babies sleep a lot! Many new parents are surprised to find that newborns spend most of their time the first few months sleeping and eating. In fact, newborns sleep an average of 16-17 hours a day, and even up to six months old babies are still sleeping 14-15 hours of each day, valuable time that provides needed rest and brain development for the rapidly growing child. Since so much of their time the first year is spent asleep, both how babies sleep and where they sleep is an issue that expectant parents will want to make a top priority when planning for the new arrival.
Ready, Set, Sleep is a community program funded by Kohl's Cares and offered by THE PLAYERS Center for Child Health at Wolfson Children's Hospital. The initiative reminds moms and dads, grandparents, and caregivers of the importance of following safe sleep guidelines and providing only safe sleeping environments for their baby in their own home or while in the care of others. Other pediatrician-recommended practices that reduce the risk of sleep-related deaths including breastfeeding and immunizations. Additional program components promoting a safe and healthy first year include parent/caregiver CPR and childproofing your home.
Kohls merchandise is available in stores in support of this Wolfson Children's Hospital community program. You are helping improve the health of babies in Jacksonville and surrounding counties each time you purchase a $5 plush toy or matching book for kids or one of the $5 items offered for adults! See the merchandise available now in all Jacksonville-area Kohl's stores.
If you are an expectant mom who is not able to provide a safe place for your newborn to sleep, please contact your Healthy Start caseworker or hospital social worker about the program or call us at 904.202.4302 for more information.