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ottawa SCAN council partners with local hotels to provide safe sleep resources

September is Safe Sleep Awareness Month. This September, the Ottawa Stop Child Abuse and Neglect Council (SCAN) has partnered with local hotels to provide a safe sleep option for hotel guest traveling with an infant.

In Michigan each year approximately 150 infants pass away due to unsafe sleep conditions. Safe Sleep is defined by the American Academy of Pediatrics as an infant sleeping alone, on their back on a firm sleep surface such as a crib or pack and play with a tight fitting sheet. Breastfeeding and a pacifier without strings or attachments is recommended and parents/caregivers are encouraged not to smoke around their baby. The American Academy of Pediatrics also recommends that parents/caregivers share the same bedroom but not the same sleeping surface until the baby turns 1 but at least for the first six months.

City Flats Hotel Holland and Fairfield Marriott Holland are partnering with the Ottawa SCAN council to provide a Safe Sleep option and educational materials for parents/caregivers requesting Safe Sleep for their infant. We can all play a role in keeping the infants in our community safe. This partnership is doing just that, and is another avenue to encourage parents to practice Safe Sleep at all times, even when traveling. If your hotel would like to participate please contact swilliams@arborcircle.org. For families who are in need of a Safe Sleep option at home, please contact hmgottawa.org or call 844.233.2244.