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Safe Sleep Diaper Bag Project

State/Jurisdiction: Tennessee
Setting: Home-Based
Population: Perinatal/Infant Health,
Topic Area: Injury Prevention & Hospitalization,
NPMs: NPM 5: Safe Sleep

The goal of the "Safe Sleep Diaper Bag" program was to increase the number of caregivers placing their baby in a safe sleep environment based on the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) safe sleep guidelines. We did this by providing caregivers safe sleep education and materials and measuring the change in the way caregivers practice safe sleep. AAP guidelines for a safe sleep environment include supine positioning, the use of a firm sleep surface, room-sharing without bed-sharing, and the avoidance of soft bedding and overheating. The following questions were assessed to determine change: • Did your home visitor give you a safe sleep diaper bag? • Did you read the books and written materials in the diaper bag? • Did any items in the diaper bag cause you to change the way you put your baby to sleep? • Which items in the diaper bag caused you to change the way you put your baby to sleep? The core components of this program include education for caregivers on safe sleep guidelines, provision of a diaper bag filled with materials with a safe sleep message and a follow-up visit to determine any changes in the way caregivers practice safe sleep.

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Implementation Handout

Tennessee Department of Health
Rachel Heitmann
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