Celebrating Baby Jubilee

Deanna Bonn
Times-Gazettte
Stuart Funk, with Emergency Medical Services, is a certified Safe Sleep instructor and facilitated the classes for Baby Jubilee 2020.

The Butler County Health Department hosted their annual Baby Jubilee on August 5.

August is National Breastfeeding Month and the Health Department recognized that by celebrating their fifth annual “Baby Jubilee” which is an infant health fair for expectant parents.

According to Butler County Health Department Director Jamie Downs, they normally have agencies come in and set up booths for the parents to visit. However, due to pandemic COVID-19, the Health Department decided to get creative and host a “Baby Jubilee in a Bag.”

Information on agencies who provide support and assistance to expectant and new parents was put in a bag.

The expected parents were able to drive up to a station set up at the Butler Community Building and pick up a bag.

Inside the building Safe Sleep training classes were held to educate new parents on best sleep practices for their new babies.

Stuart Funk with Emergency Medical Services is a certified Safe Sleep instructor and facilitated the free classes.

Safe Sleep classes were provided to help educate new parents on how to help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Attendees watched a video on Safe Sleep that taught the ABC’s of Safe Sleep.

Safe Sleep program teaches the ABC’s of sleep to parents. Babies should sleep: Alone, on their Back, and in a Crib.

Following the video, they watched a demonstration on how to properly assemble and use a Graco “Pack and Play” On the Go Playyard (TM) Crib. Each participant was given a free crib upon completion of the class.

The ABCs Of Safe Sleep * Placing babies on their backs is the number one way to reduce the risk * Place your baby in a safety-approved crib with a firm mattress and well-fitting sheets * Cribs should be free from toys, soft bedding, blankets and pillows * The safest place for your baby to sleep is the room with you, but not in your bed * Think about using a clean, dry pacifier when placing your baby down

* Consider using a wearable blanket or other sleeper instead of a blanket to avoid the risk of overheating. Keep the room at a temperature that is comfortable for a lightly clothed adult * Talk about safe sleep practices with your family and childcare providers

New and expectant parents drove up to receive their "Baby Jubilee in a Bag"