By Susan Gale

A Woonsocket-based company wants to comfort every baby born at Women & Infants Hospital over the next year – and maybe give some peace to the parents as well.

Summer Infant plans to donate 9,000 SwaddleMe® Original Swaddles to the hospital. According to the company, SwaddleMe blankets help keep babies sleeping safely on their backs while replacing loose bedding in the crib. Swaddling also recreates the snugness of the womb, so babies startle less and stay asleep longer, the company said. The SwaddleMe has won awards from various magazines and web sites.

Each new mom will receive a voucher for a complimentary SwaddleMe that she can redeem at the hospital’s store, Nursing Moms, Etc. Available in both English and Spanish, the voucher also relates the benefits of swaddling so that every parent and child can “sleep tight, every night.”

Based in Woonsocket, Summer Infant is a global company that produces infant and juvenile products for ages 0–3 years, which are sold principally to large North American and international retailers. The company currently sells proprietary products in a number of different categories including nursery audio/video monitors, safety gates, durable bath products, bed rails, nursery products, strollers, booster and potty seats, bouncers, travel accessories, highchairs, swings, and infant feeding products.

“Our SwaddleMe brand and line of products has been expertly designed and tested to keep babies snug, safe, and comfortable every night throughout their first year,” said Mark Messner, Summer Infant president and chief executive officer.

Women & Infants Hospital, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. Women & Infants is the 12th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year.

“We are delighted and honored to be working with Rhode Island based Summer Infant in providing our new moms with a gift that not only celebrates the birth of their child, but also gives them a sound sleep solution for a better rest and recovery upon returning home,” said Mark R. Marcantano, Women & Infants Hospital president and chief operating officer. “By giving a free SwaddleMe to every new mom, it further supports our mission of improving the health and well-being of women and infants and giving them the best start.”

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Susan Gale is founder and publisher of Rhode Island Parent Magazine


Advice from local company, Summer Infant

How to create a safe sleep space for a newborn:

  • Use a crib that meets current Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standards.
  • Use a fitted crib sheet on a firm, tight-fitting mattress for no gaps or looseness.
  • Don’t allow cords within three feet of baby’s crib or within baby’s reach.
  • Keep baby’s crib free of any pillows, blankets, toys, and fluffy or loose bedding.

Tips for a better night’s sleep:

  • Always place baby on their back to sleep.
  • Don’t put baby to sleep on any soft surface (sofa, waterbed, furry blanket, etc.)
  • Don’t dress baby too warm. Keep the temperature between 62-72 degrees.
  • Monitor your sleeping baby to give you peace of mind.