Safe sleep during the holidays

This holiday season, we encourage all families to practice safe sleep. New sleeping environments and colder temperatures can increase a baby’s risk of sleep-related death. Babies sleep safest Alone, on their Back, and in a Crib.

When visiting relatives or friends this Christmas, we recommend traveling with a portable crib. Many homes lack safe sleeping spaces […]

Hamilton County recognizes October as “Safe Sleep for Babies Month”

October may be coming to a close, but we feel it’s never too late to declare it as “Safe Sleep for Babies Month.” And that’s exactly what happened at the Hamilton County Commissioners’ meeting last week. Hamilton County commissioners Todd Portune, Chris Monzel and Denise Driehaus publicly recognized the importance of infant safe sleep […]

October is Safe Sleep for Babies Month

Babies sleep safest Alone, on their Back and in a Crib. Following these recommendations can significantly reduce your baby’s risk of SIDS. These rules aren’t easy to follow, so we reached out to local parents to learn what worked for them:

“We struggled the first weeks of her life with Safe Sleep – we finally figured […]

Celebrating our 2017 “Champions for Change” award winners

Every September, we celebrate local champions dedicated to making Hamilton County healthier and safer for moms, dads and babies. Here are our 2017 “Champions for Change” winners:

(Pictured left to right: Eva Miller, Lisa Holloway, John Besl, Martha Walter, Dr. Andrea Hamel, Maggie Deremo, Jeff Gaylor, Ryan Adcock, Ella Thomas, Commissioner Chris Monzel, Commissioner Todd […]

2017 Champions for Change Nominations are Open

One thing is true of Cincinnati: we care about babies. Over the past year, we’ve seen champions throughout our city rally around our moms and babies in ways we could have only dreamed. Churches are sharing health messaging from the pulpit. Community  groups are taking strides to improve the health of their neighbors and neighborhoods. Community health workers are […]

Hamilton County Infant Mortality Improving Faster than State, Nation; Still Very High

Over the past five years, far fewer babies died in Hamilton County than ever before. From 2012-2016 Hamilton County saw a historically low infant mortality rate with 8.96 deaths for every 1,000 births. That means that 123 fewer babies died during the past 5 years compared to the previous 5. This 20% drop was […]

Our view on baby boxes

There is little evidence to support the very likeable idea of Finnish Baby Boxes.

For generations, every baby born in Finland has gone home with a box full of gifts that includes diapers, bath products and onesies. And, as a bonus, the box itself has been promoted as a safe sleep environment for baby. In […]

Cincinnati Should Be Proud of the Role it Played in New Infant Mortality Law

For the first time in my life, I recently had the chance to closely watch as a law was made. When Governor Kasich signed Senate Bill 332, it was the culmination of years of hard work to bring comprehensive infant mortality reduction legislation to the state of Ohio. That work began with the leadership […]

New safe sleep guidelines for caregivers

Earlier this week, the American Academy of Pediatrics released their latest safe sleep recommendations. Expanding upon their 2011 recommendations, the AAP delves into those gray area topics – where to safely breastfeed at night, in-bed sleepers and more – to provide caregivers clear guidelines around the safest sleep for their baby.

As always, the American […]

October is Safe Sleep for Babies Month

Babies sleep safest Alone, on their Back and in a Crib. Following these recommendations can significantly reduce your baby’s risk of SIDS. While these rules are not always easy to follow, your baby’s safety is worth it.

In October, Cradle Cincinnati and our partners are highlighting safe sleep through a number of initiatives:

Through a new […]