Last week we wrote about the good folks at Twin Science and Booleangirl, who are running free, instructor-led classes for kids who are stuck at home. Hopefully, those of you with K-8 children climbing the walls of your home have had a chance to get plugged into these!
But it turns out that there are plenty of children who aren’t in the K-8 range. Kids who are missing out on a chance at this round of ACTs and SATs, or are going to miss Senior Prom, or have retired from a sport because their last season came to an unexpected halt. And, of course, the babies.
In 2018, something in the range of 3.8 million babies were born in the United States, which averages out to somewhere north of ten thousand each and every day. Between 6% and 8% of those newborns will need NICU support. Meanwhile, the medical profession is working at full bore, and new mothers are wrestling with the reality that they may be allowed just one visitor (or potentially none) while the current health emergency is going on.
Which is why it is truly wonderful to hear the news that b8ta partner SNOO is donating their phenomenal SNOO Smart Sleepers to hospitals around the country. If you’ve not come across the Smart Sleeper before, it’s a responsive baby bassinet that boosts a baby’s sleep by combining gentle rocking with soothing white noise and snug, safe swaddling. Bottom line, it detects the baby’s movements and provides a safe, comfortable, restful environment that has been proven to add 1 - 2 hours of sleep for any baby each day - and, importantly, taking some of the stress of being a new parent off the table. We already knew it was an indisposable tool for hospitals, but this really makes a difference in the world.
As we all work a little bit harder to make the world better for the communities around us, this is the sort of program that is going to help us all come back stronger, better, and more connected.