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“But he or she didn’t recognize the importance of it until it was too late. That’s the main focus of the training — to make sure people understand how important it is to follow these safe sleep requirements.”
Harrington said the new regulations help, because they allow providers to be firm when parents present special requests that violate safe sleep rules. The updated regulations allow swaddling in certain circumstances, but prohibit loose blankets or other potential choking hazards in cribs.
On the other hand, Harrington said she fears the tougher oversight and news of criminal prosecutions are hurting the profession by discouraging new providers.
She conducts training at orientation sessions, and said attendance is down. Fewer providers are willing to take infants, she added, because they come with the most requirements and risks.
Nonetheless, she added, “The decrease in deaths is the ultimate goal, and that is happening, obviously.”
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