Snug in a rug

The Tribune (NZ) - - FRONT PAGE - RICHARD MAYS

Ba­bies born at Mid-Cen­tral’s ma­ter­nity units will leave with a soft and cosy gift to keep them warm.

Pink or blue blan­kets have been of­fered to all mums of new­borns as part of a month-long pro­mo­tion to ed­u­cate par­ents about the ben­e­fits of us­ing nat­u­ral fi­bres to keep ba­bies warm.

Polyester fleece is made from re­cy­cled plas­tic and doesn’t breathe. As new­born ba­bies are un­able to reg­u­late their body tem­per­a­tures, the ar­ti­fi­cial fab­ric can eas­ily cause them to over­heat.

First time mum Teneia Haronga heard about the pro­gramme through her an­te­na­tal classes at Palmer­ston North’s Com­mu­nity Birth Ser­vices.

‘‘We found out we were not sup­posed to use polyester to wrap our ba­bies in. There were nine cou­ples in the an­te­na­tal class and at first we didn’t un­der­stand about polyester fleece - it’s such a nice fab­ric - un­til we saw how much it af­fected ba­bies.

‘‘When they’re asleep, they sweat. Then their core tem­per­a­tures drop, and you don’t no­tice.’’

The ‘wool for warmth, fleece for fun’ pro­gramme runs un­til Septem­ber 11, and while there was still a place for fleece as a play blan­ket, par­ents are rec­om­mended to use nat­u­ral, breath­able fi­bres to wrap sleep­ing ba­bies in.

MUR­RAY WIL­SON/ FAIR­FAX NZ.

Teneia Haronga with new­born Manaia. and woollen blan­ket

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