Central Maine Medical Center has replaced the age-old infant receiving blanket with a slightly higher-tech and safer “sleep sack,” according CMMC nurse educator Betsy McGrail. Babies born in the Special Delivery Family Birthing Center and infants cared for in the Neonatal Intermediate Care Unit now sleep in HALO Sleep Sack wearable blankets. The swaddle envelopes infants, keeping them warm while eliminating chances that breathing will be obstructed by loose bedding. Blankets, soft mattresses, pillows and other soft objects may present a suffocation threat for babies. Adam LeClair of Harpswell and Rebecca Brakeley, MD, a pediatric hospitalist, help Carter LeClair, left, and his brother, Chase, model the swaddles. The twins are the sons of Adam and his wife, Melody. They arrived on Dec. 5.

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