Diapers, bottles, onesies, pacifiers: Babies need a lot of things, including a safe place to sleep. For some families, the cost of a crib may be out of reach. For others, the birth may have come sooner than expected. And, if the baby spends the night away from home, a safe place to sleep is needed because cribs aren’t very portable.
It can be a matter of life and death. This year, 12 infants in the city died while sleeping -- a frightening increase compared with 7 deaths in 2016.
In May we spoke to Shantell Roberts, executive director of the nonprofit ‘Touching Young Lives’. She's now been named an Open Society Institute Baltimore Community Fellow.