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Cedar Rapids Hospitals Switch to Sleep Sacks

(Photo Courtesy: St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids)

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Both Cedar Rapids hospitals announced Thursday a big change in the way they keep newborns warm.  St. Luke's Hospital and Mercy Medical Center are doing away with swaddling blankets and replacing them with sleep sacks.

The wearable blankets zip up and have two wings on the side that wrap around the baby's arms.  Although there's still room for babies to move their legs, the sleep sacks can't be kicked off like a loose blanket sometimes is.

The growing movement to replace swaddling blankets with sleep sacks is aimed at reducing the chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS.

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