Victoria and Colton Cooley, and their new daughter, Adelyn Stella Mae, have been started on the road to safety, thanks to Sheridan Memorial Hospital and Safe Kids Sheridan County, and the Gift of a Mother's Love Program.
The parents of the first baby born on, or closest to, Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, at the hospital are presented with a new safety seat and other equipment to help ensure their child's safety. The Cooleys' new daughter was born at 4:39 in the morning Friday.
Safe Kids Coordinator and hospital RN Danielle Bowers said in today's traffic conditions, vehicle occupants of any age are in constant danger. She said more vehicles on the road, traveling at higher speeds, and more distractions for the driver – including cell phones, GPS navigation systems and on-board music and DVD players – raise the risks not just for the driver but for everyone in the vehicle.
The Gift of a Mother's Love Program is sponsored by Safe Kids Wyoming, the Wyoming Department of Health and Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. The goal of Safe Kids Wyoming this year is to remind all parents and other adults that, in Wyoming, children younger than 9 need to be in a child safety or booster seat.
As children grow, they say, needs change. Right now, parents are advised to use rear-facing infant seats in the back seat for children from birth to at least age 2; use forward-facing toddler seats in the back seat for children from age 2 to 4, or when the child weighs 40 pounds; use booster seats in the back seat from ages 4-9; and use safety belts in the back seat at age 9 and older. All children younger than 13 should ride in the back seat.
Safe Kids Sheridan County is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, which is a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing accidental injuries in children. More information about child passenger safety can be found online at safekidswyoming.org.