The Lullaby Trust

It is every parent’s worst nightmare.

You put your perfect little baby down to sleep, sing them a lullaby, wish them sweet, beautiful dreams, your mind full of wishes and hopes for this amazing little person’s future…

But they never wake up.

In an instant your life is ripped apart and your heart broken into a million pieces. It is a horror that no one should ever have to go through.

According to FSID (The Foundation of the Study for Infant Deaths), every year in the UK alone, over 600 babies will die suddenly and unexpectedly. The majority of these babies are perfectly healthy, and although some can be explained after investigation, there are a majority that cannot.

Yesterday, FSID changed its name to The Lullaby Trust.

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We have chosen our new identity to help us raise our voice, to ensure that sudden infant death is not ignored or considered to be an issue of the past.

Across the country, over 600 apparently healthy babies continue to die suddenly and unexpectedly every year. This is unacceptable and we want to do all we can to prevent these deaths.

We believe that our new identity will help us to reach even more parents with our expert advice on safer sleep for babies.  Through greater engagement with families and also with policy makers we hope to achieve our ambition to halve the number of babies dying by 2020.

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I became aware of The Lullaby Trust and it’s work after reading about Jennie from Edspire who lost her beautiful baby girl, Matlida Mae, in February this year from SIDS. It is a truly heartbreaking story but the work she is doing to raise awareness for this cause is incredible, and a true testament to her strength of character and her beautiful love for her baby girl. I wrote this for her, and for Matilda Mae.

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Sweetdreams little angel,

It was too soon to close your eyes,

Now, dance among the clouds by day,

By night shine from the skies.

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Sweetdreams little angel,

Shower us with rainbows from above,

Catch the bubbles, that are sent each day

They are sent with lots of love.

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Sweetdreams little angel,

Run amongst the stars,

Chase the moon, Splash in the rain,

Watch over their broken hearts.

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Sweetdreams little angel,

We all wish you could have stayed

Shine bright each night with the stars above,

Beautiful, Matilda Mae

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The Lullaby Trust is committed to working to promote safer sleep for babies, to every family. It offers support and advice to both bereaved, and new parents.

I thought I would leave you with some lullabies that I used to sing/play to my boys when they were babies….some of which I still hear them singing to each other at night…

Hush Little Baby

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Clair de Lune

Smile

This post has been linked up with Jennie from Edspire. To read her story and her post, as well as others, on The Lullaby Trust please visit here

Please help raise awareness of this cause. Visit The Lullaby Trust here

 

Edspire and The Lullaby Trust

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In memory of Matilda Mae and all other babies lost.

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5 thoughts on “The Lullaby Trust

  1. What a beautiful poem, and good job linking up and raising awareness for the Lullaby Trust. I didn’t do anything useful, I just sat at the computer, read everyone’s lullabies and cried and cried.

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