Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Baby Boxes, made of durable cardboard, can be used as a baby's bed for the first five to six months of life. Story highlights New Jersey will give baby boxes to new parents The box is filled with baby essentials and serves as a safe sleeping space CNN Babies born in New Jersey this year will go home with a sturdy, safe box to sleep in and additional newborn essentials -- all for free.
On Thursday, the Garden State became the first in the US to launch a universal baby box program in an attempt to reduce infant mortality rates. The baby box program follows the example of Finland, which has had a similar program in place since the s.
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Any expecting parent or parents of infants younger than 3 months old in New Jersey can take a short online educational program and receive a box filled with newborn essentials that can also serve as a safe sleeping space. According to the company, the program will continue beyond based on its success, measured by parents' use of the boxes and improvements tracked in the state's health outcomes. The cardboard boxes, distributed at Cooper University Healthcare and Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative, come with a firm mattress, a waterproof cover and a fitted sheet, in addition to diapers, wipes, breast cream, breast pads, a onesie and an activity cart: She has a 2-month-old, Bless'n.
CEO and co-founder Jennifer Clary said the company will distribute about , free boxes in New Jersey -- the anticipated number of births in -- ensuring that every expecting family in the state can get one. To receive a box, parents must register for free at babyboxuniversity. They will watch a program lasting 10 to 15 minutes and take a short quiz to get a certificate of completion. Then, they can choose to collect their box from the closest distribution partner or have it shipped to their address.
The Baby Box Co. About that alarming study But after visiting Finland to learn about its health care system, the company pivoted to integrate an educational platform. In Finland, "maternity boxes" are an institution, of sorts, parents there said. Satu Korkohen of Helsinki, mother of 2-week-old Emma, explained that the box she received introduced her to parenthood and gave her an idea of the optimal sleeping conditions for her baby.
So even if you could afford to purchase all the stuff, it's emotionally very comforting to have the essentials ready at hand and delivered to you. Organizers say the online program for New Jersey parents will help them make safe, healthy choices and decrease babies' risk of death due to an unsafe sleep environment or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, one aspect of Sudden Unexplained Infant Death.
US Department of Health and Human Services guidelines for a safe sleeping environment for babies say parents should use a sleep surface such as a firm mattress or safety-approved crib covered by a fitted sheet, and nothing should be covering a baby's head.
Additionally, blankets, crib bumpers and pillows should be kept out of the sleep area.
Loose bedding and soft toys should also be left out, and smoking should be forbidden near the baby. Babies should always be put on their back to go to sleep and be dressed in a one-piece sleeper, without a blanket, according to the guidelines. Lastly, the baby's sleep area should be placed next to its parents, but parents should refrain from letting the baby sleep in an adult bed, chair or couch with parents or anyone else.
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