In January of 2017 New Jersey decided to begin offering parents a baby box. The baby box is extremely popular in Finland. This Nordic country has some of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world. Finland has been giving its expecting mothers baby boxes since the 1930’s. The baby box comes equipped with basics that all newborns will need such as diapers, breast pads for the mom, wipes, clothing and even a tiny mattress. Once emptied, the baby box can be used as the babies’ first bed.
Parents who wish to receive one of these baby boxes need to sign up online and watch a video that is about ten to fifteen minutes long and pass a short quiz after. The video details such subjects as breastfeeding, safe sleeping techniques and local family resources. Sign up is free and at a site called Baby Box University. New Jersey’s Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Board and the Baby Box review board partnered up to offer these boxes to New Jersey residents.
Currently New Jersey is the first state within the United States to begin offering the baby box. New Jersey is expecting to distribute over one hundred thousand baby boxes in 2017 alone. The Center for Disease Control is supplementing New Jersey’s Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Board with a supplemental grand to cover the cost of the Baby Boxes. The Baby Box company is hopeful to establish themselves within more states in the United States. The key to SIDS prevention can be education and the appropriate sleeping conditions, Baby Box is providing both with their box and online videos.