STATES CHRONICLE – New Jersey is the first state which offers free baby boxes for new parents. The Baby Box Co. has announced on January 26 the new program at the Baby Box University. The worldwide integrated program is bound to reduce Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome (SUIDS) by also providing a safe start for every newborn in New Jersey. All expectant parents who signed up for the program will receive a life-saving box.
Besides the fact that this box is filled with wipes, diapers and other useful baby care items worth $150, parents can also use it as a bed for their newborn during his or her first months of life. The boxes are made from a durable cardboard, so they are safe for use. To receive one of these Baby Boxes, parents need to complete a parenting education course online.
By using a grant from the CDC, the New Jersey Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Board is also supporting this fantastic program. The CFNFRB is bound to review near-fatalities and fatalities registered among newborns and children to identify the causes and which methods of prevention could be used. Based on the data provided by the Baby Box Co, about 105,000 Baby Boxes will be distributed in 2017.
It was proved that the use of baby boxes has helped Finland reduce the number of infant mortality, now having the lowest rates. Allison Blake, the commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, stated that the CFNFRB had assured parents to offer their children a safe sleep. With the new Baby Boxes, sleep time can become safe time for newborns.
Kathryn McCans, the chair of CFNFRB, argued that they annually review cases where infants died unexpectedly. Most likely, an unsafe sleep environment is a significant factor contributing to these terrible infant cases. Baby Box University is prone to help families choose wisely for their children. Simple changes like this may have a lot of influence on their children, decreasing the risk of death.
The use of Baby Boxes has been acknowledged with helping Finland achieve lower infant mortality rates. Baby Box University helped Finland reduce the rates of infant mortality from 65 deaths per 1,000 infants born in 1938 to 1.3 deaths per 1,000 babies born in 2013.
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