The Baby Box Co. has launched a new program to provide safe-sleep certified Baby Boxes to all new parents in Ontario.
Each box will serve as the perfect care package to welcome your new little bundle of joy home. Each Baby Box will come with high-quality baby items, including:
The box itself is to be used a safe sleeping space for babies up to when they are about 6 months old. The Baby Box Co’s core mission is to provide a safe sleeping environment for babies, in order to reduce SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death.
Each box meets relevant safety standards and Health Canada’s bassinet standard. All materials used are non-toxic and environmentally safe.
The box is available for FREE to all new parents who had or will have a baby after August 1, 2016. The one requirement, though, is that parents must complete Baby Box University. The course, established in coordination with healthcare and child development professionals, aims to provide education and resources to new parents.
The Baby Box Program draws inspiration from an old tradition from Finland that dates all the way back to the 1930s. New mothers were given a Baby Box by the state containing necessities for newborns. The box itself came lined with a mattress and became the baby’s first bed. How cute is that??
The tradition started because infant mortality rate was high in Finland back then (perhaps due to lack of proper education and items for care). In 1938, the infant mortality rate was 65 deaths for every 1,000 babies born (6.5%). Since the introduction of Baby Boxes, that rate has steadily declined to just 0.03% in 2013. Finland is now a country with one of the world’s lowest infant mortality rates.
Now, this tradition is being expanded to Ontario. 145,000 Baby Boxes will be distributed in Ontario hospitals, community agencies, and health centers every year, making it the largest Baby Box program in the world.
Canada’s other provinces – don’t worry! The Baby Box Co. is planning on launching similar programs in other provinces later this year.
To register, learn more, and to see a list of participating hospitals in Ontario, please visit http://www.babyboxco.com/blogs/news/all-about-ontario.