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Free “Baby Boxes” Are Finally a Thing in the U.S.—& They Could Save Your Infant’s Life

In an attempt to combat the unacceptable number of babies who die each year from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and un-safe sleeping environments, the state of New Jersey is re-introducing a Finnish tradition that dates back nearly 80 years.

Every new mom in Finland receives a “Baby Box,” which is essentially a non-toxic, sustainable cardboard crib. Each one comes with a firm mattress and fitted sheet for a guaranteed safe sleeping space for babies.

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Finland has the lowest infant mortality rate in the world, where as that of the U.S. is nearly six times higher. As a result, the Garden State’s Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Board has partnered with Los Angeles-based The Baby Box Company to give out its baby boxes to more than 100,000 new and expecting parents.

The boxes will contain safe sleep education materials for parents, as well as all of the essentials for bringing home baby—diapers, baby wipes, a onesie, breast pads and nipple cream. The program was made possible by a grant from the CDC, and is launching this week.

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While New Jersey is now the first state to universally offer baby boxes to parents, the trend seems to be gaining popularity across the U.S.

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As baby items are rapidly becoming more tech-driven, the Baby Box appeals to modern American parents because they are a safe and simpler method for baby’s first few months in mom and dad’s room.

Offering the Baby Boxes is more than just a safe solution. It creates an opportunity to further educate parents about the best ways to keep babies and their parents safe and healthy.

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Anything we can do to reduce the number of infant deaths is progressive, so hopefully New Jersey is the catalyst for a Baby Box movement across the country.

If you live in New Jersey and want to find out more about qualifying for a baby box, visit Baby Box University.

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