We Are Now A Baby Box Distributer!
Why are babies sleeping in boxes you ask? A little bit of a background on where the idea for The Baby Box came from is helpful to gain an appreciation of how the box can impact health outcomes for babies and their families. Baby boxes were first distributed to new mothers in Finland. The program began in 1938, and since then, Finland’s infant mortality rate has dropped from 65 deaths per thousand births to one of the world’s lowest, at 3.3. How does a box do this? The box itself doubles as a bed and mattress for the baby, providing a safe sleep surface for infants until they grow out of it, ~6-8 months. As in Finland, the box is meant to give all babies an equal start in life regardless of socio-economic status. The model is purposefully community-based: after registering online, moms and dads must come to the health centre in person to pick up the free box, building face-to-face relationships and introducing families to other community resources available to them.
Free boxes from The Baby Box Co. provide a cozy and safe place to put your baby down: they’ve been tested by Health Canada as an approved sleep environment for a newborn, and come with a mattress, fitted sheet, and waterproof cover. Your baby can sleep in the box (with the lid off, of course) for the first six months, or until he/she can roll over and can pull up on the sides. The Baby Box Co. also includes some baby care essentials, sleep tips and resources for new parents, and a membership to their online educational portal, The Baby Box University.
The contents of the box give parents a great foundation of how to start and hopefully inspires them to continue along these lines. This is great because if baby arrives before you have everything totally ready, you at the very least have the essentials to get you started.
We as healthcare practitioners know first hand that access to information and resources for new parents is key to successful parenting and better outcomes for babies. This is why we are now proudly distributing the baby box to Halifax’s Regional Municipality. Register at Baby Box University to receive your certificate and come by and get yours today at our office in the Sante Centre. This link explains what you need to do in more detail. You are eligible for a box if you are currently expecting or if you had a baby after Dec. 1, 2016. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
All in all, as a Naturopathic Doctor and Mom I am a huge fan of the Baby Box! Can’t wait for real moms in Nova Scotia to begin receiving their own box and for the benefits on our next generation of babies to be realized.
– Dr. Kathryn