What is a baby box?
Baby boxes are a useful first gift for expectant parents, and are essentially a starter kit full of supplies for new born baby, all contained in a handy little box. Finnish mothers have been receiving these boxes from the government for years and now they are being rolled out across the globe! Studies have shown that these boxes help reduce infant mortality rates across the world.
What’s included in the boxes?
The boxes can include items such as; a mattress, fitted sheet, baby grows, bibs, nappies, mittens, toys, teething items, sleeping bag; basically any essentials a new Mum will find useful for the first few months of motherhood. Once you remove all of the products you can place the mattress on the bottom of the box for baby to sleep on. These boxes can be decorated in any colour or print and made to any size. Plastic boxes can also be used as a bath for baby instead of a bed.
But wait, there are more benefits
The baby boxes are portable, and more affordable than a Moses basket or crib. They have been known to lower the risk of sleep related causes of infant death. It creates a safe place for baby to sleep at night, and once baby outgrows the box it can be used to store essential baby items, or even as a toy box. These boxes are widely used across the world, especially in developing countries where they help to address problems such as infection and suffocation. In some parts of South East Asia for example mosquito nets are draped over the boxes, minimising the risk of malaria. The boxes can also enable mothers to keep their little ones in the bedroom with them, which can help with bonding with their baby.
Publicity quickly followed
Publicity was on the rise with the maternity packages receiving such a positive response, and the timing seemed perfect with the Royal Baby, therefore the Finnish Government sent a Finnish Baby Box when the Royal Couple were expecting their first. It was reported that the palace does not accept gifts from commercial organisations, but is happy to receive presents from individuals and foreign governments.
A Pilot baby box project was also created a few months ago at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital in London, with around 600 boxes being prepared to be given to all mothers who give birth at the hospital over the next few months, in collaboration with the US Company – Baby Box Co.
What can New Mums expect?
It was announced a couple of months ago that Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party hope to offer free ‘Baby Boxes’ that will cost the Government £100 per box (similar to Finland’s Maternity Package) to new parents in her bid to tackle infant poverty rates in Scotland.
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