New Jersey is First State to Offer Free Baby Boxes to New Parents
 
Bergen County Health News
 

The Baby Box Co., the company behind the global integrated program Baby Box University to improve family health-care outcomes and reduce Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome (SUIDS), today announced that New Jersey has become the first state where all expecting and new parents can receive a free Baby Box by completing online parenting education. The Baby Boxes, which are made from a durable cardboard, can be used as a baby's bed for the first months of life. In 2017, the program will distribute approximately 105,000 Baby Boxes, ensuring that every expecting family in New Jersey has access to this free resource regardless of socioeconomic background.

In 2016, an estimated 93% of infant fatalities associated with Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome (SUIDS) were directly related to sleep and sleep environments, according to a report by the Child Fatality & Near Fatality Review Board (CFNFRB). The Baby Box program is a project of New Jersey's CFNFRB utilizing a grant from the CDC (Center for Disease Control), which reviews fatalities and near fatalities of children in order to identify their causes, relationship to governmental support systems, and methods of prevention. Distribution partners where families can get their Baby Boxes include Cooper University Healthcare and Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative among others. Parents can also choose to have their Baby Box delivered to their home.

"I'm grateful to the Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Board for their efforts to promote infant safe sleep," said Commissioner Blake of the New Jersey Department of Children and Families. "Through greater awareness and education, and by working together, we can make sleep time safe time for babies."

How New Jersey New Parents Can Get Their Free Baby Box

Here are the 3 easy steps for New Jersey's expecting and new parents to get their free Baby Box:

1. Register for free online at babyboxuniversity.com as a New Jersey resident. Be sure to include your correct contact information, including mailing address.

2. Watch the 10-15 minute New Jersey syllabus at babyboxuniversity.com. After taking a short quiz, you will receive a certificate of completion and be able to select local pick-up or direct delivery of your Baby Box.

3. If you select direct delivery, your Baby Box will ship to the address you provided when you registered on Baby Box University. If you select local pick up, bring your Baby Box University certificate to the closest participating distribution partner to collect your Baby Box.

While parents appreciate the Baby Boxes and quality care products included, it is the educational component and closer communication with local healthcare providers that is at the center of the Baby Box University distribution model. Families will be required to view their community's online curriculum related to prenatal health, breastfeeding, safe sleep practices and newborn care before receiving a free Baby Box. In this way, the Baby Box University program model pays its ultimate homage to the Finnish tradition, which is committed not just to universal product distribution, but to supporting families with access to healthcare and education.

Judy Donlen, RN, DNSc, JD, Executive Director of the Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative said "The Baby Box initia