New Jersey moms to be given ‘Baby Boxes’ in a bid to lower infant mortality rates

New Jersey moms to be given ‘Baby Boxes’ in a bid to lower infant mortality rates

New Jersey on Thursday launched a universal baby box program that will provide all babies born in the state this year with free safe boxes to sleep in addition to some other newborn essentials, authorities announced.

The "Baby Boxes" program, rolled out yesterday at Cooper University Hospital, is part of a safe-sleeping campaign that aims to reduce the number of babies dying from Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome (SUIDS).

The cardboard boxes come with a firm mattress, fitted sheet and a waterproof cover. Recipients are also receiving diapers, wipes, breast pads, breast cream, and an activity cart.

Jernica Quionnes, a 33-year-old mother from Camden, said, "I have it in the living room right now, noting that it's lightweight and easy to move around. I never thought about having one, but it lets me put the baby down while I'm in the kitchen."

Expecting parents or parents of infants younger than 3 months old can take a short online educational program available through the website babyboxuniversity. com, and receive the items for free.

According to the U. S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), as many as 3,500 infants die each year from SUIDS. Nearly 48 per cent of these deaths are caused by sudden infant death, and 25 per cent occur due to accidental strangulation or suffocation in bed.


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