Since 1949, the Finnish government has been offering every new mother a special package at the hospital--and since then, the nation's infant mortality rate dropped dramatically, from 65 per 1,000 births when the program started to 3.36 per 1,000 today.
What's in that special package? Well, it's a large box that includes a mattress, fitted sheet, blanket, sleeping sack, snowsuit, mittens, booties, hooded suits, overalls, socks, knitted hat, balaclava face mask, rompers, leggings, onesies, bath towels, nail scissors, hairbrush, toothbrush, cloth diapers, picture books, bra pads, and even condoms--the essential must-haves to ensure each baby gets a healthy start. But all of that is not what's attributed to saving babies' lives.
It seems that everyone today is talking about Finland, and why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes. This is...Posted by Essential Baby on Tuesday, June 4, 2013
It seems that everyone today is talking about Finland, and why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes. This is...
The real key: The box itself serves as an infant bed until the baby reaches eight or nine months old, when the risk of unexpected death lessens.
Deeply impressed by those statistics, doctors and community leaders in San Antonio, TX are trying to start a similar program there.
Our Dr. Sanjuanita Garza-Cox, neonatologist/chief of staff, is featured in the Today Show online on "baby boxes"...Posted by The Children's Hospital of San Antonio on Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Our Dr. Sanjuanita Garza-Cox, neonatologist/chief of staff, is featured in the Today Show online on "baby boxes"...
"The reason the box works really well (is) you are getting a good air flow," neonatologist Dr. Sanjuanita Garza-Cox, chief of staff of Children's Hospital of San Antonio, told Today.com. The firm mattress also helps, offering exactly the texture needed to prevent suffocation.
With the help of local Rotary Club members, Garza-Cox is trying to get a similar box program off the ground in San Antonio, as a way to help reduce the area's growing problem of deaths from unsafe sleeping conditions.
In the meantime, she encourages everyone to help spread the word about safe sleeping for infants: Babies should sleep in a smoke-free room on their own (in a crib, bassinet, or box) on their backs on a firm mattress with a fitted sheet, with only one tightly wrapped blanket (or a sleep sack) and no pillows, stuffed animals, or other soft items.
That's a message worth sharing.