Boxes helping newborns
An Auckland group has come up with New Zealand’s equivalent to the Finnish baby box.
In Finland, expectant mothers are given a baby box by the government to serve as a starter kit for their newborn baby.
It contains clothes, blankets and other newborn necessities, as well as a baby box which can be used as the child’s first bed.
In 2015, Mt Eden residents Phil Horrobin and his wife Clare teamed up with police officer Bryan Ward to register BabyStart as a charity.
It gave BabyStart boxes to families whose babies are at risk of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI), but also lack items needed to care for their newborn.
The box is filled with 40 items including clothing, nappies, a book and toy box and the box itself can be used as a baby’s first bed, similar to a bassinet.
The first BabyStart box was given away in March last year and today, 96 boxes have been donated.
It’s been endorsed by the
Ministry of Health and Plunket.
Ministry of Health clinical advisor child and health Janine Ryland said using a baby bed similar to that of a Finnish box may help reduce the risk of a baby suffocating when asleep.
BabyStart was also available to purchase for $750, with every box sold enabling the charity to give another box away.