The Santa Fe and Espanola offices of Las Cumbres are now distributing Baby Boxes! Originally developed in Finland in the 1930s, in a country that boasts one of the world’s lowest infant mortality rates, Baby Boxes have since gained popularity in the United States. Las Cumbres Community Services' Confident Parenting Home Visiting Program staff offers Baby Boxes to all families who are expecting a new baby or have a child under 3 months. This FREE Baby Box includes a firm mattress and sheet, along with useful baby supplies to help the baby get off to a healthy start. Along with receipt of Baby Box, families will receive free education surrounding safe sleep.
Dr. Kathryn McCans, chair of New Jersey’s Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Board, explains the goal of the program is preventing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). “Through education and awareness, people can make better choices and hopefully we can see fewer children dying.” Although the rate of SIDS deaths in the U.S. has declined drastically since 1994 when the Back to Sleep campaign spread the word about putting infants to sleep on their backs, it’s gone up in recent years.
The hope is that the number of kids dying from SIDS will decrease in the states that make baby boxes free and available. In most cases, the boxes can accommodate a baby up to six months old and the SIDS rate is highest between months two and four.
Contact the agency’s Santa Fe office to learn how you can receive a free Baby Box. Telephone: 505.955.0410 in Santa Fe or 505.753.4123, Española.