I'm eager to introduce you to a great initiative created by the progressive Irish dad James Fox in April 2016.
Thebabybox.com was born following the Finnish tradition of baby boxes started in the '30s to fight the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, still one of the highest causes of infant mortality within 2 years of age.
Those baby boxes are still providing Finnish mothers with essential items required during the first months and promote safe sleep to their babies, with the box itself designed to be the safest baby's first crib, with the assistance of a firm matress. Their Infant mortality rates are the 5th lowest in the world.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) still causes the death of 34 children per year in Ireland and in most European countries. The reason why such desease happen is still unknown, but research has provided information on how to reduce the risk of SIDS.
You can find HERE information given by James Fox on TheBabyBox.com website;
HERE from the Irish National SIDS Register;
HERE many useful information and activities about SIDS by the Lullaby Trust
TheBabyBox.com and its goals:
from the website:
'Our goal is to promote safe sleeping for all infants and to bring the wonderful tradition of The Baby Box to families all around the World.'
'We believe that all babies should be given an equal start in life regardless of where they are born. That is why we work closely with UNICEF Worldwide and distribute 10 Vaccination kits to the Third World for every Baby Box sold. Each one of these vaccination kits ensure that children are protected against Measles, Polio and Tetanus.'
The Ultimate Baby Box:
Price : 275€
Full refund within 28 Days if you are not completely satisfied
Even though I'm not expecting, I cannot deny the joy that opening this cute 'treasure box' gave me!
The design overall embodies elephants and stars in neutral colors, making this box perfect for both girls and boys.
Let's have a look inside!
The accessories are all high quality products, from the best brands available and offer most of the items a new mum will need during the early months of her baby.
The blanket, the muslin swaddles and the soft toy are super soft! And match with the design of the box and the rest of the clothes.
Something I personally found missing are a baby bottle, nipple cream and breast pads, considering the benefits of breastfeeding and its role in preventing SIDS.
I would also appreciate receiving a sling/baby carrier and a black and white newborn book, in order to include more fathers in this early period.
The box and matress:
The baby boxes are manufactured in Ireland and conform to BS EN 1130, the International Gold Standard for Crib & Cradle Safety. Importante note is that it is the only Finnish Baby Box on the market that conforms to this standard.
The matress is made of Foam Pads covered with a removable machine washable Corovin Cover and made in the UK. It also conforms to the requirements of BS 1877 Part 10 for safety and performance, and BS 7177 for flammability. It measures 68cm x 42cm x 4cm.
I highly appreciated finding the leaflet about the 'important safety information', that was missing in other baby boxes. I would just add some SIDS precautions such us, placing the baby feet to the foot of the box, no loose blankets, no overheating or smoking, no toys and tummy up when the baby is sleeping.
Where to put the baby box?
'The ideal spot for the box is on the floor right next to the parents' bed. Many parents keep their Baby Box in the living room or dining room so that their baby can nap or relax close by during the day. Once the baby has outgrown the box, it can be re-purposed as a toy box or storage box for baby clothes. It does not go to waste after the baby has outgrown it.'
I was so touched reading that James Fox is providing 10 Vaccination Kits for each Baby box purchased. He became official partner of UNICEF Ireland and this charity component would make it my first choice in deciding which baby box to chose.
Clothes 0-3 months:
All the clothing are 100% super soft cotton and are ages 0-3 months.
The design alternate neutral colors elephants and stars.
The quality is sublime and so soft at touch and it makes them perfect for the hospital bag.
Compared to other baby boxes it misses few elements such as few clothing 3-6 and 6-12 monts and an outdoor clothing.
From the cultural point of view, Ireland can really give its best with wool components and cardigans, which will add a precious element to this baby box.
I found really clever adding The Hooded Bathrobe in size 6-12 Months and leaving the hooded towel for newborns.
Those as well are super soft and complete the bath set with the previously noted Bee line of shampoos etc.
The babybox.com also provides a Baby Bath Kit that can be purchased separately with more accessories for the bath time:
This baby box is recommended to:
Thank you again James Fox for contribuiting to safe sleep and an equal start for every newborn in the world!