Colchester Hospital University foundation Trust is the first Trust in East Anglia to launch the baby box programme. It means families who birth their babies at Colchester, Clacton or Harwich hospitals as well as babies born at home with Colchester midwives will all be given a box free of charge from us.
The baby box tradition originates in Finland, and has been credited with reducing the infant mortality rate from 65 deaths per 1,000 births in 1938 to 2.26 per 1,000 in 2015.
You can use your baby box as an alternative to a Moses basket and it will fit babies up to about 6 months depending on growth. We know safe sleep is important to parents. To reduce the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) place your baby on his/her back to sleep, with no pillows, loose blankets, stuffed animals or anything else with them in the baby box, cot or Moses basket.
Your baby box comes with a high quality mattress and a selection of free products and educational information.
See the Trust's press release regarding the adoption of the Baby Box scheme.
To qualify for a baby box, sign up to the online platform. Here you will find information around safe sleep, antenatal and postnatal advice. Once you have signed up you will be sent an electronic certificate. Once you have birthed your baby you can show your midwife the certificate to receive your box.
Here is a short video explaining a bit more about the Baby Box programme.