Finnish-inspired baby boxes have arrived in Carlyle and expectant parents and parents of babies up to three months of age are eligible to receive one free of charge after registering online and completing the process outlined at: www.babyboxuniversity.com.
“Our (Cornerstone Family and Youth) office is the pick-up point here in Carlyle,” says CFY Coordinator Jenn Sedor. “There are also Baby Boxes available for pick-up in Oxbow and Estevan.”
“To receive one, the parent or expectant parent has to go through a few simple steps,” she explains. “First, they have to go online to www.babyboxuniversity.com. They'll be asked to register and then they'll take a little course about safe breastfeeding and safe sleeping.”
“The idea behind these boxes is that by promoting knowledge regarding safe breastfeeding and safe sleeping, hopefully, babies will be less likely to succumb to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).”
“After going through the material - which is Saskatchewan-specific - the participant will be asked to take a pretty simple online quiz, which they can take until they pass,” says Sedor. “After they complete the quiz successfully, they can print out or grab a screenshot of their registration number and bring that in to claim their Baby Box.”
“The box can be shipped, but shipping isn't free,” she says. “But picking it up at our office is.”
“The boxes are a Finnish tradition and often, their Baby Boxes contain everything a new baby might need during it's first few months,” she says. “Our box can serve as a bed for baby - just like the ones in Finland. It also comes with a mattress, a waterproof-zippered bag and some baby items and coupons. Those are courtesy of Telus, which is a major sponsor of this program.”
“CFY has added a few extras - some books and other things for baby -whatever we have.”
“We've got the boxes, the mattresses and the samples, because we're just starting out,” says Sedor.
“But I'm excited to see how this project will grow.”