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Media Coverage of Baby Box Kickoff, March 10, 2017
Mansfield News Journal will take to you mansfieldnewsjournal.com
Richland Source will take you to RichlandSource.com
WMFD-TV will take you to WMFD.com
How Baby Box came to Richland County (will take you to YouTube)
A look at Infant Mortality: U.S., Ohio, Richland (Will take you to YouTube)


How Ohio New Parents Can Get Their Free Baby Box

It takes only 3 easy steps for Ohio’s expecting and new parents to get their free Baby Box:

  1. Register for free online at babyboxuniversity.com as an Ohio resident. Be sure to include your correct contact information, including mailing address.

  2. Watch the 10-15 minute Ohio syllabus at babyboxuniversity.com. After taking a short quiz, you will receive a certificate of completion and be able to select local pick-up or direct delivery of your Baby Box.

    Here is the link to take the exam and get a certificate:
    http://www.babyboxuniversity.com/babyboxu.html#/content/syllabus/ohio?_k=yi07z0
    Once you have a certificate you can get a FREE Baby Box at any distribution site, including Richland Public Health (see number 3 below).

  3. If you select direct delivery, your Baby Box will ship to the address you provided when you registered on Baby Box University. If you select local pick up, bring your Baby Box University certificate to the closest participating distribution partner to collect your Baby Box.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs are from the Baby Box Co. website)

ABOUT THE BABY BOXES

What is the mattress made of?

All of our mattresses are firm foam pads which have been independently certified as non-toxic and safe by CertiPUR-US laboratories. Specifically, they adhere to the following:

- No PBDE flame retardants

- No prohibited phthalates

- No ozone depleters (CFCs)

- No mercury, lead or heavy metals

- No formaldehyde

We are dedicated to providing babies with a safe sleeping environment!

What are the care instructions for the sheets? 

Wash your 100% cotton fitted sheets in warm (not hot) water, and then tumble dry on low. Do not dry clean, and if you iron the sheets, do not let the iron's temperature exceed 110℃

How long will the baby be able to use the Baby Box?

It depends on how quickly your baby grows. In first world countries a majority of parents report use of their Baby Box as a primary sleep space for their child until approximately 5-6 months of age. In many of the developing countries where we distribute, infants receiving our Baby Boxes are malnourished and living in less-than-ideal conditions; these factors can contribute to slower development. We have found that children being raised in these more vulnerable communities tend to use their Baby Box until approximately 8 months of age and, in extreme cases, even up to a year. Our recommendation is for babies to cease using their Baby Box as a primary sleep space once they can pull themselves up independently. A baby who can roll, however, is perfectly safe inside his or her Baby Box, and the box will not tip over as long as it is on a sturdy surface.

How do most parents use the Baby Box?

Most parents use their Baby Box as a safe spot for baby to sleep at night. These parents generally keep their Baby Box right next to their bed.

Other parents use the Baby Box as a place for baby to relax or nap during the day; they often keep the Baby Box in the kitchen or living room and use it while they are in that room. Baby can rest safely while mom and dad are busy cooking, folding laundry, taking care of other kids, and so on. Once baby is too big for the Baby Box, it can be re-purposed as a storage box for toys, as a keepsake chest, or as a fun educational upcycling project!

How do you choose the products that you include in your Baby Boxes?

We are obsessed with finding nothing but the very best baby products! We've spent countless hours pouring through all the research and vetting hundreds of products, so we know exactly what babies love and need the most. In addition to our own experience with children, we always confer with the medical professionals on our Board of Advisors before including a product and are also constantly asking parents for feedback and suggestions. If you’re a parent with something to say, we’d love to hear your thoughts! Please email us at info@thebabyboxco.com.

Are there any special warnings for the Baby Box?

The Baby Box Co. required warnings are large type and clear on the exterior of every box. Baby Box. We also ask that you exercise common sense caution. This includes keeping the Baby Box away from open flame (though tests do show that it has a very safe, slow burn rate, which is in fact much lower than many other comparable sleeping spaces for infants). You should also not let the Baby Box get excessively wet. While you can easily wipe off spit-up, drool, or spilled milk, the Baby Box should not be left out in the rain or placed in the bath. You should also never use the lid while baby is inside. Although there are vents on the side of the boxes that allow for air circulation, the lid is strictly intended for storage purposes alone. In addition, please do not transport the Baby Box while the baby is inside as this presents a tripping/falling hazard. Always keep the Baby Box on the floor or on a sturdy, wide surface such as a coffee table. 

What safety standard do Baby Boxes meet?

Our Baby Boxes meet or exceed all applicable tenets of the CPSC, Health Canada and EN standards.

In addition, please note the following:

Our Baby Box ventilation has been verified as safe by an independent testing facility.

Our Baby Boxes have a comparatively slow burn rate in fire tests opposite alternative infant sleep spaces.

Our Baby Boxes are tested and certified to hold up to 52 lbs.

Our Baby Boxes include Baby Box University membership, which supports parents with access to an online education platform featuring medical expert interviews, brain development activities and a Safe Sleep e-book available in English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese and Hindi.

Our company serves millions of parents via Baby Box direct sales and community programs. We have an Advisory Board with sound experience, we actively facilitate infant safety research, and outreach is a cornerstone of our business model.

We love what we do and we look forward to collaborations which enable us to distribution life-saving Baby Boxes and supportive education resources to as many families in need as possible!


Below is the original Press Release for the Baby Box Co. Distribution in Ohio
(Richland County kickoff event was March 10, 2017):

Ohio Launches Universal Baby Box Program to Improve State’s Ranking as 44 out of 50 States for Highest Infant Deaths in the Nation: Expecting Mothers Who Complete Online Baby Box University Safe Sleep Education Get a Free Baby Box

Richland County, Ohio - The Baby Box Co., the company behind the global integrated program Baby Box University to improve family health-care outcomes and reduce Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Syndrome (SUIDS), today announced that Ohio is the second U.S. state to launch a universal program where all expecting and new parents can receive a free Baby Box by completing online parenting education.

Ohio’s infant mortality rates are among the most alarming in the United States. According to the Center for Disease Control 2014 data, the infant mortality rate in Ohio is 6.3, signifying that 6 infant deaths occur per 1,000 live births before their first birthday, among Caucasian babies -- and the infant mortality rate jumps to 12.9 for African American babies. This translates to an overall rate of 7.1 infant deaths in Ohio compared to a national rate of 6.0 infant deaths, ranking Ohio 44 out of 50 states for infant mortality.

To combat this, the statewide Ohio Baby Box program is being launched in partnership with the Cincinnati Health Department, Richland Public Health, University Hospitals (UH) MacDonald Women’s and Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospitals, Muskingum Valley Health Centers, and Babies Need Boxes among other community health organizations. In 2017, the Ohio program will distribute up to approximately 140,000 Baby Boxes annually, ensuring that every expecting family in Ohio has access to this free resource regardless of socioeconomic background.

“Research tells us that two of the biggest contributors to sudden, unexplained infant death are premature birth and unsafe sleep arrangements,” says Margaret Larkins-Pettigrew, MD, UH Clinical Diversity Officer and Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. “This phenomenal safe sleep space program for newborns will help hospitals and nonprofits provide optimal, safe care to all expecting families in Ohio. We are grateful that The Baby Box Co. and Babies Need Boxes Ohio share in our mission to improve outcomes for mothers and their babies and to help solve the infant mortality crisis.”

The Baby Boxes, which are made from a durable cardboard, can be used as a baby’s bed for the first months of life. While parents appreciate the Baby Boxes and quality care products included, it is the educational component and closer communication with local healthcare providers that is at the center of the Baby Box University distribution model. Families will be required to view their community’s online curriculum related to prenatal health, breastfeeding, safe sleep practices and newborn care before receiving a free Baby Box. In this way, the Baby Box University program model pays its ultimate homage to the Finnish tradition, which is committed not just to universal product distribution, but to supporting families with access to healthcare and education.

“Richland Public Health supports this collaborative approach to educate families and safeguard the health and well-being of our babies,” said Richland Public Health Commissioner, Martin Tremmel. “The Baby Box Co. recognizes that a safe sleep environment coupled with parenting education is vital to provide to all families.”

How Ohio New Parents Can Get Their Free Baby Box

It takes only 3 easy steps for Ohio’s expecting and new parents to get their free Baby Box:

  1. Register for free online at babyboxuniversity.com as an Ohio resident. Be sure to include your correct contact information, including mailing address.
  2. Watch the 10-15 minute Ohio syllabus at babyboxuniversity.com. After taking a short quiz, you will receive a certificate of completion and be able to select local pick-up or direct delivery of your Baby Box.

    Here is the link to take the exam and get a certificate:
    http://www.babyboxuniversity.com/babyboxu.html#/content/syllabus/ohio?_k=yi07z0
    Once you have a certificate you can get a FREE Baby Box at any distribution site, including Richland Public Health (see number 3 below).

  3. If you select direct delivery, your Baby Box will ship to the address you provided when you registered on Baby Box University. If you select local pick up, bring your Baby Box University certificate to the closest participating distribution partner to collect your Baby Box.

“I’m so proud to empower new parents in Ohio with the physical and educational resources they need to feel confident,” said Jennifer Clary, the CEO of The Baby Box Co., which is supplying Ohio with the Baby Boxes and Baby Box University memberships. ”Every parent has a right to the necessary tools to care for their infant and every child deserves a safe and supported start in life.”

The brands included in the Baby Boxes are also committed to the program’s education mission, with every product featuring a scientifically proven baby brain-boosting activity parents can do while using the item.

"We are proud to be part of the Baby Box programs, especially here in Ohio - Pampers’ home state," said E. Yuri Hermida, vice president, North America Baby Care, P&G.  "As a brand dedicated to the happy, healthy development of babies for more than 50 years, we share Baby Box Co.'s important mission to support expecting parents with health education, and support new babies with a safe sleep environment."

All expecting parents living in Ohio are eligible to receive a Baby Box which includes newborn essentials such as Pampers Swaddlers diapers, Pampers baby wipes, Vroom activity cards from the Bezos Family Foundation, Lansinoh breast pads and nipple cream for breastfeeding mothers, onesie, and more.

The Baby Box Movement

The use of Baby Boxes has been credited with helping Finland achieve one of the world’s lowest infant mortality rates. The initiative, which enables every expecting woman in the country to claim a free Baby Box once she receives prenatal care and parenting information from a healthcare professional, is credited with helping to decrease Finland’s infant mortality rate from 65 deaths for each 1,000 children born in 1938 to 1.3 deaths per 1,000 births in 2013, according to the World Health Organization.

The success of the Finnish Baby Box intervention inspired the founders of The Baby Box Co. to adapt this tradition with enhanced multimedia parenting curricula through Baby Box University to the benefit of nonprofits, hospitals, government institutions and individual families worldwide. The Baby Box University program’s exponential growth has solidified the model as an impactful safe sleep and parenting education intervention for millennials.

About The Baby Box Co.

Entrepreneurs Michelle Vick and Jennifer Clary founded The Baby Box Co. to offer a safe sleep environment to babies everywhere. The Baby Box Co. is an innovative, integrated program to support parents and improve maternal and infant healthcare outcomes globally. The Baby Box Co. partners with hospitals, government agencies and nonprofit organizations to provide Baby Boxes, quality products, resources and ongoing education to families on a large scale. Baby Boxes are also available direct to consumers either as a standalone item or filled with new baby essentials. Serving families in 52 countries, The Baby Box Co. has offices in USA, UK, Canada, and Singapore. For more information or to purchase a Baby Box, please visit www.babyboxco.com and www.babyboxuniversity.com.

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