Cheshire and Merseyside Baby Box Programme
We are the first Baby Box programme to launch in the North of the UK. We will be issuing 30,000 Baby Boxes to women in pregnancy in Cheshire and Merseyside (initial pilot starting in Halton).
Baby Boxes are made from a very thick cardboard and provide a safe and portable sleeping space for a newborn baby. They come with a firm foam mattress, a waterproof mattress cover and a cotton sheet.
Replacing the need for a traditional Moses basket or cot, Baby Boxes are traditionally used in Finland - which has one of the lowest mortality rates in the world - for the first eight months of a baby’s life.
Families receiving a Baby Box will also have access to the Baby Box University, a digital maternal and childcare education platform available from pregnancy onward.
The UK has some of highest rates of infant mortality in Europe, ranking 22nd out of the 50 European countries with 4.19 deaths per 1,000 births.
Baby Boxes encourage early engagement with maternity services and access to care for all pregnant women. It will form part of their antenatal pathway and be supported by local midwifery services.