The Baby Box tradition will be trialled at Queen Charlotte and Chelsea Hospital, part of the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.
In Finland, babies sleep in the thick cardboard box during the first 8 months of their life.
Experts suggest that the Baby Box in Finland has contributed to a reduction in the country’s infant mortality rate, from 65 deaths per 1,000 births in 1938 to 2.26 per 1,000 births in 2015.
Currently the UK’s infant mortality rate is 4.19 deaths per 1,000 births, ranking 22nd out of 50 European countries.
800 Baby Boxes will be distributed at Queen Charlotte and Chelsea Hospital, which are fitted with a foam mattress, waterproof mattress cover, cotton sheet and education materials.
Consultant Obstetrician at the Queen Charlotte and Chelsea Hospital and leading the Baby Box trial, Dr Karen Joash said: “For too many years the UK has fallen behind its European counterparts when it comes to infant mortality.
These boxes have been proven to help reduce the infant mortality rate in Finland and we hope that these results could be replicated in the UK.”
The Baby Box team includes specialist midwives, breastfeeding consultants, psychologists and obstetricians.
CEO from The Baby Box Co., who are supplying the Trust with the baby boxes added: “We are delighted to provide the Baby Boxes to the Trust for UK parents and look forward to the results of the trial.”
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