Baby boxes ready to launch

Photo: Baby Box Queenstown Lakes

The Central Lakes Trust has helped Baby Box Queenstown Lakes with funding of $20,000 to support its baby box initiative.

“The first 500 baby boxes have landed and are being put together to go out to local new families throughout the Queenstown Lakes District, thanks in part to the support of Central Lakes Trust which has come on board to assist with our final fundraising,” Baby Box Queenstown Lakes trustee Jan Maxwell said.

The baby box project will see each baby born to a family living in the district receiving a starter pack which will include a safe baby bed, warm clothing and blankets donated by local crafts people, as well as an information resource pack.

Aside from the benefits of providing the resources for a baby’s safe start to life, the programme aims to connect young families.

“This project is one close to all our hearts. Our plan is to not only support the families with new babies in our district but to give the babies a warm, safe and connected start to their lives through this project and this we believe is an important part of community wellbeing and is key to a strong and resilient community structure,” Jan said.

The initiative is based on a successful model operating in Finland since 1938 where all expecting parents are provided a baby box to prepare for the arrival of their baby. The programme was credited with decreasing infant mortality rates in Finland from 65 to 3 deaths per 1000.

Jan said the first baby boxes will go out next month through both Plunket and local midwives.

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