What is a Baby Box?
You likely have heard of a "baby box" by now, and if you haven't, after reading this blog post you will! Let's start with what exactly a baby box is and who makes them. This is taken directly from the baby box manufacturers site, babyboxuniversity.com.
"Baby Box University is a platform established by The Baby Box Co. to provide expecting and new parents with universal access to educational resources and a support system. Developed in conjunction with leading medical experts, Baby Box University includes short form videos, articles, an ‘ask an expert’ feature, e-books and more.
The Baby Box tradition is credited with helping Finland achieve one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world, but Baby Boxes are hardly the magical single-layer solution widely portrayed in media.
We are proud that our Baby Boxes are safe-certified and sustainable infant sleep spaces, but want families to know that it’s the education, healthcare and community components of The Baby Box Co.’s global programs that are transformational.
Our emphasis on education is very much in line with the 75+ year Baby Box initiative in Finland. Every expecting Finnish mother visits a doctor to receive important healthcare information in her second trimester before qualifying for a government-issued Baby Box.
At Baby Box University, we’re committed to re-creating this universal access to vital education materials and healthcare consultation.
Meet the Baby Box University faculty, ask questions, talk with other parents, explore our library, check out books, and enjoy some quality viewing from the comfort of home." Baby box is available in Cleveland, Ohio, and everywhere else in the United States!
Why is this important to us?
First of all let's look at the statistics; more than 2,000 babies died of SIDS in 2010, the last year for which such statistics are available. Most SIDS deaths occur in babies between 1 month and 4 months of age, and the majority (90%) of SIDS deaths occur before a baby reaches 6 months of age. We here at Cobos Insurance care about family, first and foremost, which includes the extended Cobos family along with our client families. We care about you and your kids just like we would our own nieces and nephews! Christina here at the agency just had a beautiful baby girl, so this topic is certainly top of mind with us in both the Elyria and the Avon Lake office. (See above for a picture of that beautiful baby!)
It's also important to us to be a source of education, to help our clients in more ways than just helping them purchase the correct insurance products for their unique situation. Your protection is our profession, that is our motto and that goes beyond just insurance coverage. So, in order to better help you, especially if you're a new parent or know of anyone that is a new parent, here are some tips when putting a newborn baby down for sleep.
- Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep, not on the stomach or side. The rate of SIDS has gone way down since the AAP introduced this recommendation in 1992.
- Use a firm sleep surface. Cover the mattress with a sheet that fits snugly. Make sure your crib, bassinet, or play yard meets current safety standards.
- Do not put anything else in the crib or bassinet. Keep plush toys, pillows, blankets, unfitted sheets, quilts, comforters, sheepskins, and bumper pads out of your baby's sleep area.
- Avoid overheating. Dress your infant for the room temperature, and don't overbundle. Watch for signs of overheating, such as sweating or feeling hot to the touch.
- Keep your baby away from smokers. Secondhand smoke increases the risk of SIDS.
- Put your baby to sleep with a pacifier. But if your baby rejects the pacifier, don't force it. If the pacifier falls out during sleep, you don't have to replace it. If you're breastfeeding, wait until breastfeeding is firmly established. (check out kidshealth.org for more helpful tips)
Life Insurance for your child?
The short answer to this question is, it depends. It really does depend on your situation. Coming from an insurance perspective we know that the cost of life insurance goes up every year of your life, and we also know that the older we get the higher the chances that we could develop some type of health problem that could inevitably cause someone to be uninsurable. We don't believe it's absolutely necessary for you to purchase life insurance on your child, like it is for the breadwinner of the home to have life insurance coverage, however we do think that it is a great way to save money in the long run and if the worst were to happen, the coverage will be there to help out financially in your time of need.
Start here by getting a quick and easy quote…. then follow up with a phone call and directly speak with an agent at our Elyria or Avon Lake office (440) 233.6199! We proudly offer life insurance coverage in Ohio and Kentucky, especially the local communities of Elyria, Lorain, Medina, Avon Lake, Avon, Sheffield, Vermilion, Wakeman, Westlake, Rocky River, and North Ridgeville. Please take the time to consider this type of coverage for your children, but at a minimum take the time to investigate life insurance for yourself if you haven't already, so that you can protect your family financially if anything were to happen to you. We say this because we care, remember your protection is our profession!
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