- Video report by ITV News Anglia's Graham Stothard
Midwives in our region are warning of the dangers of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) after free baby boxes aimed at reducing the risk have proven a success at hospitals in Essex.
Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust was the first trust in East Anglia to give out free baby boxes to parents in Colchester, Clacton and Harwich.
Since the scheme launched last October they've handed out 700 boxes which are specifically designed to SIDS.
They’re a proven success in Finland, where they were first used in the 1930s to prevent babies rolling onto their tummies while they slept, which could stop them from breathing.
Stuart Gregory and Jennie Weston from Manningtree say they'll use the baby box they got for free from Colchester Hospital for their newborn daughter Poppy.
They said: "It’s simple as well and it’s light."
"The nice thing is you can use it throughout the home as well and you know that it is secure as well so, yes, great idea… We just tried and tested it with her and she settled very quickly so we at least know it’s very effective.”
Since 2004 the rate of SIDS has decreased by three per cent in our region
The baby boxes will be rolled out in mid-Essex and Norfolk later this year. By raising awareness of the safer sleep advice, it’s hoped more precious lives can be saved