Are you ready to get rid of your baby’s crib?
A Los Angeles company called Baby Box Co. is partnering with American hospitals and giving away specially designed cardboard boxes to newborn parents.
Don’t worry, it’s not just a cardboard box. The Baby Boxes come with clothes, a sheet, mattress, and baby necessities worth $150.
The boxes are free, but to receive one of these boxes, newborn parents watch a 15 minute educational video about safe sleeping habits and are quizzed. If they pass, they receive the box.
New Jersey and Ohio were the first two states to be involved in the program. It has now branched out to the cities of Minneapolis, Phoenix, and San Francisco. The company’s goal is to have all 50 states participate.
So, where exactly did these baby boxes come from? They began in the 1930s in Finland to help babies sleep safety and to decrease the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and sudden unexpected death of an infant (SUDI). Since the boxes started being used, there has been a decline in infant deaths.
Is this a program you would be interested in? Visit babyboxuniversity.com to get your box.