Infant Safety: What Are Baby Boxes?
It's a concern for new parents and families all over the world: improving babies' sleep safety by reducing the risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and sudden unexpected death of an infant (SUID) while sleeping. Could a simple box be part of the solution?
"Baby boxes" have been used in Finland since the 1930s and have been associated with a significant decline in sudden, unexpected infant deaths. The concept is to create a safer sleep space for infants. In the United States, a Los Angeles-based company is partnering with health officials to give baby boxes to new parents free of charge. Baby boxes come with a mattress, fitted sheet, onesie, and diapers.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Safe to Sleep® program provides important information about SIDS prevention for parents and health care providers. According to these guidelines, babies should be put to sleep on their backs and should not sleep in bed with adults. Soft crib bumpers, pillows, stuffed animals, and heavy blankets should be kept out of infants' sleep spaces.
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