First appearing in Finland in the 1930s, baby boxes (boxes made of non-toxic cardboard created as a safe sleeping environment for a baby) have since helped the country reach one of the lowest infant death rates in the world. Baby boxes are now reaching the U.S., a country where Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death in babies younger than 12-months-old. These boxes are made of certified non-toxic cardboard, and often come with a mattress and fitted sheets as well as other items like diapers, wipes, and clothing. Expectant parents in New Jersey, and some in San Francisco, can register for a free box after passing an online program on infant health and safety. Boxes are also sold online.
Read more in the full article by Locke Hughes at WebMD.
Read another article about the impact and use of baby boxes by Lisa W. Foderaro at The New York Times.