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States Provide New Parents with Baby Boxes to Encourage Safe Sleep

Aug 15, 2017

The sturdy cardboard boxes are designed to serve as an infant’s safe sleeping space for the first months of life.

Alabama, New Jersey, Ohio, and Texas have begun offering free baby boxes to parents of all newborns to promote safe sleep habits. The sturdy cardboard boxes are designed to serve as an infant’s safe sleeping space for the first months of life. They are also filled with diapers, baby clothes, educational materials, and other newborn necessities. A parent living in one of those states can receive a box by completing a short online parenting education course that offers information about safe sleep practices, prenatal health, and breastfeeding. The states are partnering with The Baby Box Company, which was inspired by the Finnish program that has been giving all expectant mothers a baby box for the past 75 years. States are using a variety of public and private funds to pay for their programs. Numerous cities, communities, and hospital systems in other states are also partnering with the company.

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