Would you bed your newborn baby into a cardboard box instead of a soft bed that you prepared? The trend of bedding newborn babies into cardboard boxes had begun in Finland in the 1930s in order to make newborn babies sleep safer. Nowadays, this old trend has re-emerged as a new idea in many countries like Finland, Canada, Ireland, England and some states of the USA. These cardboard boxes of the newborn babies are called the Baby Boxes.
These cardboard beds, which are started to be used in the US, are given free of charge to many newborn families at the hospital. Why most parents prefer to bed their babies in cardboard boxes instead of expensive cribs? The reason is the risk of the sudden infant death syndrome.
The sudden infant death syndrome has been one of the worst fears of the newborn families. It means the unexpected and unexplained death of infants under the age of 1 who have no health problems. The bed in which the babies sleep is one of the main factors that increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. This is why many developed countries are now using cardboard beds in order to reduce the risk of sudden infant deaths.
These boxes can be purchased from many locations in the developed countries. In some states of the US, such as New Jersey and San Francisco, families with new infants can take their free baby boxes from the hospital by just completing an online education program for sudden infant death syndrome. Most Child Health and Disease Specialists state that these cardboard beds must be used because they reduce the risk of sudden infant deaths.
Sudden infant death syndrome in the first months of the infant is the nightmare of the parents. But, it is possible to minimize the risks by taking some measures. According to the doctors newborn babies must be laid on a back-to-back position on a firm bed. The side-lying position is not recommended by some doctors. It is also important to put pillows, blankets and plush toys away from the baby in the bed. Baby’s blanket should not be above the chest level. By taking such precautions, the rate for the sudden infant mortality have decreased from the rate of 67 percent to 20 percent in Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain and the Netherlands.