10 July 2016

Why Finland’s Newborns Sleep in Cardboard Cribs

Why Finland’s Newborns Sleep in Cardboard Cribs

At a glance, it seems a strange place to put a newborn: a bit of bedding and a miniature sleeping bag arranged in a cardboard box. 

[T]hat’s the first place that many Finnish infants lay their little heads. And the simple setup is believed to be one reason that  – Finland now has one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world — 2.52 for every 1,000 births, less than half that of the United States.

Finland provides all mothers-to-be with a baby box

There are efforts to extend the baby-box idea to a wider audience. A hospital in London recently began giving out the boxes on a trial basis. In Minnesota, a nonprofit group distributed the boxes to low-income families, inspiring a proposal being debated by state lawmakers.

Source: NYTimes

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