Cribs for Kids National Safe Sleep Initiative has dedicated the past 20 years to providing safe sleep environments to infants and safe sleep education to their parents and caregivers. We have poured countless hours and dollars into the research and development of our safe sleep environment, the Cribette. In doing so, our goal to reach the highest safety standards put forth by the Consumer Product Safety Commission for infant nursery products was paramount.
Cribs for Kids does not condone the use of baby boxes as a safe sleep environment. The popularity of the baby box stems from its Finnish origins. In Finland, new mothers have been supplied with a baby box since the 1930s. These cardboard boxes are presented at the hospital, filled with baby supplies and are intended as an alternative sleep space. Studies have shown that fewer than 37% of mothers in Finland use them as a sleep environment.
The popularity of baby boxes in the United States has been built upon the idea that Finland’s notoriously low infant mortality rates are directly related to the box being given to new parents as a safe sleep environment. In reality, studies have proven that the primary reason infant mortality rates are so low compared to the United States is due to socialized medicine resulting in a smaller number of preterm births.
The introduction of the baby box as a safe sleep space in the U.S. has us deeply concerned. In developing a safe sleep environment for our infants, many factors need to be considered. This is why we rely on the CPSC. It alarms us that the CPSC has not given the green light to this sleep space alternative as of yet because it is still not considered a sleep environment for infants. We look forward to studies by the AAP and CPSC on this product concluding.