Virginia Hops on Finnish Trend and Provides ‘Baby Boxes’ to New Parents

Infant Sleep Recommendations

A nurse demonstrates a baby box in Philadelphia. The boxes are meant to encourage safe sleeping habits, in the room with an adult but not in the same bed. All new parents in Virginia will soon be eligible for a free box of their own. (Credit: AP Photo / Matt Rourke)

Parents have all heard the advice: you’re not supposed to sleep with your newborn baby. According to the CDC, in 2015, an estimated 900 infants died from preventable sleep-related accidents.

Now, Virginia is kicking off a safe sleep initiative, beginning with a unique practice that began in Finland: baby boxes.

Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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