The American Academy of Pediatrics also has concerns about the growing popularity of baby boxes. There is no evidence they prevent infant deaths, and “the boxes are not required to meet safety rules like cribs, bassinets, play yards and infant carriers,” the AAP notes.
Do baby boxes reduce infant mortality?
Part of the Lullaby Trust’s advice to parents says: “Be aware that there is no direct evidence that the use of a baby box will reduce SIDS or lower infant mortality (despite use in some countries like Finland).”
Can baby sleep in baby box overnight?
It is not possible for baby boxes to fully comply with safety standards, as current British and EU safety standards for nursery furniture only exist for traditional cots cribs and bassinets and there is currently no specific standard for the use of a cardboard box as a sleeping place for an infant.
Why are baby boxes not safe?
Some of the boxes come with lids and are potentially flammable. If a box is placed on a floor, the infant is exposed to low-level drafts, pets and young siblings. If placed at a height, the box may fall. There’s also no data on the durability of the box, especially if it becomes wet or dirty, the study authors added.
How long can a baby sleep in a box?
Baby Boxes can be used as a safe sleep space for a baby’s first five to six months of life.
Are baby boxes a good idea?
The Royal College of Midwives says the boxes can reduce the likelihood of babies sleeping unsafely, either on a surface like a sofa or with parents who smoke, drink alcohol, or take drugs, and would particularly benefit those born into deprived environments.
What country has the lowest rate of SIDS?
The lowest rates (<0.2/1000) are in Japan and the Netherlands. The largest decrease in SIDS rates from baseline, which for most countries was before risk reduction campaigns began in the early 1990s, occurred by 2000.