Our top priority is the safety of the baby boxes we deliver to families.
The Baby Box Company, the company that produces the baby boxes Stork & Company distributes, has strict safety standards that are proven effective by the consistent safe use of baby boxes by families. Below is information on the safety standards and reach of the baby boxes, as well as the history of how the baby box came to be.
The Baby Box in Finland
Maternity grants and maternity packages (the baby box and infant care supplies) were first made available to Finland in 1937 for low income mothers. These maternity packages were created because of concern about the declining birth rate and increasing infant mortality rate. Over the past 75+ years these maternity packages have been used to lower Finland’s infant mortality rate to one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world.
Today, even though mothers in Finland can opt for a cash benefit instead of the maternity package, two thirds of mothers still choose to take the maternity package. Finland awards around 40,000 maternity packages each year, and each year Kela’s Research Department follows up on user experiences and opinions about the maternity packages. The products in the maternity packages are colored to be gender neutral.
The Baby Box Company Safety Standards and Reach
The Baby Box Company, based in California, makes boxes similar to the ones used by Finland (the company that makes the Finnish boxes are not for commercial sale to any company) and has served thousands of parents via direct sale and community programs. All of the products The Baby Box Company produces, including the baby box itself and the supplies inside, meet safety regulations enacted by the U.S. Product Safety Commission, Canada’s Minister of Health, the European Commission, and Product Safety Australia. This means that the baby boxes meet the same requirements as any other regulated bassinet.
They further emphasize safety by using predominantly natural and organic products. All of their boxes have passed SGS inspection and are made using completely non-toxic and environmentally safe materials. Their mattresses are certified non-toxic and safe by CertiPUR-US laboratories (they contain no PBDE flame retardants, prohibited phthalates, ozone depleters (CFCs), mercury, lead, heavy metals, or formaldehyde). Safety labels developed in conjunction with the SIDS Project Impact and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development are attached to the lid of every baby box so users see warnings upon opening the box.
In a study at Temple University Hospital, conducted in 2016, mothers who received face-to-face safe sleep education with the baby box were 25% less likely to bed-share in the first eight days after birth (1). For exclusively breastfed infants, bed-sharing was reduced by 50% (1).
For further information on safety of the baby boxes, please visit the Baby Box Company’s website.
Proper Baby Box Use
Safe sleep for your baby is our number one priority. In order to provide a safe sleep environment, it is important to know the safest way for your baby to sleep – whether in a baby box, crib, or bassinet. Here are instructions on safe sleep for your baby.
Below, a mother demonstrates safe sleep using the baby box.
The safest way for babies to sleep is on their back, alone, with no pillows, loose blankets, stuffed animals, or anything else with them in their crib, bassinet, or baby box.
If your baby is sleeping in a baby box, it is especially important to make sure that the lid is not in use and that the baby box is placed on a flat and stable surface. Since cardboard is a flammable material, it is also important to keep your baby box away from open flame at all times.
If you want more information on a safe sleep environment for your baby, visit our Additional Parent Resources page for more information regarding infant care and safe sleep.