Why babies all over the world are now sleeping in boxes Finland has one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world - two deaths per 1, live births, compared with a global rate of 32 in 1,, according to the UN. Francine Bates, chief executive of the Lullaby Trust, told BBC Radio 5 live Finland's "fantastic record" was due to a variety of reasons, including lower teenage pregnancy rates.
She told the BBC: I slept in one myself. You get a box full of baby clothes from newborn to one years old.
You also get toys and toothbrushes and all sorts of other things. We ended up using it until he was about five months old.
He was happy and I think he felt quite safe in it. I was quite reluctant to move him away from it.
It's also normal for babies to strain or even cry when doing a poo. How long can you use them for?
It was getting a bit snug. Some areas in England also give out boxes.
A spokesperson for the Scottish government said it was "proud" to introduce the box in Scotland, where it will "help tackle deprivation, improve health and support parents". They said the Scottish baby box meets the "highest safety standards", adding: However, she said the box may be a good option for daytime naps if there is no alternative, and that it was "certainly a better alternative than sleeping a baby on a beanbag or a sofa".
SIDS , also known as cot death, is the sudden unexplained death of an apparently healthy baby.
There were sudden infant deaths in the UK in , following a downward trend in the last decade. In , there were The do's and don'ts of baby boxes: If you do decide to use a baby box, the Lullaby Trust recommends the following: Only use the box for daytime naps and sleep your baby in a cot or a Moses basket next to your bed during the night Do not use the box once your baby is able to roll Do not put extra bedding on top of the mattress to raise your baby up to a higher level Make sure the box is placed on a solid surface and cannot topple over Do not use the box if it gets wet or soiled Do not put the box on an under heated floor Keep pets away from the box Do not leave the baby unattended or out of view Do not lift or carry the box around your home if the baby is in it Do not put the lid on the box if your baby is in it Make sure you comply with any instructions relating to maximum age and weight Related Topics.
However, do not force a dummy on a baby who does not want one. Features to look out for: Don't let the worry of cot death spoil the precious time of getting to know your baby.
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