Baby Boxes: Keeping Newborns Safe in Natural Disasters
Posted by: November 26, 2018 Safe SleepPublished on:
Just before Thanksgiving, we received a call about a soon-to-be mother who was displaced from her home because of the Camp Fire in California. Nikki and her fiancé were living in a hotel and needed a safe place for their baby to sleep that would fit in a hotel room. Donating a bassinet to Nikki was an easy decision.
The request got us thinking… So many little ones have fled their homes. They need beds just like their parents do. Families fleeing fires rarely have time to gather their belongings before seeking shelter. That means many young babies end up sharing a shelter or hotel bed with their parents – a practice the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) discourages because it increases the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or suffocation.
In response, we donated 50 baby boxes (which is a lot of boxes for us!) to Baby2Baby, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that distributes baby products to families in need. Because Smittens are lightweight, portable and come with the sheet and mattress in the box, they are an excellent solution for disaster response. But, with tens of thousands of displaced California families, Baby2Baby needs more baby boxes.
“The AAP has been clear about what babies need for safe sleep. A bed of their own, free of loose toys or blankets. A baby box is a simple, elegant solution for many families – especially those who have had to abandon their carefully-planned nurseries.” Amber Kroeker, MPH, infant safety expert and Pip & Grow founder said.
“In many cases, families fleeing these fires have lost everything. It’s our honor to partner with Baby2Baby and ensure that any baby who is in need of a bed, has one.” Kroeker said.
With celebrity board members including Jessica Alba and Julie Bowen, Baby2Baby provides low-income children with the necessities of basic living like diapers, toys, books, and, with Pip & Grow on board, now baby boxes.
Donate a Disaster Relief Bassinet Box Today
So, we’re asking for your help. Please consider donating a baby box today. A $30 box provides one baby a safe bed.
If we are blessed with an abundance of boxes, any extras will be used by Baby2Baby for future disaster relief across the country.