What is a baby box?
Posted by: February 20, 2018 Safe SleepPublished on:
The number one, most common, everyone-asks-it, question we get is, “What IS a baby box?”
The short answer? A baby box is a place for your infant to sleep.
End of blog.
Ha! Just kidding. Y’all know I can’t stop at just two sentences.
Yes, a baby box is place for baby to sleep. But, a baby box is so much more. Here’s what we think makes our baby box special.
Our baby box, the Smitten, is carefully designed to meet all pediatrician recommendations for a safe sleep space. That means that using our baby box helps reduce your baby’s risk of SIDS or suffocation. It’s basically a worry-free sleep zone for the love of your life. Oh, and you can keep it right next your bed, just like your heart (and your pediatrician) wants you to.
When infant-safety-guru, Amber, designed our baby box, her top priority was portability. Why? Because babies may not fall asleep when a crib is handy. In fact, in my experience, babies typically fall asleep in the most inconvenient places at the most inconvenient times (like right in the middle of your breakfast).
Smitten is ultralight (2lbs!) so you can easily grab it and place it wherever baby has zonked out. Then, as your day progresses, you just carry baby – still blissfully asleep in her Smitten – wherever you go throughout the house.
Some parents get weirded out by the idea of using cardboard for a sleep space. That’s ok, those parents just haven’t yet been exposed to the amazing power of corrugate.
I was a little skeptical myself, at first. But, it only took two nights with Smitten for me to fall in love. I forgot entirely about the cardboard thing and became enamored with how easy a baby box made my life.
What made it so easy? My top three reasons:
- Simple assembly. The instructions are literally one side of one page.
- Thought-free. I didn’t have to remember to track, activate, connect, power-up, power-down, reset, or download anything. I just put Smitten where I needed it and used it. (Which was about as much brain power as I had to give in those first few months.)
- Freedom. My husband and I had many a lovely dinner with our baby asleep in a Smitten on the dining table. If Winnie lost her paci and cried, we just could reach over and pop it back in her mouth without even breaking conversation. We even took it out to eat with us and to an outdoor concert – Winnie slept and we felt slightly more human.
One of the top outstanding features of cardboard over other materials is that it’s eco-friendly. Smitten is made from recycled corrugate. Further, when you’re done with your Smitten, no need to craigslist it, store it, or put it in a landfill. You can recycle it! And maybe your recycled Smitten will become a brand new Smitten for a brand new baby – it’s like the green circle of life. (All parents with Disney-loving toddlers may now break into song.)
Baby boxes are a new idea in the US. But, our neighbors across the pond have been using baby boxes for more than 80 years. Finland, worldwide trendsetter in health care, has been giving new moms baby boxes since 1938. Yeah, as usual, we’re a little behind the times when it comes to taking care of new parents. **Sigh** That’s a different post for a different day. Anyway, as a country, Finland enjoys the second lowest infant mortality rate in the world. Coincidence? We think not.
Yes, a baby box is meant to be used as a sleep space for infants 0-6 months old. But, in my house, we use it for a hundred(ish) other things, too. Our non-comprehensive list:
- Winnie’s pretend rocket ship/car/boat/fort/reading nook/house
- Book carrier to schlep books from the upstairs office to the downstairs living room (thank goodness Smitten holds up to 100lbs)
- Winnie’s play yard at an outdoor concert
- Temporary storage for my husband’s CD collection (why do we still own these???)
- Laundry basket
- Toy storage
- Baby “jail” to keep Winnie contained in non-baby-proofed spaces
Raising babies can seem so… complicated. Every day there’s a new gadget, gizmo, app, or tool that supposed to “help” us parent better. As though we don’t know how to raise a baby without all of that digital assistance. It’s no wonder we’re all overwhelmed and beset by mom-guilt.
We’ve been trained to believe that “more is more” when it comes to our children. But, most of us didn’t grow up that way. In fact, many of us slept in (gasp!) dresser drawers at some point during our infancy. And, I don’t know about you, but I think I turned out pretty alright.
Smitten harkens back to that simpler time. A baby box is an elegant solution for parents that want to keep their babies close without sacrificing safety.
So, yes, a baby box is a place for a baby to sleep. But hopefully you can now tell your skeptical friends and family why a baby box is oh-so-much more.