Babies in Boxes!

Have you heard of babies in boxes? This common practice hails from Finland, and is receiving a lot of press of late as a simple solution to the problem of infant mortality. Finland provides new parents with a "Baby Box" packed with newborn essentials, and the box itself serves as a safe and utilitarian bassinet for the baby to sleep in. This low-cost practice keeps infant mortality rates throughout the country low, and is catching on globally, although other countries do not yet subsidize the baby boxes. Families can purchase a baby box through a company out of the U.K., but we would prefer to see the U.S. provide the boxes for free. The cost of subsidizing a simple box of essentials far outweighs the accumulated costs of infant health crises.