Inside: How to get a free baby box and how it can help your baby sleep safely — how to sign up during pregnancy so your baby box will be here before your baby arrives! I partnered with The Baby Box Co. for this post but all opinions are entirely my own.
Finland has the lowest infant mortality rate in the world — in fact, it’s less than half that of the United States.
So what is Finland doing right?
They put their newborn babies to sleep in cardboard boxes — really!
What is a Baby Box?
For almost a century, the Finnish government has provided expectant mothers with a box full of supplies to raise a healthy newborn — clothes, bathing products, and more. The box itself becomes the baby’s first bed.
Now a similar program is available in the United States with a mission of educating new parents and reducing the risk of infant deaths.
The best part?
How to Get a Free Baby Box
It’s easy to get a free Baby Box if you’re expecting! Here’s how:
- Sign-up at The Baby Box Co. (it’s free!)
- Watch a short series of videos about safe baby sleep, nutrition, breastfeeding, and other helpful topics.
- Take a simple quiz and receive a free Baby Box!
Why We Love Our Free Baby Box
- Updated May 2019 — When I originally wrote this post, I was pregnant with our third daughter and we were getting set up for her arrival. I wanted to check in with an update after we used the baby box to let you all know how it went!
Upon bringing her home from the hospital, we put our baby daughter in the baby box to sleep, since I had a c-section and was unable to bend over her full-sized crib right away.
Our daughter loved sleeping in her baby box!
In fact, it was the ONLY place that she would sleep soundly. I think she liked how cozy the baby box was, as opposed to the wide open space of a big crib.
What I liked is the fact that the baby box is super portable and lightweight. I could easily move it (even post-surgery) to whatever room I was in so she could nap there. At night, I placed the baby box on the floor near my bed so I could get to her quickly when she woke.
The original blog post was indeed a sponsored post, but this update was not paid for or required. Since we had such a great experience with the baby box and it is a safe sleeping place, I wanted to be sure to add new info to this post!
Especially after the Rock ‘N Play recall, I know a lot of new parents are searching for a safe way to help their newborn babies sleep better. That’s why I highly recommend getting a free baby box to try!
Keep reading to find out more about how to get your free baby box and what’s inside!
What’s Inside Your Baby Box & How to Use It
Every Baby Box from The Baby Box Co. features a sustainable cardboard box with a mattress that fits snugly inside. There are also a variety of helpful samples like breastmilk storage bags and baby care products.
How to set up your Baby Box:
When setting up your Baby Box, fold the box so that tabs are tucked in to secure the sides and bottom in place. The Baby Box should feel sturdy and stay together on its own. It should be placed on the floor in an open area. (There are instructions included that illustrate the process – it’s quite simple really).
Position the included mattress inside the Baby Box. The mattress cover should fit snugly, with no wrinkles, and the mattress itself should firmly touch each side of the box, with no gaps.
There should be nothing else inside the box besides the mattress — no blankets, no pillows, no toys — and your baby should be placed to sleep on its back.
The girls wanted to help me set up and learn about how their baby sister (arriving this summer) will sleep in the box. Ours is decorated with bluebonnets, which is perfect because we live in Texas!
With the Baby Box, they can actually help soothe their newborn sister to sleep because the box in on the floor where they can reach it. I know they’re going to be wonderful big sisters and helpers!
How to Get Your Free Baby Box from The Baby Box Co.
Whether you’re a first time mom, or mom of many, I highly recommend joining Baby Box University from The Baby Box Co. (It’s free!)
Though this isn’t my first rodeo, I still found the videos at The Baby Box Co. to be helpful and encouraging. Even as an “experienced” mom, it’s nice to get a quick refresher before going through the newborn phase again!
Plus, I’m excited to have the Baby Box as an alternative to our regular crib. The Baby Box is portable and fits in almost any room — perfect for keeping the little one close by during nap time or easy to reach when we’re breastfeeding at night.