If moms can agree on one thing, it's that they want to remember everything they can about this special time with a newborn. Sure, new moms are tired and might joke that they don't even know what sleep is these days, but it's so wonderful to have your sweet little baby in your arms. A mom has never been happier.
As a new mom, you've done all of your research into the products and things that your baby needs. One such baby product just might be the baby box, which is exactly what it sounds like: it's a box where babies sleep.
Read on to find out 10 reasons why moms should consider a baby box.
10. The Story Behind Baby Boxes
As Babble wrote, baby boxes are from Finland and there is a specific reason why they have been used: they have resulted in fewer deaths than cribs. The publication says, "The much-talked about Finnish 'baby box' — a simple cardboard box that’s designed to be a baby’s first bed — has been credited with dramatically lowering Finland’s infant mortality rate since the 1930s. In fact, in the years since the boxes were first introduced, Finland has laid claim to the lowest infant mortality rates in the world. So they’re clearly doing something right."
This could be reason enough for a mom to explore the idea of using a baby box.
9. It Helps With This
No new mom wants to think about SIDS or anything along those lines. The unfortunate reality of being a mom is educating yourself about how to keep your infant away from dangerous products, objects, or situations. You don't want to think about this stuff at all, but of course, you have to.
According to Pip and Grow, there is a really good reason for a baby to sleep in a baby box: it "helps reduce your baby’s risk of SIDS or suffocation." Every mom wants the latter and it sounds like a really good product to consider.
8. No Worries
Pip and Grow writes that the baby box is "basically a worry-free sleep zone."
This could be another reason why moms would consider a baby box. After all, we know that being a new mom means that there are always things to worry about. Sometimes moms find themselves worrying about worrying so much. (That's right; worrying about worrying.) Whatever moms can do to feel calmer could be a good thing. A baby box might not be for everyone but if it helps a mom worry less, that seems like a good thing, right? This might not be reason alone to buy a baby box but with the others on this list, it could be convincing.
7. Close By And Cozy
If you're wondering why you might consider buying a baby box for your baby to sleep in, there is another benefit: it fits practically anywhere.
Pip and Grow says that "the best part" of a baby box is that moms can put it next to their own bed. It's not large and bulky like some of the other newborn furniture items.
This seems like it could work well if you want your baby to sleep in your room or if you're cramped for space and live in a one-bedroom apartment (because, after all, not every new parent can afford a house). It could be a good thing to have a baby box and know that you have a good area for your little one to get some shut-eye.
6. Practical Considerations
There is a practical reason why moms might want to consider a baby box: it's not only safe but also outfitted with things that new moms need. According to WebMD, "Each box is made of certified non-toxic cardboard and comes with a mattress and fitted sheet."
It can be stressful and nerve-racking to think about all of the products that your little one needs, including all of the things that they need for a good night's sleep. From a crib to a mattress to sheets and blankets and even more. It could be very calming for a new mom to have a baby box and know that their baby will sleep well without all the extras.
5. Nap Time, Too
WebMD also says that since you can literally carry a baby box around, moms might want to get one since they can help their baby nap wherever they are. It's so transportable!
Every mom knows that naptime is a very important time for their babies and toddlers. They also know that it's not always the easiest thing since babies and toddlers can be interested in absolutely anything and everything that doesn't have to do with sleep. Perhaps if baby boxes help babies nap, that could be a good reason to give it a try. Many moms would agree that they would try almost anything, right?
4. Sleep Well
A dad named Mark Bosworth was quoted in a BBC article talking about his experience with the baby box. He said, "I had never considered putting my baby to sleep in a cardboard box, but if it's good enough for the majority of Finns, then why not? Jasper slept in it - as you might expect - like a baby."
Some babies might sleep well in a baby box, as this father experienced, and that could be another reason why moms should consider a baby box. Every mom wants their child to sleep without any problems. It can be, well, a dream (no pun intended).
3. History Lesson
It's kind of cool to think that you could be using something that dates back generations and has some history behind it. That's exactly what the baby box is.
The same BBC article said, "At 75 years old, the box is now an established part of the Finnish rite of passage towards motherhood, uniting generations of women."
The story quoted a mom of six named Reija Klemetti from Helsinki who said that she would go to the post office to get a baby box: "It was lovely and exciting to get it and somehow the first promise to the baby. My mum, friends and relatives were all eager to see what kind of things were inside and what colours they'd chosen for that year."
CTV News quoted Jennifer Clary, CEO and co-founder of The Baby Box Co., saying, “It’s becoming more and more mainstream. It’s the most affordable, while being the most eco-conscious, product on the market for infant safe sleep.”
This is another reason that moms could consider a baby box: it's eco-friendly. If sustainability matters to you then that could be what makes you want to give this a try. It's interesting to note that The Baby Box Co. has headquarters in L.A., the U.K., and Canada, so this is no longer just something that is in Finland.
1. An Education
The final reason that moms can consider a baby box is that it helps them learn more about raising babies and taking care of them. We know that moms are always looking to learn everything they can, so there seems to be an educational element that comes along with the baby box.
As WebMD said, “What I really like about this specific box is that it creates an easy way for parents to learn about how to take care of their babies. Parenting can be challenging, and any education can help prevent injuries and illness and keep baby healthy.”