London - A British cot death charity has raised concerns about the safety of so-called "baby boxes" which are used for newborns to sleep in.
The concept originates from Finland, where new parents are given a cardboard box, which can be used as a bed, filled with baby products and a mattress.
The tradition, which has been taken up by a number of organisations and was recently introduced in Scotland, has been cited as helping reduce the rate of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) – known as cot death.
But now The Lullaby Trust, which works to reduce SIDS, has said there is no evidence to support the claim the boxes reduce infant mortality.
It acknowledged that for some parents – who do not have an enclosed space for their baby to sleep such as a cot or Moses basket – a box may be a better alternative than a newborn sleeping in a ‘hazardous’ condition. But the charity claimed it is not possible for baby boxes to fully comply with safety standards.