Are Baby Boxes Safer Than Moses Baskets? 

Baby boxes are all the buzz at the moment, with the makeshift cardboard ‘cots’ packed with parenting supplies being rolled out across the UK. Traditionally, the boxes have a long-standing reputation for decreasing infant mortality – but are they actually safer than the standard cot, crib, or Moses basket?

Baby in a box

The idea for the baby box was born nearly nine decades ago, when Finnish mums-to-be were gifted them on condition that they visit a doctor or municipal clinic for a prenatal check.

To date, Finland has one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world; in large part because of the emphasis on prenatal care, but also because placing newborns in the box to sleep prevents dangerous co-sleeping practices – a major risk factor for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

But does that mean the ‘cosy’ confines of a cardboard freebie are better than that costly crib you’ve just shelled out for?

The short answer is no.

Jenny Ward, Director of Services at Lullaby Trust, explains:

“The safest place for a baby to sleep is on a firm, flat, separate sleeping surface in the same room as their parents.

There is no evidence that a box is any safer than a standard Moses basket or cot.”

Although —

“Using a box of some sort may help families to follow this advice, and for the recommended 6 months.”

Basically, whatever you choose to use for your baby, the safety guidelines only refer to the sleep space being firmflat, and in a separate part of the same room as the parents.

So feel free to splash out on the antique crib – or save the dough and wait for the box; it’s almost certain your little one will not give a monkey’s either way.