Put a baby in a box? Sounds like a bad idea, right?
Well, that's exactly what some Canadian moms will be doing soon. But it's not just any box. And as it turns out, it's actually designed to increase the welfare of Canadian newborns. It's part of a government-funded program called Welcome to Parenthood that's modeled after a long-running practice in Finland that has greatly reportedly improved infant mortality rates.
The boxes contain necessities every newborn needs like clothes, toys and mattresses, as well as videos designed to educate parents on early childhood development and bonding.
And the boxes are headed to the US, at least in a small way. San Antonio, Texas, is home to a small pilot program aimed at cutting the incidents of sudden infant death. There, 135 new moms will receive the boxes. The hope is that with baby in the box, they won't be near possible dangers such as bumpers, stuffed animals, etc.
What do you think? Is this an idea that could catch on in the US?