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Cardboard baby boxes should not be promoted as safe to sleep in, warn experts

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 17 October 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4311
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London, UK

A group of leading cot death experts have warned that cardboard baby boxes should not be promoted as a safe alternative to a cot, bassinet, or Moses basket.1

The cardboard baby box is based on a Finnish tradition of giving pregnant women a box of free infant care items, including a mattress that fits into the bottom of the box to make a makeshift bed. In Scotland, cardboard baby boxes have been given to all new babies since …

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