Chicago hospital using cardboard boxes to fight against SIDS

CHICAGO – A hospital in Chicago claims that a cardboard box could save a baby’s life, as part of a new initiative to combat Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Saint Anthony Hospital recently partnered with The Baby Box Company and will give new and expecting parents a cardboard box. The box is roughly 26 inches long and 16 inches wide with a mattress on the bottom.

The box is small enough to prevent a baby from rolling over and it’s portable, so parents can keep a close eye on their child.

Saint Anthony Hospital is the first hospital in the state of Illinois to take part in the program. They hope it will help keep babies safe while they’re sleeping.

The boxes come with controversy

Last year, WGN spoke with the executive director of SIDS Illinois.

"We worked so hard to get parents to put babies in a safe crib, and now, we come along and say, 'Well here's a box for you.' That confuses the parents," Nancy Marutama, executive director of SIDS Illinois, said.

they said there is not enough research to say the boxes are safe.  But Dr. Michele Bucciero, director of prenatal services at Saint Anthony Hospital, said Baby Boxes are a safe sleep space.

The hospital is sending them home with parents who qualify for free. All you have to do is take an online education course, pass a quiz, and bring your certificate to St. Anthony Hospital to pick it up. For more information or to register, visit babyboxuniversity.com.