COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. -- A local family group is bringing an international movement to Lane County in hopes of keeping newborns safe and well cared for. The family resource center, 90by30, and the company Pip and Grow are working to bring the Welcome Baby Box project to newborns in South Lane. The boxes, modeled after a program in Finland, gives babies a portable and safe place to sleep.
Organizers said baby boxes lower the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS. The project will also provide new parents with essentials like, baby wipes, clothes, and information. "We’re really excited to be able to connect families to their community and allow them to not be isolated or feeling alone or on their own when they have a newborn."
The program will be up and running around June. Boxes will be on display at the Cottage Grove Public Library and Lane Community College's Cottage Grove campus at the end of March.
See the video on KEZI's website.