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Alabama parents eligible for free Baby Boxes

A basic Baby Box (Source: Baby Box Co.) A basic Baby Box (Source: Baby Box Co.)
(WAFF) -

Alabama will help distribute a potentially live-saving box to help curb a sobering fact. 

The state's infant mortality rate of 8.3% is among the highest in the country according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Alabama Rural Development Office has partnered with The Baby Box Co. to provide free sleeping boxes to thousands of parents starting March 29th. 

Ohio and New Jersey rolled out similar Baby Box programs earlier this year. 

The idea is simple. The company's 'Baby Box' provides a safe sleeping environment for newborns by reducing the risks of SIDS by 40-percent for parents who would otherwise bed-share with their babies.

The company also boasts the box's portability and eco-friendly construction compared to traditional cribs. 

Parents interested in registering for a box will have to first complete a free online education course titled Baby Box University. The goal of the program is to provide advice and instruction to new parents.

The cheapest Baby Box typically costs $69.99, but registered Alabama parents will receive the basic box for free. 


The box will be mailed to your address or sent to the closest particpating distribution partner. 

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