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Sleeping in the

Baby Box

How to sleep in the Baby Box

The box is a safe and comfortable place for your baby to sleep in and comes with a mattress, protector, fitted sheet and blanket.

The Baby Box is also useful if you and baby are away from home. Just remember to make sure you lift the box without your baby in it.

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Common Baby Box sleeping questions

Is it safe for babies to sleep in a Baby Box because it’s made out of cardboard?

Yes, it’s perfectly safe. The Baby Box is the right size and shape so that your baby feels safe and comfortable.

Can my baby sleep in it all night or should it just used for short naps?

Your baby can sleep in the box all night and for short naps during the day – it’s entirely up to you. Remember to keep the baby close to your bed at night and near you during the day when they sleep.

How long will my baby be able to sleep in it?

Babies can usually sleep in the box for the first 3 or 4 months - or until they can turn over themselves (babies don’t have enough strength in their tummies to turn over until 5-6 months.)

I don’t like the idea of the box being on the floor, can I set it on the sofa or table?

The box should be either placed on the floor inside the lid or in the cot so that there is no danger that it could fall.

Can I change the mattress and put in a thicker one?

Please only use the mattress that comes with your Baby Box. This mattress fits the box perfectly and has been designed to be safe for your baby.

Do I need to use the sheet and a mattress protector with the mattress?

Yes. The mattress protector that came with your Baby Box is exactly the right size for the box so please use it.  We’ve also provided you with a cotton sheet which will fit neatly on top of the mattress protector. It’s really important that these fit perfectly around the mattress.

What do I cover my baby with in the box?

You’ll find a cellular blanket (just like the ones they use in hospital). These are great at keeping your baby's temperature regular – neither too hot nor too cold – and they're nice and light too. Remember if you fold the cellular blanket that counts as an extra blanket.

Can I use other covers in the Baby Box?

Baby duvets, fleece blankets, pillows and cot bumpers are not recommended for newborn babies.

How do I clean the box?

It can be wiped clean with a damp cloth if your wee one has an accident or is sick when they are in it.

Should I lie my baby on their back?

Yes, always place your baby on their back to sleep with their feet at the end of the box. If their feet are touching the bottom of the box they can’t wriggle down under the covers.

Is it ok if I don’t want to use it as a place for my baby to sleep?

Yes, as long as you follow safe sleeping advice wherever you choose for your baby to sleep. You can find out more about safe sleeping in the leaflet in the Baby Box.