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There's a bill to help babies by giving them a box to sleep in

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A bill to give more Minnesota babies a safe place to sleep says boxes are the answer.

State Rep. Dave Pinto of St. Paul presented the bill on Tuesday, saying the "Baby Box" approach is similar to a program used in Finland.

The Duluth News Tribune says Minnesota's $500,000 program would help a lot of low-income families with new babies.

The way it would work is families in need would be eligible to receive a box filled with necessary childcare supplies. For example: a waterproof mattress and sheet, diapers, wipes, ointment, eating utensils, plates, toys and more.

And the box containing the supplies is an added bonus, because parents can use it as a safe place for the baby to sleep.

The non-profit Babies Need Boxes started last year and has already provided 150 boxes to Minnesota mothers in need, the News Tribune reports.

Pinto's bill would increase funding so 2,500 boxes could be provided.

The trend of giving babies a box to sleep in isn't new.

According to the BBC, Finland's tradition of giving mothers a box packed with baby supplies dates back to the 1930s. The program has even been credited with giving the county one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world.

The CIA's World Fact Book has a ranking of the mortality rates of 224 countries. Finland has the seventh lowest mortality rate in the bunch. The United States has the 58th lowest.

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