Can baby boxes lower infant mortality rates?

Parents across the country are beginning to ditch traditional cribs in favor of “baby boxes.”

Baby Box Co., a Los Angeles-based company, is partnering with hospitals in the United States to give away free cardboard boxes to new parents after they are quizzed on a 15-minute educational video about safe sleeping habits for babies. The boxes come equipped with clothes, a mattress, fitted sheet and $150 worth of baby necessities.

In January, New Jersey became the first to adopt a statewide baby box program, set to distribute a total of 105,000 boxes. And now, Ohio has jumped onto the baby box bandwagon, along with hospitals in Philadelphia and San Antonio, Texas. So, why are parents deciding to trade their cradles with fluffy blankets for cardboard and a mattress?