Safe & Sound

We started Safe & Sound in 2013, with the vision to substantially lower the infancy death rate.
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We partner with hospitals, and healthcare organizations across the United States who share our passion to lower the infant death rate. We provide organizations with newborn bonding boxes, Safe and Sound training manuals, and guidance on how to put together classes for parents. 

Our Boxes are all CPSC tested and registered to meet all required safety standards. The Newborn Bonding Boxes come beautifully designed with safety-first baby products. Each box comes with a domestically made mattress, along with two fitted sheets. Boxes can also come with supplies for both mom and baby. These kits can come packaged with a bow and congratulatory card.

Our training manual was developed by healthcare professionals. It provides parents with an education for keeping their children safe. The training is built to help prevent SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), consists of  multiple sections, and includes topics like: breastfeeding, shaken baby, drug use in pregnancy, and suffocation prevention.

WHAT WE DO

Safe & Sound began in 2013, with the mission to lower the infant death rate all over the world. We are headquartered in Kansas City, but have partners in locations as far as Alaska. Jennifer Zarate created Safe and Sound to address the lack of infant safety education across the United States. When Jennifer had children of her own, she couldn’t find an easily accessible set of infant safety training. With the growth in technology within the last 20 years, there’s no excuse for parents being uninformed of every method keeping their child safe. By creating Safe and Sound, Jennifer has been able to educate parents all over the country and lower the infant death rate one baby at a time.

The tradition of the “Baby in a Box” began in Finland in the 1930s. At this time, Finland’s economy was going through a recession. There were a lot of families who could not afford to take care of their newborns, and at the time their government wasn’t providing any solutions. Due to these terrible conditions, the infant mortality rate grew to 6.5%. When the 1940s rolled around, Finland’s government made the commitment to give a “baby box” to every newborn’s family. Regardless of their income, each mother would receive the maternity box along with pre-natal care. These boxes included bodysuits, a sleeping bag, outdoor baby gear, safety bathing products, and a mattress with sheets. Within 15 years, the baby box movement gave Finland one of the lowest infancy death rates in the world (.34%).

SIDS deaths are believed to be caused by everyday materials infants may come in contact with, in some situations. Our boxes, mattresses, sheets are all made in the U.S.A. Our boxes do not contain toxins and are never treated with any coatings that could enhance flammability. Any ink or glue that may be used in the design and manufacturing of the boxes are all water-based and considered non-toxic. The boxes have been specially designed to have no folds in the bottom of the box and they are made of a heavy-duty board, withstanding a 200 lbs blast test. They are structually sound and durable, as long as they are properly cared for. Our sheets are 100% hospital-grade cotton and contain no elastic or zippers. The mattress protectors are 100% water and allergy-proof, in addition to procecting against bedbugs and other pests.  Each mattress is has been certified by the Certri PUR-US laboratories. Each product is tested, and verified to exclude the following:

  • PBDE flame retardants
  • Prohibited phthalates
  • Ozone depleters
  • Mercury, lead or heavy metals
  • Formaldehyde

***We are members of Safe Sleep, and the COIIN Safe sleep network.

  • Early risk factors include being born prematurely, being male, and being exposed prenatally to alcohol or cigarettes.
  • SIDS is also known as “crib death”, because most fatalities occur when the baby is asleep, or between 10 p.m. – 10 a.m.
  • Most SIDS related deaths occur when the baby is between 1 and 4 months old, and 90% of SIDS deaths occur before a baby is 6 months old.
  • Newborns sleeping in bed with their parents is the number cause of SIDS.
  • Other causes relate to babies sleeping in a crib with fluffy pillows, layers of blankets, or toys easy to choke on.

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

A large focus of our organization is not only providing a safe sleeping place for infants, but also parental education. Until recently, our focus had only been on large orders and the development of educational programs for infant safety. Due to this, we have a collection of educational resources that we have developed along with great resources from our friends in healthcare.  If you have resources that you would also like to share, please let us know and we would be happy to include your links or PDFs to our website. This is a free resource to encourage patient education to anyone that accesses our site and is not a service that requires purchase or membership of any kind.

WHOLESALE INFORMATION

The greatest value we provide is neither the baby supplies or safer place to sleep, but the education parents receive. Our baby safety program provides healthcare professionals with the proper training tools to educate about SIDS prevention. The program consists of a sponsored class that parents attend before their child is born. These classes are fun and informative sessions where new parents can come together and celebrate, bond, and network with one another. Upon completion of the class, a short test will be administered by the healthcare provider. Parents will then be provided with their Newborn Bonding Box, and the training materials to take home.

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