BOSTON, MA (WBZ-AM) – There is a a proposal to provide every newborn in Massachusetts with a "baby box" and $300-dollars’ worth of supplies got a warm reception from the legislature's committee on children and families.
State Senator Patrick O’Connor of Weymouth is the lead sponsor of the bill that would allow distribution of the goods---the cost of which would be picked up by social entrepreneur baby boxes of California.
O’Connor says the idea is two-fold: To promote safety and wellness.
O’Connor said he learned of the non-profit baby box company from his mother, a neo-natal intensive care nurse, who is bent on preventing so-called crib deaths.
Should the proposal becomes a reality, new Massachusetts parents who receive the box will have diapers, wipes and a guide to essential services.
O’Connor says baby boxes are catching on across the country after years of use in Scandinavia.
WBZ NewsRadio1030’s Lana Jones reports.