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Give new mums baby boxes to reduce co-sleeping risks, midwives say


New mothers in the UK should all be given Finnish-style baby boxes to reduce the risks of unsafe co-sleeping, the Royal College of Midwives has said.

The cardboard boxes, which come with essential items such as clothes, books and blankets, can be used as beds.

They are provided for all new babies in Scotland and in some parts of England.

Extending the scheme would provide all babies with a safe space to sleep and particularly benefit those from deprived backgrounds, the RCM said.

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