Baby Box Review

We love absolutely everything scandibaby (Scandinavian Baby) here. This love goes beyond the love of neutral pastel pallets, and animal prints. One of the ideas practiced in Scandinavia and Finland is that of the Baby Box, a rigid cardboard box with a mattress on the bottom that functions as a tiny cot for newborns.

The Baby Box Company

While there are many companies that sell these sorts of things, we eventually settled on the one offered by The Baby Box Company. They offered several boxes in different price ranges, while the boxes were all the same, what differed was the items that came in addition to the box.

The Classic Box

We purchased the classic box which came with the following items:

  • The box in a fun fox pattern
  • The mattress
  • A waterproof cover and fitted sheet
  • A muslin and wash cloth
  • A sleeping bag
  • A pair of socks and scratch mittens
  • An oral thermometer
  • A newborn cap
  • A £25 gift voucher for their store

When we purchased the box it came to just under £80 plus shipping from the US. While we cannot remember how long it took to ship, it did take a little while so its worth investing in early.

We used a shaped swaddle when Gracie was a newborn, and used the sleeping bag later

What we liked:

There is something very reassuring about using the baby box. Knowing that you are using a product that is given out to parents in Finland, and something that’s been trialled in Scotland filled us with confidence. The box itself feels well made and strong, and is extremely flexible in where you can put it in your house. The mattress fit snuggly, and seemed in line softness-wise as other baby products.

Ultimately the best selling point of the box is the links to reduced levels of SIDS. The box provides a baby with somewhere safe to sleep, supposedly up to five or six months. We certainly think that the box helped Gracie settle in to a routine, and gave us peace of mind.

What we didn’t like:

We liked the products that were also included in the box, however they are the sort of basic items that most parents quickly gain a surplus of and they get lost in the mix. Likewise a £25 gift voucher is great, but at the time we purchased the box there was very little that we wanted to buy, although after a cursory glance at their store page this has since changed.

The other issue we faced was how quickly she seemed to outgrow it. Since birth Gracie has hovered around the 90th percentile, and she enjoys the ability to move her arms around in her sleep. As a result she was soon knocking her hands on the side of box which was disturbing her sleep.

In conclusion…

The Baby Box Company classic box is a fantastic product that ultimately didn’t seem to work for us. Whether this is down to Gracie’s growth rate, or the fact that we have dogs that meant it limited the locations we could use the box we’re not sure. It does mean however that for the price we would be hesitant to recommend the product as it is no small amount of money for a product that ultimately might not be suitable for everyone’s circumstances.

Regardless of this, should we end up having a second baby we would certainly use this box again.

The Nursery Set-Up

I’m just bring over some pre-birth posts from an old site. Feel free to have a look at how we set everything up!

With baby Gracie getting ever closer, I thought it would be fun to go through our current Set-Ups. We will look at the Nursery, Travel System (pram), Cloth Nappies, Changing Bag, and Baby Toys. Once Gracie has arrived we’ll do a look back and see just how under-prepared we really were.

 

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We wanted a nice, light coloured room in a sort of Scandinavian style. As we started the nursery before we knew the gender we stuck with gender neutral colours, specifically going with light blue, white, and grey, as well as allowing for natural wood tones.

Not having a particularly large house we tried to be as conservative with our space as possible, making sure that we got our cot, changing table, and wardrobe in, and fitting anything in around those.

The first thing we bought was our Baby Box from the Baby Box Company. We knew that as long as we had then whatever else happened our little girl would have somewhere to sleep. Originally we were planning to move the box around the house as we needed it but since then someone from our church kindly donated a Moses basket which has been set up downstairs, so the Baby Box is now sitting in the cot.

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The cot, changing table, and shelves are from Ikea. Reasonably priced and sturdy, we didn’t fancy breaking the bank on these items. That said I am very happy about their appearance and think they suit the rooms colour. What I particularly like is that the changing table has lots of little hooks and trays to (hopefully) make the changing experience easier. We opted to use  the bottom shelf to display our Cloth Nappies. We’d toyed with the idea of placing them away but actually preferred the idea of being able to select what nappy you wanted, especially as our nappy stash is made up of different brands.

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We spent a little more on the wardrobe. From the moment Mummy spotted it she knew that we had to have it for the nursery. By Mama & Papas, it is from the Lawson range which blends together white and wood in the perfect rustic combination. Like with the changing table, what we liked about the clothes rail is that we are able to see of the different outfits that we could put on Gracie. We spend so much time, and energy (and money) on picking out clothes for our baby, we just wanted to be able to see them. The flat bottom of the rail also gives you space for more storage, lots of people opt to use it for blankets, or shoes, but we decided that it was better suited for the small army of soft toys (shout out to Lotso, Rex, Elmer and Stitch).

So with the big set-pieces out of the way, we decided to pick up bits and bobs as we found them. As mentioned above we purchased our shelves from Ikea, and they have been perfect for displaying books and soft toys.

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We also found a lovely small set of house-shaped shelves in a shop called The Range. These were absolutely perfect for filling in some empty wall space that we had above the changing table. We filled one with our Disney Tsum-Tsum collection, and the other houses Boris the Bear (I have been told the rainbow llama cannot live on-top of the house and he has since been moved).

Wanting to inject a little more colour into the room, I picked up lovely thick rug from Flying Tiger Copenhagen (which is sort of like Ikea, but for tat, and it has to be one of my favourite shops). As you can see from the picture below we also swapped out the cots handles for some brightly colour animals, also from Tiger.

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