They aren't your ordinary brown cardboard boxes — although your cat is bound to love them all the same.
These, in fact, are baby boxes: cardboard bassinets given to new parents, with a bundle of baby clothes, towels, toiletries, and more stored inside.
Providing baby boxes to new parents is a tradition long-observed in Finland, but New Jersey just became the first US state to issue them. In 2017, the state will give approximately 105,000 boxes to new parents for free.
The goal is to make typically rocky beginnings a little easier for parents. And in New Jersey, the baby-box program has a public-health component as well: reducing rates of sudden infant death syndrome.
Dr. Kathie McCans, a pediatric physician and chairwoman of New Jersey's Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Board,