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About Our Foundation

Our Mission

Sleepy Baby Box Foundation is a 501(c) non-profit charity organization for women and children. The Sleepy Baby Box Foundation donates Baby Boxes, which are safe sleep spaces for infants up to 25 lbs. 


Our Foundation provides vulnerable mothers with a safe sleeping bassinet box that comes with a firm, foam mattress pad and 100% cotton fitted sheet.  Every Sleepy Baby Box comes with an educational handbook for mothers about safe sleeping practices and a free membership to Medela's Breastfeeding University.


The Sleepy Baby Box Foundation’s overall goal is to reduce Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in Kern County. In 2016, 17 infants died in Kern County due to SIDS. Nearly all of these deaths could have been prevented. Our mission is to educate mothers’ about the risks of accidental suffocation during the first year of life and provide mothers who lack  resources a Finnish inspired Baby Box and newborn essentials. 

About our Baby Box Program

Our Baby Box Program is patterned after Finland’s Baby Box program. Sleepy Baby Box Foundation’s goal is to be a recognizable source of funding and distribution for baby boxes.  


Philanthropy and partnerships with other non-profit organizations are essential to develop and maintain a baby box program. 


 Ongoing donor solicitations and giving opportunities are necessary to meet our goals. Our Foundation needs non-profit and for-profit business partners. Together we are able to mobilize our resources to provide baby boxes and newborn essentials at no charge to new parents.  

 

We need your help

Whether you make an unrestricted monetary donation to the Foundation to purchase baby boxes or donate newborn essentials such as blankets, bath & grooming products, diapers, wipes, the direction of your gift is yours to decide. Ultimately, your donation serves mothers and babies in our community.



Our Life-saving Baby Boxes

The Sleepy Baby Box Foundation distributes life-saving baby boxes to low income mothers through partnerships with community organizations. The bassinet style box is manufactured by Sleepy Baby Box, LLC in California.  The Baby Box serves primarily as a safe, comfortable place for infants up to 25 lbs. 


Sleepy Baby Box, LLC guarantees  that their boxes, foam mattress, and linens are made in USA. The baby box does not contain any glue or harmful toxins. Sleepy Baby Boxes conform with the recommendation for safe sleep standards put forth by the American Academy of Pediatrics. 


The mattresses provided by Sleepy Baby Box are firm foam pads which have been independently certified as non-toxic and safe and adheres to the following:  

- No PBDE flame retardants

- No prohibited phthalates

- No ozone depleters (CFCs)

- No mercury, lead or heavy metals

- No formaldehyde 


Each Baby Box includes a 100% cotton fitted sheet and water-resistant mattress cover. This is a great alternative to using a plastic or vinyl waterproof mattress cover.  


Most parents use their Baby Box as a safe space for baby to sleep at night, keeping it next to their bed. Parents also use the Baby Box as a place for baby to relax or nap during the day, and may take the Baby Box to grandparent's house and on vacation. Once the baby has outgrown the box, it can be re-purposed as a memory box, toy box, or storage box.

Our Donors

Robert Grimm Family Foundation

The Robert Grimm Family Foundation  generously donated 500 baby boxes to our Foundation for teen mothers in Kern County, CA for our first Sleepy Baby Box Pilot Program.

Medela's Breastfeeding University

Our partnership with Medela includes free access to their ten course online curriculum for breastfeeding moms 

MotherLove

Partnership includes a sample  of organic nipple cream in every baby box donated to teen mothers 

Kern County Distribution Partners

Kern Pediatrics

Dr. Dekak and his team at Kern Pediatrics screen all newborns for access to a bassinet or crib. Our Foundation provides free baby boxes to mothers in need at Kern Pediatrics.

Bakersfield Homeless Shelter

Parents with newborns registered at the shelter are given Baby Boxes for Free through our Foundation.

Baby Blanket Partnership

Project Linus - Kern County Chapter

The mission of Project Linus is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”

Project Linus donates baby blankets for baby boxes that are donated in Kern County

Rarely a month goes by that Project Linus is not featured in a national magazine or program. Parade, People, Reader’s Digest, Family Circle, Ladies Home Journal, Quiltmaker, Quilters Newsletter, Guidepost, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, Woman’s Day and many others. You may have seen or heard segments about Project Linus on the NBC Nightly News, Today Show, or even your local newscasts.

Volunteers, known as “blanketeers,” provide new, handmade, washable blankets to be placed in every baby box before it is donated to low income mothers living in Kern County. 

Project Linus is governed by a board of directors who assists in all aspects of the national organization.

Our Board of Directors

Jenny Wilson, RN. MSN

Founder, President

Sharon Traffanstedt

Vice President, Secretary

Melissa Wood

Treasurer