Finnbin Baby Box

Finnbin Suspends Operations Due to CPSC Ruling

Finnbin Suspends Operations Due to CPSC Ruling
We write this with a heavy heart, but today we need to share some unfortunate news about the future of Finnbin Baby Box. Due to a recent regulatory decision by the CPSC, that is beyond our control, we have decided to suspend operations of Finnbin products effective immediately (July 8, 2021). We plan to use this time to navigate this CPSC decision and its potential impact on our future business prospects.

We want to personally thank you for trusting Finnbin to provide the gift of safe sleep to your growing family and friends. We thoroughly enjoyed our time working with you and hope that we have made a difference in the lives of your little ones.

The history of the baby box dates back to the 1930's. Baby boxes are now distributed in more than 60 countries around the world. Amazingly, in more than 80 years of distribution, we are not aware of a single injury or death as a result of the use of a baby box for infant sleep - an incredible track record for the infant sleep industry. Unfortunately, despite this track record, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) approved tough new standards to regulate several infant sleep products. On July 2, 2021, The CPSC commissioners voted 3-1 in favor of mandatory safety regulations that will affect all products marketed as sleep products for babies up to five months of age. This vote effectively bans "flat sleepers" which they defined as any product intended for safe sleep that does not have legs or a stand. Finnbin's baby boxes do not have legs or a stand and, thus, falls into this category and will be banned (assuming no additional considerations) effective in the summer of 2022.

While Finnbin does support many of the elements of the CPSC's Final Rule addressing the known hazards of inclined infant sleepers, we believe the decision to include flat sleepers without any evidence suggesting that these products pose a hazard to children is arbitrary and capricious and will have unintended consequences to many families across the United States, particularly those in the lower socio-economic demographic. The reality of this ruling is that it will eliminate from the market nearly all infant sleep products below the $100 price point. We fear that lower income families will be disproportionately affected and encourage you to help provide a safe sleep environment to families in need, if you are able.  

Thank you again for believing in Finnbin. We will let you know if we resume operations in the future. Also, feel free to leave questions or comments below. We will check them periodically and answer to the best of our ability. 
 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Here is a link to the CPSC Final Rule.
 
Here is a link to a statement released by CPSC Commissioner Dana Baiocco.
 
"My colleagues exuberantly celebrated the passage of this final rule despite the deficiencies. I remain troubled, however, by the possibility that the overly broad application of this rule may unnecessarily expose certain babies to senseless risks. As I expressed in my closing remarks, I am truly worried that we have left bedsharing parents to figure things out for themselves, which in my humble opinion, is contrary to this Agency's most basic charge."
 
Here is a link to a note from Dr. Carol Pollack-Nelson,  Ph.D. is a human factors psychologist and independent consultant specializing in consumer product safety: 
 
"The Commission's decision was pitched as a win for baby safety. This sounds great; however, the evidence does not support this conclusion. Portable, flat infant sleep products offer important safety benefits for infants, and the data specific to these products does not support the contention that they are "dangerous".
 
Take baby boxes, for example. These products have been used in the U.S. and around the world for decades without a single death. Baby boxes are inexpensive relative to a bassinet, crib or play yard; they are also smaller and more portable and therefore have great utility for caregivers living in small dwellings and those who wish to room-share, as advised by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). To comply with the bassinet rule, baby boxes will be required to have a stand. A stand does not make baby boxes safer, but it does make them more expensive, less transportable, have a larger footprint, and therefore, less usable for those with a limited income and living space. As such, this rule particularly disadvantages consumers with limited financial resources."
 

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP? 

If this topic is of interest to you and you want to keep flat infant sleepers or in bed sleepers on the market, we encourage you to reach out to the ASTM and/or email the CPSC commissioners and let them know how this ruling might personally affect your family or friends. Here is a link to the CPSC Commissioners and Staff bios where you can find their phone numbers and other contact information.

7 comments

Sep 12, 2021 • Posted by Michelle

I am expecting in January 2021 and bought one for my sister in law last year and would love to still buy one before the ban is official! I will keep checking back for updates! 🙏🙏🙏

Sep 05, 2021 • Posted by Helena Woodward

I have purchased many (4?) of these boxes and give them as gifts. They are always well received and now have become a tradition and expectation. Now one of my sons is expecting a new baby soon and I cannot gift him this box. We are a Finnish family and I am deeply disappointed. Please correct this glitch soon.
Helena

Sep 05, 2021 • Posted by Helena Woodward

I have purchased many (4?) of these boxes and give them as gifts. They are always well received and now have become a tradition and expectation. Now one of my sons is expecting a new baby soon and I cannot gift him this box. We are a Finnish family and I am deeply disappointed. Please correct this glitch soon.
Helena

Aug 20, 2021 • Posted by franck

Hello,

Go check this french company => https://frenchpoupon.fr/
They are created a babybox with “stand”
It could be a solution/an idea for your company

Good luck

Aug 18, 2021 • Posted by Sarah

I am so sorry to hear this and will certainly be reaching out to CPSC. I am a pediatric nurse in the US and purchased a baby box with the intention of using it in my bedroom which has very limited space for a bassinet. I do have it up on a stand which is a shelving unit I already owned that has all her supplies at hand neatly organized in the storage tray that came with the baby box on the shelf below the baby box. The set up is very similar to what you would use for baby when rooming in with mom postpartum in the hospital in the US. I wanted to be able to see my baby without having to get up to look into the box so I simply put set up my baby monitor camera to see inside the box even though I am in the same room with her. I like that the sides of the box are not see though so she cannot see us right next to her in bed as she becomes more alert and aware of her surroundings. She was born on August 8 and has slept soundly in her baby box every night since coming home from the hospital. She was small for gestational age weighing just 4lbs 14oz at birth and 4lbs 10oz at discharge 2 days later. I was very concerned about safe sleep for her tiny size, she is too small for most sleep sacks and infant swaddles so we are swaddling her in a receiving blanket in the baby box just as we did in the hospital and she is thriving. At one week checkup she is up to 5 pounds. I hope this regulation will be reconsidered to include baby boxes for safe sleep.

Aug 10, 2021 • Posted by Rae

Hi — We have just been gifted a FinnBin and fully plan on using it as intended, but we are desperate to purchase additional fitted sheets. Is there some way you could please make these available for purchase, since they are technically not ‘bassinets’ and therefore shouldn’t be affected by this ban? Thank you very much for your help.

Aug 10, 2021 • Posted by Chris

Hello.

Are we still able to purchase a baby box before summer 2022?

Thank you for your time.

C

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