In Finland Every Newborn Baby Sleeps In A Box But It's For An Awesome Reason
Finland is about as close as you’ll get to a place where every baby is given the exact same start in life.
Every pregnant mother-to-be in Finland receives a box of helpful items that includes the following:
- Mattress, blanket, sleeping bag/quilt, mattress cover, undersheet
- Box itself doubles as a crib
- Snowsuit, hat, insulated mittens, and booties
- Light, hooded suit and knitted overalls
- Socks and mittens, knitted hat and balaclava
- Bodysuits, romper suits, and leggings in unisex colors and patterns
- Hooded bath towel, nail scissors, hairbrush, toothbrush, bath thermometer, nappy cream, washcloth
- Cloth nappy set and muslin squares
- Picture book and teething toy
This box is free. It’s a scheme by the Finnish government to ensure the safety and welfare of every newborn.
“There was a recent report saying that Finnish mums are the happiest in the world, and the box was one thing that came to my mind. We are very well taken care of, even now when some public services have been cut down a little,” Titta Vayrynen, a 35-year-old mother of two boys, told the BBC.
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