A newborn baby sleeping in a cardboard box?
I first thought what a horrific idea until I had read the full article on BBC News.
In Finland mums-to-be are given a baby box by the state. The box contains a starter kits of baby clothes, sheets and toys and the box itself can be used as a bed.
The maternity package which has been handed out for 75 years is designed to give all babies an equal start in life.
What's in the box:
A Mattress, mattress cover, undersheet, duvet cover, blanket, sleeping bag/quilt, The 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 colours and patterns, Hooded bath towel, nail scissors, hairbrush, toothbrush, bath thermometer, nappy cream, wash cloth, Cloth nappy set and muslin squares, Picture book and teething toy, Bra pads and finally condoms!!
With the mattress in the bottom, the box becomes a baby's first bed. Many children, from all social backgrounds, have their first naps within the safety of the box's four cardboard walls.
I think it's such a simple and practical idea! I love the idea of starting all babies off on an equal footing by providing a box of standard essentials rather than handing out money which will in some cases may be spent on the latest buggy leaving the family with little left over for what the baby really needs....I think it would make families feel cared for to receive something like this as the items included are very well thought out!!