Finland is perhaps one of the most children-friendly countries in the world, and this shows from the very beginning, as each new mother receives a baby box once she gives birth, old and proud Finnish tradition trying to give all children an equal start in life. New parents, and even the ones who adopt, can choose to receive either the baby box or a €170 check. Finland introduced the baby boxes back in 1938 in an attempt to tackle the declining birth rate and high infant mortality, and the infamous boxes have literally changed childhood forever.
If at its beginning, the box only included the bear necessities, this year they are so updated, that you would even want one! Now it even includes warm clothing, such as a snowsuit, warm booties and leggings, and these add up to 50 vital baby products. The items are beautifully arranged inside a cardboard box that will double up as a bed for the baby’s first weeks. The boxes has reduced the mortality rate and has helped so many families over time, who could not afford baby cribs.
With the launch of The Finnish Baby Box in 2014, created by three fathers, the infamous boxes have arrived to whole new peaks and have been sold to parents from thousands of cities in 75 different countries around the world.
Like the original, the package includes a starter kit of clothes, blankets and necessary baby products, all designed in a Scandinavian style. The products are custom made for each family, tailored to suit the baby’s needs depending on climate and season. Now the package also includes a sleeping bag, mittens and a book. Parents are also considered now, and they can find nipple cream, bra pads and even condoms inside the box.
Kela, the government agency responsible for the packages, says it offers around 35,000 boxes a year, and around 25,000 parents choose to take the cash grant instead.