For 75 years, Finnish babies have slept in cardboard boxes.
While the foreign concept may sound terrifying to most parents, this is totally acceptable in normal in Finland and will soon be in Scotland as well!
However, there’s more to these cardboard cribs than what many American’s might expect. The babies using the boxes are, quite often, afforded the utmost care by their parents and family. The box is simply part of a special gift package the government provides for new mothers.
In Finland, and now, Scotland, expectant mothers are given a “starter kit” for their new babies. Inside the boxes are many of the items they will need for the baby’s first season of life. This includes clothes, sheets, toys and a mattress at the bottom, creating the make-shift bed the box provides.
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Finland, which has the lowest child mortality rate in the world, initially began its ‘baby box’ program in the 1930s in order to encourage an equal start in life for all children, regardless of economic position. It worked exceptionally well, and now Scotland is following in the country’s footsteps.
“We promised a baby box of all essential items for all newborns,” Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, told BBC.
The baby boxes are only one small step in a movement responsible for the renovation of childcare in Scotland.
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