Preparations for a baby are always nerve-racking and quite expensive. This great Finnish idea has been adapted to ease the stress for the parents. A hospital in Philadelphia is the first place in the US, where it is used to help lower high infant mortality rate. It is a great help for single mothers, first-time mothers and low-income families. Let’s spread the word about this by sharing the video. I think it should be done everywhere. Please, don’t forget to click LIKE and SHARE.
Finnish mothers have been receiving this kind of box for over 75 years. Researchers believe it helped Finland achieve one of the world’s lowest infant mortality rates.
The tradition dates back to the 1930s. In the beginning, the baby box was only available to families with low incomes, but that changed in 1949. Since then, every mother is given a baby box, disregarding her background, and every Finnish child had an equal start in life. To receive the box, the expectant mother had to visit a doctor or municipal pre-natal clinic before the 4th month of pregnancy. It helped to guide new moms into the arms of the doctors.
In the 1930s Finland was a poor country and infant mortality was very high – 65 out of 1,000 babies died. But the figures improved rapidly in the decades that followed.
The contents of the box keep changing. In the 30s and 40s, it contained fabric because mothers were the ones making their baby’s clothes. During World War II, flannel and plain-weave cotton were needed by the Defense Ministry. The material in the box was replaced by paper bed sheets and swaddling cloth. Since the 50s, baby clothes have not been a problem. Today, the box contains outfits for every weather, including winter bodysuits, romper suits and leggings in unisex colors and patterns. Winter in Finland is no joke. At one time, baby bottles and dummies disappeared form the baby box to promote breastfeeding.
Finnish mothers are giving a choice between taking the box, or a cash grant. 95% take the box as it’s worth much more than the 140 euros grant.