Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes
Since the 1930s, Finland's expectant mothers have been given a box by the government. Has that helped the country achieve one of the world's lowest infant mortality rates?
Sometimes less is more.
Take for example, Finland’s tradition of giving all babies a level playing field starting out regardless of their socioeconomic background.
For 75 years, expectant mothers in the Nordic country have been given a starter box of sorts, filled with all the essentials a newborn needs, reports the BBC.The cardboard maternity box can also be used as a bed, and comes stocked with clothes, bedding, toys and a small mattress.
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Mothers can accept the gift from the government or opt for a cash grant. Ninety-five percent take the box, reports the BBC.
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When the maternity box was introduced in the 1930s, infant mortality was high; 65 out of 1,000 babies died. Now, Finland triumphs with one of the world's lowest infant mortality rates – only 3.4 deaths per 1,000 babies.
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Tell us: What do you think about this "starter kit" for newborns?
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