Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes

Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes

Did you know that for 75 years babies born in the Nordic country have been sleeping in a cardboard box? Find out why!

With cribs, bassinets, beds and more, you wouldn’t think of putting your baby in a cardboard box to sleep, right? Well, in Finland this does happen.

The reason? The State provides a package of basic care for the newborn to the future mothers and then it is used as a crib.

This box is emblematic in the Nordic country and began to be distributed in the 1930s with the idea of ​​giving all Finnish children a fair start to life, regardless of their social status. Also, encourage good motherhood and fatherhood. Many argue that this policy helped make Finland one of the countries with the lowest infant mortality rate in the world.

Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes

What is in the package?
The government aid package contains jumpsuits, sleeping bags, outdoor clothing, bath products, diapers, and a small mattress. Mothers can choose the box or receive cash, but 95% choose the box since its value is higher.

This tradition was born in 1938 for low-income families, but this changed in 1949 when it was offered to all mothers as long as their prenatal health checks were done.