Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes
For 75 years, Finland’s expectant mothers have been given a box by the state. It’s like a starter kit of clothes, sheets and toys that can even be used as a bed. And some say it helped Finland achieve one of the world’s lowest infant mortality rates.
It’s a tradition that dates back to the 1930s and it’s designed to give all children in Finland, no matter what background they’re from, an equal start in life.
The maternity package - a gift from the government - is available to all expectant mothers.
It contains bodysuits, a sleeping bag, outdoor gear, bathing products for the baby, as well as nappies, bedding and a small mattress.
With the mattress in the bottom, the box becomes a baby’s first bed. Many children, from all social backgrounds, have their first naps within the safety of the box’s four cardboard walls.
Mothers have a choice between taking the box, or a cash grant, currently set at 140 euros, but 95% opt for the box as it’s worth much more.
The tradition dates back to 1938. To begin with, the scheme was only available to families on low incomes, but that changed in 1949.
Socialism at work.
I would rather my tax money pay for this than drone missiles.
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You’ve been playing with fire, mother. Prepare to get B U R N E D
I’VE BEEN LAUGHING FOR 10000 YEARS
Update: My mum came home. It’s a good thing I did this in the bathroom because she nearly peed herself when she saw it. After she finished laughing she turned to me with this dead serious expression and whispered
“This means war”
and silently walked out of the room
Guys I’m scared shitless I think my mum is gonna kill me in my sleep
UPDATE: I WOKE UP THIS MORNING AND MY COMPUTER BACKGROUND WAS CHANGED TO THIS
WITH A STICKY NOTE ON THE KEY BOARD THAT SAYS
“I am the oncoming storm”
and here to your left we see society’s impossible to obtain standards for women
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Cannot stop laughing
My mother thinks this is the funniest thing she keeps walking away laughing and coming back to look at it
Newcomers to the cast, what were you most excited about before filming began?
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the future King of England
THE FIRST ONE THOUGH OMG
Cool bed ideas for small spaces.
WANT. All of them!
- Plot twist: she thinks about you too