Would you let your baby sleep in a cardboard box?


Following the introduction of the Maternity Grants Act 1937 in Finland, the first maternity grants were delivered the following year. Initially, the grants were introduced for mothers only on low-income and is now available to all expectant mothers since 1949. The purpose was to tackle declining birth rates and high infant mortality.

Many people argue the box is the reason behind Finland having one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world. The grant enabled Finnish mothers to access public health services. Mothers have two options, they can either opt for the maternity package or a cash grant, over 95% select the box as it it worth a substantial amount more. The box provides all children with an equal start in life regardless of their background.

The box has several benefits and consists of; a mattress, a mattress cover, undersheet, duvet cover, blanket, sleeping bag/quilt, snowsuit, hat, insulated mittens and booties, light hooded suit and leggings in unisex colours and patterns, hooded bath towel, nail scissors, hairbrush, toothbrush, bath thermometer, nappy cream, washcloth, cloth nappy set and muslin squares, picture book and teething toy, bra pads and condoms. In addition, it even doubles up as a crib for the baby to sleep in and the fabrics are neutral colours suitable for both genders so they can be used for future children.

Now the question remains, Should the UK follow in the footsteps of Finland and introduce a similar scheme to support families and would you allow your baby to sleep in a cardboard box?

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