Finland one of the most welfare European countries stands beside every family and supports the youngest member of each family.
Every year, gives the option to new moms to choose between a cardboard box and a sum of money. The vast majority chooses the box.
Why? For all that it contains.
So, the baby's first sleep is inside the cardboard walls of the box. However the state allows mothers to choose. Those who do not want the box will receive a financial assistance of 140 Euros. But believe it or not, 95% of Finnish mothers prefer the "humble" cardboard box.
The box of maternity was designed from the outset to encourage parents to look after their children properly. "Babies are used to sleep in the same bed with their parents and the recommendation was to stop doing this," says Panu Pulma, Finnish and Nordic History professor at the University of Helsinki and continues: "The use of the box and bed meant that parents and babies start to sleep separately”.
Every single expectant mother in Finland receives a box including these items:
• Mattress, mattress cover, undersheet, duvet cover, blanket, sleeping bag/quilt
• Box itself doubles as a crib
• Snowsuit, hat, insulated mittens, and booties
• Light, hooded suit and knitted overalls
• Socks and mittens, knitted hat and balaclava
• Bodysuits, romper suits, and leggings in unisex colors 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, condoms
Today Finland has one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world. The Save The Children Foundation named it the "Best Place To Be A Mother On Earth!"
All of the basic needs including prenatal care which is extremely valuable for these babies would help everyone no matter what income level! I hope that this will be reached the ears and eyes of those in charge!
Sources: BBC, Little Things, GlobeTrendy, Flickr, Wikipedia
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