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 govenment-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 Infant mortality in Finland 1936 to 2010 per 1000 births 100 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 1935 40 45 50 55 60 65 70 75 80 85 90 95 2000 05 10 Source Statistics Finland Meme

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