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Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes

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The Finns make sure that every baby starts off with a book.

Helena Lee

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.

Here's what's in the box:

*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 colours and patterns
*Hooded bath towel, nail scissors, hairbrush, toothbrush, bath thermometer, nappy cream, wash cloth
*Cloth nappy set and muslin squares
*Picture book and teething toy
*Bra pads, condoms

For more info read Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes.

— Helena Lee
BBC news


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