Now Playing Tracks

pubhealth:

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.

Infant mortality in Finland

(From BBC)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22751415

135,550 notes

via Bed peace
  1. forevertheweirdestkids reblogged this from consulting-criminal-fan
  2. im-many-jabbered reblogged this from peaceshaker
  3. estehadassah reblogged this from pubhealth
  4. tonyarawr reblogged this from swarnpert
  5. peaceshaker reblogged this from empressofsmirnoff
  6. sin-sati0nal reblogged this from mmmtea
  7. mmmtea reblogged this from 2h4
  8. 2h4 reblogged this from todae4life
  9. todae4life reblogged this from shadesofhappy
  10. shadesofhappy reblogged this from 221cbakerstreet
  11. juliaeverose reblogged this from toracular
  12. midnight1324 reblogged this from consulting-criminal-fan
  13. breadbreakers reblogged this from toracular
  14. boo-boo-k1tty-fuck reblogged this from consulting-criminal-fan
  15. craictropical reblogged this from toracular
  16. toracular reblogged this from consulting-criminal-fan
  17. consulting-criminal-fan reblogged this from swoogy
  18. swoogy reblogged this from gay-love-can-pierce-the-veil
  19. thatfeminist reblogged this from carry-on-my-wayward-butt
  20. lady-ofthe-fandom reblogged this from morganaqueen
  21. gay-love-can-pierce-the-veil reblogged this from brehd
  22. morecoffeethanblood reblogged this from imluvnit
  23. imluvnit reblogged this from rock-your-red919
  24. revengeofthelobotomyladies reblogged this from tehrawrbuscus
  25. tehrawrbuscus reblogged this from anatomicalandrogyny
  26. anatomicalandrogyny reblogged this from project-sharkteeth
  27. andrearoxsox reblogged this from definitionofbrotherhood
To Tumblr, Love Pixel Union