Finland is about as close as you’ll get to a place where every baby is given the exact same start in life.
Every pregnant mother-to-be in Finland receives a box of helpful items that includes the following:
Mattress, blanket, sleeping bag/quilt, mattress cover, undersheet
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
This box is free. It’s a scheme by the Finnish government to ensure the safety and welfare of every newborn.
“There was a recent report saying that Finnish mums are the happiest in the world, and the box was one thing that came to my mind. We are very well taken care of, even now when some public services have been cut down a little,” Titta Vayrynen, a 35-year-old mother of two boys, told the BBC.
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