Finnish Box Babies

Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes:

You can breathe a sigh of relief. This isn’t a story about some child abuse trend in Finland, in fact it’s quite the opposite.

I found the above article from the BBC quite fascinating. It’s about how mothers of newborns in Finland receive these care packages from the government after the births of their babies including a cardboard box with a little mattress in the bottom of that can be used as a bed. Here are the contents of the package…

  • 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

I’m pretty sure the bra pads and condoms are not for the baby.

Anyway the reason I bring this up is because it seems to be a common belief in Finland that they have a very low infant mortality rate because of these care packages. In order to qualify for one expectant mothers would have to seek pre-natal care before the fourth month of pregnancy. It’s obviously working because Finland went from having 65 out of 1000 infants dying in the 1930s to having one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world.

The reason I bring this up is because while the US has a respectable infant mortality rate it could be improved. We’re supposed to be the most medically advanced country in the world yet we have nowhere near Finland’s success rate.

My question to you is would such a care package reduce the infant mortality rate here in the states?