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.
Socialism at work.
I would rather my tax money pay for this than drone missiles.
What ISN’T Finland good at? Geesh
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Anonymous asked: What is the strangest thing you've done this week?
I was gonna say talk about something that I do while driving by myself but then realised this is actually a stranger thing:
We had Geography today, and I turn up late due to doing music stuffs and I walk into the class, all 5 of the other students are sitting round quietly doing work, writing notes and such, reading the textbook, etc. Then I realise, there’s no teacher at all, he just didn’t turn up today. We sat in class for the entire period actually doing work from the textbook and discussing the topic even though our teacher just didn’t turn up at all.
And as per usual, James ends up telling a story the shows how much of a loser he is. Yup.
Is tell someone you know someone you know something but then refuse to tell them what it is.
This totally didn’t happen to me today what?
I’d rather just not know anything honestly.