Why Finlandâ€™s Newborns Sleep in Cardboard Cribs
Marlene Breverman stashed this in Finland
Because they're comfy?
(Comfy and still alive)
"At a glance, it seems a strange place to put a newborn: a bit of bedding and a miniature sleeping bag arranged in a cardboard box.
Even so, thatâ€™s the first place that many Finnish infants lay their little heads. And the simple setup is believed to be one reason thatÂ FinlandÂ now has one of the lowest infantÂ mortality ratesÂ in the world â€” 2.52 for every 1,000 births, less than half that of the United States.
FinlandÂ provides all mothers-to-be with a baby box, but thereâ€™s a string attached. To receive it, the mother has to undergo a medical exam during the first four months of pregnancy.
Each year the government gives away about 40,000 of the boxes, which come with bedding and about 50 other baby items, including clothes, socks, a warm coat and even a baby balaclava for the icy Nordic winter. (Mothers who donâ€™t need all those items can choose to get 140 euros instead, or about $155.)"
"There are efforts to extend the baby-box idea to a wider audience. A hospital in London recently beganÂ giving out the boxesÂ on a trial basis. In Minnesota, a nonprofit group distributed the boxes to low-income families, inspiring a proposalÂ beingÂ debatedÂ by state lawmakers. A graduate student at Harvard formed an organization to distribute similar kits in South Asia."
What a marvelous idea.Â