Finland the the cardboard box baby tradition
Since 1938 the expectant mothers of Finland have been presented with a cardboard box. It’s a tradition which, started in a time of high infant mortality and inequality. They were presented to represent that whoever you were, you were entitled to the same start in life, with a cardboard box as your first crib.
In short it represented equality and even today these cardboard boxes are available to all pregnant women as a gift from the Finnish government. They are not just used as baby’s first crib, but also contain other items such as duvets, blankets, socks, mittens, nail scissors, hairbrushes, a toothbrush, bath thermometer, nappy cream, and washcloth.
The box itself contains a small mattress and blanket for the baby to sleep with, and although most women in 2015 now opt for a proper luxury crib, the box has become a symbol for baby’s rite of passage with many mothers still using it for baby’s first night, uniting generations of women.