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Why Finland’s Newborns Sleep in Cardboard Cribs

Finland has one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world, 2.52 for every 1,000 births, less than half that of the United States. Many believe this is for a very simple reason – a gift of a baby cardboard box.

“Finland provides all mothers-to-be with a baby box, but there’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 don’t need all those items can choose to get 140 euros instead, or about $155.)”

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