In 1938, the Finnish governmentintroduced an incredible tool to encourage a baby boom.
It was a maternity package, cardboard “baby boxes” that came equipped with all the essentials that a mother would need to care for and protect her baby: a mattress, sheets, clothing, diapers, and more.
Today, these Finnish baby boxes contain snowsuits, insulated mittens, hooded bath towels, bath thermometers, and even picture books and teething toys.
The purpose was to give all babies an equal start in life, no matter their socioeconomic circumstance.
Now, Canada is hoping to care for its mothers and babiesin the same way. With the help of the Baby Box Company, a program at the University of Calgary will distribute 1,500 baby boxes across the province of Alberta.
Hopefully this initiative will be a huge success, and will inspire widespread practice across Canada.
Scroll further to learn more about how the company is helping pregnant moms all over Canada, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
Experts, from doctors and delivery nurses to health advocates and sleep professionals, work with the company to handpick essentials, including firm foam-padded mattresses, fitted sheets, clothing, mittens, teething toys, bath supplies, a “Snuggle Buddy,” and a soothing security blanket.
Boxes also come with education materials for first-time parents.
With this initiative, its like saying to new parents, Youre important, we value you and your role. We want to provide you with the supports that youre going to need to help you through this transition because youre going to be successful, but every parent needs a little help, said Professor Benzies.