Since the late 1930s, the Finnish government has given all of its new mothers a present—a baby box. The box, which is large enough for a baby to sleep in, contains baby clothing, diapers, a small mattress and baby toiletries. The BBC said that the purpose of the box is to give all children an equal start, no matter their socio-economic background.
Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia is trying to pioneer a similar tradition stateside. The hospital started handing out its version of the Finnish baby boxes in late April. Each box contains up to $100 worth of baby goods and like the Finnish version, doubles as a bassinet. The goal of the initiative is to reduce infant mortality rates.
“We weren’t sure how people were going to react to putting their babies in a box, but it’s been an overwhelmingly positive response,” Dr. Megan Heere, assistant professor of pediatrics at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, said to ABC News .
The hospital has allocated enough money to distribute 3,000 boxes to new moms, reported ABC News. According to hospital officials in the ABC News report, 3,000 boxes will cover the number of births at the hospital for a year.