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Baby in a box

2013-06-04 16:47:31.127125+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

BBC News: Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes.

Mothers have a choice between taking the box, or a cash grant, currently set at 140 euros, but 95% opt for the box as it's worth much more.

The tradition dates back to 1938. To begin with, the scheme was only available to families on low incomes, but that changed in 1949.

It'd be interesting to see the graph on infant mortality against other nations similarly developing in the same time frame.

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#Comment Re: made: 2013-06-06 22:18:15.76567+00 by: petronius

A charming article, but it doesn't really explain how the box reduces infant mortality. Were Finnish babies inadequately dressed prior to 1936? The removal of formula might have encouraged nursing, but how much formula can you get in a box?