If you’re a new mom residing in the Philippines, you know that the benefits the government provides new parents leaves a lot to be desired. Finland, for example, leaves us green with envy because aside from generous maternity grants, maternity and paternity leaves, allowances, among others, the government also gives out a whole box of baby essentials (we talked about it in this article on amazing benefits new parents receive in countries all over the world).
The “Baby Box,” which the Finnish government has been issuing since the 1930s, contains everything a mom will need to care for her newborn: bodysuits, a sleeping bag, outdoor gear, bathing products, nappies, beddings and a small mattress among others, all for free for Finnish moms-to-be!
Now, for those dreaming of Finland's Baby Box, we recently discovered you can now order your own via Finnish Baby Box. Yes, it ships globally!
The Finnish Baby Box mimics Finland’s original maternity package. It’s even packed in a box that, like the original, is meant to be used as baby’s first crib. Measuring 28 x 17 x 10 inches, it’s sturdy, roomy and comes with its own mattress, fitted sheet and duvet. According to BBC News Magazine, the box has helped Finland achieve one of the world's lowest infant mortality rates.
The items, 50 in total, are handpicked from Scandinavia and packed in Helsinki. Aside from those mentioned above, it also contains a baby toy, feeding bottle and even condoms (because they probably know you’ll have your hands full for a while).
Each box is customizable as well, giving you the option to choose what general colors you’d like the items to have. You can also add a gift note and dictate what type of baby winter clothing you want to receive depending on your country’s climate (thoughtful but not at all applicable to the Philippines).
It’s sold at €399, which is roughly P20,800. A bit hefty but testimonials say it is worth it especially for items that will last baby until he’s well into munching on solids.
If money was not an option, would you order a Finnish maternity package?