For over 75 years expectant mothers in Finland have been receiving what is called a Kela Box. Originally created for low income families the box is now available to all new parents as a way of ensuring equal safety and comfort to infants no matter their socioeconomic status. The box (which is to be used as a bed and is actually very adorable) contains the following beautifully designed essential items;

  • snowsuit, hat, insulated mittens and booties
  • light suit with hood
  • knitted overall
  • knitted hat and balaclava
  • socks and mittens
  • 10 bodysuits/romper suits
  • four pairs of leggings
  • shirt and leggings outfit
  • two cloth nappy sets, five muslin wraps
  • mattress, mattress cover, sheet, blanket
  • sleeping bag
  • hooded bath towel, nail scissors, hairbrush, toothbrush, bath thermometer, bath cream, wash cloth
  • bra pads, condoms
  • two picture books
  • baby toy

The introduction of the box coincided with a sharp decline in the infant mortality rate in Finland as all babies were given fair chance and a safe place to sleep. Not only are these boxes an incredible demonstration of shared social responsibility and care but they’re also a refreshing reminder to new parents that, in this new hyper-commercialized world where unneeded tricked-out strollers are sold for 1k, you don’t need 95% of the garbage you’re being guilted into purchasing. If it doesn’t fit in this box you probably don’t need it. Long live the Kela Box!

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