Since the late 1930s, the Finnish government has given all of its new mothers a baby box. The box, large enough for a baby to sleep in, contains baby clothing, diapers, a small mattress and baby toiletries. In late April, Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia began doing the same thing for their new babies. The sole purpose of the box is to give all children an equal start, regardless of their socio-economic background. Each box contains up to $100 worth of baby goods and doubles as a bassinet. “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.
The hospital has allocated enough money to distribute 3,000 boxes to new moms. According to hospital officials, 3,000 boxes will cover the number of births at the hospital for a year.
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