That Finnish Baby Box

I am super excited and a little overwhelmed by this…

When we first considered relocating to Finland my sister-in-law sent me a link about this wonderful baby box that all expectant mums in Finland are entitled too. I wasn’t quite ready for a second baby at that time but quietly hoped that in our possible Finnish future a baby would eventually be on the cards. So, I did wonder very momentarily if one day I might be so lucky to get one of these little pieces of Finnish history.

Well last week that day finally came, and in the post my awaited baby box arrived. I felt incredibly grateful opening this and I think it’s brilliant that all mummies throughout Finland get this starter kit that’s brimming with all your new baby essentials. The tradition of the baby box began in 1938 to help reduce infant mortality, a system that has proven to work with Finland now rated by Save the Children as one of the safest places in the world to have a baby. It’s also one of the best places in the world to be a mum (I wrote a few thoughts on this during our pre-visit in 2014).

Below are the contents of my 2015 Maternity box with more information available on the Kela Website.

Baby box

8 bodysuites, 4 rompers, 5 leggings, 1 stretch suit, 1 wool suit, 1 quilted suit, 3 hats, 2 pair socks, 1 pair mittens, 1 pair tights, 2 gauze clothes, 1 set cloth nappies, 1 towel, 1 sheet, 1 duvet cover, 1 blanket, 1 sleeping bag, 1 pair of insulated booties, 1 pair of insulated mittens.

Other products include a thermometre, dribble bib, feeding bib, mattress and mattress cover, a toy, toothbrush, hairbrush, nail scissors, bath thermometer, nipple cream, a book, condoms, sanitary towels, bra pads.

The containing box can even be used as a crib if you so desire and comes complete with a mattress.

Baby box (2)

It’s all so well-considered and of excellent quality, made in unisex seasonal Finnish colours and prints. I am totally impressed Finland! Let’s hope labour in Finland is equally pleasing! Wish me luck – 6 weeks till D Day!

If you would like to support the baby box initiative happening in New Zealand visit Little Sprouts to see how you can donate your used children’s clothing to New Zealand’s most vulnerable little ones. Great idea!


22 thoughts on “That Finnish Baby Box

      1. Fingers crossed! P.S. Just started reading the Year of Living Danishly… V funny. Might be some common ground with your Year of Living Finnishly x

  1. There is a wonderful New Zealand charity that is making this happen for NZ’s most vulnerable babies. You can find out more about them at They are totally volunteer run. They also accept donations of high quality second hand baby clothes and items in excellent condition. It’s a great way to give your baby gear a second life.

  2. I have heard rumour about this box before – very cool to see the content of it. It looks really nice! Go Finland! πŸ˜‰ hehe…

  3. Oh great! Wasn’t it a bit like abig Christmas present when opening it? πŸ™‚

    They seem to have pretty nice graphics this year too, the year I got the baby box I actually covered the sleeping bag with a Marimekko fabric as I didin’t like the original that much. But the sleeping bag is great for the little one in the winter time in the pram as well in the autumn already πŸ˜‰

    1. It was very much like Christmas Pinja! It was amazing – especially as I made sure not to look at the 2015 baby box online before it arrived so it was all a big surprise! Loving your DIY skills with the Marimekko fabric! Cute idea x

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