Finland have offered the Duke and Duchess the same baby care box that is given to all Finnish parents with new-born children
This babycare box contains all kinds of items needed by parents of new-born babies, and the box itself can be converted into a bassinet. It was first given to Finnish citizens on low incomes in 1938, and it was then extended to all citizens in 1949, with the alternative of a maternity grant. The box is credited with reducing the rate of infant mortality in the country from one in 10 in the 1930s to its current figure of just 3.4 deaths for every 1,000 births, giving Finland one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world.
Better healthcare has also helped lower the mortality rate; each mother has to visit a doctor or care unit before the fourth month of pregnancy to be eligible for the box, which encourages mothers to get healthcare during their pregnancy.
The boxes contain changing mats, towels, clothes, sleeping bags, cotton wool, a bath thermometer, nappies and moisturizing cream, among other things.
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