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The boxes are saving lives and bringing infant mortality rates down across the globe
A Scandinavian trend has hit the shores of the UK – and it involves putting your baby to sleep in a box.
It might sound odd, but the Finnish baby box has swept the globe with its practicality, simplicity and ability to save thousands of babies' lives.
And now, a hospital in the UK is rolling them out to help British mums struggling with the financial strain of a newborn, reports the BBC.
The box has been a long-time tradition from the government in Finland, who have handed one to every expectant mother since the 1930s.
It contains key items for every new mum, a handbook for dads and by taking off the lid and inserting the mattress it also turns into a handy cot for your little one.
The medical kit inside reduces life-threatening infections in birth, and the cot has already reduced the amount of deaths by suffocation.
But when the Finnish government handed one of their boxes to Kate Middleton and Prince William before the birth of Prince George, the idea really took off.
This month, a pilot project will be launched at Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital in collaboration with US company Baby Box Co.
Karen Joash, the consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at the hospital, said: "We take it for granted people have money for a separate sleeping cot or Moses basket but that might not be the case."
Now, there are companies worldwide providing the boxes in Finland, US and the UK to name a few.
But these kits aren't just used to satisfy the latest trends.
They are being held responsible for Finland maintaining the lowest rate of infant mortality in the world.
And they are being rolled out to some of the least developed countries such as India and some parts of Africa to help save lives there too.
In Jagadiya in India, mothers are receiving boxes with mosquito blankets and a clean-birth kit to help prevent infection during or soon after delivery.
And in Fort Worth, Texas, medics hope that the boxes will bring down the high infant mortality rate of 7.1% per 1,000 births.
Over the next two years, around 36,000 boxes will be distributed to new mums.
Dyann Daley, of Cook Children's Hospital System, told the BBC: "We realised the community wasn't aware infant mortality was a big problem here.
"Our goal is to provide a box for every live birth in the city and give babies a safe sleeping environment because that is critical to preventing suffocation deaths."
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