Push, Push

As someone who believes in universal benefits paid for by progressive taxation—even when parties that used to know better are turning their backs on the principle—I was impressed to learn that Finland gives every expectant mother, rich or poor, a free box filled with essentials for their new-born baby.


And it doubles as a cot. Handy.


But that's not the best bit. The Finnish government also publishes a helpful booklet called Having Children in Finland


As we can see from the cover, it is pushed out by the Ministry of Labour. How very appropriate.

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Anonymous said...

Over here we have "bounty" packs. Which is basically a way for the various companies (that make baby and mother related goods) to give samples to customers.

I loved the box idea. It's such a simple and effective alternative to a moses basket.

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