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The financial burden of having a newbornbaby weighs heavily on many families. The average Canadian family spends at least $8,000 within the first year of having a child, and this average is even higher in other countries.
In some countries, there are some programs that supplement these costs, but at the end of the day, children are still expensive to raise in modern society! •Finland’s Innovative Boxes for Babies•
For the past 80 years, Finland has been gifting care packages to all newborn babies. These aren’t your average gift baskets for new mothers featuring flowers and shower products; they’re much larger and designed with new parents in mind, typically including 80 items such as gender neutral baby clothes for all seasons, outdoor sleeping bags, breast pads, condoms, and nappies.
Some families will even use the cardboard box it comes in as a bed for their newborn. Though it was originally launched as a program for low income families, all families now receive a baby box, regardless of their total income. It’s essentially just a gift from the government, welcoming new babies into society.
Finnish parents have the option to receive cash instead of the baby box, but this is an unpopular choice. The cash given to parents would be €140, whereas the box is valued at around €400.
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