BRITISH BABY BOX – NORDIC TRADITION NOW IN THE UK

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Social Media has been buzzing with the news of baby boxes this week after the BBC ran this story. It’s been trending on Twitter too and both Yahoo News and Huffington Post have run features as well. Babies sleeping in cardboard boxes? What’s that all about, you might be thinking?

The concept of newborn babies sleeping in cardboard boxes stems from Finland. Since the 1930’s the Finnish government has provided mums-to-be with a box before they give birth. It contains everything needed as a new parent from the box being both a bed and changing facility to clothes, sheets and toys. Not only does this help expectant parents to be prepared, it has also lowered the country’s infant mortality rate considerably as it’s a very safe place for a newborn to sleep.

This inspired English mothers and business women Sarah Simons and Susan Purse to start British Baby Box.

At 14 months and big for his age, Caspian is far from a newborn, but the two mumtrepeneurs sent us the box to try out even so. And I’m so glad they did – though it has made me awfully broody! The concept is just genius. Rather than buying a Moses basket or cot, that within six month you’ll have no use for, you get not only a bed for your baby in those important early days, but a portable changing station and a storage box for after. I can definitely see this in Caspian’s room in years to come holding all his toys. For now he simply enjoyed climbing into it.

Caspian testing out the British Baby Box

But not only that it comes with a mattress and sheets as well as several customisable extras. The duo behind British Baby Box only work with other brands produced in Great Britain making sure each product included is living up to the high quality of the box itself. You can choose between three packages:

ADORABLE BOX starting at £50 for the box, mattress, waterproofed mattress cover and organic sheet

CHERISH BOX priced at £100 and has the same as above plus outfits, hat and mittens

TREASURE BOX retailing at £150 which includes more clothes, bibs and a blanket

The box comes fully assembled and ready to use.

Would you buy a box for your baby? And should the UK government provide a similar scheme to the Finnish?

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29 thoughts on “BRITISH BABY BOX – NORDIC TRADITION NOW IN THE UK

  1. I think these are excellent idea and mean that every woman has the basics that are needed for a newborn. I also work with asylum seekers and vulnerable women and this would be a great way to give them a start and may even decrease the financial outlay by government.

  2. On behalf of British Baby Box, we wanted to thank everyone for such positive comments. We are passionate about our Baby Boxes and thanks to the BBC and Nadia many more people are now aware that they can now buy a British Baby Box in the UK which is fantastic news for all new babies and parents!

    1. It’s been an absolute pleasure to feature you on the blog. Wishing you all the best for the future and looking forward to seeing my British babies sleeping in boxes going forward.

      Nadia – ScandiMummy x

  3. I remember reading about People in some countries getting a box of baby supplies and thinking that they sounded like a great idea. I didn’t realise that the baby actually slept in the box too. Your little boys looks adorable in these pictures a bit like honey I shrunk the kids!

    1. Ha ha, yes, he does look like that. You don’t realise how quickly they grow until you see them against something they use to fit. Thank you for stopping by.

      Nadia – ScandiMummy x

  4. This is a new and a strange concept to me, but if it lowers mortality rates like you said then that’s fantastic. I would give one a go just for that reason. It looks pretty too. How cute does Caspian look in it as well. Xx #KCACOLS

    1. I can understand that the concept does seem a little strange, but hopefully people will see that it is very practical. And thank you. He was having a great time in there.

      Nadia – ScandiMummy x

  5. This is a great idea, I’d love the government to implement a similar scheme for parents here – perhaps for more needy families. #KCACOLS

  6. I can understand why you would find it a little strange, but as you say it is quite clever and a such a good idea 🙂 Yes, I’ll definitely be back.

    Nadia – ScandiMummy x

  7. Such a fantastic idea. They seem so forward thinking in Finland and ahead of us in every single way. Their education system is supposed to be amazing too and I don’t think that they start until they are 7! #kcacols

    1. Yes, much better than in Denmark where I’m from. Teachers are educated to Master level at university, the parents respect them and they are very well paid. And yes, they start at 7 allowing children to be children for longer 🙂

      Nadia – ScandiMummy x

  8. The baby boxes are such a wonderful idea – I wish the UK did have a similar scheme. I did actually look into getting one when I was pregnant but there wasn’t much in the UK then. x

    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday!

    1. No, I think the ladies here are on to something. Hopefully it will be a success and the government can look into it, too.

      Nadia – ScandiMummy x

  9. This is an awesome idea! These are so neat, I red your entire post to my husband. I wish my lil one was smaller, I would get one, but at 5 we are well past box! #KCACOLS

  10. I read about these boxes a few years ago and thought they were an amazing idea one that the british government should definitely think about introducing too! #kcacols

  11. I think this is a fantastic idea. The beauty of it is that when they grow out of the box and finally graduate to a bed, you can paint the box red and pretend it is a bus. Everyone’s a winner. I am tempted to buy one for my sister who is pregnant. Pen x #KCACOLS

  12. This is a fantastic idea. I’m not sure that the government needs to hand these out to every mother, but having some on hand for underprivileged parents seems like a great idea #KCACOLS

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