For decades, Finnish parents have received boxes of essentials to welcome their new babies, and Scotland has opted to adopt the same policy with its new Baby Boxes. The cardboard boxes will come full of infantile essentials like clothing, nappies, bedding, books, and toiletries.
As mentioned, Scotland's Baby Boxes are based on the Finnish model, which is acclaimed internationally. Finland has had a similar program in place for 75 years, and experts believe that the system is part of why the Scandinavian country has one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world.
Beyond the clothing and extras in the Scottish Baby Box, the cardboard box itself serves a purpose. It is able to fold in such a way that it can be used as a bed itself, offering a safe place for infants to sleep.