ARTICLE: Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes

I just got an email from my sister-in-law. Perfectly well-intended, she asked me about what I was registering for and sent me a link to some site where you can get baby bedding stuff. Obviously, I have a panic attack. Obviously.
Overwhelmed by pictures of ocean-themed nurseries, I am now just wondering if I can’t let me baby sleep in a cardboard box. It works for the Finns…


  1. My Perfect Breakdown · March 19, 2015

    Ha! That was totally my plan, and now we have the crib. One step at a time, one day at a time. You’ve got this!!

  2. vtr87 · March 19, 2015

    I kind of love that box idea….

    • thecommonostrich · March 20, 2015

      Me too. Finland gets so much right in terms of maternal care and paternal leave.

      It’s also a nice reminder that you don’t need ALL THE THINGS to have a happy, healthy baby.

  3. Tracy · March 20, 2015

    Did you see what else comes in that box? It’s awesome. All the baby clothes they’ll need.

    • thecommonostrich · March 20, 2015

      I know! It’s so cool. It’s also really interesting to see how Finland has used that box as an incentive for early prenatal care, encouraging breast feeding, etc. All in one box!

  4. Haisla · March 22, 2015

    Heh, heh, the title of that article always makes me chuckle. I believe I slept the first few months of my life in said box – never did me no harm ; ). I still remember some of the cool stuff that came in it that my Mum kept for posterity.. As you said, a baby doesn’t need all the stuff that the shops try to sell us. Just keep it simple and remember to breathe. Hugs.xx

    • thecommonostrich · March 24, 2015

      You’re living, breathing proof that babies survive in cardboard boxes! I love it.

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