When I first found out I was pregnant and realised the amount of things we would need to buy, I wished for some sort of easy starter kit that would include the essentials for me. I figured that enough people have had babies by now that someone should have pinned down a list and made such a thing. After some googling, I discovered that the Finnish government provide boxes like this to Finnish parents for free. I tried to see if I could purchase a box for myself and my quest led me to FinnishBabyBox.co. This company allows you to buy a box for yourself no matter where you live in the world! Pretty sweet, right?
I became immediately obsessed with these boxes, and the three lovely dads who run the company were very kind to send me a box to review and share with you. They’ve also been very kind to extend a 10% discount to any of my readers who likewise fall in love. All you have to do is use the code ARTCREAM at checkout.
One of the most famous features of this kit is that the box is able to be used as a moses basket. Finland has one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world and one of the reasons thought to contributing to this are the boxes, which are outfitted with a foam mattress pad at the bottom.
The box comes with clothing in a range of sizes from newborn to 9 months old. My box came with seven gender-neutral onesies in varying sizes.
I also received seven pairs of leggings in different sizes that will mix and match well with any onesie. The sizes come in centimeter measurements, so I’ll need to consult a size comparison chart to match the centimeters up to the right size in age.
These rompers and sleepsuits will layer nicely with onesies to help keep our little one warm. The design of the clothing in the box may vary. On their website they say, “Our products vary a bit depending on what edition you choose. Also, each batch of the box is designed individually, so part of the content changes every few months.”
They ask for your child’s due date so that you can receive a snowsuit in the appropriate size for when your baby will be dressing for the winter. You’re also able to opt for a milder climate option if it doesn’t get very cold where you live.
In addition to clothing, the box includes a bathtub thermometer, towel, muslin cloths, teething ring, toothbrush, nail clippers, hair brush, and two bibs for your baby. Those cloths are SUPER soft, and I have to tell you that from hunting around that muslin cloths are a bit pricey– I’m so glad these were included.
When Prince William and Kate had their first baby, the Finnish government sent them a box as a gift and one of the items the press latched onto the most (outside of the idea of sleeping in a box) was that it included condoms. Yes, the box includes condoms. No big deal.
Also pictured are washable breast pads, sanitary napkins for mum, and a 25-pack of newborn size diapers– all very handy.
Lastly, there is a duvet and cover included with a waterproof lining and sheet for the box. I’m still trying to decide if I’m going to use the sleeping bag or the duvet in the box. Whichever one I don’t use will be used in the carrycot on the pram.
I can’t tell you how excited and grateful I’ve been to receive this box. I have been obsessively looking at the website every day while I’ve been waiting on it to arrive. I’m so pleased with the contents and I think it’s such a wonderful kit to have as a first-time parent. There are other baby box companies that have emerged, and they are cheaper, but you don’t get nearly as much in your box and you also don’t get the same products that go in the official boxes as you do with Finnish Baby Box. If you went and purchased all of the items in this box individually you would spend well above the price of one of these boxes and you would be thinking 20 times as hard to do it.
Pricing is around €399 / $435 / £280, but don’t forget that you’re able to get 10% off with the code ARTCREAM. These are a fantastic gift to a loved one or yourself.
Leave a comment below and let me know what you think of the boxes! Would you let your little one sleep in a box?