“All newborn children in Scotland will receive the boxes by the summer following a three-month pilot. The boxes include clothing, bedding and toys and are based on a project that has been running in Finland since 1938 to give all children an equal start.”
Just before World War II, the Finnish government provided boxes filled with material goods to expectant mothers with the hopes of improving infant mortality rates, pre-natal care, and promoting good parenting. The baby box was born and not surprisingly, Finland has the best infant mortality rates in the world. Now Scotland is implementing a similar program as this idea is has diffusing around the world.