Will the royal baby sleep in a box?
Kate and William receive a gift fit for a regular baby all the way from Finland.
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Recently we wrote about the baby box that every new parent in Finland receives at the birth of their child.

The package includes:
  • A mattress, mattress cover, fitted sheet, duvet cover, blanket, sleeping bag or quilt
  • The box itself which doubles as a crib
  • Snowsuit, hat, insulated mittens and booties
  • Light-hooded suit and knitted overalls
  • Socks and mittens, knitted hat and balaclava
  • Bodysuits, romper suits and leggings in unisex colours and patterns
  • Hooded bath towel, nail scissors, hairbrush, toothbrush, bath thermometer, nappy cream and wash cloth
  • Nappy set
  • Picture book and teething toy
  • Bra pads and condoms
The main use of the baby box, when it was first introduced in 1983, was to double as a crib. This is due to many babies not having a clean place to sleep on their first night at home.

A gift fit for a royal baby?

Lately, the maternity package has received such positive feedback that Finland decided to send one to Kate and William before the arrival of the royal baby. The palace does not usually accept gifts from commercial organisations but happily received the package. Kensington Palace confirmed that the Duke and Duchess received the gift by saying, "We were delighted to receive the very kind gift of the maternity package from the Finnish government. It was a very thoughtful gesture and we're very grateful for it. I'm sure the Duke and Duchess will be very interested to see the contents."

We love the idea of these baby boxes and we hope that South Africa will one day have a similar initiative to help out new moms but for now we're wondering, will the royal baby put the cardboard crib to use when he or she arrives?

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