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Finnish baby box: Unique gift for British royal couple

Finnish baby box: A Finnish maternity gift that is a cardboard box which doubles as a cot, complete with mattress and sheets, and contains baby items including a sleeping bag, jump suits, socks, pants, hats, bonnets and diapers.

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The Finnish baby box includes a cardboard box which doubles as a cot, complete with mattress and sheets, and contains a sleeping bag, jump suits, socks, pants, hats, bonnets and diapers.

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A future British king or queen might spend some early hours sleeping in a cardboard box — if a maternity package donated by Finland's social security service proves a success.

The Nordic nation has given a baby box to Prince William and former Catherine Middleton, who are expecting their first baby in mid-July.

The brightly colored cardboard box doubles as a cot, complete with mattress and sheets, and contains numerous baby items including a sleeping bag, jump suits, socks, pants, hats, bonnets and diapers. Maternity packages have been given to expectant mothers in Finland since 1938.

 
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