Baby box is a wonderful Finnish invention! It started with Mannerheim League for Child Welfare lending baby supply baskets to impoverished mothers. The clothes in the baskets were returned and washed and given to the next family after the babies outgrew them. Later on, the boxes were used as incentives to get mothers to participate in prenatal care. Since 1949 all mothers are eligible for the maternity package if they get health checkups during the pregnancy. Adoptive parents can also get the maternity box. The package has lots of different baby clothes and necessary supplies for both the mom and baby. A big portion of Finns has slept the first months of their lives in the cardboard box of the maternity package.