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Finnish Maternity Box

7 Mar

In Finland, mums receive a massive box filled with baby clothes and other baby goods for each baby. There is a cash alternative for €140 which some families take if they already have had the box. The cash however is quite far away from the real value of the pack.

Maternity Box Contents 2011

Finnish mums living abroad, like myself, can purchase this box for €274 + postage, which I was thinking about when expecting MiniMoose. I chose not to, since I decided to use the money for clothes which I really wanted.

Body Vest and Dungarees

The challenges with the maternity box are finding prints and colours that everyone would like. Therefore the colours and prints tend to be unisex – which is good, but a bit pale for my liking. For a free box of clothes though, you can’t really complain!

Lime Green Dungarees

The box is renewed annually and they are still handing out the box from 2011 – this apparently lasts till September, when the box for 2012 is finally rolled out.

Baby Beauty Care

The products and clothes in the box are manufactured in Finland, in order to support Finnish economy and employment which makes sense. The box is one of its kind worldwide and is safe from all cuts and austerity measures the government comes up with!

Sleeping bag/Duvet

KELA (Finnish National Insurance) who is responsible for the pack collects information about the popular items that usually are the body vests, overall for outdoors, and sleeping bag/duvet. With the annual renewals the pack is being developed and from 2000 the pack has included reusable nappies for instance.

For Outdoors

The box itself can be used as a baby bed and instead of fancy moses baskets etc. many Finns, myself included, have started their life by sleeping in this box, that is sturdy enough and comes with a suitable mattress!

The Box, also suitable for sleeping!

What do you think of this maternity box? See the whole list of products with pictures here.

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Body Vest Extenders

13 Feb

In Nordic countries baby body vests are very popular. The combination of a body vest and trousers is very common and many shops stock more body vests than romper suits. What I’ve noticed over here in the UK is though that the romper suits are more popular and body vests are likely to be used as underwear under other clothes.

Zebra Body Vest £20 burb! boutique

Ocean Body Vest £17.90 Hei Moose

Personally I find body vests very practical, as they stay put and are therefore snug, besides they also allow easy nappy changing.

As babies grow very quickly these body vest extenders come handy! They are attached to the poppers between legs and make the body vest longer. They are especially handy if you use cloth nappies that take more space than disposables.

I got mine from Fill Your Pants. They have both white and unbleached extenders available, 3 for £5.95. You can also find other retailers by googling ‘vest extenders’.

These extenders fit many different brands, however not all. For the ones they don’t fit, it tend only button up the middle popper to make the nice ones last longer ;o)

Cloth Nappies

7 Feb

One more post whilst I’m waiting my nappy washing to get done…

In Finland cloth nappies are very popular! There are lots of mumpreneurs designing and sewing nappies and many mums also prefer to make their babies’ nappies themselves as it is easy (if you’re into sewing) and get exactly what you want. Finnish cloth nappies tend to be colourful and have cool prints!  Unfortunately I’ve been a naughty Finn and haven’t tried Finnish nappies so far, although they get brilliant reviews and look very funky with cool prints, like these Helmi nappies (available as AIO or pocket, with poppers or aplix)!

In the UK Babybots stocks Hahtuvahullu’s Helmi nappies!

When I was pregnant I was planning to use cloth nappies for MiniMoose. However when he was born that was the last thing on my mind. But when things started to settle after 4 months I got interested in cloth nappies again – especially after reading an article about the harmful chemicals used in disposables. Also obviously disposables aren’t exactly environmental. So I decided to give them a go.

We’ve tried many different brands and for a year now we’ve been happy users of Smartipants, Flips and Bumgenius. The great thing about cloth nappies is that you can easily sell them on if the nappy doesn’t fit. We also use Cheeky Wipes and just throw them in the nappy bucket with the nappies. I only rinse poo off the nappies and lazy as I am otherwise the nappies just go into the bucket to wait their wash. Overall I don’t find washing nappies time consuming at all since I wash laundry almost every day anyway.

We had some problems with nappy rash last Spring. This was due to too little washing powder used to wash them. I had read so many articles how you shouldn’t use too much washing powder without realising that we have hard water. Luckily someone recommended Rockin Green Bare Naked Babies (hard rock) washing powder and everything has been perfect since then. Rockin Green has suitable washing powders for all types of water including very tough hard water with different scents!

We also took the nappies with us to Finland last Summer and used Ecover Delicate to wash them and that worked very well too. I haven’t used Ecover here in the UK because I’m unsure about the dose, so I keep using Rockin Green. Just recently I ordered RG Rage Against Raspberries, although I was worried about scented washing powder. But the scent is very light and I can hardly even smell it after the wash!