Figuring out exactly what you need to buy before your first kid arrives can be overwhelming. It’s made even more so by the fact that your local big-box baby store sells exactly 212 types of bottle brushes. (So. Many. Brushes.) But this part doesn’t have to be so confusing. With this baby starter kit out of Finland, skip the shopping altogether and get back to worrying about more important things — like the baby.
Inspired by maternity care packs the Finnish government has been issuing pregnant women since the 1930s, the Finnish Baby Box is pretty much everything you need to take care of a new tiny person for a year, minus the sleep. It’s packed all nice-like in a mattress-lined, 17 x 28-inch cardboard box that can also be used as your kid’s first bed. The carefully curated mélange of 50 items not handed down from your sister includes “practical and stylish” onesies, PJs, bibs, bed sheets, a thermometer, and even 6 condoms – going against their business plan, but ensuring you’re not ordering another baby box too soon.
Items are customized based on your climate/how old the kid will be in the dead of winter, and comes in 5 sizes from newborn to 12 months. You can also choose one of 3 color themes — boy, girl, or gender neutral. And if you want to impress your coworker from Helsinki, upgrade to the higher-quality Moomin Edition, based on the popular Finnish cartoon book and TV series. (You’ll have to take their word for it.)
Finnish Baby Box ($451; Moomin Edition $677)