December 4, 2012

By Gabrielle.

Love this! Did you know that in Finland, each expectant woman is given a box with everything they need for their newborn? With that in mind, two Scandinavian mothers decided to create a shop that sells a gorgeous box of essentials, so that anyone, anywhere, could take care of their layette needs in one fell swoop.

Both of these mothers happen to be raising their families in France, so they combined their Scandinavian traditions with a French influence and created Scandimama — and a layette box full of 12 clothing items and 4 accessories that reflect the best of both cultures.

Wouldn’t this make a beautiful gift for an expectant mama?

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Erika December 4, 2012 at 7:53 am

I LOVE this! It would also be nice to make a box like this yourself – and give it as a shower gift. The baby pajamas and clothes look so warm and cozy!


2 Tricia December 4, 2012 at 7:57 am

Further fun fact: In Finland, the box *itself* is meant to be used as a bed for the baby if the parents can’t afford one.

(Or so some Finnish friends told me.)


3 Design Mom December 4, 2012 at 8:03 am

Oh my goodness. I love that bit of trivia, Tricia!


4 Linnea December 4, 2012 at 8:16 am

Love this! What a beautiful tradition – makes me glad for my Scandinavian heritage.


5 Sarah Barksdale Design December 4, 2012 at 10:09 am

That is such a great idea! And their items are so cute!


6 Robin December 4, 2012 at 12:43 pm

I checked this out and love it! How fun would that be to get your big box of goodies in the mail one day!?? Such cute stuff, and I love that they get cloth diapers and even condoms! Plus the box is a mini bassinett? Adorable.


7 Marija December 4, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Hello, and greetings from Finland!
As an alternative to the “maternity package” expectant mother can choose a sum of 140 EUR, which the government pays directly to the expectant mother tax free. Some mothers choose money instead of the package because they already happen to have everything, or they feel, that the goods in the package are not to their taste. This year the box has a design of a “family tree” on it, so you can fill in the blank spaces, and perhaps save it as a keepsake. In addition to clothing the package also includes a couple of rattles, a book, or two, baby hygiene package with scissors, water thermometer, towels, wash clothes, etc., bra pads and condoms.


8 Tricia December 4, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Condoms! They really do think of everything.


9 Sara O'Leary December 4, 2012 at 2:00 pm

How wonderful!
I like the idea of saving the box so in later years you can tell your child that it’s what you brought them home from the store in. Or decorating it with stickers like an old-style steamer trunk to suggest they’d travelled far to reach you!


10 Anette {foreldremanualen} December 8, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Beautiful – what a great idea! :-)

(don’t get the connection to Scandinavia though, as Finland is not a part of the region….)


11 Molly December 10, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Love this! The Finns think of everything :)


12 Alcie July 2, 2013 at 7:26 am

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