Well hello there! My name is Emily Giles, Photographer at Mama Gracie’s. I’m a Mom of one very spirited (sassy) three-year-old, Bo, and another less spirited (thank goodness) six-week-old, Elsie. My Husband and I have been married for almost a year exactly and we also have two rather interesting fur children, one cat and one dog. I found Mama Gracie’s when I was thirty-four weeks pregnant with Elsie and immediately fell in love with it. There were so many interesting prenatal and infant products I was just dying to get my hands on. So I did. I will be doing a seven-part blog series on different products throughout the shop and I will be giving my completely unbiased opinions on them so you know exactly what I found to be helpful, and what I found to be not so great.
This week’s featured item is the Baby Box Company Finnish Baby Box (BBCFBB). Go ahead, say that five times fast. If you succeed I will buy you a cookie. I haven’t been able to yet. If you’ve never heard of a baby box before here is some background information:
The Baby Box Company Finnish Baby Boxes are inspired by the maternity packages that the Finnish government has been sending to all expectant women in Finland for SEVENTY-FIVE YEARS. That is a whole lot of years, Finland. Inside of these boxes comes a slew of infant products to get the new parents going as well as a custom made mattress so that each box can also be used as a bed for the new addition. Clothes, Blankets, Bath Supplies, Mittens and more, Finland has the newborn game on lock.
While the Baby Box Company Finnish Baby Boxes only come with one muslin swaddle blanket, they are meant to be used as a bed for babies. (Although you can totally add whatever you want to them and give it as a baby shower gift, that would be pretty neat to receive)
Personally I had heard of the baby box tradition long before I had come to Mama Gracie’s, I just never knew they were manufactured outside of Finland! When I first heard of the tradition and that babies slept in boxes for the first few months of their lives I was extremely skeptical, and my first Daughter was already two years old. I mean, what good and responsible parent doesn’t purchase a crib for their child? Who needs a box for their precious little bundle to sleep in? That’s weird. That’s a weird thing. Everyone in the United States KNOWS that you only put your baby in a crib, bassinet, or if you’re crazy (like I was because Bo wouldn’t sleep anywhere but with me) in bed with you. However, being the skeptic and self-identified crazy person that I am, I absolutely had to have one for Elsie.
Yesterday (June 29th) was Day One of our little one sleeping in a box. Let me give you some sleep background for Elsie before we jump right in.
We picked up our box at about 6pm and we got home about 7:30. My Husband was extremely confused and concerned for my sanity when I brought home a box for our newborn to sleep in. His exact words were something along the lines of “She has a crib! Why don’t we just try harder with her crib?” Well, dearest Husband of mine, because she hates it. My Mom Gut instinct is that it has something to do with how big it is, and she feels lost at sea. Like there’s too much open space around her and she’s not being protected.
Back to the task at hand. We kept our bed in the living room for the purposes of this experiment (it’s her normal right now) so I got the box inside, laid it next to my side of the mattress, took the lid off, and waited until bed time. To be fair she has tested the BBCFBB in-store before (see attached picture), but sleeping in it by herself for a long stretch of time would be the true test of this baby box deal.
After eating and swaddling her in the muslin blanket, (that has adorable whales on it, is super soft, and extremely breathable) she was… wide awake. This is usually not a good sign if I’m going to try and lay her flat without moving. Well, here we go anyway. I laid her down for bed at exactly 10pm (see second attached picture and do not mind my extremely tired Mom-of-Two look) and prepared for immediate anger. Instead I was met with tiny little pig snores after about two minutes. Still skeptical, I stayed up on my phone browsing pictures of food on Instagram until about 10:30pm. She was still happily snoring away. At this point I found it safe to try and go to sleep myself, expecting to be woken up after about an hour, hour and a half at most. I am very happy to say that she woke me up at 2:30am to eat, be changed, and I laid her back down at 2:45am. When I laid her back down she was sleepy, not wide awake, and she slept from 2:45am to 7:00am! Crazy!
This is not her normal unless she is in her swing or in bed with me. I cannot say for sure yet that this was because of the box or not, it was only day one. But I am excited for tonight’s baby box experience to see if her sleep habits stay the same or if she will revert to her crib sleeping patterns.
I will be keeping this series going for the next six days, and I will change different variables throughout my time with the BBCFBB to see if they affect anything with her sleep. (putting her down not swaddled, having the box sitting inside her crib instead of next to my bed, etc) I will also be giving a 1-10 score daily based on our experiences night to night. After the seven days are up I will add all of the scores together for a final total out of seventy. So far I’m feeling this whole baby box concept. I’m quite impressed for just the first night! I’ll get out of your hair now. Talk to you tomorrow!
Night One Score out of Ten: 10/10!
BY: Emily Giles, Mother, Photographer & Customer
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