But in Finland, it's the norm. Their government has given every expectant mum 'baby boxes' for decades, since the 1930s, which the babies sleep in for up to the first eight months of their lives.
They've been hailed as the reason why Finland has one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world.
After the Finnish government gave one to Prince William and Kate Middleton before the birth of Prince George , their popularity grew.
UK has some of highest rates of infant mortality in Europe, has taken this step and now it's come to London.
Women who have their babies at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital will be the first in the country to receive new Finnish-style ‘baby boxes’ for their newborns to sleep in as part of a new pilot.
In Finland, the tradition is thought to have contributed to reducing the infant mortality rate from 65 infant deaths per 1,000 births in 1938 to just 2.26 per 1000 births in 2015.
What is in the Finnish baby box?
The boxes, which are made from a very thick cardboard, are traditionally used in Finland as a baby’s bed for up to the first eight months of their life.
The box includes many relevant items for the child, such as a mattress and cover, clothes, duvet, various baby bath kit and reusable nappies. The box itself can be used as the baby's first bed!
The box also contains
A baby grow
Hat and booties
Thermometer (probably one of the most important items as a raised temperature can a be an indicator something is wrong with the baby)
Membership to the 'Baby Box university' a unique online platform where new mothers can get advice from doctors and nurses they have come into contact with during their birth journey.
Nigeria has one of the highest mortality rates in Africa. Will our government consider this great innovation?