top cx logo
cx logo
Explorearrow down
search icon
arrow down

France to give ‘baby box’ of essential items to new parents

A baby sleeping bag, soap and moisturising cream for the mother will be included as well as a scrapbook to encourage artistic activities even from a young age

A ‘baby box’ will be given to the parents of newborn babies from February 1 Pic: kryzhov / Shutterstock

Parents of newborn babies in France are set to receive ‘bébé box’ (baby box) packages from their maternity ward from February 1. 

“Each object conveys and symbolises a message which aims to help parents. They will provide support through creating a dialogue with parents in the maternity ward,” the health ministry department charged with children and childhood have said.

The goal is to accompany the baby through the first 1,000 days of their life.

The ‘box’ – which will in reality be a sling bag – will contain a baby sleeping bag, which will help parents to learn about the best way to put their newborn to bed safely, avoiding accidents with blankets or pillows.

A scrapbook will also help to teach parents about their child’s artistic and cultural awakening, encouraging them to read to their baby even before they go to school or nursery.

A bar of soap will promote the use of natural products and make parents aware of issues relating to endocrine disrupting chemicals. 

Finally, a moisturising cream will remind the mother of the need to take care of herself as well as her baby.

The bag will not contain baby clothes because “these were not noted as being included in the list of essential items.” the ministry said.

The baby boxes were inspired by a Finnish practice and will be concentrated on priority areas of the country. Some 180,000 packs will be handed out between now and August.

Related articles

Ten changes and updates for residents in France in February 2022

Babies, life expectancy: how Covid has affected France’s population

French baby named ‘Canard’ is heir to tragic but proud family history

Enfant de la balle and more French expressions about children

Resident or second-home owner in France?
Benefit from our daily digest of headlines and how-to's to help you make the most of life in France
By joining the newsletter, you agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
See more popular articles
The Connexion Help Guides
featured helpguide
Healthcare in France*
Featured Help Guide
- Understand the French healthcare system, how you access it and how you are reimbursed - Useful if you are new to the French healthcare system or want a more in-depth understanding - Reader question and answer section Aimed at non-French nationals living here, the guide gives an overview of what you are (and are not) covered for. There is also information for second-home owners and regular visitors.
Get news, views and information from France
You have 2 free subscriber articles left
Subscribe now to read unlimited articles and exclusive content
Already a subscriber? Log in now