Finnish give Will and Kate baby clothes, 'adult' items

Roni Rekomaa / Today
The contents of the maternity gift box Finland's social security service sent to Prince William and Duchess Kate, who are expecting their first baby in mid-July. The brightly colored cardboard box doubles as a cot, complete with mattress and sheets.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have received an unusual baby gift from the Finnish government — a big box of clothes, bath towels and other supplies for the royal couple’s widely anticipated baby.

The traditional Finnish maternity package also includes a gift for each parent: Nursing pads for the mom, and condoms for the father.

Some of the baby products included in the maternity gift box that the Finish government sent to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Kela, Finland’s social security agency, has provided the boxes to all of its expectant mothers for 75 years. Among the items included are knit caps, cloth diapers, diaper cream, a brush, nail scissors, a picture book, a teething toy, and various types of onesies.

The box also comes with a mattress sized to the box, which doubles as a bassinet, and a fitted mattress cover and sheet.

A Kensington Palace spokesman confirmed the royal couple has received the present.

“We are delighted to receive the kind gifts of the maternity package from the Finnish government. It was a very thoughtful gesture,” the spokesman told

Duchess Kate is expected to give birth to her first child with Prince William within the next few weeks. A spokeswoman for the Finish social service agency said "Kela wanted to congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge" by sending them the gift.

The box all the baby goodies came in.

"The maternity package gained such a positive response from all around the world. The timing was perfect that the royal couple are having a baby,” spokeswoman Heidi Liesivesi told the BBC.

Last year, Finland also sent the crown princess and prince of Sweden a baby box to celebrate the birth of their daughter.