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BBC: 你愿意让自己的宝宝在小盒子里睡觉吗?

Would you let your baby sleep in a box?

你愿意让自己的宝宝在盒子里睡觉吗?

Having a newborn can be daunting. What do you need to buy? How will you get the baby to sleep? And how will you pay for everything? Could the answers to these worries lie in a 'baby box'?

生孩子可能会让人望而生畏。需要买什么?怎样哄宝宝入睡?将如何支付所有的花费?这些担忧的答案能放在“婴儿箱”里吗?

The baby box has taken the world by storm, but what is it? Well, it originated in Finland in the 1930s as a kind of maternity kit for expectant parents. The box, provided by the government, contains supplies, such as bibs, nappies, and teething toys. It also comes with a small mattress, which is placed in the bottom of the box to create the baby's first cot. Now, the idea of putting a child to sleep in a box may shock some. But, experts say this could reduce the risks that come with babies sleeping in the same bed as their parents. The box has been a huge success and is said to be one of the main reasons why the rate of infant mortality in Finland is so low.

婴儿箱风靡全球,但它到底是什么呢?嗯,它起源于20世纪30年代的芬兰,当时是一种孕妇装。这个由政府提供的盒子里有一些用品,比如围兜、尿布和长牙玩具。盒子底部还配有一个小床垫,可以作为宝宝的第一张婴儿床。现在,把孩子放在盒子里睡觉的想法可能会让一些人感到震惊。但专家表示,这个风险比婴儿和父母睡在同一张床上的风险要小。据说,这个盒子取得的巨大成功也是芬兰婴儿死亡率如此之低的主要原因之一。

A few years ago, stories of the Finnish baby box went viral. Other countries around the world have since caught onto the idea and adapted it to suit local needs. For example, in South Africa, the box is made of plastic and can be used as a bath rather than a bed. The main objective, however, is to encourage mothers to attend antenatal classes during their pregnancy. The version trialled in India includes other appropriate supplies, such as a mosquito net to protect babies from malaria.

几年前,芬兰婴儿箱的故事在网上疯传。此后,世界上的其他国家也开始采纳这一理念,并对其进行了调整,以适应当地的需求。例如,在南非,盒子由塑料制成,可以用作浴缸而不是床。然而,主要目的是鼓励母亲在怀孕期间参加产前培训班。在印度试用又是符合当地情况的产品,比如保护婴儿免受疟疾侵害的蚊帐。

In Canada, additions to the baby box include a "crib-side assistance booklet" to help fathers bond with their baby. Written in the style of a car-repair manual, the booklet offers first-time dads helpful advice on matters such as how to burp their child.

在加拿大,婴儿箱里还增加了一本“婴儿床边帮助手册”,帮助增进父亲与孩子的关系。这本手册以汽车维修手册的形式编写,为初为父亲的人提供了一些有用的建议,其中包括如何教孩子打嗝。

Of course, the baby box can only do so much. Many believe governments should focus on providing parents with adequate maternityand paternity leave and improving health care and education. Good things come in small packages though, and for such a simple idea the baby box really does tick a lot of boxes!

当然,婴儿箱的功能仅此而已。许多人认为,政府应致力于为父母提供充足的产假和陪产假,并改善医疗和教育。不过,好东西都是小包装的,对于这样一个简单的想法,婴儿箱真的能带动很多方面的想法!

 

词汇表

newborn

新生儿

maternity

母性的,产妇的

expectant parents

准父母

a bib

围嘴儿

a nappy

尿布

teething

出牙

a cot

小床

infant mortality

婴儿死亡率

antenatal classes

产前培训班

pregnancy

怀孕

a crib

婴儿床

bond (verb)

培养(感情)

to burp

打嗝

paternity leave

父亲产假

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