I just had to link to this post by PhD in Parenting on the baby boxes handed out to new parents in Finland. Apparently you can choose between the box full of useful baby things (which itself turns into a bed for newborns) or EUR 140 cash. Amazing!
They sound a lot more useful than the commercial Bounty packs given out in the UK (though maybe some parents can shed more light on these?).
I do wish we in the UK would wake up and realise that we need people to have children in order for society to continue functioning, and the more support we can give to parents the better.