Recent figures from the Scottish Government show that 88 new born bairns in Orkney received Scotland’s Baby Box in 2017.
Local MSP Maree Todd, Minister for Childcare and Early Years in the Scottish Government said:
“It is excellent to see so many families across Orkney benefitting from the Baby Box.
“The Boxes are a really positive Scottish Government initiative providing parents with many of the essentials they need to care for their child.”
Mothers apply for a Baby Box through their midwife. Last year Orkney was chosen to roll out the pilot scheme when parents using them were consulted about what they should include.
Baby Boxes Delivered through Health Boards in Scotland between
19 June and 31 December 2017.
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|NHS Dumfries and Galloway||524|
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99% of parents were either satisfied or very satisfied with the contents of the Baby Box. 62% of parents planned to use the box as a safe sleeping space for their baby.
Maree Todd said:
“From thermometers to towels, changing mats to clothes – the boxes are a fantastic way of giving children in Orkney the very best start in life.
“That 88 boxes have already been provided to parents across Orkney, part of a total of over 22,000 across Scotland, shows how popular they are proving with parents in every corner of the country – and given how beneficial they are to parents and newborns, long may that continue.”