Success of Baby Box in Orkney

babyRecent 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.

Health Board

Boxes Delivered
NHS Ayrshire and Arran 1350
NHS Borders 428
NHS Dumfries and Galloway 524
NHS Fife 1380
NHS Forth Valley 1132
NHS Grampian 2493
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde 5621
NHS Highland 1028
NHS Lanarkshire 2378
NHS Lothian 3834
NHS Orkney 88
NHS Shetland 74
NHS Tayside 1587
NHS Western Isles 84

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:

Maree Todd

Maree Todd MSP

“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.”

Baby Box

Baby box (Photo Scot Gov)


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