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Outstanding Success of Scotland’s Baby Box

Scotland’s Baby Box scheme which has only been in place since 2017 has been a huge success with parents. 93% of parents are taking up the opportunity of getting a Baby Box for their child.

The scheme which is based on the well established scheme in Finland has delivered 163,397 boxes since August 2017.

The Baby Box as it appeared in 2017

In 2020 40,000 were delivered.

Application for a Baby Box is made through the local midwife and it contains not just lots of essential supplies for the baby but also information to support parents.

The box, with its fitted safety mattress, can even be used as a sleeping space for young babies.

Maree Todd, Minister for Children and Young People in the Scottish Government commented:

“The coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has been challenging for all of us, and particularly so for expectant parents and new mums and dads. Face-to-face support from family and friends has had to be restricted for safety reasons and the pandemic has added to financial worries for many families.

“Supporting new parents this year especially has been vital. The Baby Box, which ensures that every family with a newborn has access to essential items, is part of our commitment to giving every child the best start in life.”

Feedback from parents is always welcomed and has resulted in improvements to the contents. The Baby Box was first piloted in Orkney. It is free and available to all expectant parents who apply.

Jackie Tolland, Chief Executive of Parent Network Scotland, said:

“Having been involved in the Baby Box since its inception, I am really pleased that the feedback has been positive. We need to do everything we can as a country to ensure that all children receive the opportunity to have the best start in life.” 

To find out more about Scotland’s Baby Box click on this link: All About The Baby Box

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