Latest figures from the Scottish Government have revealed that the transformative Baby Box policy has already benefitted 3,834 newborns across NHS Lothian since they were introduced last year – and over 22,000 across Scotland.
The Baby Box is a key part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to making Scotland the very best place in the world to grow up – and contains important items for parents and babies alike, such as baby clothes, a digital ear thermometer, a bath towel, a changing mat and books.
The box itself also doubles as a bed for a newborn, containing a mattress, mattress protector and fitted sheet – providing a safe and warm place for babies to sleep.
Commenting, SNP MSP for Edinburgh Pentlands, Gordon Macdonald said, “It is excellent to see so many families across the Lothians 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.
“From thermometers to towels, changing mats to clothes – the boxes are a fantastic way of giving children in the Lothians the very best start in life.
“That 3,834 boxes have already been provided to parents across the Lothians, 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.”