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Research into parents’ views on the Scottish Government’s Baby Box scheme shows that 100% of respondents are either satisfied or very satisfied with the overall quality of the contents.

Delivery of the initiative began in August of this year as the Scottish Government gave expectant parents from across the country the option of receiving a Baby Box – with more than 20,000 being given out already. Based on the Finnish model, which has a proven record of decreasing infant mortality, the box includes essential items for a baby’s first weeks and months as well as providing a safe space for them to sleep.

The Scottish Government claim the Baby Box aims to help tackle deprivation, improve health and support parents.

Commenting, Clare Haughey MSP said:

“I am absolutely delighted to see the Baby Boxes have been met with positive feedback from parents.

“The Baby Boxes are full of useful items such as books, clothes, blankets, a bath towel, a changing mat, a bib and a thermometer, whilst they also provide a safe space for babies to sleep near their parents, to promote bonding and early attachment.

“The Scottish Government is determined that every child, regardless of their circumstances, should get the best start in life – and that is what this initiative does.

Welcoming the findings, the Minister for Childcare and Early Years Maree Todd said:

“It’s great to hear how positive parents are about the Baby Box and also find out first-hand what else we can do to make next year’s roll-out even more successful in supporting parents during those crucial early months.

“The Baby Box is part of a range of measures to ensure that every baby born in Scotland is given the best possible start in life. It will help tackle deprivation, improve health and support families, and we’re proud it has already become an important and exciting part of the journey to parenthood in Scotland.”



Further information can be read here: https://news.gov.scot/news/ticking-all-the-right-boxes


Date published: 19th December 2017

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