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Newly released figures show that 236,000 Baby Boxes have been delivered across Scotland – with 26,898 making their way to families in Lanarkshire, as of the September 30.

The Scottish Government introduced the Baby Boxes scheme in 2017, entitling every newborn in Scotland to a box containing essential items intended to make sure that every child has the best possible start in life.

The box contains items including clothes, blankets, towels, books, a thermometer, and the newly updated version has a toothbrush for the first time.

Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey, who is also the Minister with responsibility for the policy, called the policy “transformative”.

Commenting, Ms Haughey said:

“The arrival of a new baby is a wonderful moment for every family, however, the costs of welcoming a new addition to the family are significant – particularly when household budgets are under increasing pressure with the cost of living crisis.

“I am therefore delighted that Scotland’s transformative Baby Box is benefiting  Rutherglen and Cambuslang newborns and their families in ever increasing numbers.

“Almost 27,000 Baby Boxes have been distributed to families across Lanarkshire – with a quarter of a million being provided in Scotland since 2017.

“Regardless of the circumstances of new mums and dads, receiving a Baby Box as a celebration of their new arrivals – and the essential items needed for the first six months of their child’s life – really is a welcome gift.”