Milestone for popular scheme.
The number of Baby Boxes delivered to expectant parents has reached 200,000. The milestone came after independent evaluation showed overwhelming backing for the box and its contents.
The Baby Box is one of the SNP Government’s key policies which aim to give all children the best start. With 200,000 Baby Boxes now delivered, it is clear this policy is making a difference – giving parents the essential items they need to care for their newborns. The Scottish Government is determined to build a fairer Scotland and I am delighted to see this milestone achieved.
A Baby Box is offered to all newborns in Scotland. It provides families with a range of essential items for their first six months, delivered in a sturdy cardboard box, which can be used as a safe sleeping space during the early months of a baby’s life. The contents of the Baby Box are designed to inform and support positive parenting behaviours.
– Children’s Minister Clare Haughey
We are proud that the 200,000th Baby Box has been delivered to a family preparing to welcome their wee one. It means that 200,000 newborns and their parents have now benefitted from a range of essential items.
The Baby Box is part of our commitment to making sure that every child, no matter what their circumstances, has the best start in life. Deliveries of the boxes have continued throughout the pandemic, supporting parents at a time when many may be facing additional financial worries or having to cope without as much face-to-face support from family and friends.
Last year, a record 98% of expectant parents requested a Baby Box, a big rise on the 85% when they were first launched in 2017. This is a further vote of confidence for the scheme following the independent evaluation that showed how much parents value the Baby Box and its contents.