BABY BOXES BENEFIT 96% OF NEWBORNS

Scotland’s baby box has been given a new look in time for Mother’s Day.

The new design was revealed this week as figures showed that 4173 families in Forth Valley have benefited from a baby box so far.

The uptake across Scotland has jumped from 85% of expectant parents when baby boxes were launched in August 2017 to 96% a year later, with the total number delivered across the country exceeding 80,000.

Falkirk West MSP Michael Matheson said: “The Scottish Government wants every child to get the best start in life, regardless of their circumstances, and at the heart of the baby box is a message about fairness and opportunity.

“I’m delighted to see that the overwhelming majority of babies in Falkirk district are benefiting from the baby box – and the increase in uptake across Scotland to 96% shows that parents everywhere are embracing this initiative and welcoming this support.”

The baby box contains a selection of clothes and everyday must-haves, such as a bath towel, travel changing mat, muslin cloth squares, a bib, digital thermometer and books.

The new boxes, which feature designs by a team of Young Scot members, will also encourage families to become more environmentally friendly by providing parents with a voucher for a reusable cloth nappy and liners.