96% OF NEW PARENTS BENEFITTING FROM BABY BOXES

Published date : 28 Mar 2019

New figures have revealed that 5212 families in Fife have benefitted from a Baby Box, as the Scottish Government announced a new design in time for Mother’s Day.

 

Across the country, over 80,000 Baby Boxes have been delivered since April 2017.  

 

The new Baby Box was created by a team of young people and will encourage families to become more environmentally friendly, with parents-to-be receiving a voucher for a reusable cloth nappy, and liners.

 

Scotland’s Baby Box contains a selection of clothes, as well as every day must-haves, like a bath towel, a travel changing mat, muslin cloth squares, a bib, a digital thermometer, and books.

 

Commenting, MSP Jenny Gilruth said:

 

“Every child, regardless of their circumstances, should get the best start in life.

 

“At the heart of the Baby Box is a message about fairness and opportunity, which is why I’m delighted to see that 5212 of new families have benefitted from it across Fife.  

 

“96% of expectant parents in Scotland are now requesting a Baby Box – and more than 80,000 have been delivered.  That’s a huge vote of confidence in the Baby Box.

 

“Given how beneficial they are to parents and newborns, long may that continue.

 

ENDS

 

Notes:

 

Health Board

Boxes Delivered

NHS Ayrshire and Arran

4825

NHS Borders

1521

NHS Dumfries and Galloway

1916

NHS Fife

5212

NHS Forth Valley

4173

NHS Grampian

9153

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

20244

NHS Highland

3916

NHS Lanarkshire

9032

NHS Lothian

14193

NHS Orkney

280

NHS Shetland

335

NHS Tayside

5778

NHS Western Isles

295

Total

80873

The winning design was created by:

  • Demi Burnett, 12, from Banff Academy in Macduff.
  • Edith Macdonald, 13, from the Community School of Auchterader in Gleneagles.
  • Emily Wilson, 15, from St Luke’s High School in Barrhead.
  • Holly Henry, 16, from St Columba’s in Kilmacolm.
  • Sonny Robertson, 17, from Trinity Academy in Edinburgh.
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