New figures have revealed that 14,193 families in the Lothians 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 boxes will also 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, SNP MSP Colin Beattie 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 14,193 new families have benefitted from it in the Lothians.
“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.