All new borns in Scotland to get free Baby Box to ensure better start in life

All babies born in Scotland are to be given a box full of essential items aimed at ensuring the best possible start in life.

Photograph by: Scottish GovernmentDr Catherine Calderwood and Mark McDonald with a Baby Box

In a bid to tackle inequality and promote good health the Scottish Government is to give away the boxes free to every child born in the country after today.

Each box contains around 40 different essential items for new babies and their parents. Even the box itself doubles up as a safe sleep space, awarded British Safety standard accreditation, as a crib for domestic use.

“We are committed to doing everything we can to give every baby born in Scotland the best possible start in life and the Baby Box is just one of the range of measures we are using to help babies and parents thrive in the crucial early months,” said Mark McDonald, Minister for Childcare and Early Years.

Items in the box include a baby mattress, fitted sheets, blankets, clothes, baby wrap, nappies, nursing pads, bath and room baby thermometer and even a comforter.

“All the evidence shows that the early years are crucial for children’s development. What happens then can be linked to outcomes much later in life. So we know that measures undertaken in the 0-3 years age range have the opportunity to make the biggest impact,” said Dr Catherine Calderwood, Chief Medical Officer.

“That is why we have been working hard to enhance the existing infrastructure available to support families in these crucial early years from before birth all the way up to school age and beyond.”

Each box also contains a poem specially written by Scotland’s Makar, Jackie Kay, called ‘Welcome Wee One.’:

O ma darlin wee one
At last you are here in the wurld
And wi’ aa your wisdom
Your een bricht as the stars,
You’ve filled this hoose with licht,
Yer trusty wee haun, your globe o’ a heid,
My cherished yin, my hert’s ain!

O my darlin wee one
The hale wurld welcomes ye:
The mune glowes; the hearth wairms.
Let your life hae luck, health, charm,
Ye are my bonny blessed bairn,
My small miraculous gift.
I never kent luve like this.


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