LOCAL MSP PRAISES BABY BOX UPTAKE IN FIRST YEAR
MSP for Dundee City East, Shona Robison, has welcomed the uptake of Baby Boxes by local parents following the first anniversary of the Scottish Government’s baby box scheme.
A total of 3,697 Baby Boxes were delivered by NHS Tayside in the last twelve months.
Across Scotland, a total of 53,065 Baby Boxes were distributed to parents.
The Scottish Government’s Baby Box scheme was launched on 15th August 2018, recently marking its first anniversary.
Commenting, local MSP Shona Robison said:
“It’s fantastic that so many Baby Boxes have been adopted by parents both locally and across Scotland. The scheme truly demonstrates the Scottish Government’s commitment to equality for all newborn babies in Scotland.
“The significant cost of raising a child can be a significant challenge for many new parents. The baby box scheme offers all parents in Scotland – regardless of their income or background – the same opportunity to raise a healthy, happy baby.
“Scotland is truly leading the way in supporting parents and newborn babies, and I am delighted that so many families across the NHS Tayside area have benefitted.”
The Scottish Government has introduced the universal scheme in a bid to support parents, providing them with the essential items for raising a child regardless of income.
An innovation from Finland, the Baby Boxes contain essentials for raising a newborn baby, including: clothes for the first six months, bibs, educational books, a thermometer for measuring a baby’s temperature and much more.
The boxes can also be used as a baby’s bed.
The Baby Box scheme was recently praised by the Royal College of Midwives, who support the introduction of a similar scheme across the whole of the UK.