Baby box boom wel­comed

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS -

Nearly 1,400 baby boxes have been handed over to new par­ents across Fife since the scheme was in­tro­duced last year, ac­cord­ing to new fig­ures.

The baby box con­tains im­por­tant items for par­ents and new­borns, such as baby clothes, dig­i­tal ear ther­mome­ter, bath towel, chang­ing mat and books.

The box it­self also dou­bles as a bed, con­tain­ing a mat­tress, mat­tress pro­tec­tor and fit­ted sheet.

Of­fi­cial fig­ures have re­vealed 1,380 boxes went to new­borns in Fife in the first six months of the ini­tia­tive, with a fur­ther 1,587 handed over in the NHS Tay­side area.

SNP MSP for Dun­fermline Shirley-Anne Somerville wel­comed the statis­tics and said she hoped par­ents had been mak­ing good use of the new re­sources.

She said: “The boxes are a re­ally pos­i­tive Scot­tish Govern­ment ini­tia­tive, pro­vid­ing par­ents with many of the es­sen­tials they need to care for their child.

“From ther­mome­ters to tow­els, chang­ing mats to clothes, the boxes are a fan­tas­tic way of giv­ing chil­dren the very best start in life.

“That 1,380 boxes have al­ready been pro­vided to par­ents across Fife, part of a to­tal of more than 22,000 across Scot­land, shows how pop­u­lar they are prov­ing with par­ents in ev­ery cor­ner of the coun­try – and given how ben­e­fi­cial they are to par­ents and new­borns, long may that con­tinue.”

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