New figures have revealed that 20,244 families in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area 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.
A team of young people, including 16 year-old Holly Henry from St Columba’s in Kilmacolm, created the new Baby Box.
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.
Inverclyde SNP MP, Ronnie Cowan, whose constituency includes Kilmacolm, said:
“I’m delighted to learn that a student at St Columba’s, Kilmacolm played a positive role in designing the new Baby Box and I have contacted the school to pass on my congratulations to Holly.
“The introduction of the Baby Box has been a great success and I’m sure the newly designed box will be welcomed by parents as they welcome their child into this world.”
Commenting, Greenock and Inverclyde’s SNP MSP Stuart McMillan 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 over 20,000 new families have benefitted from it in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area.
“It’s great that 96% of expectant parents in Scotland are now requesting a Baby Box, and more than 80,000 have been delivered. That is a huge vote of confidence in the Baby Box.
“Given how beneficial they are to parents and new-borns, long may that continue.”