Mid Fife and Glenrothes MSP, Jenny Gilruth, has welcomed the news that Scotland’s Baby Box – 15,236 of which have already been delivered across Fife – is receiving a makeover for its fifth birthday.
The Scottish Government introduced the Baby Boxes scheme in 2017, entitling every newborn in Scotland to a box containing essential items intended to make sure that every child has the best possible start in life.
Based the latest figures for number of Baby Boxes given out by health boards, 235 622 boxes have been distributed to parents across Scotland since the start of the project.
With updated clothing designs, the refreshed baby box also now includes a baby toothbrush to promote oral health from the very beginning of a baby’s life.
Commenting, Jenny Gilruth MSP said:
“I am delighted that Scotland’s much cherished Baby Box is being given a makeover in time for its fifth anniversary. Already, 15,236 baby boxes have been delivered across Fife by this SNP Scottish Government since 2017.
“The arrival of a new baby is a wonderful moment for every family in Fife but, as every new parent no doubt appreciates, the costs of welcoming a new addition to the family are significant – particularly when household budgets are under increasing pressure with the cost-of-living crisis.
“The baby box is one of many transformative actions this SNP Scottish Government is taking to make a real difference to children and families on low incomes.
“I hope families in my constituency enjoy the updated Baby Box – and more importantly, the newest members of their families.”