What are the details for the SNP Scottish Government’s baby box scheme?

The SNP is determined that every child, regardless of their circumstances, should get the best start in life, which is why we introduced Scotland’s Baby Box. Based on the Finnish model, which has a proven record of decreasing infant mortality, the box includes essential items for a baby’s first weeks and months and it will also provide a safe space for babies to sleep near their parents.

Scotland’s first Baby Box was delivered on the 15 August 2017 and since then over 115,000 boxes have been delivered – with uptake now at 96 per cent.

Scotland’s Baby Box aims to help tackle deprivation, improve health and support parents. The box includes:

  • Scratch mittens
  • Short-sleeved vests
  • Long-sleeved vests
  • Long-sleeved sleepsuits
  • Cotton hat
  • Socks
  • All-in-one day suit
  • Jersey trousers
  • Long-sleeved sleepsuits
  • Fleece jacket with hood
  • Mattress
  • Mattress protector
  • Fitted sheet
  • Cellular blanket
  • Baby wrap
  • Hooded bath towel
  • Digital ear thermometer
  • Bath sponge
  • Bath and room baby thermometer
  • Teething ring soother
  • Baby books
  • PlayTalkRead play mat
  • Emery boards
  • Bib
  • Muslin cloth squares
  • Comforter toy
  • Travel changing mat
  • Pack of disposable nursing pads
  • Pack of 12 maternity towels
  • Condoms
  • Voucher for reusable nappies

Scotland’s Baby Box has been awarded British Safety Standard accreditation as a crib for domestic use – the first non-commercial baby box in the world to do so.