Over 15,000 Baby Boxes distributed to Fife families since 2017

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More than 15,000 Baby Boxes have been provided to families of newborns across Fife, new figures show.

The Baby Box has recently underwent a makeover to mark five years since it was first introduced by the Scottish Government.

Under the initiative every newborn in Scotland is entitled to a box containing essential items such as clothes, blankets and toys, intended to make sure that every child has the best possible start in life.

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A total of 15,236 Baby Boxes have been delivered across the Kingdom since 2017.

David Torrance MSP with a Baby Box.David Torrance MSP with a Baby Box.
David Torrance MSP with a Baby Box.

Across Scotland the number of boxes distributed in that time is 235,622.

The updated box will also now include a baby toothbrush for the first time, promoting oral health from the very beginning of a child’s life.

The latest figures have been welcomed by local MSPs including Kirkcaldy’s David Torrance and Dunfermline’s Shirley-Anne Sommerville.

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Mr Torrance said: “The arrival of a new baby is a wonderful moment for every family in the Kingdom, 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.

“Regardless of the circumstances of new mums and dads, receiving a baby box as a celebration of their new arrivals - and the essential items needed for the first six months of their child’s life – really is a welcome gift.”

Ms Sommerville said that the Baby Box is “one of many transformative actions the SNP is taking to make a real difference to children and families on low incomes.”

Adding: “While the SNP government will continue to deliver bold policies in government for a fairer Scotland, it is only with the full powers of independence that we can properly build a better future that works for everyone.”

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