Almost 6,000 baby boxes delivered in the Highlands

New figures from the Scottish Government show that almost 6,000 baby boxes have been delivered to the Highlands since the scheme began in August 2017.

The box, which offers essential items such as clothing, a hooded towel, a digital ear thermometer and a changing mat, is available to all babies born and resident in Scotland.

As of January 2020, over 120,000 boxes have been delivered to families across Scotland, of which 5,877 are in the NHS Highland health board region.

The box design has featured iconic Highland landmarks such as Ben Nevis and the Glenfinnan Viaduct.

Kate Forbes, MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, said: “I’ve seen so many new parents receive a baby box in the Highlands.

“It’s a great way to support new families and help new-borns in the first few weeks of their lives. It has been particularly lovely to see how much first-time parents appreciate the baby box.

“I firmly believe that the Scottish Government should do everything possible to support families, and the baby box is just one way to give parents, new-borns and the wider family unit that support. Families are, ultimately, the backbone of society.”

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