More than 2,847 baby boxes were delivered to expectant parents across Ayrshire and Arran in 2019, out of 45,558 in Scotland as a whole.
Across Scotland 96% of parents take up the opportunity of receiving a Baby Box, while the latest parent survey shows 100% satisfaction with the box and contents, which include a digital ear thermometer, clothes and a blanket.
The boxes were redesigned by a team of children and young people last year to feature iconic landmarks such as Ben Nevis, Glenfinnan Viaduct and Edinburgh Castle.
Children’s Minister Maree Todd MSP said:
“I would like to thank everyone involved, from organisations providing items, to box packers and the health workers who deliver the boxes.
“We now have 96% of expectant parents requesting a Baby Box, a big rise on the 85% when they were first launched in 2017. In total we have now delivered more than 115,000 boxes to families across Scotland which is a huge vote of confidence.
"The Baby Box provides essential products for families and babies and can bring much-needed comfort to those who might not have family or friends around to shower their little one with gifts when they arrive, especially over Christmas and New Year.”
Kenneth Gibson MSP added:
“One of the SNP Government’s key priorities is to give every child an equal start in life and the Baby Box helps to deliver that.
“This is then followed by other important measures such as free nursery and childcare for vulnerable two year olds and all three and four year olds - which is set to expand by this August to 1,140 hours a year - as well as support for care leavers.
“The uptake and unanimously positive feedback once again confirms the importance to families of the Baby Box and I am delighted that so many families in Ayrshire and Arran benefit.”
Each box contains a large number of essential items for parents and babies, while the box itself comes with a mattress and can be used as a safe sleep space.
Research into parents' views taken in December 2017 shows 100% are either satisfied or very satisfied with the overall quality of the contents.
Find out more at Parent Club Scotland.