Almost 10,000 parents have registered to receive a “baby box” and more than 500 have been delivered in the first week of the national roll-out, according to the Scottish government.
It said that, since the boxes were launched nationally last Tuesday, 507 boxes had been delivered and 9,991 parents had registered to receive one.
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Deliveries have been prioritised for babies born prematurely and those who are due immediately to ensure parents receive their box as early as possible, said the government on Monday.
The boxes, pioneered in Finland, contain items that are not only practical for parents but are also designed to help tackle inequality and improve health.
In addition, the box itself doubles up as a safe sleeping space, and has been awarded British Safety standard accreditation as a crib for domestic use.
John Swinney, deputy first minister and secretary for education and skills, thanked those working to get boxes packed up and delivered as quickly as possible.
“It has definitely captured people’s imagination, both at home and further afield”
He said: “The baby box is part of a range of measures to ensure that every baby born in Scotland is given the best possible start in life.
“It has definitely captured people’s imagination, both at home and further afield, and I am extremely pleased to see the high number of parents already registering to receive their own baby box,” he said.
He added that the boxes would help people “prepare for the first few, unfamiliar months of parenthood and ensure every child in Scotland gets the best possible start in life, whatever their background”.