It’s really easy to sign up for your Baby Box. When you’re about 20-24 weeks pregnant, your midwife will fill in a Baby Box registration card with you at your regular antenatal appointment. Your midwife will send this card away to register you for your Baby Box, so you won’t need to do anything else.
We want to welcome every baby born in Scotland by giving them their own Baby Box.
The Baby Box is a gift for every baby due on or after 15 August 2017. It's packed full of all the essential items your baby will need to give them the best possible start in life. But that’s not where the help ends. There’s support available throughout your child’s early life and beyond.
Not only is the box full of baby essentials from birth to 6 months, it’s also a safe and comfortable place for your wee one to sleep. You can use it to keep all your baby items in before they're born and as a memory box or a place to store toys once they're too big to sleep in it.
It's been designed so that you can pop your baby’s name and birth details on the lid – and if you have a toddler or older child, they can even colour it in – a lovely way to make them feel part of things when the new baby comes along.
What is Scotland's Baby Box?
The Baby Box is a welcome gift from the Scottish Government for every baby in Scotland due on or after 15 August 2017. It will help families prepare for the arrival of their baby and provide a safe and comfortable place for them to sleep. The box itself acts like a Moses basket as it comes complete with a mattress and bedding that fits perfectly.
New babies need a surprising amount of stuff! Scotland’s Baby Box is packed full of clothes, bedding and lots of other useful things to help give your baby the best possible start in life.
What's in the Baby Box?
Scotland's Baby Box gives you some of the essentials for the early months of a new baby's life. It includes things like:
- a selection of clothes from newborn up to the age of 6 months
- everyday must haves, like a bath towel, a travel changing mat, muslin cloth squares and a bib
- books so you and your wee one can read together
- a digital ear thermometer for taking your baby's temperature
See our video and photo gallery below if you'd like more details on the items, including instructions on how to use them.
Click an item for more details.
Baby Box (x1)
The Baby Box is a safe and comfortable place for your wee one to sleep. It’s strong, sturdy and full of lots of things you and your baby will need.
A poem for your wee one
The box also includes a poem written by Scotland’s national poet, Jackie Kay. It's called ‘Welcome Wee One’ and it talks about how special and precious your new baby is.
Scratch mittens (1 pair)
Made from pure cotton, they are ideal for baby's delicate skin. They will help protect them from scratching themselves.
Short-sleeved vest (x1)
Short-sleeved design for easy dressing and made from 100% cotton to keep baby comfortable all day. The envelope neck allows you to quickly and easily take the vest off down the way instead of over your baby’s head, if they have made a mess!
Long-sleeved vest (x1)
Long-sleeved design great for layering and made from 100% cotton to keep baby comfortable all day. Poppers and an envelope neck allow you to quickly and easily change and dress your baby.
Long-sleeved side buttoning vest (x1)
This soft cotton side buttoning vest features a wrap design, to sit above your baby’s belly button. It’s perfect for newborns whose umbilical cord is still healing.
Long-sleeved vest (x2)
Size: 0-3 months
These long-sleeved cotton vests are soft and gentle on the skin.
Long-sleeved sleepsuit (x1)
Size: 0-3 months
The long-sleeved sleepsuit is great for bedtime, with popper fastenings to make changing easier. Made from soft, pure cotton.
Jersey trousers (x2)
Size: 0-3 months
These lovely joggers are perfect for playtime. Made from a soft jersey cotton, they come with an elasticated waistband for easy dressing and changing.
All-in-one day suit (x1)
Size: 0-6 months
This cosy and comfortable all-in-one has been designed with your wee one's comfort in mind. Made from the softest cotton to make cuddles extra snuggly.
Jersey trousers (x1)
Size: 3-6 months
These lovely joggers are perfect for playtime adventures. Made from a soft, jersey cotton, they have an elasticated waistband making them comfortable to wear as they learn to sit up and move around.
Long-sleeved sleepsuit (x1)
Size: 3-6 months
This sleepsuit is nice and cosy to keep your baby warm at night. Pure cotton makes it gentle on their skin.
Pair of socks (x1)
Size: 3-6 months
Keep their tiny toes nice and warm with these cotton blend socks.
Fleece jacket with hood (x1)
Size: 3-6 months
A hooded fleece jacket is great for keeping your little one snug and warm in the colder months. This zip-fastening jacket is lovely and soft and easy to take on and off.
Size: 700 x 428 x 40mm
The mattress provided is designed to fit the box perfectly. When you put your baby to sleep, make sure their feet are at the end of the box so they can’t wriggle under the covers.
The mattress is made of combustion high resilience foam to comply with government regulations BS1877-10:2011 + A1:2012. The construction complies with BS 7177 2008 + A1:2011.
Mattress protector (x1)
This mattress cover which is made from a breathable, extra absorbent cotton, will protect the mattress from getting wet.
Fitted sheet (x1)
Specially designed to fit the mattress in the box, this sheet is nice and soft on baby’s skin to help them sleep soundly.
Cellular blanket (x1)
Size: 150 x 100cm
This cellular blanket keeps baby’s temperature just right - like the ones in the hospital. It’s breathable but cosy so your wee one is as snug as a bug in a rug!
Baby wrap (x1)
Designed for you to carry your baby comfortably and safely either at home or when you’re out and about.
Hooded bath towel (x1)
You can cuddle your baby dry with this soft cotton towel. The hooded corner slips onto your baby's head to keep them warm, making it easy for you to wrap the rest of it around your baby.
Digital ear thermometer (x1)
Suitable for all ages, the easy to use ear thermometer comes with disposable covers for the end bit so you can check your baby’s temperature safely and hygienically. It’s quick, accurate and comes with an instruction booklet so you know what temperature to look out for if you think your baby is unwell. Here’s how to use it:
Turn the thermometer on and fit the disposable cover.
Gently pull the ear back to straighten the ear canal.
Aiming the tip towards the eardrum, insert the thermometer, so it fits snugly and press the ‘scan’ button. And don’t worry if your baby gets fidgety, it's not uncomfortable for them.
When you hear the beep, take the thermometer out and see what the temperature is.
A normal temperature in babies and children is about 36.4°C, but this can vary slightly. A fever is usually considered to be a temperature of 38°C or above.
You can normally tell if your baby has a fever if they feel hotter than usual to the touch. The best places to check are their forehead, back or stomach. They might also feel sweaty or clammy, and have flushed cheeks.
Bath and room thermometer (x1)
A thermometer that can be used to check the temperature of the room or the bath so that you know that your baby isn't too hot or cold.
Teething ring soother (x1)
With its different textures and easy to hold handle, it can help relieve sore gums.
Play mat (x1)
Playing with your baby is a great way to spend time together and helps them learn. We’ve included a play mat for them to lie on and then roll and sit on as they get older.
Doctors recommend using only an emery board in the first few weeks of a new baby's life because their nails are very soft.
Many parents find it easiest to do this when their baby is asleep. If you want to file your baby’s nails while they are awake, ask your partner or a friend to hold them and keep them from wriggling around too much.
This handy dribble bib is made from a soft fabric with towel backing. It's designed to help keep your baby's clothes dry and prevent rashes which can irritate your baby's delicate skin.
Comforter toy (x1)
This machine washable comforter toy can be a life saver for helping your baby settle.
Travel changing mat (x1)
The changing mat is a compact, foldable, wipe-clean mat which is perfect for baby-changing while you and your wee one are out and about.
Pack of disposable nursing pads (x1)
Breast pads are specially designed for use during late pregnancy and after the birth when you start to produce breast milk.
Pack of 10 maternity towels (x1)
Maternity towels are soft, absorbent and thick pads which cushion and protect. Specially designed for use in the days following the birth of your baby.
Please note, contents of the Baby Box may vary.
Find out more
You can look forward to getting your Baby Box soon after or around the time of the birth of your baby. From January 2018, Baby Boxes will be delivered at least 4 weeks before your baby's due date.
Your Baby Box will be delivered to the preferred delivery address that you put on your registration card. You will get a text, an email or a letter (whatever you have told us you prefer) a week before the delivery so that you will know the day the box will be arriving. Then on the day, we'll give you a time slot so you will know exactly when it’s coming. If it doesn't suit, you can arrange a different delivery date or location with the carrier.
The box is a safe and comfortable place for your baby to sleep in and comes with a mattress, protector, fitted sheet and blanket.
The Baby Box is also useful if you and baby are away from home. It’s really simple to move around and has handles on either side of the box so you can easily pick it up and carry it. (Also remember to make sure you lift the box without your baby in it).
We want you to have the box around the time that you might start buying things for your baby. There are also a few things in the box that might be useful for your hospital bag, like the maternity towels and breast pads.
If you don’t need everything in the box, you could give those items away to someone else who might need them, or donate them to your local charity where they will always be welcomed.
Yes - every baby due on or after the 15th August 2017 can have a Baby Box. Each child should get the same start in life, so you will receive a new one for each baby. It’s also important that you use a new mattress for each baby for sleeping.
The box can be used as a safe sleeping space for your wee one, which means that you do not need to buy a Moses basket or travel cot if you don’t want to. It provides a handy space for babies to sleep near their parents at night, and close to parents during daytime sleeps. Keeping your baby right beside you is important as it makes your baby feel safe and secure in those early weeks and months.
The Baby Box also includes essential items to help you give your baby a great start.
Using it for sleeping
Yes, it’s perfectly safe. The Baby Box is the right size and shape so that your baby feels safe and comfortable.
Your baby can sleep in the box all night and for short naps during the day – it’s entirely up to you. Remember to keep the baby close to your bed at night and near you during the day when they sleep.
Babies can usually sleep in the box for the first 3 or 4 months - or until they can turn over themselves (babies don’t have enough strength in their tummies to turn over until 5-6 months.)
The box should be either placed on the floor inside the lid or in the cot so that there is no danger that it could fall.
Yes. The mattress protector that came with your Baby Box is exactly the right size for the box so please use it. We’ve also provided you with a cotton sheet which will fit neatly on top of the mattress protector. It’s really important that these fit perfectly around the mattress.
You’ll find a cellular blanket (just like the ones they use in hospital) in the Baby Box. These are great at keeping your baby's temperature regular – neither too hot nor too cold – and they're nice and light too. Remember if you fold the cellular blanket that counts as an extra blanket.
Yes, as long as you follow safe sleeping advice wherever you choose for your baby to sleep. You can find out more about safe sleeping in the leaflet in the Baby Box and a separate leaflet with more detailed information on how to make sure your baby is sleeping safely wherever they are.
Yes, always place your baby on their back to sleep with their feet at the end of the box. If their feet are touching the bottom of the box they can’t wriggle down under the covers.
Initially the Baby Box will be sent to your home immediately on or around the time of the birth of your baby. From January 2018, the boxes will be sent at least 4 weeks before your due date.
The Baby Box is made to last, so you could turn it into a toy chest or memory box when you're done with it. You'll get a brand new box for every child you have.
Delivery of the box
You should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0800 030 8003 quoting the registration number on the leaflet you were given at your 20-24 week midwife appointment.
Yes – please contact email@example.com or phone 0800 030 8003 quoting the registration number on the leaflet you were given at your 20-24 week midwife appointment.
No, the delivery of the box is linked to your due date. Initially you will get the box soon after or around the birth of your baby. From January 2018, your Baby Box will be delivered at least 4 weeks before your due date.
The box can be cancelled by contacting 0800 030 8003, option 1. The call can be made either by you or your family or a nominated health professional. If the box has already been delivered arrangements can be made, with your family or through a nominated health professional, to organise an appropriate time to pick the box up from your home.
If you wish to keep the box, there is no need to notify us.
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