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Common questions about the

Baby Box

The Baby Box essentials

We hope we’ve answered all your questions about why Scotland is offering new parents a Baby Box and how it can help.

But there might still be one or two things we haven’t covered. Hopefully we do that here. Everything you want to know about the Baby Box should be right here. If you still have a question, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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What if I already have some of the items in the box?

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.

What age range do the clothes cover?

There are a number of items for newborns, 0-3 months and 3-6 months.

Can I use all of the items from birth?

Yes, there are clothes to fit a newborn and the box itself can be used as a safe and convenient sleeping space for babies from birth.

Do boys and girls have different boxes?

No, the colours have chosen specifically to suit both boys and girls.

More than one child

What if I’m having twins or triplets or more?

Every newborn baby in Scotland is entitled to a baby box. So if you have twin or triplets they’ll all get one each.

If I have a another child after this one, will I get another box?

Yes. Every newborn baby in Scotland is entitled to receive a Baby Box of their very own.

Is it okay to re-use the box if I have another baby in the future?

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.

Will I get one if I already have a child?

Yes - 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.

Premature babies

When will I get my box if my baby is premature?

The boxes will be sent at least 4 weeks before your due date.

Can I use the box if my baby is premature?

Yes, it doesn’t matter how premature your baby is, you can still use the box for sleeping.

Will any of the clothes fit if my baby is premature?

The clothes in the box are for newborns and babies up to 6 months so they may not fit your baby initially but they will grow into them.

Other common questions

Do I have to give it back?

No, every baby that gets a box gets to keep it. And if you have another baby in the future, you will get another Baby Box for them!

Does it cost anything?

No, the Baby box is completely free.

What are the benefits of the Baby Box?

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.

Is there a cash alternative?

No, there isn’t.

Why is everyone getting one and not just families that really need it?

We want every child in Scotland to have the best possible start in life. But if you feel like you don’t need a Baby Box, then you don’t have to register for one.

Is it ok to colour-in the Baby Box?

Yes! It was designed to let you make it special for your family – with space to record key milestones, a family tree or your baby's hand-prints and foot-prints. Colouring-in is a great activity if you have older children too. You can use every day pens, crayons or non-toxic paints, just make sure to only colour the outside of the box.