Scotland's Baby Box

The Baby Box is a welcome gift for every baby born in Scotland. 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. 

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 baby can read together
  • a digital ear thermometer for taking your baby's temperature.

Your midwife will help you register for a Baby box when you are about 20-24 weeks pregnant and it will be delivered to your home around 4 weeks before your baby's due date. 

You can find out more about the Baby Box on the Parent Club website or by phoning 0800 030 8003.


Your baby will also need something to ride or be carried in like a pram or pushchair with a 'lie-back' position, or a sling.

You can find more information about equipment on the following pages


Don't forget, the most important thing your baby will need is you!

Balancing saving money with safety

Buying or borrowing second-hand equipment is a good idea only when you know its full history. If you decide to buy a second-hand cot or Moses basket make sure you buy a new mattress that fits properly. Second-hand clothing or shared/borrowed clothing is a good way to save money.

Preparing for parenthood and your emotions

You’ve probably just become used to some of the new emotions of being pregnant and expecting a baby. Now you may start to focus on what it will be like after she arrives and you become a fully-fledged mum. You may be excited or nervous, or both.

What you may be worried about

If you already have a child or children you may wonder how the new baby will fit into your family and how her brothers or sisters will react. If this is your first baby you may wonder how you’ll cope with the responsibility and change. Both you and your partner may worry about how it will affect your work and social life and whether you will do a good job.

It’s perfectly natural to have fears and anxieties about parenthood. Your partner probably has them too. Talking about it can help and your midwife and antenatal classes should be able to reassure you.

Last Updated: 25 January 2018
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