All island babies due from today (15 August) onwards will be gifted a box full of essential items aimed at tackling health inequality and promoting health.

Each Baby Box contains a large number of items which are not only practical but designed to help tackle inequality and improve health. The box itself also doubles up as a safe sleep space, awarded British Safety standard accreditation as a crib for domestic use.

The Baby Box scheme is adapted from the successful Finnish model which has helped to improve lives for babies and toddlers.

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan commented: “These boxes will be full of items essential for the first weeks of a child’s life and will be of great assistance to new mothers across the Isles.

“This is being done as part of a range of measures the Scottish Government is using to help babies and parents thrive in the crucial early months, and is an indication of our commitment in Government to ensure that every child in Scotland, regardless of their circumstances, should get the best start in life."