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We want to welcome every baby born in Scotland by giving them their own Baby Box.

The Baby Box helps families prepare for the arrival of their baby. It gives a save and comfy place for them to sleep. The box itself 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.

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What is Scotland's Baby Box?

A welcome gift for every baby born in Scotland

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.

How to get a good sleep with the Baby Box

Common Baby Box sleeping questions

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. Just remember to make sure you lift the box without your baby in it.

Is it safe for your baby to sleep in the Baby Box because it's made out of cardboard?

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 it all night or should it just be used for short naps?

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.

How long will my baby be able to sleep in it?

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.)

I don't like the idea of the box being on the floor, can I set it on the floor or the table?

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.

Can I change the mattress or put in a thicker one?

Please only use the mattress that comes with your Baby Box. This mattress fits the box perfectly and has been designed to be safe for your baby.

Do I need to use the sheet and mattress protector with the mattress?

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.

What do I cover my baby with in the box?

You’ll find a cellular blanket (just like the ones they use in hospital). 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.

Can I use other covers in the Baby Box?

Baby duvets, fleece blankets, pillows and cot bumpers are not recommended for newborn babies.

How do I clean the box?

It can be wiped clean with a damp cloth if your wee one has an accident or is sick when they are in it.

Should I lie my baby on their back?

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.

Is it OK if I don't want to use it as a place for my baby to sleep?

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.

What's in the Baby Box?

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How do I get my Baby Box?

How do I sign-up for my Baby Box?

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. 

Your Baby Box will arrive at least 4 weeks before your baby’s due date.

How will it be delivered?

Your Baby Box will be delivered to the address that you put on your registration card. You will get a text, email or letter (whatever you have told us you prefer) the week before your box will be dispatched. The carrier will then be in touch with your tracking details and an estimated time slot for delivery.

What if my address changes?

You should contact scotlandsbabybox@theapsgroup.com or phone 0800 030 8003 quoting the registration number on the leaflet you were given at your 20-24 week midwife appointment.

What if my box isdamaged when it arrived?

If your Baby Box is damaged in transit, we can replace it for you. Please contact scotlandsbabybox@theapsgroup.com or phone 0800 030 8003 quoting the registration number on the leaflet you were given at your 20-24 week midwife appointment.

Can my box be delivered earlier?

No, the delivery of the box is linked to your due date. Your Baby Box will be delivered at least 4 weeks before your due date

How do I cancel delivery of the box?

You need to contact scotlandsbabybox@theapsgroup.com or phone 0800 030 8003 quoting the registration number on the leaflet you were given at your 20-24 week midwife appointment.

What if something happens to my baby during my pregnancy?

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.

How do I sign-up for my Baby Box?

How do I get my Baby Box?

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. 

Your Baby Box will arrive at least 4 weeks before your baby’s due date.

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 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 OK to re-use the Baby Box 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 another 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 baby

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 Baby Box for sleeping 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.

Baby Box FAQs

What if I already have some of the items?

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.

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.

Does it cost anything?

No, the Baby box is completely free.

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!

Why is everyone getting it 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.

Do boys and girls have different boxes?

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

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