Argyll and Bute’s MSP Michael Russell is encouraging expectant mothers in the region, whose babies are due on or after August 15, to register for a baby box at their next midwife appointment.
These boxes contain various items useful for a child’s first weeks and months, including books, clothes, blankets, a changing mat and a thermometer.
As well as providing these boxes, the Scottish government has used new powers to create the Best Start Grant, which provides expectant mothers on low incomes with £600 for their first child, £300 for second and subsequent children and a further £250 grant when their child starts nursery, and £250 again when they start school.
This new grant will be introduced in 2019.
Michael Russell of the SNP said: “The Scottish government is proudly gifting a baby box to every child in Scotland to help tackle deprivation, improve health and support parents – just one part of our determination to ensure that every child has an equal start in life.
“For mothers in Argyll and Bute looking forward to welcoming a newborn into the world on or after August 15 this summer, all they need to do to be gifted a baby box is apply through their midwife in advance, supplying their preferred delivery address.
“The baby boxes provide a safe space for babies to sleep near their parents to promote bonding and early attachment, and send a signal that every child, regardless of their background, matters.
“And with the new powers coming to Scotland, the SNP government will also provide targeted support of a significantly higher level than elsewhere in the UK, replacing the UK Sure Start grant with our Best Start Grant.”