Figures detailing the number of baby boxes delivered to new parents have been released.

Under a Scottish Government scheme introduced in 2017, every newborn in the local area benefits from a box containing essential items intended to make sure they have the best possible start in life.

These include clothes, from newborn up to six months, a baby toothbrush, a digital thermometer, a bath towel, a changing mat and books.

Each box also has a mattress, mattress protector and two fitted sheets.

Latest figures show that, with the scheme now reaching its fifth anniversary, more than 58,000 baby boxes have been delivered across the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area, which includes Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Government said: “The baby box is free and your midwife will help you register for it.

“This will happen during your 18 to 20 or 28-week antenatal appointment.

“Your midwife will explain the baby box to you and ask if you’d like one. You’ll get the box between weeks 32 to 36 of pregnancy.”

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