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Baby boxes

We are offering every baby due on or after 15 August 2017 a 'baby box' of essential items, such as clothes and blankets, to help ensure they get the best start in life. The box is also suitable for babies to sleep in.

Expectant mothers can register to receive a baby box at any midwife appointment. Delivery of the baby boxes, to homes or other preferred addresses, began on 15 August 2017.

From January 2018, all baby boxes will be delivered at least four weeks before the baby's due date (between 28 and 32 weeks of pregnancy).

Find more information on the Parent Club website.

Baby box contents

Newborn items:

  • scratch mittens
  • short-sleeved vest
  • long-sleeved vest
  • long-sleeved side-buttoning vest

0-3 month items:

  • cotton hat
  • long-sleeved vests
  • long-sleeved daysuit (no feet)
  • long-sleeved sleepsuit
  • jersey trousers
  • socks

3-6 month items:

  • all-in-one daysuit
  • jersey trousers
  • long-sleeved sleepsuit
  • socks
  • fleece jacket with hood

Baby box:

  • mattress (with fitted sheet)
  • mattress protector
  • cellular blanket

Additional items:

  • fitted cot sheet
  • hooded bath towel
  • digital ear thermometer
  • bath sponge
  • travel changing mat
  • teething ring soother
  • baby book
  • book and play item
  • emery boards
  • bath and room thermometer
  • bib
  • muslin cloth squares
  • comforter toy
  • disposable nursing pads
  • maternity towels
  • condoms
  • baby wrap

Funding

The value of the current baby boxes contract is estimated at £35.3 million over the potential four-year life of the contract, equating to £8.8 million per year and an average cost of £160 per box.

The contract will be reassessed in year two, and we will keep the contents and costs of the box under review to ensure it continues to be effective value for money.