What is the free baby box?

Every newborn baby in Scotland born after August 2017 is entitled to receive a baby box in a new initiative which the Government have replicated from a Finish concept. The aim of this is to ensure that every child in Scotland has the same start in life with this gift. The box is full of essential clothing and baby care items. The box itself can also be used to let the baby sleep in if you so choose.

So how do you get a babybox?

At my 20 week appointment I received a form all about the baby box that I had to fill in with information about due date, address etc. At my 24 week appointment my midwife filled in her part of the form and sent it off for me. Three weeks later I received a text to let me know my request was being actioned

All the information you are given tells you that you will receive your box 4 weeks before your due date, however I was sent my box when I was 33 weeks pregnant. The delivery itself was made by Parcelforce and was really smooth and easy. They text you the day before delivery to let you know it is coming and then on the day of delivery to give you a more accurate 1 hour delivery slot. The box is delivered in an even bigger box which makes it very awkward to carry or move, so make sure the nice delivery driver helps you get it inside if needed!

Whats in the baby box?

The box itself is rather big, so I was surprised to see how full it was when I opened it. Full to the brim! There is clothing, toys, and essential baby care items. The outside of the box is decorated in traditional Scottish graphics which can be coloured in. This is a particular nice idea if you have an older sibling to involve them in the new baby.

Clothing

Overall I found the clothing to be of really good quality and very soft. Perfect for a newborns skin. My only gripe (I know, I shouldn’t really have any complaints about something that’s been given for free) is the colour scheme they have used for the clothing. Some things are in white, but the sleepsuits and majority of the vests are either yellow, blue or a mix of both. I would have preferred to see more gender neutral clothing in something like this.

Newborn – 3 months

In newborn size you receive a pair of mittens, one short sleeve vest, and two long sleeve vests. These feel so soft and really rich in quality!

In 0-3 months you receive one long sleeve vest, a sleep suit, a all in one suit, a pair of leggings, hat and pair of socks.

3 – 6 months

In 3-6 months clothing you receive a pair of leggings, sleep suit, all in one day suit, a fleece and pair of socks. My favourite thing in the box is a gorgeous grey fleecy zip up. I absolutely love it, it’s so cute! However, my biggest bugbear is that this is in age 3-6 months. By the time my baby is within this age range it will be nearly summer and that warm snuggly fleece will not be needed (I hope) then.

Babycare items

Changing mat, towel, nail files, bath sponge, room/bath thermometer, ear thermometer

You also receive a pack of 3 muslin squares and a bib. Any new parent needs to stock up on muslin squares. Having already had a pukey reflux baby I’m hoping I will escape that this time, but muslin squares can be used for so much, spit ups, cleaning up bottle spillages, wiping up drool, a lightweight blanket, the list is endless!

Toys

Playmat, teething ring, two books and a comforter

Again everything in this box seems so soft! the comforter is lovely, again, a bit of an odd colour, but so nice. There is a black and white sensory book and soft textured book, both of which are great for developing babies! The playmate folds out quite large and gives the baby a great surface to do tummy time on.

Sleeping Essentials

One of the selling points of the box is that it can also be emptied of products and be used as a bed for a baby. Whilst this may seem odd to some, it is something which is apparently done in Finland. Finland has achieved one of the world’s lowest infant mortality rates so it must count for something! The box also includes a foam mattress which fits the inside of the box, a sheet to cover it with and a blanket.

Personally I’m not sure how i feel about placing my newborn baby in a box to sleep but might be useful for the living room so i don’t have to try and bring the crib through every day!

One more item included which isn’t pictured is a fabric sling to baby wear. I didn’t realise what this was at first as i just figured it was a large grey sheet, but after finding the instructions on how to baby wear it did become quite clear that must be what it was!

New mother essentials

Not only does the box provide a bundle of baby goodies, it also caters to the new mothers as well with a pack of maternity pads, breast pads and also two packets of condoms. I don’t know why the condoms made me laugh when I opened the box but it really did! I sent a picture straight away to Kev with the laughing face emoji. I remember with a tear and stitches with Riley that really was the furthest thing from my mind for a long time.

Overall I’m very impressed with the baby box and am looking forward to using the contents when my baby arrives. You have done well Scotland!

 

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”

Kahlil Gibran

How has it happened? 5 weeks since my last blog post!

This weeks living arrows photo is from our trip down to Legoland last week. We took the train down and for the most part, Riley really enjoyed himself until he got bored. He did cause a fair bit of trouble on the last half hour of the trip, but to be honest, I was bored after 4 hours on the train too! But I do believe it was also something to do with his dads awful decision to buy him jelly beans from the food cart!

He enjoyed looking out of the window and spotting sheep, cows, trains and tractors.

The last time we took a long distance train was in February 2016 and he couldn’t see out the windows. Its amazing how much children grow in a years time!

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Living Arrows

After some lovely weather throughout the week I really wanted to make the most of it throughout the weekend so was a little disappointed that Saturday was a full day of rain. We spent most of Saturday indoors and I also slept for a good few hours in the afternoon, so naturally the only opportunity I really had for photos this weekend was Sunday, whilst we were out for lunch with my mother-in-law.

Unfortunately the lunch was ever so slightly ruined by Riley being very defiant.

We had a peaceful 10 minutes where he was picking out sauces for his Dad and throwing them at him.

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I hope everyone had a lovely week in the sun!

Laura x

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”

Kahlil Gibran

Our last few weeks have been very quiet on the photo front. Last week I took a total of 1 photo. This is very very unlike me and I put it down to the crazy hours at work recently.

I tried to make up for this at the weekend there, but again largely failed! I did however manage to get a few shots of him in the bath. Oh how grateful I am for the lighter nights so I can take photos in the bath again!

Riley loves a bath, and I mean absolutely love them! He gets one three times a week, (sometimes 4 depending on whether he has dove headfirst into something disgusting at nursery) but still asks for one every night.

I’ve been getting a bit bored of the old faithful Johnson’s bath stuff so decided to buy some of the Child Farm bath products and my goodness they didn’t disappoint. The smell! Oh it’s glorious!  Riley even commented on it before he jumped in too. My full bathroom was filled with the lovely tangerine aroma long after the bath was drained.

Riley loves having his hair all spiked up or shaped into a mohawk in the bath at the moment. I have tried re-creating with hair gel outside of the bath but that has never gone particularly well!

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Living Arrows

My baby turned four this week! This age scares me. Its nearly time for school. My little boy is growing up far quicker than I care him too. I feel this is a constant thing I write about, how he continues to grow up too quickly, that he is becoming so much more aware of everything, but it terrifies me that time is flying, not just that riley is 4, but that I turn 28 this year too! 

Theres a corner on our kitchen worktop that I always worried about when he was just learning to walk. I thought would be an issue when his head was up high enough to hit it. It is only this weekend I have noticed that he is now taller than it and I’m not quite sure how that happened.

Anyway, out of all his birthday presents, what do you think he was most excited about? The Imaginext sets he has begged for over a period of three months? The many lego sets he has been coveting every time we go into a toy store? No. A £3 bottle of bubble mixture was all it took to capture his delight! To be fair to him these were pretty good bubbles. It was quite windy at the weekend so the wand was perfectly shaped to just let the wind catch the mixture and blow bubbles everywhere.

I now officially have a four year old! Eeeeeek!

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