All newborn babies due on or after 15 August 2017 will be given a box of essential items, containing things like:
- clothes, from newborn up to 6 months
- a digital ear thermometer
- a bath towel
- a changing mat
The box also has a mattress, mattress protector and a fitted sheet.
Mothers with due dates before 15 August but who deliver after 15 August will not be entitled to a box.
How you get your baby box
The baby box is free and your midwife will help you register for it.
During your 20 to 24 week antenatal appointment your midwife will:
- explain the baby box to you and ask if you would like one
- fill in a baby box registration card with you
- arrange delivery
You don't need to do anything else. You will get the baby box soon after or around the time of the birth of your baby.
From January 2018 all parents will get their baby box between weeks 28 to 32 of pregnancy.
For more information on the baby box visit the Parent Club website.