Are baby boxes a waste of money?

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​Baby boxes are set to be made available to all newborns who arrive on 15 August or later.

The Scottish Government is distributing the boxes – which are filled with health products and can be used as a sleep space – to help new parents welcome their babies into a safe environment.

The Lullaby Trust has said there is no evidence to claim that the boxes reduce infant mortality and that they may not meet safety standards.

The average cost of the box to the taxpayer is around £160, with the scheme set to amount to £35.3 million over its first four years of operation. But do you think baby boxes are a waste of money? Please leave a comment below.

4th August 2017 by Gareth Jones 1 Comment

Are baby boxes a waste of money?

Poll results (total votes: 58)

Are baby boxes a waste of money?
Answer:
Yes
Votes:
37
Ratio:
63.79%
Answer:
No
Votes:
21
Ratio:
36.21%

15th August 2018 by M Stewart

The relatively low cost of the scheme is largely irrelevant. The issue remains that finite public money is being diverted away from true 'safety net' functions of health and social care, functions which, in stark contrast to the box scheme, constitute proven interventions but are being dangerously compromised because of divertion of funds towards such 'nice-to-haves'. The baby box scheme does more for the politicians behind it's promotion than it does for babies.