Latest figures reveal that 4,091 Ayrshire newborns have received a 'Baby Box' since they were introduced in 2017.

The Baby Box is part of the SNP Government’s commitment to making Scotland 'the very best place in the world to grow up'.

It contains items such as baby clothes, a digital ear thermometer, a bath towel, a changing mat and books.

The box also doubles as a bed for a newborn, containing a mattress, mattress protector and fitted sheet - providing a safe and warm place for babies to sleep.

The Scottish Government has also launched the Best Start Grant to support low income families during the early years of a child’s life.

This offers eligible parents or carers £600 for their first child, £100 more than the UK Sure Start Maternity Grant it replaces.

It also provides £300 for all subsequent children. There is no cap on the number of children supported, unlike the UK equivalent it has replaced.

Commenting, Kenneth Gibson MSP said: “I am delighted that so many Ayrshire’s families have benefited from the Baby Box.

“From 17 June 2017 to 07 December 2918, 4,091 boxes were provided to parents in Ayrshire, showing their popularity with families."