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Mums raise doubts over baby boxes; Half would shun cots.


PARENTS are reluctant to put their babies to sleep in the Scottish Government's PS7million baby boxes, research has revealed.

The boxes, which will be offered free to all new mums from this summer, come with essentials, including bottles and nappies, and provide a safe sleeping place for newborns.

But a study has revealed a resistance to adopting the method, which has seen infant mortality rates plummet in Finland.

A survey by researchers Kantar TNS showed half of parents would be unlikely to use the box for sleeping.

A third said they would, but only 14 per cent said they would use it at night.

One Glasgow mum said she would be "mortified" if visitors saw her baby in a box.

The infant mortality rate in the UK is four per 1000 live births - double the Finnish rate.

Scottish Labour's Monica Lennon said: "SNP ministers want to imitate the Finnish model of the 1930s but the feedback is telling them to get in step with what works for parents in Scotland in 2017."

The Scottish Government said: "Real-time research is taking place, giving parents and health professionals an opportunity to feed back any comments on the box."


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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Apr 13, 2017
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