We are able to provide mothers and families in hardship with baby clothes and equipment up to the age of two. This service is by referral only and this is usually done by the midwife or health visitor involved with the family. Once this referral is made, the family can contact us direct for any further material aid as their child grows.
We offer a baby layette at the birth, consisting of everything a newborn child requires, including seven sets of clothes, a Moses basket, blankets and other items based on need and availability. The Scottish Government Baby Box scheme seems to have had little impact for those in financial hardship and those without recourse to public funds. We then try to source everything needed as the child grows. Unfortunately, due to health and safety concerns, we are unable to provide prams or buggies.
All our material aid comes through direct donation from the public and various groups around Edinburgh. All our stock is checked and stored by our Baby Packer volunteers and then prepared as required to go directly to the family. Baby clothes are always available but you may need to wait for larger items and we are dependent on donations of new and good quality second-hand items.
Requests for all material aid must come – in the first instance – from a social care or health professional, such as your midwife or health visitor.
For more information visit our Making a Practical Help Referral page or call our office 0131 557 2060.
Current practical help clients can make additional requests without a referral, visit our Making Additional Requests page for more information about what we offer and how to make a request.