Necessary Items for new BabyRequired items for a new baby
Scotland's Baby Box - Parents' opinion on the content
Interviewees were asked which of the articles in the baby kit they had used for their new baby, and interviewees surveyed which articles were used, which should be used in the near term, and which articles did not want to be used. There were also answer choices for elements lacking in the field, elements with errors, and a "don't know" answer, although these were uncommon.
Slightly more than six out of ten interviewees stated that they had used the stall as a place to sleep (35%) or used it (27%) (see Fig. 1). Nearly four out of ten (37%) said they did not plan to use the stall as a cot. Ninety-seven percent had either used it or were planning to use it (84 percent had used it, another 13 percent had planed to use it), and only three percent said they were not using it.
Senior mothers were more likely than first-time mothers to use the boxes for their baby to go to rest (45% vs. 26%), while first-time mothers were more likely to say they didn't want to use it as a cot ( 45% vs. 30%). Rather, those in the higher socioeconomic groups indicated that they did not want to use the boxes as beds (43% of NBC1s vs. 26% of C2DEs).
All those who said they did not want to use the stall for sleep or linen were asked why. Most of the time, the articles were not used because those questioned had already purchased something similar (74% for the bedroom; 81% for the sheets ) or had already been given something similar as a present (12% for the bedroom, 16% for the bed).
Almost one in ten (8%) said they did not want their baby to be sleeping in a stall (see Figure 2). The percentage indicating that they have already purchased something similar may be related to the staggered lead times for the introduction of the Babybox at the national level.
Given that the scheme goes beyond the first cohesion, it is more likely that beneficiaries will know what they will be receiving before then. Whilst the figures are very low, the higher socioeconomic groups most probably indicated that they had already purchased similar types of bedroom furniture (88% of ABC1s versus 61% of C2DEs).
9 persons mention "another" ground for not using the stall as a cot - 3 of them mention doubts about security and 3 said they had domestic animals, which prevented them from using the stall. "We' ve got a puppy and we don't want him to come in there with the baby."
Overall, the garments provided in the Baby Box were very well used (see Graph 3). No wonder, given the sampling data (i.e. only one interviewee had a baby before August ), that the most commonly used items were for the newborn. Objects made for 3-6 months old infants were used less often, but most should use them in the near term.
It was the garments with the highest percentage that said they did not want to use them: No more than 42 persons indicated that they did not wish to use any of the garments. This was most often because the article was too small, they simply did not like it or they already had it (bought it themselves or got it as a gift) - see chart 4.
A few commentators said that clothes were too big (or the baby too small) and they were not sure if they wanted to use them in the near term. Also, the overall use of the baby box kit was very good (see Graph 4). Mussel fabric square and hood towels were the most favoured, although all items had a high degree of declared use / scheduled use.
Items with the highest percentage that indicated they did not want to use them were: They were the only items that a small number of persons declared to be defective (two persons had defective bath/room temperature reading, one had a defective electronic hearing thermometer). Neither of these interviewees had tried to find a substitute.
Female mothers were more likely than others to have used the mother's hand towels 77% had used them compared to 62% of the elderly mothers; 19% of the elderly mothers had no intention of using them compared to 8% of the female mothers). The most disadvantaged areas most probably indicated that they did not plan to use the cotton trade (33% compared to 16% in the most disadvantaged areas).
Thirty one persons stated that they did not plan to use the baby wrap/sling. Commentaries have been added, for example: "It'?s all right. I only have others from former children." "I' d rather take the baby for a stroll in the stroller." Most of those who did not plan to use at least one device said they had already purchased it (30%) - see Fig. 5.
Several of the items were too small (16%) and 14% just said they didn't need it, while every tenth (11%) had got the items as a present. Only very few named the bad qualitiy as cause (7%). Survey participants were asked how useful they found each kind of article for each of the categories of items they had used.
Those who had used each type of object included those with proportion that indicated that they found objects very or very useful: As shown in Table 5, the most beloved items were the bath/room temperature gauge and the electronic auditory temperature gauge, followed by the sleeve/sling. One of the major factors in choosing items as useful was the fact that they were simple to use/helpful to parent, that they used them frequently and/or that they had not thought or should have thought of getting the items themselves (see Table 6).
Feed-back on this issue contained commentaries on how: "Babytrage - I was able to try the technology without having to pay a fortune for a brand-name product". "Packaging is the best in the pack, especially when you buy it is around £50, so it's great to be there".
"because the baby always wants to be held." "Ceiling, since I use it all the while and it has a good size." "It' s a great place to stay, the baby has gotten used to it." "A baby stall as a place to stay is very useful, and the diaper change and gear were very helpful".
The majority of those surveyed looked at the information contained in the Baby Box: at least eight out of ten had already reread each of the stated items of literature (see Figure 7), and the percentages indicating that they had reread or intended to reread each were as follows: breast-feeding information (84%). About one in ten (9%) said they did not want to reread information about post-natal depressive disorder and 14% said they did not want to reread information about breast-feeding.
Senior mothers were more likely than first-time mothers to say that they had not studied the information and did not intended to do so (21% vs. 8%). You were also more likely to say that they did not plan to reread the information on sleep safety (8% vs. 1%). Justification for not having studied the information about breast-feeding, which is intended not to want to breast-feed or to have obtained the information from elsewhere.
Interviewees who did not review the information on sleep safety said this was because they already knew about it or had obtained information from other resources. It should be noted, however, that this is due to very small figures as most had already reread the information provided (see Table 7). The assessments of the information provided were generally high, especially for information on sleep safety: 83% of those who had studied it said it was very useful (49%) or quite useful (34%) (see Figure 8).
Assessments for lactation information declined very slightly, although three out of four (76%) still considered them to be very or very useful. Only slightly less positive was the fact that the interviewees had already obtained the information from other source (e.g. a midwife or birth preparation course). The level of contentment was very high, which reflects the high use and evaluation of the items and information offered in the Baby Box (see Fig. 9).
She said the vast majority said they were very happy with all of the Baby Box's features. Lower socio-economic groups were rather very happy with the modalities of delivering the baby box (98% of C2DEs were very happy compared to 89% of ABC1s), although there was no distinction in the percentage that was overall happy (very/right happy).
Only very few interviewees had problems with the qualitiy of the articles in the boxes or the boxes themselves. For all other questions, 2% or less of those surveyed addressed the questions (see Table 9). Feed-back on how good the product was contained commentaries on how: "That baby sling, the stitching was ripped when it arrived."
On the spontaneous question, what is lacking in the baby box, the overwhelming 69% could not find any proposals. Most frequent demand, which was made by 10%, was the intake of neonatal diapers, and 4% specifically referred to re-usable diapers. Recommended supplements to the baby box included: "Informations about your baby's bath."
Asked how useful they could be, they responded with possible supplements to the baby box, and the most favourite idea was a second bed linen for the bedtress ( 67% said this would be very or very useful) or coupons for re-usable diapers ( 62%) - see Fig. 10. Fewer supports were given for extra information to assist breast-feeding (respondents tend to say "neither/nor" for this proposal), although a large majority (44%) would find extra devices to assist breast-feeding very or very useful.
ABC1s ( 29%) rather than C2DEs ( 15%) reported very useful extra breast-feeding support gear, although there was no change in the percentage that said it was useful overall (very/not useful). Those who responded that information or devices to assist breast-feeding were very or very useful were asked to indicate what kind of information or devices would be of use.
Only a few could find information specifically to support breast-feeding. Among the most commonly proposed supplementary devices to support breast-feeding were: The results of the Baby Box communication should be seen in the light of the introduction of the program in Scotland. Importantly, it is important to note that some of the responses may not have had all the messages sent - the random sampling was done by the first cohesion that got the boxes on a national basis and some messages were sent later than would be usual after the full implementation of the ICP.
The interviewees were asked how they had learned about the Baby Box for the first time: the most frequent answers came in the messages (41%) or from a Midwife (30%). Another fifth source mentionned (21%) - see Fig. 11. The call for communication via the Baby Box was modified (see Fig. 12).
Asked what messages they had been receiving, most interviewees (87%) recalled receiving a flyer at their first midwifery session, but fewer mention the BabyBox brochure even though it is in the kit (61%) and just over half mention the registry voucher (53%). Senior mothers were more likely than adults to have been told about the program by a nurse for the first year ( 39% vs. 22%), while mothers were more likely to hear about it on the news for the first year ( 49% vs. 34%).
Those interviewed in the socio-economic groups C2DE had rather listened to the system on the web (32% vs. 16% of the ABC1s), while the ABC1s were more likely to be made attentive to it by the messages (50% vs. 24% of the C2DEs). Persons in the least disadvantaged areas were more likely to hear the messages (46%) than those in the most disadvantaged areas (20%), while those in the most disadvantaged areas were more likely to hear from a midwife what is said in the baby box (45% vs. 27%).
For those who recalled having been provided with communication, the assessments of the information provided were very high (see Figure 13). Only very few of those surveyed gave a poor assessment of the information provided. Given the high level of contentment with the messages sent, very few participants proposed improvements: eight out of ten (82%) made no proposals (see Table 11).
Most frequently, the information about the content of the baby boxes was requested early in gestation so that avoidance could be achieved - 4% proposed. proposals: "Inform yourself about the content of the boxes, perhaps during your registry (including photo)".
"Issue the welcome brochure as early as possible in your gestation to avoid the purchase of items included". "with infolinks for breast-feeding and instruction on how to use the sling."