A Watford charity has handed out the first baby boxes to parents, filled with essentials such as nappies, clothes and books.

The boxes are based on a Finnish policy of giving boxes to expectant parents and Alternatives Watford said they would ensure every child gets “the best start in life”.

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Among the items in the boxes handed out this week are a play mat, a changing mat, a digital thermometer, a fleece jacket, several babygrows, a hooded bath towel, a reusable nappy and liners, a baby book and an organic sponge.

The box, which is suitable for the baby to sleep in, also contains cot sheets, a mattress and a blanket.

Similar schemes in other countries have contributed to the reduction in the infant mortality rate and child poverty.

Angela Such, Manager of Alternatives Watford charity said: "We are so thankful to everyone who has contributed to this project by donating money, nappies and other items and we really hope the Baby Boxes will be a great blessing to many mums-to-be in and around Watford.”

For more details, visit: www.alternativeswatford.co.uk or call 01923 232179.