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New ‘Baby bundle’ pilot scheme begins in two hospitals

Hundreds of parents are to receive a range of relief items for their new arrival under a pilot program which will start in Dublin and Waterford, reports RTE.

The so-called “Baby bundle” includes toys to encourage early communication, items to help babies wash safely, and a range of home aids to help new parents after birth.

300 families from the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin and 150 families from Waterford University Hospital were invited to take part in the pilot programme, reports RTE.

Items will be delivered to the home of participating parents at a time of their choosing.

Parents who take part in the initiative are then asked to share their views and experiences of the children’s pack and its contents.

The Government has stated that this feedback will inform the development of recommendations for a wider national rollout of the programme.

Children’s Minister Roderic O’Gorman said he hoped this would give a “real sense… of how well the scheme works”, reports RTE.

He added that the government had seen “how well this scheme works in other jurisdictions”, reports RTE.

There is already a similar program in Scotland.

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