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Design Scotland's Next Baby Box!

Young Scot and Children in Scotland are working with The Scottish Government to design the next generation of Baby Boxes and YOU could be part of a winning team who will see their design on Baby Boxes all over Scotland from next year!

We'd like you to submit your design to be in with the chance of being invited to a 'Design Jam' event on the 17th October (please ensure you are available on this date before submitting your design) at Young Scot HQ in Edinburgh.

As 2018 is the ‘Year of Young People’ the theme will be 'Children’s Rights' for the next Baby Box design.

Your design should be fun and vibrant, and the design should be in black and white as often families receiving the box love to colour them in. In your design you should tell us which of the Children’s Rights you have chosen and tell us a little bit about your design! 

What is the Baby Box? 

New babies need a surprising amount of stuff! Scotland’s Baby Box is packed full of useful things to help give every baby the best possible start in life. It can also be used as a handy place to store baby items before they're born and as a memory box or a place to store toys once babies are too big to sleep in it. This makes sure that the box continues to have a use long after the baby outgrows it!

Scotland’s first Baby Box was launched on 15th August 2017, after a competition to design the original. The winning design was a forest fairy tale scene complete with Highland cows, squirrels and even the Loch Ness Monster. So far, over 50,000 Baby Boxes have been sent to newborns all over Scotland featuring this design.

You can read more about last year’s design by graduate designer Leanne Young on the Dundee V&A's website.

What is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child?

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is an international treaty that sets out the rights that all children and young people under the age of 18 have.

What are Rights?

Rights are about making sure people are treated well and get a fair deal. They set out the sorts of things that must be put in place for this to happen.

You can read more on the UNCRC on The Scottish Government's website. 

Your Design

Before applying, please make sure you're available to come along to our jam event on the 17th October.

Your design should be fun and exciting, and should be created in black and white, as the families that receive the Baby Boxes love that they can colour them in!

You can either draw and send/email us your Baby Box design using the template from the attachments below, or you can email us a written concept for your design, telling us about your idea for the box and why it represents one of the Children’s Rights below.

We would like you to base your design on one of the following Children’s Rights from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC):

Want some inspiration? Check out this interview we done with Leanne Young, who designed the Baby Box back in 2017:

How to Apply

If you want to get involved, email with:


Alternatively you can post the information to us (no stamp needed):

Baby Box Design
Young Scot
Freepost EH 1077
EH12 0BR

Applications close on Monday 8th October at 5pm. 

The intellectual property rights of the winning design will be owned by The Scottish Government, however it is something you can add to your own portfolio, there will be no profit made from the boxes, and if you are chosen to go forward to the jam event, you will have the opportunity to work with designers from across Scotland!


Baby Box - Design Competition_.pdf

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