SINGAPORE: From Wednesday till 15 May, members of the public can pick five out of 15 shortlisted items that they would like to see in the Jubilee Baby Gift.
The shortlist of gifts includes a special medallion/coin, family photo frame, scrapbook for baby memories, baby sling, and other baby-related items such as diaper bag, baby feeding set and baby book.
The public can vote online for their five preferred gift items at www.nptd.gov.sg/jubilee.
The Jubilee Baby Gift is a community initiative led by the National Population and Talent Division (NPTD), as part of the Singapore 50 (SG50) celebrations to commemorate Singapore's Golden Jubilee.
The Jubilee Baby Gift, which will consist of a small set of meaningful items to welcome every Singaporean baby born in 2015, is meant to symbolise Singapore's best wishes, hopes and aspirations from this generation of Singaporeans to the next.
NPTD said the "Call for Ideas" phase for the Jubilee Baby Gift public engagement ended on Tuesday.
Phase Two of the public engagement, which is the voting phase; begins on Wednesday and will last until 15 May.
According to NPTD, Singaporeans have given about 6,500 suggestions on possible items that can go into the Jubilee Baby Gift.
These suggestions were collected from various platforms, namely The Jubilee Baby Gift microsite, feedback booths, focus group sessions, and REACH's online platforms from April 1 to 15.
Babycare utilities as well as commemorative gifts comprised 70 per cent of all suggestions.
Based on Singaporeans' suggestions, the five-member Jubilee Baby Gift Advisory Panel curated and shortlisted 15 items which incorporate three elements, namely "Care" for the baby; "Celebrate" the baby and family bonding; and "Commemorate" the baby's birth in SG50 with keepsake items.
The Advisory Panel also took into account feedback from the Jubilee Baby Gift focus group discussions, such as the need to ensure that the cost of the gift is reasonable, and to exclude items such as perishables and food and medicinal items.
Other items dropped from the shortlist include those which would be consumed quickly, or which are deemed unsuitable for all babies, such as diapers or milk powder.
Items which are not commemorative or keepsake in nature, such as vouchers, are also dropped from the shortlist.
The final set of items will be announced in the middle of the year, when the public engagement exercise has closed.
Anita Fam, chairperson of the Jubilee Baby Gift Advisory Panel, said: "We have been most encouraged by the enthusiastic response given by our fellow Singaporeans. These suggestions have come from Singaporeans from all walks of life, including parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and children.
“They cover a broad range of items which convey our hopes and aspirations for the next generation, which is very much in the spirit of what the Jubilee Baby Gift is all about." - CNA/ms
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