Up to 6,500 baby boxes a year will be given out to new parents in the North-east from next summer.
The Finnish-style baby boxes, aimed at tackling infant poverty, have an in-built mattress so they can be used as a cot and contain clothes, nappies and toys.
Childcare and Early Years Minister Mark McDonald, Aberdeen Donside MSP, revealed the figure as he launched a design competition for the baby boxes.
Students across Scotland can compete for a prize of £1,000 and exclusive mentoring from leading Scottish designers Holly Fulton and Scott Jarvie.
Mr McDonald said the competition will close on Thursday, November 17, so the designs can be rolled out to pilot areas in Orkney and Clackmannanshire on New Year’s Day.
He said: “The baby box is an extremely exciting initiative that will play a major role in realising our wider government ambition of giving all our children the best possible start in life.
“It has a proven track record in tackling deprivation, improving health and supporting parents and I look forward to seeing the very real benefits it brings for Scotland’s future generations.
“With that in mind it seems only right that the competition launched today allows Scotland’s next generation of designers to play a key role in the process.
“We want these boxes to become a key part of the lives of parents and children so the design needs to be bold and inspirational.”
A Scottish Government spokesman said: “Baby boxes were introduced in Finland almost 80 years ago in response to a high infant mortality rate in the country, which now has one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world.
“The boxes are also proven to tackle deprivation, improve health and support parents. Scotland’s baby box scheme will be a robust statement of equality for all our citizens, helping to ensure that parents have all the essential items they need to give our children an equal start in life.”