Every baby born in Scotland over the next twelve months will be given a free CD of music recorded by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, reports heraldscotland.com. The CD will be distributed to 220 registrar offices across the country, and is expected to reach up to 60,000 families.

The recording is titled Astar ('journey' in Gaelic), and includes traditional Scottish songs, nursery rhymes and pieces by Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Debussy. The RSNO cited research showing that music has a positive impact on young children, helping with mood, coordination, communication and bonding.