I wasn’t actually aware of all the free baby stuff you’re entitled to while you’re pregnant and as a new mum I wish I would have been a little bit more organised.
For mums-to-be it may be worth getting all of your free baby stuff ready before the birth of your new arrival. But of course if you are like me and a little late, there’s no time like the present to get your hands on all the free baby stuff available to you. I have compiled a list of all the things that really will save you money!
Free baby stuff for mums-to-be
Your Mum-to-be-Pack by Bounty is free to pick up at Superdrug, Asda, BOOTS or Kiddicare. I loved this pack as it is filled with really handy “try-before-you-buy” products and samples, and even includes some money-off vouchers and exclusive offers for you to make use of while your pregnant.
Emma’s Diary also offer free Mum-to-be-Packs and they’ve teamed up with Johnson’s and Pampers to give you some of their baby goodies. It may also be worth checking out their website as they always have offers on when you sign up to their site.
Free dental treatment and prescriptions
I think a lot of people actually forget that you’re entitled to free dental care and prescriptions while you’re pregnant and for the first year after the birth. Once you have the paperwork from your doctor or midwife, you can apply for a Maternity Exemption Certificate.
Free baby stuff during pregnancy
Free ‘baby on board’ badges
If you live in London or think you will be travelling in and around the city while you are pregnant then it’s definitely worth getting one of the ‘baby on board’ badges from C2C and Transport for London. Just fill out the form online and a badge will be sent to you through the post. I was really late getting mine and because I wasn’t showing until I was around 5 months, it made commuting in London really difficult so I’d definitely recommend one as soon as you can!
On that subject, see how many people stand up on the London underground for Anna Whitehouse (aka Motherpukka) when she wears a fake bump as part of a social experiment on Brit’s attitudes towards pregnant women. Watch the video.
Free pregnancy books
One thing I wish I did more of while I was pregnant was read. You can actually get pregnancy and children’s books for free using book swap sites like bookmooch.com. Also some health visitor’s also give you a Bookstart baby pack for your baby’s first year.
Free baby stuff when your little one arrives
Free vitamins, fruit and vegetables
If you receive certain benefits, you could be entitled to free fruit, vegetables and infant formula while you are pregnant or have a child who is under four-years-old. Find out more and see if you are eligible ‘Healthy Start’ scheme.
Get your free vitamins here.
You really can’t have enough nappies so get a free Jumbo box of Pampers and Huggies nappies when you either sign up, enter a survey or competition and refer a friend at Free Nappies.
You can also get a free sample of Greenty ‘Tea Therapy’ nappies from Greenty by filling in a form.
Currently you can claim Child Benefit as soon as your baby is born. Once you have your baby’s birth certification you can just fill in this form and you’ll get £20.70 a week for your eldest/only child and an extra £13.70 for any further children.
(Now restricted if one parent earns over £50,000 and completely withdrawn from families where one parent earns over £60,000)
If you are interested in more of my pregnancy related posts, you can start off by reading my Birth Story and what you might expect during labour and delivery.