Ok so if you or someone you know has just found out they are pregnant here are some tips / facts / links and info that they need to know about all in one place. I have written this as apparently January is THE month to get a positive pregnancy test after all the Christmas celebrations.... ;)
As soon pregnancy is confirmed, join the Boots parenting club HERE
This gets you 10 x advantage card points on baby and maternity purchases until the baby reaches age 3 and they send you offers tailored to each stage of pregnancy and baby age such as FREE folic acid and vitamin D tablets, money off clothing and 25% off Mum to be products.
Sign up to Emma's diary HERE
You get £200 money off vouchers for Argos, photo book offers and 3 bags full of samples and vouchers tailored to each stage of your pregnancy. Some people have suggested setting up a different email address for this and other freebies to avoid junk emails in your main email account.
You are now entitled to FREE prescriptions from now until the baby is 1 - Ask your midwife for form FW8 which gives the exemption INFO HERE
You are now entitled to FREE NHS dental treatment. Ask your midwife for form MATB this covers you until the baby is 1 INFO HERE
Join the Mothercare club and get 10% off carseats, 20% off maternity clothes, £10 off a £100 spend, £5 off a £50 spend on footwear and clothing, 20% off toys for your childs birthday and tips, milestones personalised to you child MORE INFO
You may be eligible for a £500 Sure Start maternity grant to help with the cost of a new baby. Only available if it is your first baby or you are expecting a multiple pregnancy and if you are on certain benefits and the payment will not affect your benefits. Check you eligibilty HERE
You could also qualify for Healthy Start vouchers which is £3.10 a week in pregnancy towards, fruit, veg and milk - if you are on income support, child tax credit you could qualify CHECK HERE
Check your maternity rights and look at your SMP pay projections by putting your dates and wages in the calculator. You are entitled to paid time off for antenantal appoinments and while you are off on maternity leave you also accrue holidays and are also eligible for pay rises that other employees are getting. HERE
Don't forget the Dads! Check out what he is entitled to paternity pay wise and they are also entitled to attend 2 maternity appointments as well HERE
Childcare vouchers are also a great way to save money on childcare. As soon as the baby is born, either parent or both parents can pay up to £55 a week in through their wages and you will not pay tax or NI on this so if one parent pays in the maximum of £243 a month (£55 a week) over the course of the year you will save £933 or if you both pay in you could save £1866 a year. They are deducted through salary sacrifice through your employer and can be used for any registered childcare provider or holiday club up until the child reaches 16. More info HERE
You are going to go through an AWFUL lot of nappies be it disposable or reususable - you will go through loads. Whichever method you choose you can get free samples of Aldi nappies and baby wipes to try through NetMums using this link HERE