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This is something I wish I'd known about while pregnant! You can get free pregnancy vitamins from Reading children's centres. They also offer free vitamins for children (6 months+) and free toothbrush and toothpaste for when those first teeth come in. I am not sure if this is nationwide, but it's worth contacting your local centre to find out. Sometimes the midwives (lovely as they are!) are not even aware of these offerings, so check for yourself. : )

Also the bumps and babes group offer free classes, such as one on weaning, and they give out free weaning pots and baby food samples during these. (Specific pots were Tommee Tippee Essentials Stackable Food Pots [set of three -- multiple sets received!]. The baby food samples were entire jars and boxes of baby rice etc. Can't go wrong for all of this, plus a really friendly and fun group of people to hang out with!)

Most of the groups are free, and all are highly recommended. The staff are amazing. It's a great place to connect with whether you are pregnant or already have a sweet babe(s). : )
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It's disgusting that this country lags behind places like Spain, where you get essential vitamins from the minute you go to their midwives, despite their far better rate of sunshine helping with vitamin D production. No arguments or begging like here...... why should we have to tell our midwives and consultants their job ?

The other thing we lag behind in, is explaining to some young mums that it's not difficult to cook some vegetables and puree them at home, rather than walking the streets chatting with friends and smoking whilst your child is strapped in it's buggy to avoid it interrupting your social life - surely it's not rocket science for the midwife to give the needy ones a 10 minute chat or a booklet ? Some are not interested of course, but I've met a few through my job who honestly did not have a clue, and were shocked to learn how easy it can be to feed a child home made food.

Voted hot of course, after my rant.
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It's also worth pointing out that the team at the centre do encourage children to get their vitamins from what they eat, but if they aren't, the supplements are readily available. : )
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It's disgusting that this country lags behind places like Spain, where you get essential vitamins from the minute you go to their midwives, despite their far better rate of sunshine helping with vitamin D production. No arguments or begging like here...... why should we have to tell our midwives and consultants their job ?

The other thing we lag behind in, is explaining to some young mums that it's not difficult to cook some vegetables and puree them at home, rather than walking the streets chatting with friends and smoking whilst your child is strapped in it's buggy to avoid it interrupting your social life - surely it's not rocket science for the midwife to give the needy ones a 10 minute chat or a booklet ? Some are not interested of course, but I've met a few through my job who honestly did not have a clue, and were shocked to learn how easy it can be to feed a child home made food.

Voted hot of course, after my rant.
Are you a fan of this? http://www.mcdonalds.co.uk/ukhome/Aboutus/Newsroom/news_pages/Free_Fruit_Fridays_Six_Months.html Asking tongue in cheek of course...I think it is sad that parents would have money for a happy meal but not to simply buy fruit on its own. ie: "A poll of parents released by McDonald’s at the launch of Free Fruit Fridays, found that the three biggest challenges in encouraging to children to eat their 5-a-day are finding affordable seasonal fruit and vegetables, making eating fruit and vegetables fun and enjoyable, and getting their children into good habits at an early age."

The article fails to mention whether happy meal sales increase while the promotion is on of course...

Anyway it is so easy to buy discounted produce in stores such as Tesco. You just need to plan (a bit) when you go in! But then, it reminds me of BBC shows where people talk about being down and out while at the same moment ordering from a chippie. You just need to plan and research your shopping! The cost of a takeaway could get you a lot if you were just shopping in the reduced produce section at that same time. Or even shopping at an open-air market where yes, you do probably want to use the produce within the same day or two, but it's cheap and healthy!

Edited By: honeypotpie on Dec 17, 2014 08:27

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