Pregnancy / new parent / new baby - how to survive and save money thread
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Pregnancy / new parent / new baby - how to survive and save money thread

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Found 22nd Jun
Thought I would do this thread so people can bookmark and add to it if and when they need it - you never know when you might need it. I've just come back after maternity leave and might be able to offer some help and insights so here goes!

Babies are tiny and frightening but you need to know what to do in case of an emergency so you can get a free St Johns Baby paper first aid guide sent through the post or download the free mobile app so you have it all there just in case the unthinkable happens.
Free St Johns mobile app
Free paper first aid guide through post
(Thanks to @R___ )

Some National Childbirth Trust (NCT) centres offer specific baby first aid classes as do St Johns Ambulance if you wanted to go to one of them
St Johns baby first aid course

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You are now entitled to free prescriptions from now until the baby is 1 - Ask your midwife for form FW8 which gives you the exemption. Although for things like aspirin and paracetamol and things you can get without a prescription try and save the NHS a bit and buy them yourself. You can get baby aspirin for pennies but costs the NHS a fortune Free prescription here

You are now entitled to free NHS dental treatment. Ask your midwife for form MATB this covers you until the baby is 1. NHS dental treatment is not actually free but costs a lot less then a private dentist. Free dental care here

If you are on a low income you may be entitled to Healthy Start vouchers. If you are pregnant or have a child over 1 but under 4 you could get £3.10 a week to spend on milk, fruit and veg and its accepted at most supermarkets. Children under 1 get £6.20 a week towards formula if bottle feeding or the Mum can spend it on milk, fruit and veg if breastfeeding - see if you qualify HERE

You can also get free vitamins when pregnant up until the baby is 1 if you qualify and your baby from six months to 4 could get free vitamin drops - see if you qualify for the vitamins HERE


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Check what maternity and paternity leave, pay and rights that you are both entitled to. You can get paid leave if you are adopting or going through surrogacy too. You are entitled to paid time off for ante-natal appointments and Dads can have 2 paid appointments as well - usually for scans. You also accrue annual leave whilst you are off which is very handy to know and includes bank holidays. There is a handy calculator which works out your pay as well so you have time to save and plan. You can also share part or all of your leave entitlement now if that is an option you'd like to explore. The earlier you do this the more time you will have to plan and save or try to live off what you will get when you are on your reduced wage.

Maternity

Paternity

Shared parental leave

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Newborn babies sleeping in special baby boxes like they do in Sweden is now the way forward. Lots of local authorities are giving them away for free in an effort to help cut the risk of Sudden Infant Death and they are given free to every new parent in Scotland. If your area isn't participating you can get a free box but signing up to Baby Box University. Basically a free online course where you earn merits and after you've completed you get your free baby box.
Baby Box University

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As your wages will be going down when you are on parental leave, you might be entitled to extra help and grants - use the Turn2us website and put all your information in and see what you could be entitled to

Benefit Calculator

Grant Search



You can also get one years free life insurance cover through the Post Office worth £15,000 for each parent if you have a child under 4. It pays out up to a maximum of 8 children so for example if you had 8 children and one of you died within your free covered year you would get £120,000 paid out.

Free Parent Life Cover
Thanks to @googley2

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When you go back to work childcare will be a major expense that you didn't have before. The current government childcare voucher scheme is being replaced in October with the the tax free childcare system. You can get up to £500 every 3 months (£2000 a year) per child you are paying childcare for so £2 back for every £8 that you pay via an online childcare account but you must be paying an approved childcare provider. Unless one of you are earning £100k or over you will qualify for this scheme.

Tax Free Childcare

Boots have a really great parenting club that you can join as soon as you find out you are expecting. They send you offers in the post and via the app tailored to each stage of your pregnancy and age of your child. It goes up until the age of 3 and you get 10 points for every £1 you spend on baby things like nappies, wipes, food, clothes, toys, prams and pushchairs. Great when they have the offers on wipes like 18 packs of Pamper wipes for £10 as you get £1 back in points. I buy the jars of baby food as they are permanently on 10 for £5 and get 50p back in points and it soon adds up to treat yourself or get some presents in the Christmas 3 for 2

Boots Parenting Club

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Mothercare have a My Mothercare club where you get 20% off maternity clothing, £100 worth of vouchers for various things, member only early access to the sales and medical advice and GP access with babylon. They also do great expectant parent events where they close the shop and have demos of all the prams and car seats, extra money off like 10% off on upto £799 spends and 15% off £800+ spends handy if you go with a big shopping list and want to get your car seat, pram, travel system etc. Plus you get a free goody bag and they invite local business there too like baby swimming classes.

My Mothercare Club

Expectant Parent Event


Mamas and Papas have a club as well calle M&P and me - they offer exclusive discounts and instore events and let you know when a sale is coming up. They also have parents to be events with first aid advice, car seat fitting demos, pushchair demos and you get a nice goody bag and vouchers off a sliding scale spend.

M&P and me club

Parent to be events

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You can also join Emma's Diary who give you 4 bags of samples / goodies through each stage of your pregnancy that you can pick up at Argos or Boots. I have heard people saying they get a lot of spam emails after signing up so it may be worth using a secondary email address for signing up to things like this although it might have changed now due to GDPR. They also have special flash offers on nursery bundles which are sometimes quite good and they send you weekly emails telling you what size your baby is and how its growing which is quite sweet too.

Emma's Diary


Bounty club is very similar to Emma's diary but you can get an app on your phone and you get more free goodie bags with them. You get a full pack of Asda Little Angel newborn nappies in their mum to be pack and it's worth trying out a few different brands of nappies before deciding which one is best for you.

Bounty Club



Ella's Kitchen also have a club called Ella's Friends for when you start weaning your baby (Oh what fun!) They send you emails with age targeting tips, coupons so you can try products for free, special access to a free weaning app and they send you a wallchart with stickers and games too.

Ella's Kitchen

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Cow and Gate also do a baby club - you get booklets, advice and a free cuddly cow if you join before you are 30 weeks pregnant

Cow and Gate Club



If you find out you are expecting more than one baby (which is becoming more common these days) you might want to join TAMBA which is the multiple birth support club. They provide a support network and friendship for familes of twins, triplets or more in your local area

Tamba Club




Look out for offers from the likes of Boots and Aldi on cheap printed photos. Its nice to have them on your phone or camera digitally but also nice to get a few special ones printed out to look back on or give to family. You can usually get 1p per print upto 50 with 99p delivery. I have loads in magnetic frames on my fridge and change them now and again.

Printed Photos

If you or your partner have Aviva private health insurance either through work or independently, you get a cheque for £100 just for having a baby - nice little perk and worth remembering and chasing up when the time comes. Called a baby bonus!

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The government are talking about phasing out disposable wipes in the next few years. There are a few good offers on reuseable wipes at Cheeky Wipes with whole kits to get you started if that's something you'd like to look into.
Washable Wipe Kits

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Some councils offer discounts on reusuable nappies - in London they have the Real Nappies for London scheme with some great discounts
Real Nappies for London

There is also a website called fill your pants which tells you what councils are offering discounts and trials its updated quite regulary too
Fill Your Pants

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The best advice I can give is enjoy every minute even the sleepless nights as it really doesn't last long. Pregnancy seems to go on for ever but these past nine months since my little one was born seem like 9 weeks!

Feel free to add your tips and any advice as I'm sure this is not an exhaustive list.


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Bumdeal.co.uk for nappy price comparing
This is a completely random thing to post and put all that effort into, but could not have come at a better time and is unbelievabley apprichated thank you
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Doesn't appear to be a deal, but when has that ever mattered here.
Should be in Misc/Freebies.
Thabks just shared this with friends who have babies due soon
Very nice guide, great effort.

You probably should put a link in to re-usable nappies, since this is a massive cost saving, especially if you get newborn-to-potty ones, and the are actually environmentally friendly, unlike the disposables ones which just end up in landfills, and polluting the oceans of our planet.

Here's a link to The Nappy Lady who has a great site, with lots of guides an information about re-usable nappies
Edited by: "Uncommon.Sense" 22nd Jun
Heat just for the effort
some great tips
Bumdeal.co.uk for nappy price comparing
Great post, thank you!
Uncommon.Sense16 m ago

Very nice guide, great effort.You probably should put a link in to …Very nice guide, great effort.You probably should put a link in to re-usable nappies, since this is a massive cost saving, especially if you get newborn-to-potty ones, and the are actually environmentally friendly, unlike the disposables ones which just end up in landfills, and polluting the oceans of our planet. Here's a link to The Nappy Lady who has a great site, with lots of guides an information about re-usable nappies


Yes I have just edited - was late last night when I finished and I could only add so much info - have included reuseable wipes as well and link for what councils are offering discounts too
Great work op. Very helpful stuff. Would have certainly been handy if I was expecting.....luckily I'm not! Will be sure to share with any future parents
Really helpful thank you
Best price for nappies and wipes if you want the branded ones e.g. Pampers / Huggies, is Amazon subscribe and save. Also rash cream, baby wash etc. Far cheaper than the shops.

They also do regular baby box / baby wish list promotions where yo get free stuff for buying £10 of baby stuff
teh.arn56 m ago

Doesn't appear to be a deal, but when has that ever mattered here.Should …Doesn't appear to be a deal, but when has that ever mattered here.Should be in Misc/Freebies.


Seriously?

OP has provided an invaluable post that has loads of deals (Mothercare club, Aviva £100, Boots points and deal on baby food, current childcare scheme that ends in October, free life cover, vouchers for weening etc.)

This post belongs firmly in the deals section.
Edited by: "arCuThEDOWDr" 22nd Jun
Hot for the effort!


Here is my guide in how to not be worried about that:



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arCuThEDOWDr18 m ago

Seriously?OP has provided an invaluable post that has loads of deals …Seriously?OP has provided an invaluable post that has loads of deals (Mothercare club, Aviva £100, Boots points and deal on baby food, current childcare scheme that ends in October, free life cover, vouchers for weening etc.)This post belongs firmly in the deals section.



If anyone else (unaffiliated to the site) posted this it would have been moved within minutes.
If you have a rail season ticket, check with the franchise.
Several have "free" upgrades to first class for the last few months of the pregnancy.

greateranglia.co.uk/tra…-be
No season ticket required but can only use 1st class if no seats available in standard.
teh.arn6 m ago

If anyone else (unaffiliated to the site) posted this it would have been …If anyone else (unaffiliated to the site) posted this it would have been moved within minutes.


It would have been incorrectly moved if so.

Are you saying that valid deal posts are too frequently moved into the wrong section?
Edited by: "arCuThEDOWDr" 22nd Jun
arCuThEDOWDr2 m ago

It would have been incorrectly moved if so.Are you saying that valid deal …It would have been incorrectly moved if so.Are you saying that valid deal posts are too frequently moved into the wrong section?



I'm saying invalid deal posts are left in the incorrect setions.
More so when some one linked to the site posts them.
E.g. some one will intentionally post a freebie in the deals section because it will get them more vies/heat.
Same with this.
Thank you! really useful
I put my baby in a box and now social services have taken her away, on the plus side you saved me a fortune in feeding/changing costs, thx op
This is a completely random thing to post and put all that effort into, but could not have come at a better time and is unbelievabley apprichated thank you
Really useful info this, thanks.

Just to add, if you have health insurance with Vitality you can also claim £100 for birth of child...! Don’t need to add them to policy, I just sent a low res scan of birth certificate as proof and got a cheque in the post about a week later
Thanks! It's amazing of you to take time out and share this!
Can anyone share more info on the baby box? Is it actually free? Web link goes straight to sign up so wonder what the process is to get one (and if anyone has experience using it?). Thanks
stevieshoes20 h, 37 m ago

Can anyone share more info on the baby box? Is it actually free? Web link …Can anyone share more info on the baby box? Is it actually free? Web link goes straight to sign up so wonder what the process is to get one (and if anyone has experience using it?). Thanks


Yes it’s completely free you watch videos and online tutorials about baby’s and parenting. You have to collect from a local point or if that’s not convenient you can pay for delivery.
Reviews on mumsnet from people who have had / used them
Here
Almost all good info, although I will say that Emma’s Diary has its major downfalls as well, they might give vouchers and freebies but they also give/sell your info to third parties, has been proven by thousands.. thousands of people getting harrased by junk calls etc, mostly from Scottish Power and some getting harassed by them up to five times EVERY DAY, and all trace back to Emma’s Diary. Research it by all means, but it’s proven by thousands of angry parents-to-be. Other than that.. great and helpful post.
stevieshoes23rd Jun

Can anyone share more info on the baby box? Is it actually free? Web link …Can anyone share more info on the baby box? Is it actually free? Web link goes straight to sign up so wonder what the process is to get one (and if anyone has experience using it?). Thanks


Free if u live in Scotland full of useful stuff
Wow, thank you!
Just become a dad. A lot of useful info. Thanks for your efforts
Thank you. Great effort
NadirZ30th Jul

Just become a dad. A lot of useful info. Thanks for your efforts


Congrats. It's not easy. Gets better after a few weeks
Great post informative
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