We all love free stuff right? And with the cost of having a baby and everything you need to invest in, even just essential items like nappies and baby wipes, things soon add up. As a parent, especially a new parent, you are also on the lookout for any help or guidance you can get from a variety of sources. So, anything useful and that’s free is very welcome indeed!
Below are some essential freebies we have found extremely valuable as new parents:
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Information pack: This is a great folder to keep all your pregnancy notes, letters, scans, any test results in etc. The pack also contains a ‘You and Your Pregnancy Guide’ with lots of general advice and money off samples.
Mum-to-be-pack: This is available from when you are 13 weeks pregnant. It is full of free samples and money off coupons. You can get slightly different packs from Tesco, Asda and Boots. We got ours from Boots and it included laundry, nappy rash cream and nappy samples as well as a buying guide pamphlet.
Newborn pack: This is available once you have your baby. You can usually get them while you’re still in hospital (if that’s the case) or you can ask your health provider/health visitor for it. We got ours while in the hospital and it included nappies, baby wipes and nappy rash cream samples, advice on child benefits, safe sleeping, immunisations, vitamin D drops and money off coupons.
You can find out more information here: https://www.bounty.com/about-bounty/bounty-packs.
Packs from Emma’s Diary:
You can get 4 packs in total. All packs contain money off coupons, general advice, free samples such as nappy rash cream, baby toothpaste, breast pads, laundry and baby wipes.
Mum-to-be: Available from early pregnancy and can be picked up from Boots or Argos.
Bump to Baby: Available from when you’re 27 weeks pregnant from Boots or Argos.
Labour Information Pack: Available from when you’re 32 weeks pregnant from your midwife or GP.
New Family Gift Pack: Available from after you’ve had your baby from Boots or Argos.
You can find out more information and sign up here: https://www.emmasdiary.co.uk/about-us/gift-packs/get-your-free-gift-packs-today.
BookTrust is the UK’s largest reading charity, encouraging children to love reading with a variety of books and resources. They are giving two free book packs:
For when your child is upto 1 year old, you can get the Bookstart Baby Bag which includes 2 board books, a rhyme sheet, paper finger puppets and advice on reading with your child, all in a bright yellow cloth tote bag.
For when your child is between 1-5 years old you can get the Bookstart Treasure Pack which includes a gift envelope, a picture book and again, tips for reading with your child.
You can find out more information here and contact your local library for the packs: https://www.booktrust.org.uk/what-we-do/programmes-and-campaigns/bookstart/families/what-bookstart-can-offer-you/baby-and-treasure-packs/.
Ella’s Kitchen Free Weaning Pack:
As your baby grows, you start to think about weaning. Quite a daunting feat as a new parent. Ella’s Kitchen is giving away a free weaning pack if you sign up as one of their ‘friends’. You get emails with lots of recipes, tips and advice, money off coupons for their products, a weaning guide to help you along and a weaning wall chart.
You can find out more information and sign up here: https://www.ellaskitchen.co.uk/become-a-friend/.
We hope you found this post useful. For us, these have been the most valuable freebies so far as a new parent, we hope they are for you too. Feel free to get in touch with any questions or suggestions. Thanks and speak soon!