EXPECTING mums and new parents can snap up a number of freebies and discounts for their new arrivals by joining baby clubs.
It’s something one money saving dad told he did when his new baby was first born.
Getty – Contributor New parents should join baby schemes to get freebies and discounts
Tom Bryant, 33, from London – who also runs freebie website Magic Freebies told The Sun: “I just had a baby and there are quite a few baby clubs where you can get vouchers and coupons and free samples.
“For example, Aptaclub, Cow & Gate, HiPP Organic, SMA Baby Club, and Emma’s Diary – they’re really useful.”
And these savings will come in handy given Child Poverty Action Group’s latest report found that the the cost of raising a child to 18, including childcare costs, is a massive £183,335.
Here’s what you need to know:1. Bag a free baby sleeping box
Every baby born in Scotland is given a free baby box, which not only can your newborn sleep in, but it’s also stuffed to the brim with essentials.
This includes baby clothes, an ear thermometer, bath toys, teething rings, books, breast pads for mums, and more – although items can vary.
When you’re about 20 to 24 weeks pregnant, your midwife will fill in a Baby Box registration card with you at your regular antenatal appointment and the box will arrive four weeks before the baby is due.
If your baby is premature, you can contact email@example.com or phone 0800 030 8003 quoting the registration number on the leaflet you were given at your 20 to 24 week midwife appointment.
If you live in England and Wales, a company called The Baby Box sends out free baby boxes for newborns to sleep in with products inside.
It doesn’t say what you’ll get in your box but bear in mind you will need to watch and complete online courses and videos to earn your box and other rewards.
You can sign up on The Baby Box website.
Getty – Contributor Get a free baby box that your littleun’ can sleep in
2. Aptaclub: Look out for a free polar bear toy
Aptaclub, which is part of the Danone food manufacturing company, is a free club for new parents.
At the moment it’s only giving away how to guides, personalised emails and expert advice to new joiners.
But in the past it’s given new sign-ups a free welcome pack, including a cuddly polar bear toy, so keep your eyes peeled for new signup offers.
3. Asda: Get offers and advice
Join Asda’s Baby and Toddler Club and you’ll be sent “offers and advice” from the supermarket.
4. Boots: Boost your Advantage points and get freebies
Join the Boots Parenting Club and you’ll get 10 points per £1 spent on baby products.
Normally you earn four Boots Advantage points for every £1 you spend in store or online at the beauty retailer.
Each point is then worth 1p.
You’ll also be sent free gifts, subject to availability, although we don’t know what these are.
5. Bounty: Get free baby grows and nappies
Parenting website Bounty gives joiners a free mum-to-be pack, which includes a bodysuit, nappies, wipes and 10 per cent off George at Asda.
Or its newborn pack includes expert advice, money off vouchers and product samples.
Getty – Contributor Some baby clubs will send free nappies and wipes
6. C&G: Get a free cuddly cow
Join the C&G baby club before you reach 30 weeks of pregnancy and you’ll get a free cuddly cow while stocks last.
You’ll also be emailed weekly tips and advice and be offered one-to-one support via a 24/7 helpline.
The club is run by baby milk manufacturer Cow & Gate.
7. Early Learning Centre: Get 20 per cent off toys
If you sign up to children’s toy retailer Early Learning Centre’s “Big Birthday Club” you get 20 per cent off as well as downloadable party invitations and thank you cards.
8. Emma’s Diary: Expect a free gift pack
We don’t know exactly what members of Emma’s Diary get, but the firm promises to send “carefully selected special offers, free gifts and baby samples, useful vouchers and goodies from popular pregnancy and parenting brands such as Pampers and Johnson & Johnson”.
It also promises to send you £250 worth of money off vouchers for Argos.
Just sign up via the website, although be aware that the marketing company was fined £140,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office in August 2018 for illegally collecting and selling data to Experian, which was then used by the Labour Party.
9. HiPP Organic: Pick up a personalised baby calendar
Organic baby milk manufacturer, HiPP Organic, sends a personalised baby calendar to parents who join its baby club.
It also promises to send exclusive offers and competitions, regular baby development emails, and an A to Z of pregnancy and baby health.
Getty – Contributor Other baby clubs will send free babygrows and money-off vouchers
10. Mothercare: Get £100 worth of vouchers
Baby retailer Mothercare gives new joiners to its baby club over £100 worth of vouchers, 20 per cent off maternity clothes, and early access to sales.
You also get 20 per cent off toys on your child’s birthday and you might even be sent products to test too.
11. Netmums – free nappies and baby wipes
Join online community Netmum’s Mum Club and you’ll be sent a pack of two Aldi Mamia newborn nappies.
You’ll also get a pack of 24 Aldi Mamia sensitive baby wipes.
12. SMA: Bag a baby milestone calendar
Sign up to the SMA Baby Club, run by the baby milk manufacturer, and you’ll be sent a “Baby Time” calendar covering milestones of your baby’s first 1,000 days.
Again, it promises personalised emails and has a 24/7 helpline.
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