I’ve included the formula companies because they do offer pregnancy and baby freebies, but just be warned they will have subtle formula and follow on milk messages, which you don’t need – even if you bottle feed with Infant formula, it’s better to stick with the first formula rather than switch to follow on milk. They aren’t allowed to advertise their infant milk before 6 months, so getting you on board whilst pregnant is a way of getting round the advertising ban. Onto the offers – Cow & Gate offer a free pregnancy diary and cuddly cow when you join up to their baby club. Similarly, SMA infant formula have a pregnancy club which offers surprises, information and competitions. Aptamil has offers, expert advice and discounts.
A popular offer from Huggies. At this site, you can request a voucher, redeemable for £2 off Pull-Ups Potty Training Pants at participating stores. These are purposely designed for potty training and feature stretchy sides and fun Disney design prints. A short registration is required (it only takes a minute or two). Some supermarkets retail the item at £2 from time to time, making it effectively free of charge in some instances.
Gift cards are credit card sized plastic cards that have a stored value of money pre-loaded on to them. There are two main types of gift card; single branded gift cards can be spent in only one chain of stores and multi retail gift cards can be spent in multiple participating stores. Some gift cards can also be redeemed online using a code printed on the card. Gift cards are a popular gift in the UK due to the ease of use and the choice they give to the user.
Check out these current high street bargains. If you do want to buy new items (which with a changing body shape can be nice – let's be honest), the Can I Breastfeed In It? group often features items on sale and cheap supermarket outfits. Current bargains include ribbed blouses from an eBay seller (£3.50 incl del), a ruffle dress from Boohoo (£13 plus £4 del) and a burgundy wrap top from Dorothy Perkins (£18 plus £4 del, limited stock). Also see the group's Hot Favourites List with anything that's perfect for nursing.
The Consumer Council for Water website also has a list of water company contacts – get in touch with it if you have any problems making arrangements with your water company. It's also worth noting that bottled water isn't recommended for making baby formula but if it has to be used, NHS Choices provides guidelines. Plus see our Cut your water bills guide for full cost-cutting help.
Gift cards differ from gift certificates, in that the latter are usually sold as a paper document with an authorized signature by a restaurant, store, or other individual establishment as a voucher for a future service; there is no electronic authorization. A gift certificate may or may not have an expiration date and generally has no administrative fees.
So if a retailer does go bust and I'm unlikely to get my money back, should I just throw my gift card/voucher away? No. Don't be too quick to chuck gift cards – administrators may have a change of heart. For example, when Comet went into administration in November 2012, the administrator Deloitte ended up allowing it to accept gift cards, after originally saying it couldn't.
So you’re pregnant, congratulations! You’re about to embark on an incredible journey, full of ups and downs and  – a lot of expense! So you’ll need all the help you can get. I’ve been pregnant 5 times so I’ve been there and got the (free) T shirt. Here’s my up to date list for 2018 for pregnancy and baby freebies in the UK. Got something to add? Let me know!
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