From April 2011, this was restricted to the first child only, so you can't apply if you've already got kids under 16. However, if you've already got kids and are expecting twins or triplets, you'll probably still qualify. If you're adopting a child or becoming a surrogate parent, you might also be able to get the grant. Make sure you claim within 11 weeks of the due date or within three weeks of giving birth.
Tax Credits. Nine out of 10 families with children are entitled to tax credits, according to HMRC, but around 1.4 million fail to claim each year. The rules are complex, but to sum up, there are two types: Working Tax Credit (worth up to £1,960, plus £2,010 a year to couples and lone parents) and the Child Tax Credit. The Child Tax Credit Rules changed in 2017 and up to £2,078 for your first two children. You'll only get benefit for more children if exceptions apply. You'll only be eligible for the additional £545 family credit if one of your children was born before 6 April 2017. Check whether you qualify.
Inspire a love for reading at a young age. All you need to do is to sign up for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (see if the program is available in your area). From there, you’ll receive one free age-appropriate book each month from the time your child is born through age 5. If the Imagination Library isn’t currently in your area, you can assist in launching a program.
When you want to give that special someone just what they're looking for, Amazon Gift Cards and Amazon Gift Vouchers are the perfect solution. Be it a birthday, wedding, anniversary, Christmas, Mother's Day, Father's Day, a thank you or a new baby present, a prize, a business incentive, or an employee reward, Amazon Gift Cards and Gift Vouchers are available in any denomination ranging from £0.10 to £1,000, and can be redeemed across the Amazon.co.uk website. Your recipient can choose to spend their Amazon Gift Cards right away, or apply the gift card code to their Amazon.co.uk account and use it any time on their Amazon.co.uk purchases for 10 years from the date of issuance.
Free help with colic and crying. Massage can provide relief from colic, as can swaddling - so read this free baby massage guide and get free step-by-step instructions on how to swaddle your baby. If you do find that you’re up all night with a crying baby, download Samuel L. Jackson reading the hilarious ‘Go the F**k to Sleep’ for free at audible.co.uk (when you sign up for a 30-day free trial, £1.49 otherwise). It might just keep you sane.