MUST be all that Christmas “revelry” – tomorrow marks the day when the most babies are born each year.
Little ones can seriously stretch the budget, but if you’re a new parent, there are ways to cut the cost of your bundle of joy.
Check out these little helpers for slashing your spend.
DOUBLE UP: Did you know baby products can easily be used by Mum too? Not only is the price generally lower, but it makes Mum’s life easier and saves buying extra items.
Dr Stefanie Williams, of the Eudelo dermatology clinic in London, says: “Products formulated for delicate baby skin are super-nourishing for Mum too. Aveeno Baby Daily Care Lotion (£5.99, Boots) is gentle enough to be used every day.
“It’s designed for babies with normal to dry skin, but great for adults with eczema-prone skin too, as long as their skin is not prone to acne or rosacea.”
My tip: I love using Johnson’s Baby Oil (£2.50 for 150ml, Boots) as a cheap and easy make-up remover, plus it’s far cheaper than oil-based cleansers such as Sanctuary Melt Away Cleansing Oil (£12 for 150ml). It also works as cuticle oil.
A GOOD START: Some mums will be eligible for the NHS Healthy Start scheme, a Government initiative that offers weekly vouchers to spend on basics such as milk, fresh and frozen fruit and veg, infant formula milk and vitamins. You may qualify if you are pregnant and under 18, have children under the age of four or if you are on benefits. See healthystart.nhs.uk.
CLUB TOGETHER: Certain clubs and schemes have free help packs. Sign up for bounty.com’s Newborn pack, which includes nappies, baby wipes, nappy rash cream, money-off vouchers and offers and advice from experts such as the Lullaby Trust and British Pregnancy Advisory Service.
Emmasdiary.co.uk has a scheme providing an app and gift packs with information and freebies. And register at mumandbabyonline.co.uk to be sent samples from baby brands.
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Deal of the day
THIS Beldray Roller Vacuum makes cleaning up so easy. It’s on offer for £119.99, down from £149.99 at studio.co.uk.
INDULGE yourself with four pots of Muller Light fat-free Greek-style smooth toffee yogurts for 95p at Asda, down from £2.
A FOUR-pack of frozen beefburgers at Sainsbury’s is £2.50 but if you go to Iceland you can grab a box of four for £2.
Don’t miss this…
IF you’re itching to kick off the festivities this year, then you won’t want to miss this.
Sony Movies Christmas pop-up channel launched this week with seasonal films to last every day from now until January. Films include A Beauty & The Beast Christmas, A Christmas Eve Miracle and Wicked Christmas.
Giselle’s Little Helper
BOOTS is launching a recycling scheme, encouraging customers to bring back empty hard-to-recycle health, beauty and wellness products.
It has teamed up with Scan2Recycle, allowing customers to track how much packaging they have recycled.
For every five products recycled, customers will be recieve 500 Boots Advantage card points, worth £5.
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