The other day we were handed a “goodie bag” as we left hospital following our first scan.
A little apprehensive about filling in our details as requested as it came from “Bounty UK” who have received a fair bit of negative publicity over the years (albeit due to them turning up at your bedside minutes after you have given birth). Included in the initial “bag of goodies” was a form allowing us to claim yet another goodie bag, this one from Boots and titled “Mum-to-be Pack”!
Saturday we set off to our local shops and while out and about called into Boots and handed over our completed form. Another Bounty goodie bag was given to us in return. Our faces slightly puzzled, but still as it had “Contains £15 of samples” we were more than happy to accept.
£21,360 a year on nappies?
Once home, we opened the bag to see how it measured compared to the one we received from hospital. Wow what a let down! £15 of samples it says but other than leaflets we managed to find only 1 nappy, a pen & a sample of Dettol wipes.
I climbed inside the bag as surely something was missing unless each of these items really were £5 each? I know babies cost a lot of money but had no idea they cost this much! Based on up to 12 changes a day, at this rate its going to cost us £21,360 a year in nappies alone!
One of the leaflets was a form to claim a “Mum-to-be Pack”, again from Boots, which by the name of it I suspect is the exact same pack as we’d just claimed. I am now wondering if we claim enough, could we get a years supply of nappies…
Slightly let down thus far, we’re either doing something wrong, expecting too much or we’re simply joining the wrong “clubs”.
As I continue to turn in to a freebie scrounger possessed by the idea of collecting enough sample pots and individual baby wipes that we won’t need to shop for 2 years, today I headed over to Tesco Baby Club.
Tesco Baby Club
How can any pending parent ignore a claim like this? Now I can sit back and look forward to receiving a free babysitter, ear defenders, a homework tutor and later on in life a taxi driver followed by a pot of gold labelled University Fund.
After joining and reading further, it appears I had set my expectations a little too high;
The 12 week scan has been and gone. Despite trying to remain positive on the outside, inside, like any new parent, a whole mixture of emotions and questions were going through my head. Excitement mixed with worry and a whole load of what if…
12 Week Pregnancy Scan
Measuring in at 7.8cm and showing as being 13 weeks & 2 days pregnant, all of our fears subsided. Due to our ages and having to go through IVF we also opted for the additional NTL blood tests to be carried out, so before breaking open the champagne we’ve a wait of another 2 weeks.
Whilst we sat patiently for 3 hours in hospital going through blood tests, scans and questionnaires galore, our boredom was slightly relieved thanks to BabyTV where I caught a glimpse of an offer for a free photobook to new parents from Snapfish.
As fans of photo books ourselves having previously used Photobox to sum up our travels throughout the years, photo books are a great way of keeping memories. Also, god forbid, should anything happen to your home you can easily obtain another copy as they’re backed up online meaning you’ll never lose those all important photos that will come in handy at 18th’s, 21st’s and weddings 😉
Apparently if you’re pregnant and/or have a child or children up to but not including their 2nd birthday, Boots Parenting Club is here to support you with expert advice and great offers. This is the first of many “clubs” that I don’t for one minute doubt we’ll be joining over the coming weeks.
As we’re completely new to all of this, we have no idea what to expect in terms of goodies, but the promise of a free change bag is too good to miss!
What is in the Boots Parenting Welcome Pack?
In your welcome pack you will receive a welcome magazine, a collection of special offers and discounts and a voucher for your free changing bag which you’ll need to take into a local store to claim.