Who doesn’t love free stuff?

As you may know by now, I’m a fiend for shopping. Usually for myself. It’s my money, so I don’t feel bad about that. The funny thing is, since falling pregnant with Baby J my focus has been on shopping for him, and now for #2 as well.

I mean, who can blame me with all the fabulous local baby shops we have?

Anyway, I’m also a big (massive) fan of the free stuff – who isn’t? So one of my greatest discoveries the first time round was finding out about the free stuff moms-to-be can get. In South Africa, the two most common freebies are from Momentum/Discovery and Dischem.

Our family is on Momentum medical aid so let’s start there.

With Momentum Multiply you simply need to sign up for the Momentous Baby programme . To qualify for the freebies, you must be a member of Momentum and Multiply. Register on the programme after the 12th week of your pregnancy (you can just phone them) and after your 24th week they will send you a goodie bag, which looks something like this:

Momentum Multiply baby bag

Included in my bag this time around were:

  • Nappy pants sample
  • box of breast pads
  • Wet wipes
  • Elektra Thermometer
  • Pigeon dummy
  • Tiny Love toy
  • Baby car sign
  • Baby Gym milestone cards
  • Changing mat
  • Voucher book for Baby City

Not pictured is the one-year subscription to Living and Loving magazine.

Now, Dischem. For Dischem you also need to join the Dischem Baby Programme, by registering at the Customer Care desk or by calling them. You also need to earn 975 points on your Dischem loyalty card. It sounds like a lot but let’s be honest, when you’re buying for baby things add up and you’re going to buy these things anyway so you might as well buy them at Dischem.  Then, when you reach the 28-week mark they’ll call you to collect your bag, which looks a little something like this:

Dischem freebie baby bag

Included in my bag this time were:

  • Pampers nappy sample
  • Discovery medical kit
  • Softi maternity pads
  • Wet wipes
  • Ear buds
  • Cotton balls
  • Sudocrem baby cream
  • Bennets bum cream
  • Dischem surgical spirits
  • Tommee Tippee dummy
  • Teejel gel sample
  • Pack of disposable underwear
  • Dischem lip balm
  • Baby Things baby shampoo, body wash, baby oil, body lotion, baby powder
  • Dischem Benefits magazine

Not pictured is the changing mat.

You should also get some kind of a bag from your hospital. I had J at Kingsbury and we were given a bag on arrival with a lot of necessary samples.

As you can see, these freebies are not to be sniffed at. If you’re smart and sort yourself out with this lot of freebies you can save yourself some serious cents. It’s also sensible to organise this before you pack your hospital bag because it’ll save you buying a few things.

Plus, these nappy bags come in useful when you need to have one in the car, one on the pram, one in the husband’s car, one for granny – then you have all the little samples to pack in each bag so you don’t need to struggle to make sure your nappy bag has everything you need in it.

Now all we need is to persuade them to include monitors and breast pumps!

Featured image:  by Akshar Dave on Unsplash

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