When you’ve given birth to your lovely baby, and you’re spending your time getting to know them on the postnatal ward, the Bounty reps come around bearing gift-packs and cameras. We turned down the offer of photographs (feeling like we were going to be trapped into spending lots of money, and not wanting Bounty to have possession of any pictures of our son), but were happy to accept the pack.
The first thing you notice is the free STUFF, because it’s bigger and more interesting than the small forest of literature that’s included…
The best thing in the pack was a baby towel (top left) that is beautifully soft and comes with a sample of Persil Non Bio liquid and Comfort softener as well as money off vouchers for the same (the two brands we already use! Huzzah!)
Next best things were sample nappies and wipes from Aldi and Asda (I used the Asda wipes before I had chance to take the picture. Whoops). Asda only give you two of their ‘Little Angels’ nappies, and I think the pack had 10 wipes in it. Aldi are FAR more generous with 24 Mamia wipes (now in our nappy bag for emergencies) and 4 sample nappies. Fabulous!
We have since used the rest of these nappy samples up (more about our nappy experiences soon…) and can safely say that both Little Angels and Mamia nappies are very good quality and very good value if you then go on to buy them. The wipes are brilliant too, and we’ve used them on George’s bum and face with no adverse reactions (unlike Huggies aloe vera wipes which gave him sore skin. Bad Huggies!)
There was also a Tena Lights sample (and money off voucher) in the pack, another mini pot of Sudocrem, and a sample of Baby D Drops. All in all, a cornucopia of freebies!…and useful ones at that!
So…that’s all the interesting ‘STUFF’…now onto the forest of paper that was included in the pack. I was prepared for it to all be selling me something or just generally useless, but again I was pleasantly surprised…
- Child Benefit Form…VERY useful! Unfortunately I didn’t know it was in there until a week or so ago (despite it being printed on the pack itself) so I didn’t have it with me when we registered George (you can apparently hand your filled in form to the Registrar)
- 2 x Lansinoh Breast Milk Freezer Bags…also VERY useful. I hadn’t even thought about buying these so when I needed to freeze some of my expressed milk I had two in reserve! Awesome stuff!
- Hotel Chocolat Tasting Club voucher…to get a £22.95 selection for £6.95. I love these chocolates! USEFUL!
- Obligatory “Ocado 20% off” voucher…when you spend over £80 of course…not at all useful.
- Pixifoto voucher sheet…for free photography sessions as your baby grows. Pretty useful if you like that sort of thing.
- “Gift Certificates”…these look like great offers on the face of it BUT they’re all American sites so you have to pay almost £10 in postage for each purchase. It’s not bad if they were things you wanted anyway…you can get:
- 30% off car seat canopies @ carseatcanopy.com
- £25 off Belly Bands @ bellybuttonband.com
- a FREE nursing cover worth £20 @ uddercovers.com
- a FREE baby carrier worth £30 @ sevenslings.com
- 5 FREE pairs of baby leggings worth £30@ babyleggings.com
- a FREE nursing pillow worth £25 @ nursingpillow.com
- 10 FREE pairs of breastpads worth £20 @ breastpads.com
- You and Your Newborn Bounty Book…I haven’t even looked through this but I’m fairly sure it’s another book of advertisements. It could be useful. Maybe.
- Your Guide to Contraception After You’ve Had a Baby…leaflet. Useful!
- Meningitis Awareness…mini leaflet. Also useful!
- Coping With Wind and Infant Colic…leaflet (it’s basically an informative advert for Infacol)…very useful as George has suffered with bad wind (possibly colic)
- Junior ISAs…leaflet. Might be useful.
- D Drops Voucher…and leaflet. Useful for finding out what they’re about (and buying more).
- Bounty Parenting Club Form…of course. I’m sure this will be useful if they want to give me more free things.
So there you have it! It was stuffed with STUFF and THINGS and a lot of it was useful (or could be seen as being useful)…all in all I’m pretty impressed!
Thanks Bounty 🙂