With so many bits to buy, and heaps of preparation to be made, having a baby can be expensive.
But did you know first-time mums can claim a £500 grant from the government?
The Sure Start Maternity Grant is a one-off payment of £500 to help towards the costs of having a little one.
There are certain requirements you'll need to meet to qualify, however.
The government website explains that you'll usually qualify for the grant if: you’re expecting your first child; or you’re expecting a multiple birth (such as twins) and have children under 16 already.
"You must claim the grant within 11 weeks of the baby’s due date or within six months after the baby’s birth," it explains.
"You do not have to pay the grant back and it will not affect your other benefits or tax credits."
If you already have one or more children under 16 (and none of them are from multiple births) you can claim £500 if you're having twins, or £1,000 if you're having triplets.
You might also be able to receive the grant if you're adopting or becoming a surrogate parent.
The baby must be under the age of one when you claim, and one of the following must also apply:
- You’ve become responsible for the baby and you’re not the mother
- The baby has been placed with you for adoption
- You’ve got permission to adopt a baby from abroad
- You’ve got a parental order for a surrogate birth
- You’ve been appointed as guardian
- You’ve an adoption or a residence order
You must also be in receipt of one of the required benefits, which you can find out more on here.