How Do You Register for the Discovery Baby Benefit? And What’s in the Discovery Vitality Baby Bag for Mums to Be?]

I came across these pics earlier this week which I’d completely forgotten about, and thought they might be useful to somebody somewhere who wants to know what to expect from her Discovery Baby Bag.

I remember when I was an excited, expectant mum-to-be in the Winter of 2012, eagerly awaiting the arrival of mine, but unable to find much info online about what was actually included in it.

First things first…
  • Discovery is of course the medical aid / insurance scheme I’m referring to. Qualifying products to claim the Discovery Baby benefit and get a free baby hamper are: a Discovery Health medical aid membership, or a Discovery Life policy. You must have one of these.
  • You also need to be registered with Vitality, which is their loyalty programme available for a few extra randelas a month.
  • If you are a Vitality member and are either carrying or due to adopt a baby, you can qualify for Discovery Baby
  • Dads can register for the benefit, but they need to show proof of their partner’s pregnancy in the form of a letter from the doctor / gynae
  • Discovery advises you to “Simply call 0860 99 88 77 after 12 weeks of your pregnancy to either preauthorise your hospital stay or to register for Discovery Baby.”
  • I did however find the process a bit more complex than that, in that I physically had to go to my chosen hospital (Parklands in Durban), book my maternity ward bed and then call Discovery to let them know I’d done so
  • They then send you a letter which you take to any Toys R Us or Reggies store to collect your bag. You must produce your Discovery card as well.
  • The contents of the Discovery Baby Bag vary from time to time because they are subject to availability. But according to Discovery there are certain items which must be included in every pack.
I was pretty blown away with the contents of mine. Here’s what I got, bearing in mind this was 3.5 years ago…. 
  • Branded Discovery polar fleece blanket – really useful for my Winter baby, but it was a yucky dull beige-grey so I only ever used it at home
  • Baby Sense taglet – a lovely ‘doodoo blanky’ meant to serve as a comfort item to aid baby’s soothing and sleep, but unfortunately my son didn’t ever latch onto it
  • Carriwell maternity panties x 2 (sample) plus maternity pads x 2 (sample)
  • 3 Huggies nappies (sample) + a small packet of wet wipes
  • 1 x NUK bottle (these start at about 80 bucks in store)
  • 1 x NUK orthodontic soother 
  • Nasal spray
  • A box of Dove Baby cotton ear buds
  • 1 x Avent Via plastic cup. I loved this and ended up buying two x packs of 10 cups each from Dischem, which became a lifesaver for storing expressed breast milk. And I still use them to this day to store bulk cooked meals for my boy.
  • 1 x tiny sample of Bennetts Baby Bum Creme. I stuck with the Bennetts brand and was thoroughly impressed. We’ve never suffered with nappy rash in our almost 3 years with our kiddo. And the 300g tub of Bennetts lasts about 5 or 6 months, so it’s well worth the 40 or 50 bucks.
  • 1 x The Power of Play book from Reggies with info and pics of toys appropriate for different developmental stages
  • Johnson’s (free sample) Top to Toe wash 55 ml
  • Johnson’s (free sample) baby aqueous cream 100ml
  • Johnson’s sample baby soap
  • 1 x pack of 2 Discovery branded sun shades for the car
  • 1 x Sebamed baby wash – sample
  • Baby book – Complete Baby and Child Care by Dr Miriam Stopford – such a great guide in those early days!
  • CD (Beautiful Lullabies)
  • Baby on board sticker
  • 6 free pregnancy / baby magazines (Your Pregnancy, Your Baby or Baba en Kleuter) which you claim via the Vitality Mall online
  • Vouchers, vouchers, vouchers! The pack of vouchers alone is worth a fair amount. Depending on your Vitality status (blue, bronze, silver, gold or platinum), you get discounts on your nappies purchased from Reggies or Toys R Us. I was a complete plonker and forgot all aboout the vouchers for like the first year of my son’s life (major facepalm moment) so I’m still only on the first voucher card, but I’ve made huge savings nonetheless. You also get vouchers to buy a pram and car seat, but at the time I believe it was only the pricey Peg Perego range and I think the Mclaren or Ferrari that you could use the vouchers for. We ended up getting a cheaper Graco Fusion travel system, and with the limited number of times we’ve used the pram, I’m glad we didn’t spend a fortune on a pram in the end.

All the goodies are housed in this pretty simple bag which I believe does come in other colours. I wouldn’t use it as a nappy bag, but I’m sure some people do. I preferred a more structured bag with more compartments and certainly better looking than this. I used mine to put toys in on trips, etc.

A lovely lady from Discovery also visited me during my postnatal hospital stay and gifted us with a cute Discovery teddy bear for Ryder.

For extended benefits and savings, do also register with the free baby loyalty programmes of stores like Clicks, Dischem and Woolies and you’ll find you save a fair bit every now and then.
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