Download the Child Benefit claim form from the website.
You’ll have lots of other things to do and remember in the first few weeks, but it’s worth claiming straight away because your Child Benefit payments can only be backdated three months from the date your application is received.
If you don't claim you might also miss out on: Even if you don't think you'll be entitled to anything because either you or your partner earns over the £50,000 tax-free limit, it's still worth claiming so you don't miss out on National Insurance credits.
Find out more about Child Benefit and the State Pension on
This should mean you can avoid having to pay the money back, and will ensure that any increases can be paid to you straight away.
Call the Tax Credits helpline on 03 to let them know about any changes to your circumstances.
If your child starts paid work for 24 hours or more a week and is no longer in approved education or training, your Child Benefit will stop.
The same applies if your child starts an apprenticeship or starts receiving certain benefits in their own right.
You need to claim for each of them, they’re not paid automatically.Working Tax Credit is based on the hours you work and how much you earn.It doesn’t matter whether you're an employee or self-employed.Make sure you claim within one month of your baby's birth because payments can normally only be backdated for one month.Find out more about Child Tax Credit on the website.