The Baby Bonus cash gift will be enhanced in two ways to better defray child-raising costs:
a) Introduction of a new “Baby Bonus Plus” of $2,000
For Singapore Citizen children born on or after 1 Jan 2015, the existing Baby Bonus cash gift will be enhanced with a “Baby Bonus Plus” cash gift of $2,000. The “Baby Bonus Plus” is intended to support parents 'out-of-pocket' caregiving costs during the first 18 months of a child’s life. These will be disbursed on the 15th and 18th month of birth to provide parents with more sustained support.
b) Extension of enhanced Baby Bonus Cash Gift (i.e. inclusive of the Baby Bonus Plus) to 5th and subsequent child
The enhanced Baby Bonus cash gift (i.e. inclusive of the Baby Bonus Plus) will also be extended to the 5th and subsequent child. The enhancement to the Baby Bonus cash gift is as follows:
Born between 26 Aug 2012 and 31 Dec 2014 (for each child)
Born on or after 1 Jan
2015 (for each child)
& 2nd Child
$8,000 (inclusive of $2,000 Baby Bonus Plus)
3rd & 4th
(inclusive of $2,000 Baby Bonus Plus)
You can log in to Baby Bonus Online (www.babybonus.msf.gov.sg/parent) via "Services-Login" using your SingPass and to "View Account Summary". You can check the amount of cash gift received, and future payment (s).
You will also be informed of the scheduled cash gift payment via letter.
The Baby Bonus cash gift helps to defray the costs of caring for and raising a new born child. It is presently disbursed in three instalments over the first 12 months from the birth of the child.
Parents currently utilise a range of care options during the child’s infancy (first 18 months), from centre-based infant care to informal caregiving arrangements. To better support parents with out-of-pocket caregiving expenses during this period, the Government will enhance the Baby Bonus Cash Gift by providing a Baby Bonus Plus of $2,000 cash. This will be disbursed between 15th and 18th months after the child’s birth. The enhanced Baby Bonus Cash Gift (inclusive of the Baby Bonus Plus) will provide more sustained support to parents during the child’s infancy.
The enhanced cash gift
disbursement schedule is shown below. Parents can expect to receive the additional payments from
3rd week of January 2016.
Amount of cash gift disbursed
First and Second Birth
Third and Subsequent
to 10 working days after joining the scheme
the child turns 6 months old
the child turns 12 months old
Baby Bonus Plus
the child turns 15 months old
the child turns 18 months old
Baby Bonus Cash Gift (Current)
Baby Bonus Cash Gift + Baby Bonus Plus (New)
Total after Enhancement
1st and 2nd
$6,000 + $2,000 (Baby Bonus Plus)
3rd and 4th
$8,000 + $2,000 (Baby Bonus Plus)
5th and higher
Period from childbirth
Baby Bonus Cash Gift - 1st, 6th and 12th month
Baby Bonus Plus - 15th and 18th month
Child born from 1 January 2015 will be eligible for the enhanced Baby Bonus cash gift. Parents can expect to receive the additional payments from January 2016.
Your child is eligible if he/she meets the following criteria:
1. Born1 on or after 1 January 2015, or has an estimated date of delivery (EDD)2 on or after 1 January 2015;
2. Singapore Citizen or becomes a Singapore Citizen3; and
3. the child’s parents are lawfully married.
1 Baby Bonus is not applicable to stillbirths.
2 If your child's EDD was on or after 1 January 2015, parents can write to MSF. (email@example.com) with a scanned copy of doctor's certification on the EDD. The doctor’s certification shall include the following details:
3 The amount of cash gift may be pro-rated if both parents are not Singapore Citizens at the point of the child’s birth. The pro-rated amount will depend on the date that the child becomes a Singapore Citizen. MSF will inform parents of the amounts from the 3rd week of January 2016.
You can log in to Baby Bonus Online (www.babybonus.msf.gov.sg/parent) via the "Services-Login" using your SingPass to change the bank account. Please select "Request to change Cash Gift Bank Account Number" under Services. Please note that only the current Cash Gift Bank Account Holder an submit the change of the account.
[Note: Change of bank account between 17 Jan 2016 to 27 Jan 2016 may delay the cash gift payment date scheduled from 3rd week of Jan 2016.]
If your child meets the eligibility criteria and:
a) Has joined the scheme (1st to 4th child): No further action is required from you, as MSF will automatically credit the enhanced cash gift for your child to the bank account (used to receive cash gift) when your child turns 15th and 18th month old.
b) Has joined the scheme (5th child): Both parents have to agree who to be the cash gift account holder and submit the bank account number. You can log in to Baby Bonus Online (www.babybonus.msf.gov.sg/parent) via "Services-Login" using your SingPass to provide your bank account number from 11 January 2016.
Once you have provided your bank account details, you can expect to receive the payment within 7 to 10 working days.
c) Has not joined the scheme: You may refer to our FAQs on how to join the Baby Bonus Scheme.
If either parent is a Singapore citizen at the time of the child’s birth, the child will be eligible for the full Baby Bonus benefits. The child must obtain Singapore Citizenship and join the scheme before 12 years old.
If both parents are not Singapore Citizens at the time of the child’s birth, the child will be eligible for pro-rated benefits. The child must obtain citizenship before 24 months of age to be eligible for the cash gift, and before 12 years of age in order to be eligible for the CDA. The amount of pro-ration will depend on the date that the child becomes a Singapore Citizen.
The Baby Bonus cash gift and Baby Bonus Plus are extended to the 5th and subsequent child to provide additional support for married couples who have more children, by helping them defray out-of-pocket child-raising costs.