Baby bonus in Singapore. Payout, schedule and CDA

The Ultimate Guide: Baby Bonus in Singapore ( Payout, Schedule, CDA)

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S$14,425 is the amount we are looking at, on average when we talk about the cost of delivering a baby.

Cost of giving birth in Singapore

In an attempt to boost Singapore’s birth rates, the government launched The Baby Bonus scheme to encourage more babies amongst Singaporeans.

What is wrong with Singapore’s birth rate?

The number of babies born to Singaporean parents in the year 2017 is one of the lowest Singapore has ever experience.

The fertility rate for Singapore is low, at 1.16 as of the year 2017. The fertility rate is defined as the number of children born per woman.

According to the UN, Population Division, 2.1 children per woman is known as the Replacement-level of fertility.

Since it takes “two hands to clap”, a birth rate of 1.16 for each couple generally means that the population will decline drastically by close to 50% with each generation.

TL;DR: Make more babies, here’s the baby bonus!

Without sounding too much like a government campaign, here are the details that Singaporeans need to know with regards to baby bonus

Birth OrderCash Gift
(inclusive of $2,000 baby bonus plus)
CDA BenefitsTotal Baby Bonus Received
CDA Final Step GrantDollar-for-Dollar Matching Cap
First and Second BabyS$8,000S$3,000Up to S$3,000Up to S$14,000
Third and Fourth BabyS$10,000Up to S$9,000Up to S$22,000
Fifth Baby and HigherS$10,000Up to S$15,000Up to S$28,000
  • The first and second baby can receive up to S$14,000 in terms of Baby Bonus
  • The third and fourth will receive up to S$22,000.
  • The fifth baby onwards can receive up to S$28,000 in terms of Baby Bonus

Credit: Ministry of Social and Family Development

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A Step-by-step Guide To Receiving Your Baby Bonus

To be eligible, the parents of the baby has to be:

  • Lawfully married
  • The baby is a Singapore Citizen at time of birth

Here are some tools to help you with your Baby Bonus Application:

  • One can submit an online form to join the Baby Bonus scheme as early as 2 months before the estimated delivery date.
  • To check if the child is eligible for Baby Bonus cash gift and/or CDA benefits, one can use the Eligible Check Tool.
  • Baby Bonus Hotline: 1800-253-7707

Baby Bonus Cash Gift Schedule and Payout

Upon the birth registration of your baby or the completion of the baby bonus form online, one can expect to receive the cash gift portion of the baby bonus within 7 to 10 working days.

 Baby Bonus Cash GiftBaby Bonus Plus
Birth OrderWithin 10 Working DaysAround 6 MonthsAround 12 MonthsAround 15 MonthsAround 18 Months
First and Second$3,000$1,500$1,500$1,000$1,000
Third and Above$4,000$2,000$2,000$1,000$1,000

Credit: Ministry of Social and Family Development

Child Development Account (CDA)

On top of the more direct cash gift payout, eligible Singaporean baby will be able to enjoy a special savings account called the Child Development Account (CDA).

This account will be opened automatically when the baby joins the Baby Bonus Scheme.

One will also be able to select the CDA bank between DBS, OCBC or UOB.

CDA First Step

  • All Singaporean children born from 24th March 2016 onwards will receive an initial $3,000 grant in their CDA.

Government dollar-for-dollar matching contributions

  • If you deposit $1,000 into the CDA, the government will give you an additional $1,000 the next month. (Up to $15,000)

Here’s how much one can get out of CDA:

Child OrderCDA BenefitsTotal CDA Benefits
CDA First StepDollar-for-dollar Matching
1st & 2nd child$3,000Up to $3,000Up to $6,000
3rd & 4th childUp to $9,000Up to $12,000
5th child & subsequentUp to $15,000Up to $18,000

The CDA account can be kept open until your child is 12 years old, so use those all those years to save up the amount necessary to bag you the entire bonus.

Maximising the benefit of a Child Development Account (CDA) depends a lot on the contribution from the parents due to the dollar-to-dollar matching.

Further Reading: Baby Bonus For Single Parent

In Singapore, unwed mothers do not get to enjoy the maximum Baby Bonus.

This is extremely worrying, given that single parents are usually the ones that require more assistance.

For single parents in Singapore, they are:

  • Disqualified from the Baby Bonus Cash Gift Component as a whole.
  • Qualified for the full CDA Bonus package which is:
    Child OrderCDA BenefitsTotal CDA Benefits
    CDA First StepDollar-for-dollar Matching
    1st & 2nd child$3,000Up to $3,000Up to $6,000
    3rd & 4th childUp to $9,000Up to $12,000
    5th child & subsequentUp to $15,000Up to $18,000

Editor’s Note: We would like to express our respect for single parents, it is definitely not an easy task! 

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