Yes I save half of his child benefit into an ISA and am planning to save all of it once he's at school and I can afford more once stopped paying nursery fees. Doesn't sound a lot but it mounts up.
My mum always buys him a hundred quid premium bond for his birthday and the in laws have set up an account for him that they say he can't access until he's 25 and the put money in every birthday and Christmas- not sure how much in there but they're well off so hopefully a decent amount.
DH and I have been discussing how to save more as we worry due to house prices and jobs etc and are thinking that when our parents go and we possibly inherit we will put that straight into an account for him - one that can't be touched as 'our' money should we go bankrupt or need social care later in.
Sort of. We have it in mind that we'll need to cover their (x3) university costs and I hope to give them house deposits. We have investments more than savings but will spend the next while securing them and maxing out pensions so that when the time comes we can cover those costs for them.
We have money earmarked for the children but we would not put it in their names. If it is in their names they get access to it at 18, and who knows how sensible they will be then. (In fact we are definitely right on that for us, eldest was v. sensible until she turned 16, but 18mnths later it is a whole other story). I'd rather give them a lump sum when they have proved themselves 'steady', or provide money for specific things such as a car.
I set up savings accounts when they were little - some months could only afford to put a few pounds in their accounts - but it got to be more after I returned to work and set up a direct debit - and one has had £10k and the other doesn't want to access his account yet and I am adding to it (by not cancelling the monthly transfer. Wish someone had done the same for me!
DS has his child trust fund which has about £600 in it. I don't know the exact balance or even the interest rate and exdp insisted in him setting it up and then point blank refusing to deal with it. I invest in shares in my name. Usually £30-£40 a month. This is earmarked for whatever he may need it for (uni/car/house). Exdp's mum set an account up in his name about six years ago. I don't know if she has continued to pay into it. To be honest, given she's had another four grand kids since I doubt she's able to put much in as there are now ten grand kids and they don't have a lot of money. His dad won't save for him (he really begrudges paying £7 a week in maintenance), so I need to really.