New Mom? 21 Easy Solutions for Getting Baby FreebiesFree Stuff
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Bringing a child into this world is one of the most exciting and paramount things you can accomplish in life. While the thrills of being a new parent will warm your heart, there are still practical essentials to take care of.
Raising a baby is far from affordable.
The cost of delivery alone ranges from $9,600 to $15,000 in the case of a C-section.
One-time baby supplies average $3,000, and there are additional expenditures to consider like baby food, hygienic supplies, medicines, and transportation.
Getting baby freebies is one of the best ways to reduce the cost of raising a child but where can you find such?
The following guide will pinpoint some of the best ways to get cheap or free-of-charge baby supplies.
1. Get Free Diapers
You can test baby products for free if you know where to look for such opportunities.
Baby freebies in the form of diapers and hygiene products are the first essentials to look into because of the cost.
The average baby needs over 2,700 diapers in the first year alone. These add up to over $550 per year, and preference for some brands could lead to even higher annual expense.
There are diaper reward programs out there and free samples you can request from a manufacturer or a distributor.
Free baby product samples can produce serious price savings and eventually, you can identify the product range that appeals to you the most.
2. Collect Points, Get Free Items
Various brands out there offer loyalty programs that enable the acquisition of baby freebies.
Pampers has its own rewards program that’s easy to join and utilize.
All you have to do is register, earn bonus points and use those points to either get discounts or score baby freebies (toys, diapers, wipes, etc.).
This is just one example of a loyalty program worth testing out.
If you do a bit of online research, you’ll come across dozens of other loyalty programs and rewards opportunities to test out.
3. Free Baby Food
Baby formula is another costly item that your little one will need a lot of.
The average cost of formula purchases over the first year of the baby’s life is $1,200 to $1,500 depending on the brand.
Just like diapers, baby food has free samples available. You can find free of charge baby supplies online, you can request samples and even full-sized containers to test out.
Enfamil is one of the companies offering such opportunities.
There are discount coupons and free samples you can get by joining the Enfamil Family Beginnings program.
If you do a bit of research, you’ll come across various other baby formula, bottle and food companies that have such opportunities available to young parents.
4. Create an Amazon Baby Registry
Baby freebies are available on some of the biggest shopping websites like Amazon.
Amazon offers a great variety of products and a fairly big selection. Thus, it’s a wonderful opportunity for setting up your baby registry.
When you create an Amazon baby registry and if you have Prime membership, you will get a free-of-charge Welcome Box.
The box features some of the necessities parents need when a baby comes home and an ebook. Apart from the box, Prime members are also entitled to discounts on their next purchases.
5. Set Up a Target Baby Registry
Just like Amazon, Target also provides incentives for setting up a baby registry. If you do, you will get free baby products worth $50 in a welcome box.
Target will also provide further discount coupons you can utilize for purchases in the future.
In case any items remain in the registry, you’ll be entitled to a 15 percent discount code.
6. Free Boxes from the Honest Company
The Honest Company is yet another great choice for moms-to-be and those who already have a baby and are looking for free baby supplies.
You can choose the company’s subscription service that has you receiving a box for a set amount at an interval of time that you choose. The subscription service is available with a free trial.
The Honest Company boxes are called Discovery Kits and they typically include diapers, wipes, personal care essentials, home cleaning supplies, and others.
All you have to do is choose a kit you’re interested in and you’ll get some free products. The only expenditure you’ll have to cover is the shipping.
7. Get Free Baby and Parenting Magazine Subscriptions
Taking care of a little bundle of joy isn’t always smiles and sunshine.
As a new parent, you’re likely to feel confused quite often. A bit of guidance will come in handy during such moments.
When looking for baby freebies, don’t forget books and magazines.
You can get parenting magazines for free if you do a bit of online research and you meet the respective program’s terms and conditions.
American Baby magazine offers a one-year free of charge subscription to moms-to-be.
Parents magazine has a similar free subscription program that’s valid for one year (you will get 12 issues during that period).
8. Collect Coupons
We’ve touched upon this option already, but coupons deserve their own separate entry.
If you want baby freebies and cheap baby stuff (online or offline), you should get in the habit of going through and collecting coupons.
There are dozens of websites that feature online coupons for baby products.
Coupons.com is just one example of a website that features a medley of discount coupons for baby products – from cosmetics to food and toys.
9. Check Out the National Diaper Bank Network
If you want another reliable option for getting free diapers, check out the National Diaper Bank Network.
This is a national movement that aims to provide free diapers to communities across the U.S.
In 2016 alone, the network distributed over 52 million free diapers.
The network’s official website features a directory of so-called diaper banks throughout the U.S. If you need diapers but can’t afford them, check out if a local diaper bank is available near you.
The cool thing about the network is that you can also donate diapers and help families in need.
10. Free Baby Stuff on Craigslist
Craigslist isn’t the best choice for those in need of baby freebies, but you can still check it out (without expecting too much).
There are listings for free baby items on Craigslist. Keep a watchful eye on such listings but be careful about running into eventual scams.
Craigslist could also feature baby items with a price tag. If these remain in the directory for a prolonged period of time, you can contact the owner to either get the item for free or ask for a discount.
Usually, the posters are mothers who want to get rid of baby items they are no longer using. These moms could agree to giving you the respective item in order to unload, especially if the respective product has not sold for a very long period of time.
11. Look for Free Baby Clothes
Baby clothing is quite troublesome – little ones grow out of it way too quickly, and parents find it difficult to keep up.
You can get free baby products in a number of ways if you rely on your creativity
The first and the most obvious possibility is to get in touch with other moms whose babies have already outgrown the respective clothing item.
Babies wear a certain size for just a few months. Thus, you can get items that are nearly new from other moms.
To get free baby supplies, you can also try out a baby clothing exchange.
Swapmamas is one example of a website where parents can either purchase gently used items or exchange baby clothes they don’t need for other options.
12. Free Car Canopy
Apart from the essentials, you may want to look for other baby freebies that will save you some money in the long run.
CarSeatCanopy, for example, is a baby website offering low-cost or even free-of-charge car canopies. Just keep an eye out for special discounts and offers they roll out regularly.
Keep in mind, however, that the offer may be available for a limited amount of time. In addition, you will still be responsible for covering shipping costs.
13. Nursing Pillows Free of Charge
There is one more product you can get without spending a single cent on it.
A nursing pillow makes the breastfeeding experience much more comfortable for both mom and baby.
Unfortunately, nursing pillows are perceived as more of a luxury than an essential item. Thus, families on a tighter budget will refrain from getting one.
If you can’t afford a nursing pillow at the time being, you can get one for free.
NursingPillow.com is a specialized website that offers first-time buyers a free nursing pillow.
To benefit from the offer, choose a nursing pillow from the website and apply the coupon PJBABY at the checkout. You will receive the pillow free of charge.
14. Get Free Items from a Favorite Company
For moms who become loyal to a certain brand quickly, this tip will come in handy.
You can get free baby products and big discounts by purchasing from one and the same company and getting loyalty points.
The Natural Baby Company has an incredibly lucrative rewards program.
Making orders, reviewing products, following the company on Instagram or Facebook, sharing content on Twitter, and creating an online shopping account will all give you points.
The points can be exchanged for discounts between $5 and $50. This way, you will access both major discounts and free of charge items.
15. Join a Book Club, Get Free Books
Books provide a wonderful chance to bond with your baby and spend quality time together.
You can benefit from numerous ways to score free baby and toddler books.
The Dr. Seuss Book Club, for example, offers an array of baby freebies.
When you sign up for the book club, you will get four books for free. The only thing you’ll have to cover is the shipping cost.
More information about the program is available on the book club’s website.
16. Join Local Facebook Groups
Social media provides unparalleled opportunities for networking and scoring baby freebies.
Look for local Facebook mom groups and communities. These pages will feature tons of useful advice, as well as opportunities to acquire discounted items or swap baby products.
Many people are giving away freebies as their babies grow. You can benefit from such options at the time being and pay it forward when your baby grows.
17. Talk to Your Pediatrician
Pediatricians receive dozens of samples from pharmaceutical and cosmetics companies.
If you want to test out different skincare items, baby medicines, and supplements, you may want to talk to your pediatrician.
Baby doctors will often provide parents with baby freebies. While the supply of such items isn’t going to be endless, you’ll get a chance to experiment with different products and identify the ones that appeal to you the most.
18. Join the NextDoor App
Similar to local Facebook communities, NextDoor provides opportunities for interactions with neighbors and people living nearby.
The aim of NextDoor is to create a so-called private social network for your neighborhood.
Once you join, you will come across essential local information, tips, ideas, and even freebies.
Through a bit of search and filtering, you’ll find neighbors who have kids and who are giving away free baby items.
The app has a separate “for sale and free” section. There’s a subcategory dedicated to babies and kids, making it even easier to identify the baby freebies you’re in need of.
Not only does the app give you a chance to get baby supplies for free, you will also learn a bit more about the local community and you will potentially develop a thorough support network.
19. Find Free Baby and Toddler Entertainment
Every single parent out there knows that baby and toddler entertainment will prove to be invaluable on occasions.
Free fun for kids is available on sources that go beyond YouTube.
Sesame Street, for example, is making a great gesture to young parents.
20. Contact Companies Directly
Few new moms give this opportunity a try, but it could be an excellent choice.
Instead of looking around and doing tons of internet research, get in direct contact with the brands you like the most.
Large, well-established companies have sample packs and freebies they can distribute to potential clients.
Send a personalized email that targets the respective store or company.
In the email, you should provide a bit more information about who you are, why you like the company, and why you’re looking for baby freebies.
Needless to say, this approach isn’t going to work all of the time, so you may want to craft a list of multiple companies to reach out to.
Some of these brands will respond positively and provide you with at least a few samples you can use over a few months before having to go on and purchase a product.
21.Complete Tasks and Get Free Items
Apart from relying on coupon codes and loyalty programs, you can complete simple tasks that will give you a chance to either win money or products you’re interested in.
These tasks are quite simple – watching a promo video, filling out a survey, or browsing through a certain website.
Dozens of websites out there enable members to complete tasks, earn points, and acquire free items.
When joining such websites, make sure they have baby items and mommy products listed in their inventory.
As a new mom, you can always get a ton of free baby stuff. For best results, begin your research before the little one arrives. Once you start taking care of a baby, you’ll have very little time available to dedicate to freebie and loyalty program searches.
Do you know of any other opportunities to get free baby products? Let us know in the comments below!
Logan is a practicing CPA, Certified Student Loan Professional, and founder of Money Done Right, which he launched in July 2017. After spending nearly a decade in the corporate world helping big businesses save money, he launched his blog with the goal of helping everyday Americans earn, save, and invest more money. Learn more about Logan.