10 Ways to Get Free Diapers
Diapers can be expensive. Fortunately, there are many ways to get free diapers, allowing you to save money for the other things your newborn needs.
Did you know that a baby will use nearly 3,000 diapers just in the first year!? Takes your breath away, doesn’t it? And when you realize the cost of diapers and the fact that they wear them for over a year, the number (and price!) adds up quickly.
Disposable diapers are easily the most convenient but can cost parents a LOT. Fortunately, there are ways to curb some of that cost and score cheap or even FREE diapers and other free baby stuff!
1. Request Free Samples
Lots of companies want you to buy their diapers and the best way to convince you to do so is by letting you try them and see how well they work for you and your baby. For this reason, it’s a good idea to keep your eyes peeled for those opportunities. They sometimes will even send a free sample of their wipes too!
Expert Tip: Follow your favorite savings websites for free diaper samples and other free baby stuff – even products for momma too! MySavings IS your source for finding them! Sign up for the daily newsletter as well as follow on Facebook, Telegram, Instagram, and Twitter so that you’ll be the first to know when they are available! You can also join our exclusive Facebook group for even more fun with like-minded freebie-seeking friends!
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2. Interact with the Diaper Brands
Signing up with the diaper companies will put you first in line to try the latest diapers! There are lots of diaper brands out there and the best way to catch samples and savings is to sign up with those companies. Samples are great, but those money-saving coupons are even more valuable given the sheer number of diapers you’ll go through. You definitely don’t want to miss out on those!
Here are a few popular diaper companies you’ll want to connect with:
3. Check with Your Local Birthing Hospital
Most hospitals will send new mothers home with a bag of goodies, including whatever brand of diapers the baby had been using in the nursery. Some of the nurses will even tell you the diapers under your baby’s crib are for the taking too. They aren’t allowed to hand off items you did not end up using to another new baby's family, so you are encouraged to take these baby basics home with you.
4. Ask Your Doctor’s Office
Your pediatrician as well as the local hospital is a great resource to get free diapers. Often, they'll have a ton of samples on hand. They may also be able to guide you or lend a hand in accessing other larger resources. It never hurts to ask!
5. Join Loyalty Programs
Companies love loyalty and making it easier for you to save on their products keeps you coming back. That’s why diaper companies are eager to reward that!
Check out these options:
- Huggies: Huggies has partnered with Fetch to reward you. Simply buy Huggies diapers and wipes and submit your receipt with Fetch. (It’s as easy as taking a picture of it!) You’ll earn points on every purchase – use those points to get gift cards and buy even more diapers!
- Pampers: Pampers has the Pampers Club app where you can scan or enter a code directly on the product to earn dollars toward more Pampers purchases. It’s an easy process and keeps you saving on the products you need!
6. Create a Registry
Typically, when you create a registry with stores like Target, Walmart, Amazon, and others, you will get a goodie bag filled with samples of all kinds of baby products. You’ll find diaper samples here too! Don’t get me wrong, samples are exciting, but what I find even more exciting is the coupons that follow. For example, with the Target Baby Registry, there are often store coupons that are offered that will allow you to buy things left on your registry with big savings. Make sure you put diapers on your registry for that reason – that and so that gift-givers might just get you some too!
Expert Tip: Think ahead with your registry when it comes to diapers! Add a variety of sizes and types of diapers to your list. Babies grow fast and this way you won’t be caught off guard when size 1 no longer seems to fit! It sometimes feels like it happens overnight! Oh, don’t forget nighttime diapers, and add some wipes as well!
7. Visit a Diaper Bank
Although federal assistance programs like the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) help low-income families with food insecurity, these benefits cannot be used to buy diapers. This is kind of crazy because if they are going to eat, they are going to fill a diaper! It’s a necessity! Fortunately, that’s where The National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) comes in! It’s a nonprofit organization committed to ending diaper needs in the U.S. with more than 225 community-based diaper banks that collect, store, and give free diapers to families. There is at least one NDBN location in every state.
If you don’t have a Diaper Bank near you, you may be able to pick up free diapers through other local resources. You can dial 211 on your phone to talk to someone or go to 211.org to see if you qualify for assistance.
You might also be fortunate enough to find them at your local food pantry as well. It depends on the donations they receive, but it never hurts to check.
8. Clip Coupons and Shop Sales
Because of the sheer number of diapers you’re going to go through, it’s always a great idea to shop smart! Clip the newest coupons and combine them with store and manufacturer sales in order to get the best prices on these tiny accessories! You can even submit your receipt to rebate apps like Ibotta to get money back on your in-store diaper purchases.
9. Join a Diaper Pass Along
What is this, you might wonder? It’s simply parents giving away their outgrown sizes of diapers! I kid you not, it feels like they outgrow them as soon as you open the new bag! Maybe you have mom friends with babies older or younger than yours – just talk to them about passing those things on! No need to let them go to waste!
You may even check out Facebook Marketplace. Space is a big deal, and purging what you don’t need is a must with a growing family. You hate to waste them, so look for parents wanting to pass them on!
10. Use Cloth Diapers
Yeah, they might be more work for you, but reusable can sometimes save a considerable amount of dough. Cloth diapers are truly a valid option when money is tight. I encourage you to do your homework and consider it – see if it’s for you. After all, there are even diaper banks for cloth diapers!
There you have it – all the best ways to get those diapers for free or cheap! You’ll be changing a lot of diapers, but you can be proud of the savings you can score on this baby necessity!