Let’s face it - babies are expensive.
Whether you’re having your first or your fifth, knowing where to go to get free or deeply-discounted items for your baby can be a lifesaver.
Wouldn’t it be great to have a curated list of free baby gear, as well as resources and tips on where to find it?
Look no further!
We’ve researched and gathered a comprehensive shopping list to help you on your parenting journey - no wallet required. Pin it, print it, use it!
Go Directly To The Manufacturer’s Website
If you’re looking for Procter & Gamble samples (hello, Luvs diapers?), your best bet is to go directly to pgeveryday.com and sign up for updates, coupons and more. While there are some third-party sites that offer freebies, sometimes it’s easier to go right to the source. For example, there are a few sites we love that have free sample offerings for new parents:
Write A Letter To The Manufacturer
Remember that guy who occasionally puts letters in the box outside your home?
Well it turns out you can write a letter directly to a company - and they’ll answer you!
Companies love positive feedback. That’s why a well-written letter to a manufacturer's consumer affairs department stating you love their products and are interested in samples and coupons can result in big-time savings.
The next time you’re out shopping, write down the company name and address from the packaging of products you like.
Read This List (35 Total Ideas)
We’ve broken our list down into manageable sections to help you navigate the online world of freebies, coupons and discounts. Let’s go shopping!
Where To Get Baby Free Formula? (7 Ideas)
During the first month of your baby’s life, you may end up spending as much as $100 on baby formula if you’re not nursing. Outside of diapers, your next huge expense will be formula - and you’ll need lots!
Make sure you sign up for every big brand offering discounts and rewards on formula. Here are our top picks:
Nestle Baby Program
Sign up for the Nestle Baby Program and earn “up to $130” in coupons for free formula and other baby products.
Enfamil Family Beginnings
Similac Strong Moms Rewards
The MyGerber Program
Click here and sign up for an account to receive offers, coupons and free formula samples (including full-sized product).
If you register an account with Nature’s One, you will receive free baby formula samples. You can even request the specific product you want, so long as they have it in stock.
Nestle’s Baby Formula
Click here to create an account and join the Nestle family. Members of this program can receive as much as $130 in free gifts, as well as infant nutrition samples, coupons, and other exclusive offers.
Ask Your Physician
Many pediatricians keep baby formula samples onhand to give out to their newborn patients. Many formula companies give away tons of freebies to doctors’ offices in the hopes that they’ll get their product into the hands of loyal customers. Be sure to check out your doctor’s office, local hospital or clinic to see if they have any free formula samples for you. It never hurts to ask!
Where To Get Free Baby Care Products? (6 Ideas)
This section focuses on “baby boxes”, where a company will send you an entire treasure trove of free goodies when you create an account, make a purchase or subscribe to their services. Boxes can include detergent, soap, shampoo, rash creams and lots of other items you didn’t even know your baby needed.
Take a class, take a quiz, and get your reward. This free box for California moms and dads comes with goodies inside like breast milk storage bags and diapers.
Gerber Baby Box
Sign up for MyGerber to qualify for free baby items. While products vary, most parents can expect full-sized samples, bibs, belly stickers, and more.
Walmart wants your business, and they’ve created a stage-specific baby box program to get it. Just fill out the online form.
When you set up your baby registry with Target, you’ll receive a welcome box filled with samples and coupons (the website claims you can get up to $50 in coupons), plus a 15% discount on everything on your list after your baby’s birth.
Amazon Baby Welcome Box
- An extra 15% off across Amazon
- 20% off diaper subscriptions
- 25% off baby announcements or shower invitations from Tiny Prints
- A 25% discount on your first baby apparel purchase on Amazon (after registering)
- A free parenting eBook
Once your registry has over $10 in purchases, you can hit the “Claim Now” button to get your free welcome kit.
The Honest Co Box
The Honest Co has safe, non-toxic products for babies, family and home, and they’ll send you a trial box of free samples when you sign up for a subscription. Because there’s a monthly subscription charge after the trial box, you’ll have to remind yourself to cancel it or you will be charged. Call (888) 862-8818 to cancel your membership once you’ve ordered your free trial.
Where To Get Free Diapers? (6 Ideas)
You can never have too many diapers. It’s estimated that babies can require more than 10 diaper changes in one day. There are several large brands that offer freebies and reward programs, so be sure to sign up for all of them.
Pampers Gifts to Grow: Diaper Rewards Program
Gifts to Grow is a loyalty rewards program that allows you to earn points by entering codes from the packaging of Pampers products you purchase. If you have to buy them anyway, you might as well get free items out of it.
Nieto Consumer Research
If you can sacrifice some time to give feedback for diapers and wipes, join the Nieto Consumer Research Panel and you’ll receive a questionnaire - along with free product! You’ll be contacted when a project comes up that suits you, and all product testing is done in your own home.
The Honest Company Discovery Kit
Similar to the sample box, The Honest Company offers a free diaper kit to try with their subscription service. Again, be sure to cancel before the trial ends to avoid being charged for future kits.
This site offers free, stage-based monthly newsletters, coupon alerts and baby samples. When you sign up, you’re entered to win free diapers for a year.
If you’re in serious financial need, contact your local diaper drive. Diaper drives were created for the most at-risk or low-income families by nurses in hospitals and health facilities throughout the U.S. In partnership with Huggies diapers, the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) has shared approximately 1 million diapers with families in need.
Where To Get Free Baby Clothes? (6 Ideas)
While we were challenged to find baby clothing companies that were giving their products away (spoiler: there aren’t any), we did find a host of resources, both local and national, that can outfit your baby for next-to-nothing.
Create a village
Talk to friends and family members who have recently had kids. You’d be surprised how many parents are willing to give you their gently used baby items.
This is a great source for people who are looking to unload free baby items. While Craiglist is technically a classified ad site, many people are willing to give things away that they no longer need.
Join the Freecycle Network to get free, used baby items in your area. It will only cost you time and travel.
Whether you’re organizing a real-time event or operating in a virtual community, a swap meet organized by your local mom’s group is not only a way to get used items by trading for things you no longer use, but it gives you much-needed social time with other parents.
For an online swap meet, try Peace. Love. Swap. to trade items for gently used baby gear.
If you love babywearing, go to sevenbaby.com, place an order, and use the code FREESLING4ME to get around $40 off your purchase.
Udder Cover Nursing Cover
It never hurts to have an extra nursing cover for privacy when you’re breastfeeding. Go to uddercover.com, place one of the nursing covers in your cart, and enter the code FREEUCOVER1, which gave me $35 off my purchase!
Where To Get Free Baby Books & Magazines? (3 Ideas)
There’s an abundance of evidence that reading to your baby supports growth, increases cognitive ability and creates close bonding moments. In addition, taking some time out for yourself to read a magazine or two not only gives you a break but helps share valuable parenting information and resources.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
Dolly Parton sponsors a program called The Imagination Library that sends registered children a free book every month, from birth to age five. And it’s totally free.
Free Children’s Books from Kindle
If you’d prefer digital books, Amazon Kindle offers free Kindle books for children of all ages, and some for moms as well.
Dr. Seuss Book Club
Sign up for the Dr. Seuss & His Friends book club subscription, and get 4 books for $4.99 with no shipping cost. As with the other subscription services we’ve listed, be sure to cancel the subscription (which you can do online) to prevent recurring charges.
Other Sites & Programs To Get Free Baby Stuff? (7 Ideas)
We’ve found some miscellaneous items and thought we’d pass the savings along to you. Whether you’re shopping online or consider yourself the Coupon Queen, there’s something for everyone in this section.
Gymboree Free Class Pass
Sign up with Gymboree and get a free pass for your first class at a location near you.
Check out the site for a list of the classes and programs that are just right for you.
Free ‘Baby on Board’ Pin
If you’re pregnant and ride the subway, bus or train in New York, the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) will send you a free “Baby on Board” button for those crowded train rides.
Everydayfamily.com is a comprehensive database that is updated regularly with offers, coupons, free samples and sweepstakes. New offers are added regularly.
If you’re going to shop for baby essentials online, you might as well go to the stores you love via ebates.com. They’ve partnered with over 2500 stores, and when you shop through their site, you can get up to 40% back from your online purchases in the form of a “big fat cheque” that comes to you in the mail on a quarterly basis.
You’ll get access to manufacturers’ rebates for top-selling brands and products. Once you find an offer you love, make a purchase and report your purchase to rebatekey.com in less than an hour and you'll get your money back after 35 days.
Elite Deal Club is a free service that provides its members with the best deals possible on premium Amazon products. These offers are deeply discounted - prices are marked down between 50% off, all the way to free.
Similar to Elite Deals Club, Jump Send is a central location for some of Amazon’s best deals. Products can be discounted up to 90% off and there are all kinds of product categories to choose from.
Final Thoughts On Getting Free Baby Stuff
There are lots of companies and brands hoping to secure loyal, lifetime customers by offering free or heavily-reduced baby gear.
If you’re a new or expecting parent, life is challenging enough, so take advantage of these great offers!
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