One of the biggest expenses you’ll have as the parent of a baby is diapers. Some studies show that you can spend upwards of $1500 on diapers during the first two years of your baby’s life.
If your child is wearing diapers past the age of two (which most babies are) you could be spending even more than that.
But what if you could get all – or at least some – of your baby’s diapers for free? You could be saving hundreds of dollars or more just by knowing a few insider secrets to getting free diapers.
Here are some of the resources you can check out in order to get free diapers. Some places might only send one or two, while other resources can help you to pay entirely for the diaper costs for your little ones.
Check them out and see which idea is best for you and your lifestyle.
Legit Ways to Get Free Diapers
There are a variety of ways you can either contact companies to get free diapers, contact local resources, or earn some extra cash so that your diaper costs don’t have to come out of your regular budget. And if you’re committed to taking advantage of all of the ways to get free diapers, you can save even more money.
Free diapers can help you save a lot of cash. Which ways to get them will you choose?
1. Contact the National Diaper Bank Network
The National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN for short) exists “to safeguard access to clean, dry diapers for all babies and their families”. I had never heard of this non-profit organization before my research for this article, but let me just say I think it’s a phenomenal concept.
The diaper bank network’s goal is to connect and support the country’s 300+ community-based diaper banks. According to their website, in 2016 alone the network distributed more than 52 million diapers.
That’s what I call making a difference. In order to see if there are diaper bank distribution centers in your area, you can go to National Diaper Bank Network’s member directory.
From there, you can get a list of organizations in your area that may be able to help you get free diapers for your little one.
Bonus: you can also go to the NDBN website and either donate directly on a monthly or one-time basis, or set up a social campaign and work together with your loved ones to raise money for the organization.
Your giving efforts will help ensure more families around the country have access to free diapers for their babies.
2. Take Online Surveys
There is a myriad of survey companies that will help you earn money in your spare time so that you don’t have to pay for diapers out of your regular budget.
Here is some information on two of our favorite survey companies: Survey Junkie and Swagbucks.
Want to get paid for your opinion. One way to do that is with Survey Junkie which is over 3 million members strong, so they must be doing something right. Joining Survey Junkie is free and easy.
After you join and complete your member profile, the company matches you with surveys based on your likes and interests. Every time you complete a survey, you earn points.
Your points can be immediately transferred to get gift cards to popular stores like Amazon and Target (gift cards you can use to buy diapers), or you can get your points converted to cash and get a deposit to your PayPal account.
Once the money is in your PayPal account you can use that cash to pay for diapers or whatever else you need.
Swagbucks is like Survey Junkie in that you can earn points to get cash or gift cards by taking surveys, however, they also pay you for doing other things.
According to their website, Swagbucks has paid out over $250 million to members to date, so obviously, this is a legit side hustle. How do you earn money by using their site?
Once you become a member (it’s free to join and takes just a few seconds), Swagbucks will pay you for doing things like taking surveys, watching videos, playing games, browsing the Internet, shopping online and more.
As you complete these small, easy tasks on the Swagbucks site, you earn points. Your points can then be used to get gift cards to popular shopping destinations such as Amazon and Walmart.
Or you can have your points converted to cash and transferred to your PayPal account. Whether you choose the PayPal deposit option or the gift card option, you’ve got money available with which to get diapers.
Why Taking Surveys for Free Diapers is Smart
The great thing about earning points by taking surveys and completing other tasks is that you can do it in your spare time.
Whether you’re sitting on the sofa watching TV, waiting to get in at a doctor or dentist appointment, or waiting to catch a ride somewhere, you can utilize small or large bits of free time to earn points that can be used to get you free diapers.
Signing up for one or both of these companies can be a great way to get free diapers and other stuff in your spare time, just by browsing on your phone and completing small tasks.
Sign up for Survey Junkie.
Sign up for Swagbucks.
3. Ask Diaper Companies for Samples and Coupons
Many diaper companies are happy to send free diaper samples out to consumers, as well as free coupons for discounted diaper purchases.
Coupons for discounts on diaper purchases still equal free diapers as you’re getting more diapers for your money than you would be if you bought the diapers at full price. Combine your coupons with store sales to save even more.
It may be worth your time to contact a few diaper companies to see what they’re willing to send you as a diaper-needing consumer.
Here’s a list of links to some of the more popular diaper companies that may be willing to send you diaper samples or coupons.
Everyday Happy is a cool company that focuses on promoting eco-friendly baby and family products. Among other things such as body and baby washes, they sell non-toxic, eco-friendly diapers.
If you go to their website (use the link above) they’ll send you a free trial of their diaper care kit, along with other free trial products you can sign up for if you want.
If you find that you like the diapers and other accessories, you can sign up to have a diaper care kit delivered to your door every month so that you never run out of diapers or other coordinating necessities.
Everyday Happy diapers and other baby products are naturally non-toxic, PETA certified cruelty-free vegan, free of dangerous chemicals such as formaldehyde, and soothingly tear free.
That means healthier disposable diapers for your baby and for the environment.
Huggies Rewards Program
Huggies has a great rewards program that can get you free diapers in a number of ways. After you sign up for the rewards program at Huggies (at this writing they’re giving away a 500-point signup bonus), you can start earning points by doing different things.
You’ll earn points by taking surveys, sharing on Facebook and Twitter, reading articles and more. Once you’ve earned a certain number of points, you can redeem those points for gift cards (which you can use to get free diapers), diaper donations, and other products.
The site also shares various sweepstakes entry opportunities for rewards members such as a recent giveaway of a year’s worth of diapers. Definitely worth trying out.
The Pampers diaper company also has a rewards program. If you sign up you can have opportunities to earn points in a number of ways. The points can be used to get coupons for money off of Pampers diaper purchases or other items.
You gain points primarily by purchasing Pampers diapers and then scanning the points code on the diaper package with your phone. If you’re a regular user of Pampers diapers this could be a good way for you to get money toward free diapers.
The Luvs diaper company doesn’t have a rewards program, however if you visit their website you’ll find coupons for money off of diaper purchases, and you’ll occasionally find sweepstakes opportunities as well.
The latest sweepstakes I found in my research for this article was a giveaway for a year’s worth of diapers. Now that’s a LOT of free diapers.
GoodNites brand sells diapers for that transition from diaper to “big kid” underwear. You can get coupons for money off of GoodNites products and other bonuses as well by signing up to be a member on their site.
4. Sign up for Amazon Family
Amazon has a great rewards program called Amazon Family that can get you free diapers via serious discounts.
When you sign up to be a member of Amazon Family, you get access to expert advice, a 15% baby registry completion discount, up to 20% off of baby and family products and more.
That’s a lot of free diapers. You also qualify to get a free baby registry box if you register for your baby on Amazon that may have samples of diapers and other products (sample box products vary at any given time).
Bonus: you can often earn cash for referring friends and family members to Amazon family, and then you can use that referral money to get free diapers.
5. Ask at Your Doctor’s Office and Your Hospital for Free Diapers
Doctor’s offices and hospitals often get bombarded with free diaper samples by various diaper companies, and sometimes you can get free diapers simply by asking for them.
Doctor’s offices can be especially eager to give away free diaper samples because they often have limited space for storing all of the diaper samples, formula samples and other samples they receive.
So, when you’re in the hospital having your baby, or when you’re visiting your pediatrician’s offers for those frequent baby check-ups, be sure to ask if they have any free diapers they can give you.
I’d recommend asking for coupons as well, as diaper company reps often give those to doctors and hospitals as well.
6. Check Out Local Food Shelves
I used to do quite a bit of volunteering at local food shelves, and you’d be amazed at the number of packages of diapers they often had for those in need.
Every food shelf has different parameters for qualifying for free diapers, food and other items. Some food shelves require you meet certain income parameters, while others give away free stuff to whoever walks through the door.
You can find food shelves in your area by googling “food shelf near me” on your smart phone or computer. That should populate a list of food shelves in your state or local area.
From there you can call or visit them and ask about free diapers and other items they may have available, as well as any qualifications for visiting the food shelf.
7. Ask at Local Churches and Women’s Shelters, and Pregnancy Centers
Local churches and area women’s shelters may also be able to provide you with diapers if you’re in a situation where money is tight, or you have housing or other issues.
You may also find access to free diapers at local life care centers that cater to those who are in need of diapers or other help in caring for their babies.
Check online or in your local phone book for the phone numbers of churches, shelters or life care centers near you.
In my local area, there are several dozen organizations that are eager to help families in need of diapers and other items needed for caring for babies.
8. Check with Your County Social Services Office
County and city government-run social service programs can also be a great place to get resources for free diapers. Most of the time getting resource information for free diapers through these types of sources begets a financial or other need.
If you are facing a hardship right now that makes it difficult to afford diapers for your baby, consider contacting your local city or county social services center and ask for resources for help for free diapers or whatever else you need to take care of your family.
Other Ways to Make Diapering Your Baby More Cost Efficient
Even if you’ve exhausted all of the options above for getting free diapers, there are other things you can do to help make diapers more affordable for your family. Here are some ideas:
- Don’t be afraid to try generic or lower cost diaper brands. When my kids were little I tried all of the bigger name brands, as well as some of the generics, and my favorite brand ended up being Luvs. I found they were the lowest cost of the big-name brands at the time, and they worked wonderfully on all four of my kids.
- Get your side hustle on. There are so many ways to earn extra cash via side hustles, whether it’s work you leave the house for or work you do from the comfort of your own home. Check out this list of 50+ side hustles for more ideas on earning some extra cash.
- Consider cloth diapers. While they might not be more cost efficient if you’re having one child, they can be a huge money saver if you want to have multiple children. Yes, they can take more work (unless you get a diaper service) but you might find the money savings worth it.
Raising children is expensive, especially during the baby stage when you’re paying for hundreds of diapers, oodles of cans of formula, dozens of boxes of wipes and all sorts of other expensive baby care items.
The Importance of a Budget
If you’ve got daycare costs on top of that, or if you’ve chosen to have one parent stay home and forego a second income so that your baby can be with mom or dad every day, you’ll have an even bigger need to keep tabs on the money you bring into your home.
Having a good budget in place that helps you practice value-based spending will help ensure you will have what you need to care for your baby as they grow, and help you make sure you’re planning for future costs such as college and retirement.
Putting a little bit of money toward each of your financial goals from the start will help make reaching those goals easier than if you have to play catch up on retirement savings or college help for the kids later on down the line.
By having a personalized budget that allocates some money toward each of your financial goals as you raise your babies into adulthood, you can make sure you’re covering all of your financial bases one step at a time.
Yes, child rearing is expensive, but there are many ways you can cut down on child raising costs and create a more stable financial future for your family. And you can start by getting free diapers and finding other ways to save money on the many necessities you’ll need during those first two years.
Here’s to a happy, healthy, financially secure life for all of your family members.
Have you ever tried any of these routes for getting free diapers? Do you have any other tips for saving on baby-raising costs? Share in the comments below.