Of all the expenses that new parents face, most dreaded is the expense of diapers. It can be expensive, and it’s frustrating to spend all that money on something that will ultimately be thrown away. Here are some places where you can get diapers for free:
A good place to get free disposable diapers is through your local diaper bank. Look up your state here to find your closest one that is part of the National Diaper Bank Network. If none of those is close enough for you, dial 211 or ask around at your closest food pantry or house of worship.
Diaper banks are not limited to disposable diapers. If you want to use cloth diapers, there are diaper banks for that, too. Giving Diapers, Giving Hope and The Rebecca Foundation are two such organizations that will mail them to you once you apply. Cloth diapers can be a way to save money in the long term.
Doctor’s Office or Hospital
After delivering your child, take home everything they give you, which will inevitably include some diapers. Doctor’s offices will frequently get samples. Look around the waiting room and ask. They are often desperate to get rid of these things cluttering up their office. This is also a good way to get free diaper rash cream, lotions, and formula.
In addition, some areas might have their local Jobs and Family Services (the offices that handle food stamps/Medicaid) that give out emergency diapers.
Head Start is run sometimes by Community Action Agencies. Contact your local agency to see what other connections they know about.
If you are receiving WIC, check there as well as pregnancy resource centers. Community-based resources like the Salvation Army or United Way may be keeping lists of local resources as well.
Sign up for Mailing Lists
Many companies will send you free samples and coupons simply for giving them your email address. Here is a list of them: