In a single year, a baby goes through 2,500 diapers.
Some simple math leaves you with a $1,500 price tag for diapering your little one until they’re potty trained, and this is a conservative calculation!
$1500 is a substantial amount, especially for those on minimum wage and with multiple children in diapers. It’s no wonder that many in the U.S. suffer from diaper need.
As a matter of fact, a staggering third of American families struggle to afford enough baby diapers. This means that many families end up having to choose between a clean diaper and dinner on the table.
Some people even try to extend the life of their used disposable diapers by airing them out or scraping away solid waste to be able to reuse them again.
Needless to say, this is far from hygienic, but for many parents it’s an unfortunate reality that they can’t run away from.
Reusing disposables can lead to health issues, including urinary tract infections that can end up expensive to treat.
Day cares, too, will turn away babies without an adequate supply of diapers. Without daycare, parents cannot work, and so starts a vicious cycle of poverty that’s hard to break.
While there are government safety nets, none of these cover diapers. Fortunately, though, there are some ways through which you can get access to free diapers for your baby, and we’ll be going through each of these possible ways in this article.
How Can I Get Free Diapers?
There are two main ways of obtaining free diapers: either through the brands themselves, or through diaper banks and charities.
Let’s go over all the how to’s in the following sections.
All brands give away sample packages.
These usually contain one or two diapers, but with a multitude of brands available, a simple request can go a long way.
You can request free samples by contacting the company, or through your local GP.
Hospitals and doctor’s offices, too, sometimes have a good amount of free samples to give away. Don’t hesitate to ask!
Register With Brands
Most diaper companies offer a registration option.
You can sign up as a member, and they often send out free diapers or coupons that seriously lower the diaper price tag.
Companies such as Huggies, Pampers, Luvs, GoodNites, Bambo Nature, the Honest Co, and Seven Generation all offer good membership programs. More on this, below.
Stay on the alert for diaper coupons in your local paper!
The combination of diaper coupons and a diaper sale can get you some seriously cheap (or even free) baby diapers.
Diaper banks exist to help low income families meet their diaper needs.
Their work is centered around the fact that babies without clean diapers are exposed to added health risks and are less likely to be accepted at daycares, leaving their parents in an even more dire situation.
If you cannot find a diaper bank close by, dial 211 or ask at your local food pantry or house of worship.
National Diaper Bank Network
The National Diaper Bank Network provides technical assistance and resources to help establish sustainable diaper banks in communities.
It works with a network of diaper banks, allied programs, donors, sponsors and elected officials to end diaper need in the U.S.
A nation-wide list of diaper banks who are members of this network is available via this link. Browse the list to find a diaper bank in your area.
Huggies is the founding sponsor of the National Diaper Bank Network. Over the years, it has donated more than 200 million diapers.
The network may be contacted via INeedDiapers@diaperbanknetwork.org
Charities such as the Cuddle Me Program/Partnership for America help low income families meet basic necessities.
Such charities usually require a referral from a social service agency, social worker, church or 211 system to provide diaper aid.
This specific charity helps families in Delaware, Florida, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. The Cuddle Me Program may be accessed via this page.
Need Help Paying Bills offers great resources for low-income families and helps identify charities and organizations that can assist you in meeting basic needs. They offer a comprehensive list of diaper assistance programs local to you. View the list here.
The majority of diaper companies offer reward programs to help you extend each dollar you spend.
Each purchase adds points to your account, which you can then redeem in coupons for free diapers or other baby items.
Let’s take a look into the reward programs that the main diaper brands have to offer:
Pampers Diapers Club
Pampers Club uses an app you can download on your phone.
You simply scan the codes on purchased Pampers packs, and this adds points to your account.
Once you have a sufficient number of points, you can redeem them. You can choose from items for the home, store or Amazon gift cards, toys, baby gear, as well as electronics.
Pampers gives you 100 points for simply registering, with an extra 50 points the first time you scan a code.
Depending on the type and size of diapers you get, you’ll earn between 10 to 84 points per purchase.
To learn more about the app or download it, you can do so via this link.
Huggies Rewards Program
For every dollar spent on Huggies and wipes, you get 10 reward points which you can redeem for gift cards, more diapers, toys and other items.
You also get bonus points when you download the rewards app, take online surveys and read articles.
Huggies gives 500 reward points for simply signing up, and you can start redeeming from as little as 50 reward points.
To learn more about the app or download it, you can do so via this link.
Luvs Diapers customers can benefit from a Luvs coupon which can be downloaded from their website, via this link.
Goodnites offer coupons redeemable for specific products in their range. It’s worth checking their website from time to time to see what’s on offer.
For more information, click here.
Bambo Nature Rewards Program
Bambo Nature allows you to become a member for the opportunity to unlock perks and exclusive rewards.
You can also collect ‘Bambo Points’, which you can redeem for rewards.
Points are awarded for sharing the brand on Twitter and Facebook, following on Instagram and Twitter, liking the Facebook Bambo page, placing an order, and signing up.
You also get a lovely birthday gift of 150 points!
For as little as 500 points, you can get $5 off a Non-subscription order or a coupon. The discounts increase the more you earn points, obviously.
There are other initiatives out there designed to help you save on your baby’s needs, and we’ll go through some of the most popular ones in the following sections.
Amazon family is designed to offer a helping hand to parents, regardless of their child’s age.
When you sign up, you’ll receive an email newsletter with parenting tips, product recommendations, and exclusive deals, up to 20% off diapers and baby food, as well as a 15% Baby Registry completion discount.
You have to keep your eyes wide open for this one!
There are plenty of diaper contests going around online, both on social media and via brands’ official websites.
When you register with Huggies, for instance, you can participate in a contest for the chance to win a year’s supply of diapers.
Babies are admittedly expensive, but that doesn’t mean you’re stuck in a rut with no place to go if money is tight at the moment!
There are many ways through which you can save money on baby diapers, and you don’t have to make the switch to cloth diapers if you don’t want to, either.
From rewards programs, to collecting samples and coupons, you can save some hard-earned money by keeping an eye on offers.
No baby should have to go longer between changes just because the parents can’t afford to buy a proper stash of diapers, and no family should end up with no dinner because enough diapers had to be bought!
If your current situation is a dire one, get in touch with a diaper bank or charity in your area, and they’d be more than happy to assist you!