I can share from experience — once your first newborn arrives, you absolutely, positively know that life will never be the same again. And here I’m just talking about discovering the mind-boggling number of diapers you’ll need! There’s a reason diapers are on every baby registry (and are still one of the most popular baby shower gifts). However, that’s why we’re here to help you save on diapers and baby wipes. In fact, we found 11 ways you can get them for almost free. Here’s our best tips!
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A month’s supply of diapers is an estimated cost of $76/month — here’s how to save on that.
BabyCenter has a “new baby calculator” that helps expectant parents calculate their baby’s monthly expenses in advance. Keep in mind, while most babies today use diapers until they are fully potty-trained at around age four. Every child and situation is unique, so your diaper needs will vary. However, to give you an idea of what to expect here are the figures from the BabyCenter calculator. A month’s supply of disposable diapers is estimated to cost $80/month (around $0.28 for 288 diapers per month), a cloth diaper service $117/month, and washing cloth diapers at home $66/month. Wipes are estimated to cost $20/month.
- Disposable diapers + wipes: $76 + $20 = $96/month x 12 months = $1,152/year
- Four years of diapers + wipes: $1,152 x 4 years = $4,608
Finding companies that offer free diapers and wipes is almost impossible. That’s why we put together this list of ideas and resources to at least help you cut these costs by a little — or a lot!
1. How to get free diapers: Hold a diaper raffle at your baby shower.
Holding a diaper raffle is an easy way to get free diapers. Simply ask your guests to bring a pack of diapers to the baby shower if they’d like to participate in the drawing. Have each guest who brought diapers write their name on a small slip of paper and place it in the designated container. Draw a random winner from the name slips for a prize, like a $10 Target gift card or Amazon gift card.
TIP: If you end up with a ton of the same size diapers for your baby shower raffle, don’t sweat it! Target will allow you to trade any unopened boxes of diapers for the size you need. And, you don’t need a receipt or proof of where you bought them.
2. Request free diaper samples.
Although the number of companies offering free diaper samples is pretty limited, these two companies will send free diaper samples:
3. See if you qualify for free diapers with the Diaper Bank Network.
4. Check local food pantries for free diapers and baby wipes.
5. Join mom groups and Buy Nothing groups on Facebook.
Joining a mom group is a great way to connect with other parents. You may find some parents share partial packs of diapers they no longer need with those group members who can use them. Buy Nothing groups are great, as many parents will offer extra diapers for free once their child is potty-trained.
Related: How to get cheap diapers all year long.
6. Search for free diapers and baby wipes on websites like Facebook Marketplace and Freecycle.
You may also find some free diapers searching websites like Facebook Marketplace and Freecycle.
7. Receive free diapers as part of the federally funded Diaper Distribution Pilot program.
If you live in one of the following states you may be able to receive free diapers and baby wipes thanks to a new federally funded program (through the Department of Health & Human Services), called the Diaper Distribution Pilot. You can find your local organization by contacting your state’s social services or health and human services department. For more information on the pilot program visit here.
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
8. Use gift cards from Fetch to get diapers and wipes.
Huggies+ Fetch and Target together can help you save on diapers, wipes and other baby essentials. If you’re not already a Fetch member, this tip should encourage you to join Huggies Rewards+ loyalty program in the Fetch Rewards app. In the Fetch app you have a couple of ways to earn points for Huggies diapers. Scan or upload every receipt, we’re talking gas receipts, grocery receipts, even receipts from your Huggies purchases. You can also earn Huggies reward points when you meet milestones (based on your Huggies purchases).
Here’s what you can earn when you buy items including Huggies, Goodnites, and Pull-Ups:
- Spend $150 earn 5,000 Points (value $5)
- Spend $350 earn 10,000 Points (value $10)
- Spend $550 earn 15,000 Points (value $15)
- Spend $750 earn 20,000 Points (value $20)
One of the best ways to accumulate these points is during a Target has a “Buy $100, Get $30 Gift Card” promotion for diapers and wipes.
After you reach enough points (3,000 is the minimum to cash out for most gift cards in the Fetch app), cash out for a Target gift card. The more points you cash out the greater the value of your gift card, for example 50,000 Fetch Rewards will get you a $50 Target gift card. You can combine your Fetch gift card with your Target promo gift card(s) that you have on more diapers.
9. Apply CVS ExtraBucks or Walgreens Cash on diapers and baby wipes.
10. Grab those hospital diaper freebies.
Giving birth is a tough job. Hospitals often have welcome baby bags for new moms or will send you and your new bundle of joy home with several free diapers. Take what you can get, cause you’re gonna need them!
11. Get free diapers and baby wipes with coupons.
Saving money on diapers with coupons is like getting a number of diapers in a pack for free. Here are some of the best ways to score diaper and baby wipe coupons.
Get coupons and samples with baby registries.
Sign up for Luvs coupons from P&G Everyday.
Join P&G Everyday and receive exclusive coupons on various brands including Luvs.
Register at Goodnites.com for offers.
Create a free account at GoodNites.com and get special offers. Right now you can get a $2 off coupon for one pack of Goodnites Nighttime underwear when you join.