11 Ways to Save Money on Diapers
- Get free diapers from manufacturers
- Join loyalty/rewards programs
- Sign up for baby registries
- Ask for diaper samples at the doctor’s office
- Switch to cloth diapers
- Take advantage of market research
- Use diaper banks
- Get to know local organizations
- Watch for coupons and sales
- Use cash-back apps
- Eliminate diapers altogether
1. Get Free Diapers From Manufacturers
Many diaper manufacturers may be willing to send you free samples of their products if you contact them and let them know you’re interested in trying them out.
Get some free diapers to try out and let the manufacturer know that you’re looking into different brands to find the best one for your baby. If you’re a new parent, this is vital information to have.
In order to switch to a different diaper brand, the more seasoned parent should contact the company directly. If you need help deciding, ask if they offer free samples that can be mailed to you.
2. Take Part In Loyalty And Reward Plans
Sign up for Huggies Rewards+ Scanning your receipt after purchasing a pack of Huggies diapers and entering the code on the receipt will earn you points.
3. Sign Up for Baby Registries
Some baby registries will send you a free box of baby items when you reach a certain threshold, and that box often includes free diaper samples. Here are a few of the best-known baby registries that offer free diapers, baby food, formula, and other baby freebies.
Amazon’s baby registry has a ton of perks, including a box of free baby stuff when you can check three boxes: Sign up for an Amazon Prime membership (pretty much a done deal for many of us), complete 60% of your checklist and order at least $10 of gifts from your registry.
Once you’ve completed all three, Amazon will send you a box of random baby items valued at $35, which often includes free diapers in addition to things like free baby formula.
When you set up a baby registry with buybuy BABY, you’ll get a bag of goodies that includes free samples and coupons for baby items, including free diapers, baby food, and other baby freebies. The Goody Bag is only available in-store, so you’ll need to live near a buybuy Baby in order to take advantage of this deal.
Unlike store-specific registries, Babylist allows you to add items from a variety of stores to your registry. And when you create your baby registry, you’ll receive a free Hello Baby Box, which contains goodies like free diapers, toys, and breastfeeding supplies.
Target has a wide selection of baby items and a whole bunch of locations, making it a great option for your registry. When you sign up for a baby registry, you’ll get a free welcome kit valued at $100 that’s filled with free samples and coupons for you and your baby, which could include some free diapers.
4. Ask for Diaper Samples at Doctor’s Office
If you’re not sure which diaper brand works best for your baby (because, surprisingly, not all diapers work the same for all kids), ask your doctor’s office if they have any samples they can give you to try.
Doctors and pediatricians often get free samples of things like baby diapers and formula from manufacturers and are encouraged to give them out to parents as needed.
You likely won’t get a ton of free diapers this way, but you should get enough to keep you going for a few days or, if nothing else, stock your emergency diaper stash (yes, you need one of these).
5. Switch to Cloth Diapers
Disposable diapers fill up your trash can quickly and end up in the landfill. Instead of looking for free diapers that’ll end up in your trash can, consider cloth diapers
Cloth diapers are a fantastic way to save money on diapers while also reducing your waste and being kinder to the planet.
You might initially be a little grossed out by the thought of cloth diapers, but once you get the hang of them you’ll wonder how you ever used disposables (trust me … I cloth-diapered my kids for almost six years straight).
Cloth diapers come with an initial cost, but once you have your stash you’ll literally never buy diapers again. You can find cheap but effective diapers on Amazon and eBay.
Look for brands like Mama Koala, Alva Baby, and Kawaii Baby, all of which are affordable. My kids used these brands almost exclusively and they held up over several years per kid before they were potty trained.
You can build a cloth diaper stash for a few hundred dollars. Compare that to the thousands you’ll spend over a few years for each kid on disposables and its clear cloth is the more affordable (and more eco-friendly) option.
Not exactly “free,” but the savings you’ll enjoy from cloth diapering more than outweigh the savings a few free diapers will yield. Plus, cloth diapers can be reused from 50 to 200 times.
6. Take Advantage of Market Research
If you like to share your opinion (and these days, who doesn’t?), consider doing some online surveys that can help you earn free diapers.
Surveys aren’t going to make you rich, but they can provide some extra money to help you cover the cost of baby diapers, making them essentially free. We tried out InboxDollars, MyPoints, CashKarma (read the full reviews here).
Another good option is Swagbucks.com, where you can earn gift cards or PayPal credit for taking surveys. You even get a $5 bonus just for signing up! Whether you use disposables or cloth diapers, you can stock up using an Amazon, Walmart or Target gift card you earn from Swagbucks.
7. Use Diaper Banks
If you’re struggling to afford to keep your kids diapered, there’s an easier way to get free diapers than collecting points or writing reviews.
The National Diaper Bank Network is an organization dedicated to ending diaper needs. According to statistics on the National Diaper Bank Network’s website, one in three U.S. families struggles to provide enough diapers for their children. The need varies from state to state, but the bottom line is that too many families simply can’t afford to buy the number of diapers their baby or toddler needs. In that situation, free diapers can really make a difference.
If this describes your situation, you can call 2-1-1 for 24/7 help. The specialists at the National Diaper Bank Network will be able to connect you with a local agency that provides diaper assistance.
If you prefer cloth diapers, you can apply to get free ones at The Cloth Option. Approved families will receive 20 free diapers for newborns, 15 for infants, or 10 for potty-training toddlers.
8. Learn About Local Organizations
Local groups and organizations are a great place to ask for free diapers when you need them. Some local food banks or faith-based organizations offer help for families struggling to afford diapers. You can also contact your county’s social services office for help if you need it.
Failing that, you can often find neighbors with extra diapers to gift on websites like Freecycle and Nextdoor. If you have a Buy Nothing Project group in your area, that’s a good resource to try as well. It’s surprising how many people have a stash of diapers left over from when their child potty trained.
9. Watch for Coupons and Sales
Diaper manufacturers really want your business, so you’ll often find coupons to entice you to buy one brand over another. If you’re not picky about brands it’s a great strategy to buy whatever has the best sale or coupon deal so you can stock up.
Most major diaper companies list coupons on their websites, so it’s a good idea to check frequently and see what deals and free samples you can find. You can also keep an eye on local grocery and big box stores and stock up when their diapers are on sale for super low prices.
10. Use Cash-Back Apps
If you want to earn money for free diapers just by doing your regular grocery shopping, you need to download a cash-back app. One of the best-known is Ibotta but there are others to check out as well.
Ibotta works by searching for rebates on items you’ve purchased and then applying them to your account. You just need to upload a copy of your receipt to the app and Ibotta does the rest of the work. Once you have $20 in your account you can convert it to cash and spend it on all the free diapers your heart desires.
In addition to Ibotta, check out Shopkick, Fetch Rewards and Checkout 51.
11. Eliminate Them Altogether
A couple of years ago, one of our contributors shared her story of raising her son diaper-free. It’s a growing trend and it’s no wonder since the average family can save more than $2,100 going this route. Would you consider this? The bonus is that by using old shirts and other materials, babies are often potty-trained earlier because of the discomfort.