8 Creative Ways New and Expecting Parents Can Get Free Baby Stuff
Raising a tiny human is expensive work. We’re talkin’ thousands of dollars a year.
And that doesn’t even account for the crazy-high costs of child care.
Whether you’re expecting or already bouncing Baby on your hip as you read this, we combed the internet to find the best baby freebies for you.
1. Get Coupons for Free Baby Food
Sign up for Tablespoon’s free email and score up to $250 per year in coupon savings. Plus, stay on top of your food game with free recipes for doable dinners and delish desserts that’ll keep the whole family happy.
Fill out the short form here (it takes 10 seconds), and select “coupon & sales.” Then click the button marked “clip all” to claim your coupons.
(Side note: A few readers have reported not seeing the “coupon & sales” link. You may have to log out and log back in for it show up.)
2. Fidden Hidden Money in Your Inbox
Because of a lot of stores’ price match policies, you could be owed free money for stuff you’ve already bought online — think, all those onesies, bibs and binkies already lost in corners of your house. But with a baby in tow, who has time to haggle with stores?
Luckily, we’ve found a way to take advantage of retailers’ price-match policies pretty much effortlessly.
Our secret weapon is called Paribus — a tool that gets you money back for your online purchases. It’s free to sign up, and once you do, it will scan your email for any receipts. If it discovers you’ve purchased something from one of its monitored retailers, it will track the item’s price and help you get a refund when there’s a price drop.
Plus, if your guaranteed shipment shows up late, Paribus will help you get compensated.
Disclosure: Paribus compensates us when you sign up using the links we provide.
3. Ask for Free Diapers From This Nonprofit
If things get really tough, you can tap into resources from nonprofits. The National Diaper Bank Network, for example, works to provide diapers to families in need. You can also reach out to your local food pantries, which typically have some baby essentials like diapers, wipes, food and formula.
4. Find the Best Freebies Near You With This App
Ibotta is an app that pays you for taking pictures of your receipts. We know it sounds strange, but it’s simple: Before heading to the store, search for items on your shopping list within the app. When you get home, snap a photo of your receipt and scan the items’ barcodes to earn money
Plus, we’ve discovered a sneaky Ibotta perk: You can find freebies through the app, indicated with a “Free After Offer” banner across the product.
Use the app to stock up on baby essentials — and maybe a treat or two for yourself. You deserve it.
Plus, you’ll snag a $10 bonus when you download the app and claim your first offer.
5. Earn a Free $10 Gift Card to Walmart
Does the shopping list for your growing family make your wallet cringe? Take the edge off with some free gift cards!
One of our favorite ways to save on anything is with Ebates, a cash-back site that rewards you nearly every time you buy something online. For example, Ebates gives you 10% cash back on online purchases at Walmart.
Plus, you’ll get a free $10 gift card to Walmart for giving the site a try.
To earn your gift card:
- Sign up for Ebates with your email or Facebook account.
- Use the Ebates portal the next time you need to buy something. It’s connected to thousands of stores, including Walmart, Amazon and Target. You’ll need to make your first purchase through the site within 90 days and spend at least $25.
- Your account will be credited with rewards points you can cash in for your $10 Walmart gift card.
6. Get a Free Breast Pump From Your Insurance Company
If you’re insured under the Affordable Care Act, you’ll be able to get a free breast pump through your health insurance. Typically the Medela Pump In Style and Ameda Purely Yours brands are covered.
The process to obtain a free breast pump varies, so reach out to your insurance company or check in with the breast pump providers.
7. Collect Free Baby Stuff When You Register at Target
Target is a great go-to place for all your baby needs. When you set up a Target baby registry, you’ll be able to pick up a welcome kit from guest services. In it, you’ll find more than $100 worth of coupons and samples.
Another perk is that anything left on your registry eight weeks prior to your due date becomes 15% off.
8. Get a Free Baby Box While You Learn Parenting Skills
Join Baby Box University, which offers free online courses for new parents and rewards you with freebies for completing them — like a baby box, an affordable alternative to cribs or cradles. It’s the perfect little place for your baby to get some shut eye.