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Breastfeeding is a wonderful bonding experience for mom and baby. I certainly enjoyed every moment of this special relationship with my babies while it lasted. As a new mom, there were things I didn’t know I would need for breastfeeding. Those costs added up quickly. Thankfully, there are many companies that give out free stuff for moms. Here are a few of my favorites. Please note that you may still need to pay for shipping fees.
Gerber always has your baby’s best interest in mind. If you call them to inquire about one of their products or their Gerber Baby Nutrition Kit, they will ask you if you would like free baby stuff samples in the mail and you will receive them about a week later. You will probably get a surprise gift, a can of formula, and some coupons. You can reach Gerber at 1-800-408-7277.
Walmart Baby Box subscribers enjoy direct-to-home delivery of useful products and helpful tips for three life stages: Pre-Natal, Newborn and Toddler. When you subscribe for a Pre-Natal Baby Box, you will receive the Pre-Natal Box first, followed by the Newborn and Toddler Boxes when your child reaches those milestones. You can check order status and manage or cancel your subscriptions by visiting My Account.
Another great expense that many new families absorb is the cost of infant formula. Even those who breastfeed may want to keep formula around just in case – it’s quite the lifesaver! It’s also pricey in the long run. With our help you’ll be able to save a lot of money. We search out companies giving away free formula samples and share the news every time, so that you’ll find exactly what your baby needs, for free, when it’s available. One incredible advantage to free formula samples is that you can try out a number of top brands without making a financial commitment; find the one that’s best for you and your baby!
Baby Greeting. “The President sent me a card when I was born!” Don’t you kind of wish you could say that? With this little-known request form, your little one can make this boast! Just follow the link to the White House Presidential Greetings Request page and fill out the form to submit your request. For baby, you’ll have to wait until after delivery, but it must be done before little one’s first birthday. Be sure to save the envelope, as that is the only part where your child’s name will be.
Giving Diapers, Giving Hope. This is perhaps my favorite of the free diaper finds. This site provides lower income families with free cloth diapers. There is an application and approval process, but if your budget is truly tight, this is a wonderful program to look into. I used it myself with my first baby and found the diapers I was sent were in excellent shape and lasted well beyond my baby’s need for them.
Available in many states and most of Canada, a goody box of coupons and samples is available for those that attend a free baby class that covers pregnancy, baby care and health and safety issues. Taking this class could be in addition to or in place of hospital maternity classes (which also hand out a bag of goodies once you complete it). But even just signing up puts you on a list for promotions.
This one requires a little more strategy. Sign up at The Honest Company for a free trial or two. (We recommend the latter to make the most of the $5.95 shipping cost.) You can opt into a diapers and wipes bundle as well as an essentials package, which contains lotions, surface cleaners and hand soap. Just make sure to cancel your membership within seven days, or else you’ll be charged for a monthly subscription.
Cuties Wipes are made with the same high quality materials as Cuties Diapers — Aloe, Vitamin E and Chamomile. These hypoallergenic wipes are soft on baby’s skin, yet durable enough to clean up tough messes. Cuties Wipes Tri-Form fabric has two soft outer layers and one strong inner layer to prevent the wipe from tearing. Soft pack wipes can be easily opened with a push of the finger to ensure that clean-up is sanitary.
Free Breast Pump. In a world of two-income households, many breastfeeding mothers find themselves in need of expensive breast pumps when maternity leave is over. With decent pumps costing anywhere from $100 or more, mothers living on a budget often give up their breastfeeding relationship. Good news! The Affordable Care Act now requires insurance companies to cover lactation consultations and breast pump rentals without co-pays or deductibles. If you are a breastfeeding mother in need of a breast pump, please follow the linked guide to learn how to take advantage of this part of the Care Act.